The CJFL is proud to announce the Players of the Week from Championship Saturday this past weekend.
Offensive Players of the Week
WR Liam Stewart – Langley Rams
What a time to have his best offensive game of the season! Liam Stewart hauled in three passes for a game high 107 yards, averaging 35.7 yards a catch. He was instrumental keeping the Rams moving in the right direction.
WR Connor Graham – Saskatoon Hilltops
Saturday night the Hilltops cruised to a CJFL semi-final victory behind the play of receiver Connor Graham. He made four receptions for 154 yards and scored three touchdowns. His average reception of 38.5 yards set a new CJFL Interconference record for the highest reception average and his three touchdowns tied the record.
Defensive Players of the Week
DB Kyle Clarot – Langley Rams
The Rams DB continues to add to his achievements this season as he helped lead his team’s defence to another Cullen Cup title. Kyle Clarot finished the BC Conference championship game with two solo tackles, had a knockdown and forced a fumble while locking down the Westshore Rebels’ top receivers.
DL Tristan Hering – Saskatoon Hilltops
The Hilltops defence was outstanding on Saturday night in giving up just one point in London. Tristan Hering was a big reason for that recording three sacks, three tackles and a special teams tackle.
Special Teams Players of the Week
K/WR Will Hughes – Westshore Rebels
During the Cullen Cup Will Hughes accounted for 10 of the 12 points the Rebels would score. He kicked a 28 yard field goal, caught a touchdown pass and kicked the convert. He also tried to flip the field with his seven punts for 262 yards, an average of 37 yards a kick. He added three kick-offs for 174 yards.
K/WR Rylan Kleiter – Saskatoon Hilltops
Another week and another Player of the Week award for Hilltops’ kicker Rylan Kleiter. He booted three field goals and six converts in the national semi-final game. He also got his work done kicking off seven times for 322 yards. He joined the offensive push from the Hilltops and made a 36 yard reception.
Langley Rams 35
Westshore Rebels 12
The BC Conference Cullen Cup game on Saturday was tight for the first three quarters as both teams traded blows and going into halftime the Rams led 9-7.
With the score 15-10 Rams going into the fourth quarter the outcome was still in doubt as both defences were not giving up much. However in the final frame the Rams exploded for 20 points and rode the momentum to their second straight Cullen Cup championship.
Offensively, yards were hard to come by for both teams, especially on the ground. Without starting quarterback Duncan Little available for the Rams they turned to Colby Peters who threw for 200 yards on 12 completions and found Khalik Johnson for a touchdown. Peters also scored on a one-yard touchdown plunge. Liam Stewart hauled in three passes for 107 yards and was named the Cullen Cup Offensive Player of the Game. Meanwhile the BC Conference Offensive Player of the Year running back Andrew Pocrnic didn’t find much room to move gaining 81 yards on 14 carries.
Backup quarterback Tristan Secord-Yanciw saw action and ran for two touchdowns and Maximilian Joseph got in the end zone on a run as well.
Defensively the Rams forced seven turnovers and had three sacks. Colton De Jong was outstanding with a pair of sacks, one tackle and recovered a fumble. The BC Conference Defensive Player of the Year Kyle Clarot was also named the Defensive Player of the Cullen Cup with two tackles, a knockdown and a forced fumble.
The Rebels kept things close with the Rams until the final quarter behind a great defensive effort. They created four turnovers including an interception from Ronan MacSilver and fumble recovery by Bryon Mackinnon in his final CJFL game. Jason Pyper blocked a kick and Leo Ingram and Austin Morgan collected sacks.
Offensively the Rebels didn’t manufacture much. Quarterback Shawn Lal completed just nine passes for 164 yards and found Will Hughes for their lone touchdown. The ground game would only gain 20 yards.
The Rams will now host the Saskatoon Hilltops in the 112th Canadian Bowl in a repeat of last year’s championship game in Saskatchewan. This is the fourth time in eight seasons the Rams and Hilltops meet in the finale with the Hilltops winning the three previous match-ups. This year’s game is set for Saturday November 16 at 1:00pm at McLeod Stadium.
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For the first time in Conference history the Langley Rams and Westshore Rebels will meet in the Cullen Cup championship game. The stakes are high in this first meeting as the winner will host the 112th Canadian Bowl in two weeks.
Since 2000 the Rebels and Rams have met seven times in the playoffs, all in a BC Conference semi-final. The Rebels have won five of those meetings with the last game coming in 2017 when they beat the Rams 57-14. In the seven meetings the Rebels have outscored the Rams 220-135.
When it comes to Cullen Cup championship games the Rams organization have been here 13 times before winning eight of them since 1982 including their last two appearances. The Rebels on the other hand have been in this game seven times since ’82 and have won only twice; winning in 2016 and 2003.
However that was then and his is now and all those previous match-ups mean nothing on Saturday at McLeod Stadium. The Rams haven’t lost a game this season and have beaten the Rebels twice this year outscoring them 94-33.
Offensively the Rams have used their well balanced attack against the Rebels. On the ground Andrew Pocrnic has rushed for 285 yards in the seasonal series on 43 carries and has scored five touchdowns. Meanwhile quarterback Duncan Little has thrown for five touchdown passes on 22 completions and has 437 passing yards. He averaged 19.9 yards a completion. Jarryd Taylor hauled in eight of those passes three for touchdowns and Khalik Johnson has two more touchdowns and 114 yards.
On the other side the Rebels haven’t had as much success on the ground. They have been held to 44 yards with one touchdown. Quarterback Shawn Lal has had to use his arm to move the ball against the Rams defence. He has completed 33 passes for 419 yards and three touchdowns. Brycen Mayoh has caught two of those majors.
Neither team will hold back on Saturday, with the winner hosting the Canadian Bowl. The last two times the National championship game has been held in BC, it was in Westshore in 2016 and Langley in 2014. It will be in one of these venues again here in 2019.
Head to Head
Records – Rebels 0-2 (overall 8-2) – Rams 2-0 (overall 10-0)
Points For – Rebels 33 (overall 279) - Rams 94 (overall 453)
Points Against – Rebels 94 (overall 195) – Rams 33 (overall 105)
Passing Leaders – Shawn Lal – 138 of 260 (53.1%), 2206 yards, 16 touchdowns (Rebels) – Duncan Little – 100 of 168 (59.5%) 1866 yards, 20 touchdowns (Rams)
Rushing Leaders – Zach Lubin – 155 carries for 785 yards 8 touchdowns (Rebels) – Andrew Pocrnic – 163 carries for 1199 yards, 26 touchdowns (Rams)
Receiving Leaders – Hayden Crothers – 36 receptions for 541 yards, 4 touchdowns (Rebels) – Khalik Johnson -32 receptions for 569 yards, 9 touchdowns (Rams)
Leading Tacklers – Maleek Womack – 24 tackles (Rebels) – Cole Barron – 28 tackles (Rams)
Turnovers – Rebels +16 – Rams +12