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Okanagan Sun 65
Westshore Rebels 29
What was pegged as a first place, evenly matched showdown on Saturday night turned into any but that as the Sun dominated the Rebels.
The Sun erupted for 23 points in the first quarter which set the tone for the lopsided victory. Offensively quarterback Dominic Britton completed 12 passes for 292 yards and threw five touchdowns including a pair to Blaise Beauchemin. Mike O’Shea, Colby Miletto and Jevon Garwood also hauled in majors. Garwood and Tristen Peddle scored on the ground and O’Shea returned a punt in the opening quarter 79 yards to paydirt.
On the defensive side the Sun held the Rebels to just 60 yards on the ground and forced seven turnovers. Aiden Hennessey recovered a pair of fumbles, one of which was returned 47 yards for a touchdown and Isaac Wegner picked off a pass.
The Rebels did keep fighting throughout the game and were able to score 21 of their 29 points in the second half. Quarterback Te Jessie threw for 309 yards, and a pair of touchdown passes to Kierran Poissant and he ran for another.
A bright spot on the Rebels special teams was Cairo Berry who set a new team record for punt return yardage in a game with 189 on five returns. He beat the old team mark of 175 yards on six returns from 1991 set by former CJFL Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year, Simon Beckow.
Next weekend the Sun (3-0) will host the VI Raiders (1-3) and the Rebels (3-1) will enjoy a bye week.
Valley Huskers 34
Prince George Kodiaks 17
The Huskers continue their hot start with their third win of the season and second over the Kodiaks.
The reigning Offensive Player of the Week, running back Reece Wyke had another strong game with 82 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught a pass for eight yards. Speaking of passes quarterback Josh Janssen completed 12 of them for 237 yards and found David Coronado for a 53-yard touchdown strike.
Their pass rush on the defensive side was impressive compiling five sacks, two of which by James Moar. Meanwhile Sawyer Tether intercepted a pass and Kurtis Flynn made six tackles.
The Kodiaks offence came from their quarterback Liam Oczkowski. He threw for 187 yards, found Jerome Erickson for a touchdown, and added another one on the ground. Erickson caught a game high nine passes for 99 yards.
Defensively Nicholas Tremblay was good with a pair of sacks and Keon Raymond had a team high five solo tackles.
These two teams will meet each other again this coming weekend, but this time the Kodiaks (0-3) will host the Huskers (3-1) on Saturday night.
Kamloops Broncos 35
VI Raiders 16
For the first time in franchise history the Broncos beat the Raiders in Nanaimo.
Their offence used the ground and pound method to perfection as five different ball carries rumbled for 270 yards and four touchdowns. Cameron Grzegorczyk hauled most of the load on 21 carries for 122 yards and had a major. Kaleb Senz, Evan Guizzo and quarterback Reid Vankoughnett each had a score while receiver Chris Finden caught a touchdown from Vankoughnett.
The Broncos defence held the Raiders to 75 yards on the ground and forced an incredible nine turnovers. Keagan Curtis picked off two passes and made three tackles to lead the way.
After giving up 21 points in the second quarter, the Raiders found it difficult to work their way back. Quarterback Ben Chomolok completed 24 passes for 316 yards and threw a pair of touchdown passes. His favourite target was Dylan Pye who caught six passes for a game high 108 yards and a score.
Next weekend the Broncos (2-1) will host the Langley Rams (0-3) and the Raiders (1-3) will visit the Okanagan Sun (3-0).
It’s Week 4 of the CJFL season and all three Conferences will see live action for the first time in 2022. The BC Conference will play their fourth game already, while the Prairie and Ontario Conferences will kick-off their eight game schedules.
London Beefeaters @ Ottawa Sooners – Saturday August 13, 5:00pm – Carleton University
The defending Ontario Conference champion Beefeaters hit the road to begin their title defence and will visit the new look Ottawa Sooners who haven’t played a game since the 2019 season.
The Beefs graduate some key players and have a new head coach as Matt Snyder has taken the helm. He is a former Beefeater and is expecting his team to be in the mix when it comes to the end of the season.
Meanwhile the Sooners are back on the field after taking a hiatus last season to get their organization back to a competitive level. Toss in the two seasons missed due to the pandemic and the Sooners are on the field for the first time in three years. Kevin Ling has taken over as head coach and brings with him a new sense of rejuvenation.
Quinte Skyhawks @ St. Clair Saints - Saturday August 13, 7:00pm – Acumen Stadium | WATCH HERE
For the first time in their storied history the football team in Windsor will be referred to as the Saints. This completes the transition from the Fratmen to fully inline with the St. Clair College athletic department.
Last season St. Clair was undefeated in the regular season and looked to be on their way to hosting the Canadian Bowl however a wild finish in the Ontario championship game left them with a bitter taste in their mouth. This season the Saints have a clear focus but a very different looking team with over 40 first year players. One thing that remains consistent is at the head coaching position as highly decorated coach Mike LaChance returns with his incredibly successful track record.
The Skyhawks meanwhile enter their second CJFL season after falling to St. Clair in last year’s Conference semi-final. The Skyhawks have a handful of returning players and should be even better this season with a year under their belts. Peter Gabriel has taken over as their head coach.
