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CJFL Past Commissioner's Winner

11/12/2019, 8:30am PST
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Caleb Haight of the Saskatoon Hilltops

Photo courtesy of Louis Christ Photography

The CJFL Past Commissioner’s award is presented to a player each year that shows commitment to his community and to strive to make it a better place.  Caleb Haight of the Saskatoon Hilltops has done that.

Since 2016 Caleb has ramped up his community involvement and outreach.    He started by driving local inner city kids to court-mandated community service and volunteered at local church youth groups, then caught the bug of giving back.  The following year he became the defensive line coach for the Bedford Road Redhawks high school football team and did that for two seasons.   He also got involved with the Hilltops outreach program by representing the team in various parades and community breakfasts.  He tutored high school debate and volunteered as a judge for local tournaments.

Here in 2019 Caleb added to his community outreach resume by becoming the head coach of the Kensington Stampeders grade five/six-six-a-side football team.  He also volunteered with the Kinsman Hockey League, tying skates and running the scoreboard.  For the second straight year, during the Hilltops high school camp he volunteered his time as the defensive line coach.

Caleb Haight is most deserving of this award as the CJFL Past Commissioner’s award winner for community service.  He is just one of many players across the CJFL giving back in community outreach programs.

For example the BC Conference Ron White Community winner is Mitch Walz of the Okanagan Sun.   This past season Mitch organized a clothing donation for his family and to help the homeless in Kelowna along with volunteering as a coach for the Rutland highschool football team.   He also volunteered his time at the animal rescue farm Hoofprints and to represent the Sun at a number events including Easter Seals, CRIS, KidSport, the BC Games and the Hungry, Hurgry Charity Run.

These are just two of the players across the CJFL making a difference in their communities.

Congratulations Caleb Haight on being named the CJFL Past Commissioner’s Award winner for 2019.

BC Conference Major Award Winners

10/29/2019, 9:30pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The best in BC from the 2019 season

Photo courtesy of Adam Marchetti

The BC Conference announced their Most Outstanding Players and Coach of the Year for the 2019 season as a build up to the Cullen Cup championship game on Saturday afternoon when the #1 Langley Rams host the #2 Westshore Rebels.

BC Conference Outstanding Players:

Ranji Mattu Memorial Coach of the Year – Howie Zaron – Langley Rams (10-0).  He led the Rams to an undefeated regular season and home field advantage throughout the 2019  CJFL playoffs

Outstanding Offensive Lineman – Nikos Lazarakis – Langley Rams

Outstanding Offensive Back – Andrew Pocrnic – Langley Rams – He won the BC Conference rushing title with 1199 yards on 163 carries, averaging 7.4 each time he touched the ball.  He set a new CJFL record with 26 rushing touchdowns.

Outstanding Receiver – North Rainey – VI Raiders – He caught 36 passes for a BC Conference high 729 yards.  He averaged 20.3 yards a catch and hauled in five touchdowns.

Outstanding Defensive Lineman – Cory McCoy – Okanagan Sun – He collected 19 solo tackles, four sacks and knocked down a pass

Outstanding Defensive Linebacker – Tyler Going – Okanagan Sun –Another great season with 32 solo tackles, five assisted tackles, two sacks, two knockdowns, a forced fumble and had two interceptions

Outstanding Defensive Back – Kyle Clarot – Langley Rams (second consecutive season) – He was force in the Rams secondary with 21 tackles, two assisted tackles, 5.5 sacks, four knockdowns, one fumble recovery and had two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown

Outstanding Special Teams – Nik Hunchak – VI Raiders – He connected on four field goals this year, the longest from 30 yards out.  As a punter he showed a big leg with 72 punts averaging 41.9 yards and had five singles.  He added 45 kick-offs averaging 44.1 yards

Return Specialist – Brandon Poulin – Valley Huskers (second consecutive season) – he led the BC Conference with 29 kick-off returns averaging 20.7 yards.  He also had a Conference high 45 punt returns.  Perhaps the highlight of the season however was returning a missed field goal 118 yards for a touchdown.

