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Ontario Conference Major Award Winners

10/21/2019, 12:30pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The very best from the Ontario Conference this season

Photo courtesy of Boris Terzic

The Ontario Conference announced their Most Outstanding Players and Coach of the Year for the 2019 season as a build up to the Ontario championship game on Saturday when the #1 Windsor AKO Fratmen host the #3 London Beefeaters

Ontario Conference Outstanding Players:

Coach of the Year – Mike LaChance – Windsor AKO Fratmen (7-1).  He led the Fratmen to another first place finish and home field advantage throughout the Ontario playoffs.

Outstanding Offensive Lineman – Matt Bettencourt – London Beefeaters AND James Sides – Hamilton Hurricanes

Outstanding Defensive Lineman – Tom Zarafonaitis – Hamilton Hurricanes (second consecutive year) – 5.5 sacks, 13 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 1 forced fumble and 2 fumble recoveries

Alex Stajic Memorial Special Teams – Dante Fornasiero – Windsor AKO Fratmen (second straight year)

Return Specialist – Harvey Mafuta – GTA Grizzlies – 14 kick-off returns averaging 28.1 yards and a 109 yard TD.  11 punt returns, 18.1 yard average and a 65 yard punt return for a touchdown

Offensive Rookie of the Year – Harvey Mafuta – GTA Grizzlies – 18 receptions for 352 yards, 2 touchdowns, 15 rushing yards, 1 touchdown

Defensive Rookie of the Year – Mark Straw – GTA Grizzlies – 30 tackles, 5 assisted tackles, 3 sacks, 1 blocked kick, 1 knockdown, 1 interception

Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year – Linebacker Mark Straw – GTA Grizzlies – 30 tackles, 5 assisted tackles, 3 sacks, 1 blocked kick, 1 knockdown, 1 interception

Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year – Receiver Cody Holmes – Windsor AKO Fratmen – 45 receptions, 683 yards, 12 touchdowns

Saturday the Fratmen will host the Beefeaters in the Ontario Conference championship game with the winner hosting the Prairie Conference champion in the CJFL National Semi-Final game on November 2nd. 

Playoffs: Grizzlies v. Fratmen

10/20/2019, 10:30am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Ontario Conference Semi-Final in Windsor

Photo courtesy of Boris Terzic

GTA Grizzlies @ Windsor AKO Fratmen – Sunday October 20, 5:00pm – Alumni Field | WATCH HERE

For the first time in the CJFL post season the Fratmen and Grizzlies match-up in an Ontario Conference semi-final.  The winner will meet the London Beefeaters in the Conference final next weekend.

During this past regular season these two teams met twice with the Fratmen winning both games easily.  They played in Week 1 in Windsor with the Fratmen shutting them out 26-0, then met again on September 22nd in Etobicoke with the Fratmen again dominating winning 60-30.

This will truly be a “David vs. Goliath” match-up.  The Fratmen won seven games this year while the Grizzlies won two.  The Frat scored 261 more points than their opponents and gave up 109 fewer points.

The Grizzlies will need to find a way to contain a pair of interchangeable quarterbacks.  Both Colton Allen and Daniel Mailloux were named Ontario Conference All-Stars combining for a CJFL record setting 41 passing touchdowns to go along with their 2900 yards.  Of those 41 touchdown passes 21of them went to Jared Hayes-Williams and Cody Holmes who also combined for 1464 yards on 95 receptions.

Speaking of dynamic players the Grizzlies have Harvey Mafuta on their roster who has been one of, if not the best all-around player in CJFL history and doesn’t leave the field.  Offensively he collected 18 receptions for 352 yards and two touchdowns.  Defensively he had 29 tackles, a knockdown and three interceptions. Then on Specials he returned 14 kick-offs averaging 28.1 yards and had a 109 yard return for a touchdown, plus added 11 punt returns averaging 18.1 yards and had a 65 yard return for a major.  He also had five Special Teams tackles.  All of this as a rookie!