Records: Skyhawks 2-6 – Saints 8-0
Points For: Skyhawks 120 – Saints 438
Points Allowed: Skyhawks 360 – Saints 91
Kamloops Broncos @ VI Raiders - Saturday August 13, 5:30pm – NDSS Turf Field | WATCH HERE
It’s early in the season but for the second time in three weeks the Raiders and Broncos will butt heads. The Raiders won the first meeting 14-7 at Hillside Stadium scoring a touchdown in the last quarter to pull out the win. Raiders quarterback Ben Chomolok threw for a touchdown and ran for the other in the victory while Broncos quarterback Reid Vankoughnett accounted for their score, also on the ground.
The Broncos are coming off a victory in Prince George where they put up 35 points and 456 yards of total offence while the Raiders lost big in Westshore, for their second setback of the season.
The winner of this game will record their second of the campaign. If the Raiders win they would own the tiebreaker at the end of the season, but if the Broncos win by more than seven points they would have possession of the tiebreaker.
Records: Broncos 1-1 – Raiders 1-2
Points For: Broncos 42 – Raiders 43
Points Allowed: Broncos 34 – Raiders 102
It’s a battle of the two remaining undefeated teams in the BC Conference when the Rebels visit the Sun on Saturday night in what should be a classic game.
The Rebels have been a juggernaut so far averaging over 39 points a game including dismantling the VI Raiders last weekend 45-10. The Sun have won two straight and are coming off their bye week so will be rested with the Rebels coming to town.
This will be a fun game to watch and is the first of two meetings on the season between these teams with the second game scheduled for Saturday September 10th at Westshore.
Records: Rebels 3-0 – Sun 2-0
Points For: Rebels 119 – Sun 70
Points Allowed: Rebels 47 – Sun 26
Prince George Kodiaks @ Valley Huskers – Saturday August 13, 7:00pm – Exhibition Field | WATCH HERE
For the second time this season the Huskers will entertain the Kodiaks in Chilliwack after they won the opener 31-5. In that game Huskers’ quarterback Josh Janssen threw four touchdown passes to four different receivers while their defence kept the Kodiaks out of the end zone forcing three turnovers.
The Huskers are coming off a massive win over the Langley Rams and confidence is high. Their defence kept the defending champion Rams out of the end zone giving up two field goals and a single. Running back Reece Wyke was named the Offensive Player of the Week.
On the other side the Kodiaks hosted their first ever CJFL game last weekend but fell to the visiting Kamloops Broncos giving up some big offensive numbers. They did score three touchdowns last weekend including a pair of the ground. They are still looking for the franchise’s first ever victory.
Records: Kodiaks 0-2 – Huskers 2-1
Points For: Kodiaks 25 – Huskers 62
Points Allowed: Kodiaks 66 – Huskers 50
On Sunday the Prairie Conference teams will finally hit the field for the first time with all six teams in action. There is a little extra incentive this season in the Prairies with the Conference winner hosting the 2022 Canadian Bowl.
Winnipeg Rifles @ Saskatoon Hilltops – Sunday August 14, 1:00pm – SMF Field | WATCH HERE
For the first time since the kick-off of the 2014 season the Saskatoon Hilltops are not defending a Canadian Bowl title. They are however the defending Conference champs and will no doubt be in the mix again this season. They are opening their 75th season this year and a poised to make it a memorable one.
The Rifles meanwhile kick-off the season on the road and are looking for an early season upset. They will see the Hilltops twice in the next three weeks as they host them for their home opener on August 28th.
Records: Rifles 2-6 – Hilltops 6-2
Points For: Rifles 126 – Hilltops 228
Points Allowed: Rifles 266 – Hilltops 135
Edmonton Wildcats @ Regina Thunder - Sunday August 14, 1:00pm – Leibel Field | WATCH HERE
Last season the Regina Thunder lost just one game, but unfortunately for them it was in the Prairie Conference final. They were dominating during the regular season averaging over 36 points a game and only allowing 18.
Coming into the 2022 campaign the Thunder return most of their weapons including the pre-season ranking’s #1 player, receiver Rylan Sokul along with quarterback Carter Shewchuk who led the Conference in passing yard average last year and completed 63.4% of his attempts.
The Wildcats got their first taste of live action last weekend when they hosted the Calgary Colts in an exhibition game. The game allowed head coach Darcy Park and the rest of the coaching staff an opportunity to evaluate the players they have brought in along with their returners including running back Nathan Zacharias.
In 2021 the Thunder won both meetings outscoring them 66-17.
Records: Wildcats 2-6 – Thunder 8-0
Points For: Wildcats 185 – Thunder 293
Points Allowed: Wildcats 272 – Thunder 144
Edmonton Huskies @ Calgary Colts - Sunday August 14, 1:00pm – Shouldice Park | WATCH HERE
It’s a battle of Alberta, CJFL style on Sunday when the Huskies travel to face the Colts in Calgary.