Rookie of the Year – Linebacker –Abe Fimbo – Kamloops Broncos – The rookie made 38 solo tackles, had three assisted stops, knocked down three passes, blocked a kick and recovered a fumble

Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year – Defensive Back – Kyle Clarot – Langley Rams – What a year in the Rams secondary with 21 tackles, two assisted tackles, 5.5 sacks, four knockdowns, one fumble recovery and had two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown

Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year – Running Back – Andrew Pocrnic – Langley Rams – He set a new CJFL single season touchdown record with 27, won the BC Conference rushing title with 1199 yards on 163 carries, averaging 7.4 each time he touched the ball.  He also set a new CJFL record with 26 rushing touchdowns. Out of the backfield he made 18 receptions for 279 yards and caught a touchdown.

Saturday afternoon the Langley Rams welcome the Westshore Rebels in the 2019 BC Conference Cullen Cup championship game at 2:30pm.  The winner of this game will host the 112th Canadian Bowl game on Saturday November 16th  

 

BC Conference Semi-Final Rewind

10/27/2019, 11:00pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Rams and Rebels advance to Cullen Cup

Photo courtesy of AllSportMedia.ca

Langley Rams 45
Okanagan Sun 15

The Rams are headed back to the BC Conference Cullen Cup championship game after a dominating semi-final victory on Saturday afternoon.   Their running attack was unstoppable gaining 357 yards led by the Conference’s top offensive player Andrew Pocrnic and his 24 carries for 190 yards and two touchdowns.  Maximillian Joseph was also a force on the ground with 12 rushes for 100 yards and quarterback Colby Peters had a rushing touchdown.   

In the absence of starting quarterback Duncan Little, the Rams turned to Peters to lead them offensively.  However he didn’t need to do much thanks to the running attack.  Peters did throw a pair of touchdown passes to Khalik Johnson.

Defensively the Rams were rock solid forcing seven turnovers including five interceptions.  Ryan Barthelson had two of them and a 30 yard pick-six.  Meanwhile Nick Sorace tallied two of their three sacks.

The Sun kept the game close in the first quarter with a 7-7 tie, but it didn’t last long.  Their two touchdowns came on pass plays when Alex Douglas spotted Kyle Zakala and Kaden Wagner for majors.  In all Douglas threw for 113 yards and those two touchdowns, however the five interceptions was his undoing.

On the defence Tyler Going made eight tackles and Donovin Small picked off a pass.

The Rams will now host the Westshore Rebels in the BC Conference Cullen Cup on Saturday for the right to host the 112th Canadian Bowl.

Westshore Rebels 17
VI Raiders 7

The all Island BC Conference semi-final didn’t disappoint in a very physical game with Rebels using homefield to clinch the playoff win.

Neither team had a lot of success moving the football nor did it show on the scoreboard.  As a matter of fact the Rebels were held out of the end zone despite winning the game.  Kicker Will Hughes was dynamite connecting on all five field goal attempts.  He hit from 13, 22, 25, 29 and 39 yards out to account for all but two Rebels points.  Quarterback Shawn Lal had 11 completions for 191 yards finding Nathan Falito three times for 108 yards.

Defensively the Rebels forced five turnovers and three sacks.  Maleek Womack had an interception, two tackles and a knockdown and Austin Morgan had three tackles and a sack holding the Raiders run game to 93 yards.

The Raiders turned to quarterback Jake Laberge on Saturday night who completed 13 passes for 177 yards but threw two interceptions.  He did find North Rainey seven times for 109 yards and Andre Goulbourne scored the lone touchdown of the game.

The Rebels advance to the BC Conference Cullen Cup championship game on Saturday afternoon when they travel to face the Langley Rams with the winner hosting the 112th Canadian Bowl.