While the Grizzlies are scheming to get the ball into Mafuta’s hands, the Fratmen are scheming to keep the ball out of his hands.    Their unit doesn’t give up much, recording three shutouts this season.  All-Star linebacker Blake Ouellette leads the way with 23 tackles and 6.5 sacks.   Teammates Jalen Butcher and Dante Fornasiero each had four interceptions while Dalmas Lynch had three and a pick-six.  As a matter of fact the Fratmen defence led the Conference with 41 takeaways including 19 interceptions.

Head to Head

Records – Grizzlies 2-6 – Fratmen 7-1
Points For – Grizzlies 114 – Fratmen 375
Points Allowed – Grizzlies 249 – Fratmen 140

Passing Leaders – Malachi Morrison – 75 of 173 (43%), 889 yards, 3 touchdowns (Grizzlies) - Daniel Mailloux – 93 of 179 (52%), 1700 yards, 21 touchdowns (Fratmen)

Rushing Leaders - Malachi Morrison – 35 carries for 205 yards, 2 touchdowns (Grizzlies) – Nash Preiur – 68 carries for 443 yards, 3 touchdowns (Fratmen)

Receiving Leaders – Harvey Mafuta – 18 receptions for 352 yards, 2 touchdowns (Grizzlies) – Jared Hayes-Williams – 50 receptions for 781 yards, 9 touchdowns (Fratmen)

Leading Tacklers – Mark Straw – 30 tackles (Grizzlies) – Blake Ouellette – 23 tackles (Fratmen)

Turnovers – Grizzlies +3 – Fratmen +10

Ontario Conference Defensive All-Stars

10/18/2019, 7:15am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The best in Ontario on the defensive side

Photo courtesy of Boris Terzic

The Canadian Junior Football League in conjunction with the Ontario Conference is proud to announce the 2019 Conference Defensive All-Stars.

There are four positional categories and the Hamilton Hurricanes lead the way with four players named, while the GTA Grizzlies and Windsor AKO Fratmen each have three.

The 2019 Ontario Conference Defensive All-Stars are:

Defensive Line:
Tom Zarafonaitis - Hamilton Hurricanes - (second consecutive year) – 13 tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 5.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries

Soren Hallschmid – London Beefeaters
Jordan Krug – Windsor AKO Fratmen - (second consecutive year) – 7 tackles, 1 sack

Zechariah Willems – Niagara Regional Raiders – 20 tackles, 6 assisted tackles, 2 sacks

Mark Straw – GTA Grizzlies – 30 tackles, 5 assisted tackles, 3 sacks, 1 blocked kick, 1 knockdown, 1 interception

Blake Ouellette – Windsor AKO Fratmen – 23 tackles, 5 assisted tackles, 6.5 sacks, 2 knockdowns, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery

Isaiah Joseph – Hamilton Hurricanes – 15 tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 3 sacks, 1 knockdown, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery for a touchdown

Defensive Backs:
Isaiah Bonefant – GTA Grizzlies (second consecutive year and pictured) – 18 tackles, 9 assisted tackles, 1 sack, 2 knockdowns, 1 fumble recovery, 2 interceptions

Tanner Gaskill-Cadwallader – London Beefeaters – 16 tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 2 sacks, 2 knockdowns, 3 interceptions including 1 for a touchdown

Damarre Brown – Hamilton Hurricanes – 13 tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 1 sack, 1 blocked kick, 1 knockdown, 1 forced fumble, 3 fumble recoveries including 1 touchdown

Terrell Theberge – Hamilton Hurricanes – 11 tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 4 interceptions

Dante Fornasiero – Windsor AKO Fratmen – 15 tackles, 1 knockdown, 4 interceptions

Gagon Bains – GTA Grizzlies (second consecutive year) – 44 punts averaging 33 yards a punt

The Ontario Conference will enter the playoffs this weekend with a pair of games as the Hamilton Hurricanes host the London Beefeaters on Saturday and the GTA Grizzlies visit the Windsor AKO Fratmen on Sunday.