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Sooners Announce New Head Coach

05/21/2019, 11:15pm PDT
By Supplied

The Ottawa Sooners have announced Wayne Jacobs

The Ottawa Sooners will have a new man at the helm this season as they have announced former star quarterback Wayne Jacobs as their new head coach.

Jacobs enjoyed a very successful playing career which included an outstanding stint quarterbacking the Sooners and was highly recruited across North America. He left Ottawa for Texas to quarterback for the University of Texas-El Paso Miners (NCAA Divison 1). After UTEP, he returned home to be the starting quarterback for the University of Ottawa GeeGees.

Following his collegiate career, Jacobs travelled to Europe to play professionally. He played for the Lyon Falcons (France 1st Division), Landquart/Calanda Broncos (Euro and Swiss Premier League), and the Oslo Vikings (Norwegian 1st Division and Euro Champions League).

Since retiring from his playing days Jacobs has been coaching quarterbacks for over 20 years. His coaching career started at the tender age of 17 at the city and high school level. When his playing career took him to Europe, Jacobs brought his extensive coaching knowledge and passion with him to the European leagues.  He served as the offensive coordinator and then head coach of the Oslo Under-19 Team. He also spent time working with the quarterbacks for the Swiss Junior National Team.

Once returning to Canada, Jacobs expanded his resume serving as the quarterback coach for the University of Ottawa GeeGees, the CEGEP d’Outaouais Griffons, the head coach of the Ottawa Invaders, and the passing game coordinator and quarterback coach for the Saint Mary’s University Huskies.

He is currently coaching in Europe, but will return to the Sooners in plenty of time before they open the season August 17th when they travel to Hamilton to take on the Hurricanes.

Richards Named Top Dog

05/03/2019, 12:00am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Nine former CJFL players were selected in the CFL Draft

It was an incredible day for the CJFL with nine former players being selected in the CFL Draft on Thursday.

Not only was the Draft incredible but it was a historical one as Shane Richards becomes just the third player with CJFL experience to be selected #1 overall.  The offensive lineman tips the scales at 6’8 and 325 pounds and was taken by the Toronto Argos.  Former Okanagan Sun Chad Folk was taken in the top spot in 1997 and former Edmonton Huskie Simeon Rottier was selected #1 overall by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2009.

He was a standout for the Calgary Colts before getting an opportunity to shine in the Big 12 at Oklahoma State University (OSU).

In March Richards declined to participate at the CFL National Combine after performing the same drills the week before at the OSU Pro Day.  He hit 22 reps on the bench and reached 27 inches in the vertical jump.

He was in Toronto earlier this week meeting with the Argos and was potentially discussing a contract.

The seven other CJFL players taken in Thursday’s draft include the following:

Rd 3 Pick 28 - Zack Williams - Rifles – Calgary Stampeders

Rd 4 Pick 33 - Hakeem Johnson - Beefs – BC Lions

Rd 5 Pick 40 - Shai Ross - Sun – Edmonton Eskimos

Rd 5 Pick 42 - Jonathan Harke - Wildcats – BC Lions

Rd 6 Pick 49 - Charles Nwoye - Rams – BC Lions

Rd 6 Pick 52 - Tariq Lachance - Rifles/Colts – Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Rd 6 Pick 54 - Chris Larsen - Rebels - Ottawa RedBlacks

Rd 8 Pick 69 - Jamel Lyles - Rebels – BC Lions

 

Prairie Conference Schedule 2019

04/15/2019, 9:45am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The PFC will open play on August 17th

The CJFL and Prairie Conference (PFC) have released their 2019 schedule that will see the six member conference open the CJFL season on August 17th and 18th.  

The PFC runners up last year the Edmonton Huskies will host the Calgary Colts on that Saturday night at 7:00pm at Clarke Park.  The five-time defending Canadian Bowl champion Saskatoon Hilltops will travel to Winnipeg to take on the Rifles on that Sunday afternoon.  Meanwhile at that same time the Edmonton Wildcats will entertain the Regina Thunder at 1:00pm at Clarke Park.

The teams will play an eight week regular season schedule concluding on October 13th.   The following weekend will see the top four teams advancing to the playoffs.  Then the Prairie Conference final will be played on October 27th.  

The winner of the Prairie finale will then travel to Ontario to complete in the national semi-final game on Saturday November 3rd.   The winner of this game will head to BC to face the Cullen Cup champs in the 2019 Canadian Bowl.