The Huskies had the top scoring office in the Prairie Conference in 2021 but have graduated quarterback Declan O’Flaherty after an incredible season leading the Conference in completions, attempts, yards and touchdowns. That said, they do return running back Alex Gayle who will no doubt handle the ball a lot early on and receiver Adner St. Hilaire is back to be a threat in the passing game.
On the other side the Colts are hoping to improve on their 1-7 finish last season and looking for a little payback as it was the Huskies that ended their last year in the Conference quarterfinal.
The Colts did play an exhibition game last weekend in Edmonton to give their coaching staff an idea of what their players can do. It also gave the players valuable experience coming into the 2022 CJFL season.
Records: Huskies 5-3 – Colts 1-7
Points For: Huskies 334 – Colts 158
Points Allowed: Huskies 195 – Colts 312
Hamilton Hurricanes @ GTA Grizzlies - Sunday August 14, 1:00pm – Esther Shiner Civic Stadium | WATCH HERE
The final game of the weekend in the Ontario Conference will feature the natural rivalry of Toronto vs. Hamilton when the Grizzlies welcome the Hurricanes.
After missing out on the Conference championship game last season the Hurricanes are expecting to once again be in the mix this year. They have lost a few of their big weapons on the offensive side after the graduation of quarterback Ethan Belbeck, running back Jevante Stanley and receiver Quincy Belanger. That said, head coach Jason Hayes is back and brings with him a pedigree of success and each season seems to get his players to reach new levels.
The Grizzlies have renewed optimism and a fresh start after going winless last season. They have retooled and could surprise several teams in 2022.
Records: Hurricanes 4-4 – Grizzlies 0-8
Points For: Hurricanes 215 – Grizzlies 53
Points Allowed: Hurricanes 196 – Grizzlies 357
Photo courtesy of the Westshore Rebels
Week 3 in the CJFL looked a little like this:
Westshore Rebels 45
VI Raiders 10
The Westshore Rebels continue to roll with a massive win over their island rivals the VI Raiders on Saturday night. The offence put up 435 total yards including 324 through the air, mostly thanks to starting quarterback Te Jessie who accounted for 286 of those yards and threw three touchdowns. Back-up quarterback Simon Hales connected on a 38-yard touchdown pass as well. In all, four different receivers hauled in touchdowns including Kierran Poissant who caught six passes for 107 yards and Eli Nelms-Horton had a 75-yard catch and run major.
The Rebels special teams also got in on the scoring when Gerren Hardisty returned a kick-off 90 yards for a major helping the home side to a very lopsided win.
Over on the defence side Tarick Polius was impressive with four tackles and 1.5 sacks while Cordell Holder blocked a kick, had two tackles and half a sack.
The only scoring the Raiders could muster was in the second quarter when quarterback Ben Chomolok found Andre Gordon for a touchdown and their kicker Sterling Henry connected on a 36-yard field goal. Gordon caught a game high seven passes for 113 yards.
Defensively the Raiders would force a pair of interceptions and recovered a fumble, but it wasn’t enough in the loss.
This weekend the Rebels (3-0) will travel to Kelowna to face the Okanagan Sun (2-0) on Saturday night and the Raiders (1-2) are home to the Kamloops Broncos (1-1).
Valley Huskers 14
Langley Rams 7
It was a defensive slugfest on Saturday night in Chilliwack as the Huskers downed the Rams and kept them out of the end zone for their second win of the season.
The Rams outgained the Huskers offence, but the “D” held on for a massive win. Jaiden Claassen was sensational for the Huskers with a game high eight solo tackles, intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble. Kurtis Flynn had added six tackles and had a sack.
Offensively the Huskers scored a pair of rushing touchdowns behind Reece Wyke and Tyran Duval. Wyke carried the ball 19 times for 117 yards and that major. Quarterback Josh Janssen was good when he needed to be completing 13 passes for 106 yards.
The Rams seven points all came from the foot of kicker Tato Ferreyro Araya. He booted a pair of field goals from 12 and 16 yards respectively and missed one from 39 yards that still garnered a single. He also caught a game high eight passes for 120 yards.
This coming weekend the Huskers (2-1) will welcome the Prince George Kodiaks (0-2) for the second time while the Rams (0-3) enjoy a bye week.
Kamloops Broncos 35
Prince George Kodiaks 20
The Broncos pieced together a very balanced attack to bring down the Kodiaks in the very first CJFL game ever held in Prince George.
The visiting offence gathered 456 total yards led by quarterback Reid Vankoughnett who threw for 294 yards and tossed touchdowns to Kaleb Senz and Colton Meikle. Senz hauled in four passe for a game high 102 yards, 75 of which came on one strike. The ground game meanwhile added three more touchdowns led by Cameron Grzegorczyk and his 97 yards and two scores. Chris Finden also tallied a major.
The Kodiaks hosted their first CJFL game and scored 14 of their 20 points in the first half. Quarterback Liam Oczkowski threw for 215 yards and hit Jerome Erickson for a 35-yard touchdown strike. Their other two touchdowns came on the ground from Keanu Brown and Andrew Johnson.
This coming Saturday the Broncos (1-1) stay on the road to visit the VI Raiders (1-2) and the Kodiaks (0-2) revisit the Valley Huskers (2-1).