Photo courtesy of Kamloops This Week (2009)
Rob Ellis (left) will have another chance to turn the Kamloops Broncos into a competitive CJFL franchise.
The organization’s board of directors voted unanimously on Wednesday January 16th to make him head coach, a position he held in 2009 and 2010 before health concerns forced him to relinquish the job, according to a club press release.
Kamloops was 2-8 in 2008, the year before Ellis’ first tenure began. He led the team to a 5-15 record over the following two seasons.
He is inheriting an 0-10 club this year.
The winless 2018 campaign sparked a major organizational overhaul.
Gone are former head coach Brad Yamaoka, former president Dino Bernardo and former general manager Jan Antons.
Joe Liberatore has taken over GM duties and Darren Watt is listed as interim president on the club’s website.
“With the recent changes in the executive structure of the Kamloops Broncos, coach Ellis adds a sense of stability and structure,” the press release said. “His presence assures our fans, supporters and, most importantly, our players that we are seriously moving forward with renewed vigour and enthusiasm in putting the best possible product on the field.”
The Saskatoon Hilltops host the Langley Rams TODAY at 1:00pm in the 111th Canadian Bowl.
It’s the oldest Canadian football championship will see the Hilltops making their eighth trip to the national final in the last nine years, while the Rams are back for the first time since 2014. It’s the third time in seven seasons they meet.
The Canadian Bowl has seen some unbelievable moments and displays of true determination. In 2018 the National Championship game will be held in Saskatoon at SMF Field for the first since 2015.
The Prairie Conferences has won the last eight Canadian Bowls.
A quick glance at the 2018 Canadian Bowl:
Langley Rams @ Saskatoon Hilltops - Saturday November 17 @ 1:00pm – SMF Field
Comparison in 2018
Record Regular Season – Rams 7-3 - Hilltops 8-0 – Playoffs Rams 3-0 – Hilltops 2-0
Points For – Rams 264 – Hilltops 402 – Playoffs Rams 115 – Hilltops 86
Points Allowed – Rams 158 – Hilltops 70 – Playoffs Rams 47 Hilltops 14
Passing Leaders – Duncan Little – 187 of 307 (61%) for 2611 yards and 18 touchdowns (Rams) - Jordan Walls – 122 of 197 (62%) for 2010 yards and 18 touchdowns (Hilltops)
Rushing Leaders – Maximillian Joseph – 64 carries for 428 yards and 5 touchdowns (Rams) - Josh Ewanchyna – 134 carries for 1007 yards and 15 touchdowns (Hilltops)
Receiving Leaders – Jevon Cottoy – 39 receptions for 657 yards and 9 touchdowns (Rams) – Jason Price – 31 receptions for 709 yards and 4 touchdowns (Hilltops)
Field Goals – Mattias Bueno – 8 of 10 (80%) – Rams – David Solie – 16 of 26 (61%) - Hilltops
Leading Tacklers – Isaiah Okolli – 41 tackles (Rams) – Cody Peters – 23 tackles (Hilltops)
The CJFL Banquet of Champions is set for tonight in Saskatoon as the Major Award winners will be recognized.
Both the Langley Rams and Saskatoon Hilltops will be piped in by the traditional bagpipers, the team Presidents will address the audience, the All-Canadians will be announced and a special tribute to Don McDonald will be played.
Then the hardware will be awarded. The nominees are:
Gord Currie Coach of the Year:
BCFC – Bob Reist – Valley Huskers
PFC – Tom Sargeant – Saskatoon Hilltops
OFC – Jason Hayes – Hamilton Hurricanes
Rookie of the Year
BCFC – Eli Nelms-Horton
PFC – Chopper Hippe – Edmonton Wildcats
OFC – Keyshaun Jordan – Hamilton Hurricanes
Larry Wruck Defensive Player of the Year
BCFC – Conor Richard – Okanagan Sun
PFC – Cody Peters – Saskatoon Hilltops
OFC – Zachary Hoffner – Hamilton Hurricanes
Peter Dalla Riva Offensive Player of the Year
BCFC – Julian Wytinck – Valley Huskers
PFC – Jordan Walls – Saskatoon Hilltops
OFC – Jake Marquette – Hamilton Hurricanes
The 111th Canadian Bowl will kick-off Saturday November 17, at 1:00pm at SMF Field in Saskatoon, SK.
Watch the pay per view Canadian Bowl broadcast HERE
Listen to the Saskatoon radio broadcast HERE