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Following Week 4 of the CJFL regular season and all three Conferences in action for the first time, the CJFL presents the Top 10 Power Rankings.
These rankings will be released every Thursday.
Here’s the full list as the CJFL enters Week 5 of the regular season:
|1||Okanagan Sun (3-0)||-|
|2||Saskatoon Hilltops (1-0)||-|
|3||St. Clair Saints (1-0)||-|
|4||Regina Thunder (1-0)||-|
|5||London Beefeaters (1-0)||-|
|6||Edmonton Huskies (1-0)||-|
|7||Westshore Rebels (3-1)||-|
|8||Valley Huskers (3-1)||-|
|9||Hamilton Hurricanes (1-0)||-|
|10||Kamloops Broncos (2-1)||-|
This past weekend was the first this season that all three CJFL Conferences saw live action. The Week 4 Football Canada Players of the Week are unveiled.
Offensive Players of the Week
WR Isaac Foord – Regina Thunder
Playing in his first game since the death of his mother, Isaac Foord was incredible. No-one across the CJFL made more than his nine receptions this past weekend as he gathered 179 yards and tallied three touchdowns.
QB Andrew Brush – St. Clair Saints
After a jittery start to open the game the Saints first year pivot quickly found his groove as he weaved his way through the Skyhawks defense for a 15-yard touchdown run. Brush then connected with three different receivers for his first touchdown passes of the season leading the Saints to a first week rout of the visiting Skyhawks. Brush connected on 6 of 11 passes for 119 yards and three touchdowns through the air in addition to his one on the ground before calling it a day after less than two quarters of work.
QB Dominic Britton – Okanagan Sun
For the second time in four weeks Dominic Britton has been named the Offensive Player of the Week in BC after dominating last weekend’s first place showdown. He completed 12 passes for 292 yards and threw five touchdowns to four different receivers. He also rushed once and collected 18 yards on the carry leading the Sun to a lopsided win.
Defensive Players of the Week
LB Konnor Johnson – Saskatoon Hilltops
The defending Conference champs pitched a second half shutout on Sunday and Konnor Johnson was a big reason why. He finished the game with four tackles, had a sack, a pair of knockdowns, an interception and assisted on another tackle.
DL Dylan Clarke – London Beefeaters
Dylan Clarke single handily wrecked the Ottawa Sooners' game plan as he racked up five solo tackles, a sack, knocked down a pass and blocked a field goal attempt for a total of 19 defensive points as the Beefeaters opened the season with a road win in the nation’s capital.
Keagan Curtis – Kamloops Broncos
For the first time in franchise history the Kamloops Broncos beat the VI Raiders in Nanaimo and their defence was a major factor. They forced nine turnovers and were led by Keagan Curtis who picked off two passes and added three solo tackles.
Special Teams Players of the Week
PK Connor Green – Saskatoon Hilltops
On Sunday, 13 of the 19 points the Hilltops scored came off the right foot of kicker Connor Green. He booted four field goals including a 46-yarder, had a convert, two kick-offs for 111 yards and tallied four punts for 123 yards flipping the field for the defending Conference champs.
KR LJ Dyer – London Beefeaters
The veteran running back for London quickly quieted the Ottawa crowd as he took the season opening kickoff 105 yards to the house for a touchdown. Dyer also had two touchdowns running the ball for the Beefeaters, but it was his fantastic return on the opening kickoff that set the tone for the defending champs as they defeated Ottawa in the Sooners' return to the CJFL.
KR Mike O’Shea – Okanagan Sun
He’s one of the most electric players in the CJFL and wasted little time making an impact in last weekend’s first place showdown. He took a punt up the right sideline 79 yards to the end zone helping the Sun to a 23-point first quarter. In all O’Shea returned six kicks for 136 yards on the evening which included his major.
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Saskatoon Hilltops 19
Winnipeg Rifles 10
The defending Prairie Conference champion Saskatoon Hilltops got off on the right foot with a nine-point victory on Sunday, scoring just one touchdown.
Offensively they gathered 411 total yards, 233 of which came on the ground. Boston Davidsen led the way with 162 yards on 27 carries and scored the lone touchdown which came in the second quarter. The only other scoring came off the foot of kicker Connor Green who booted four field goals including a 46-yarder. Quarterback Damon Dutton was 17 of 27 for 185 yards spreading the ball to eight different receivers.
The Hilltops defence pitched a second half shutout as Konnor Johnson led the way with four tackles, had a sack, picked off a pass and had two knockdowns. Joe Yausie led his club with eight tackles and Daylen Hartz had two sacks.
The Rifles did move the ball through the air as quarterback Bryson McNeil completed 26 passes for 307 yards and hit Eric Adams for a touchdown.
Defensively Kyle Chorney had a game high nine solo tackles and added a pair of assisted stops and Spenser Pilon had the team’s lone sack.
Next week the Hilltops (1-0) host the Edmonton Huskies (1-0) and the Rifles (0-1) are back in Saskatchewan to meet the Regina Thunder (1-0).
Regina Thunder 57
Edmonton Wildcats 14
It was a thunderous victory on Sunday for the Regina Thunder amassing 601 yards of total offence with a well-balanced attack.
Through the air quarterback Carter Shewchuk and Carter Moberg combined for 370 yards and four touchdowns. Isaac Foord caught nine passes for 179 yards and three of those majors while Zak Woidyla caught the other. On the ground Ryland Leichert rumbled 13 times for 109 yards and had a touchdown. Sadik Sadik was solid with a pair of touchdowns on six carries and Keane Szabo pounded in from a yard out.
The Wildcats did not have much of an answer and did their touchdown scoring in the bookend quarters. In the first Declan Mullin got into the endzone, then Devin Desormeau scored in the fourth with under three minutes to go.
One of their bright spots on the defensive side was DB Tanner Shaw who intercepted two passes to complement his three solo tackles.
Next week the Thunder (1-0) will welcome the Winnipeg Rifles (0-1) and the Wildcats (0-1) will stay on the road and visit the Calgary Colts (0-1).
Edmonton Huskies 37
Calgary Colts 17
The Edmonton Huskies got off on the right foot on Sunday with a lopsided win over the Calgary Colts. They scored 27 of their 37 points in the first half and never looked back.
Running back Alex Gayle was unstoppable scoring all four of the Huskies touchdowns on 24 carries and 117 yards. A pair of quarterbacks completed just 10 passes but gained 210 yards.
Defensively the Huskies forced nine turnovers highlighted by six interceptions. Two of those interceptions were made by Masen Lane and Roman Iwuc had a big game with an interception, three tackles and two assisted stops.
The Colts tried to battle but any momentum they had was thwarted by a turnover. The offence did score two passing touchdowns as quarterback Nick Kennedy found Cody Anglo for both majors.
This coming weekend the Huskies (1-0) will face the Hilltops (1-0) in Saskatoon while the Colts (0-1) host the Edmonton Wildcats (0-1).