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Prairie Conference Major Award Winners

10/25/2019, 4:30pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The best of the best in the Prairies

Photo courtesy of Wanda Harron Photography

The Prairie Conference announced their Most Outstanding Players and Coach of the Year for the 2019 season as a build up to the Prairie championship game on Sunday when the #1 Saskatoon Hilltops host the #3 Edmonton Huskies.

Prairie Conference Outstanding Players:

Coach of the Year – Tom Sargeant – Saskatoon Hilltops (8-0).  He led the Fratmen to another first place finish and home field advantage throughout the Prairie Conference playoffs.

Outstanding Offensive Lineman – Logan Ferland – Regina Thunder

Outstanding Running Back – Brandt Burzuk – Edmonton Huskies – 129 carries for 824 yards, 6 touchdowns

Outstanding Receiver – Isaac Food – Regina Thunder – 31 receptions for 605 yards, 2 touchdowns

Outstanding Quarterback – Blake Scherle – 144 completions, 58.3% completion percentage, 2196 yards, 17 touchdowns, 93.8% passer efficiency  rating

Outstanding Defensive Lineman – Carson Bell – Regina Thunder – 11 tackles, 13 assisted tackles, 2.5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery

Outstanding Linebacker – Jadyn Pingue – Saskatoon Hilltops – 29 tackles, 7 assisted tackles, 1 knockdown, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception

Outstanding Defensive Back – Colton Holmes – Saskatoon Hilltops – 12 tackles, 5 assisted tackles, 2 knockdowns, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception

Outstanding Special Teams Player – Rylan Kleiter – Saskatoon Hilltops – 18/22 field goals, 46 kick-offs, 51.1 yard average

Rookie of the Year – Justin McKerracher – Regina Thunder

Most Valuable Player - Brandt Burzuk – Edmonton Huskies – 129 carries for 824 yards, 6 touchdowns

Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year – Jadyn Pingue – Linebacker – Saskatoon Hilltops – 29 tackles, 7 assisted tackles, 1 knockdown, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception

Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year – Brandt Burzuk - Running Back – Edmonton Huskies – 129 carries for 824 yards, 6 touchdowns

Sunday the Hilltops will host the Huskies in the Prairie Conference championship game with the winner traveling to meet the Ontario Conference champion in the CJFL National Semi-Final game on November 2nd. 

CJFL Players of the Week

10/24/2019, 11:15am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The best players from Week 12

The CJFL is proud to announce the Week 12 Players of the Week.

Offensive Players of the Week

Prairie Conference
RB Ben Abrook – Saskatoon Hilltops

The Hilltops used the ground game to bury the Edmonton Wildcats in their semi-final victory this past weekend.  They were led as usual by that great offensive line and running back Ben Abrook.  The Prairie Conference rushing champ carried 29 times for 153 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

BC Conference
RB Andrew Pocrnic – Langley Rams

He capped off his unbelievable season with a record breaking game.  Andrew Pocrnic carried the rock 19 times for 222 yards and had six touchdowns.   Those six majors helped him set a new CJFL record for touchdowns scored in a single season with 27.  His 26 rushing touchdowns also set a new CJFL record.  He also made three receptions for 34 yards.

Ontario Conference
QB Jake Pow – London Beefeaters

In a fierce defensive battle where points were at a premium quarterback Jake Pow provided all the points the London Beefeaters would need going on the road to defeat the defending OFC champs.  He completed eight of his 15 pass attempts for 128 yards and one touchdown and also scored on a 15 yard touchdown run.

Defensive Players of the Week

Prairie Conference
DB Justin Hodinsky – Edmonton Huskies

In a playoff road win Justin Hodinsky collected 18 defensive points with five tackles and a pair of key interceptions.

BC Conference
LB Tyler Going – Okanagan Sun

In a defensive battle in the rain on Sunday, Tyler Going was a major factor for the Sun.  He tallied five tackles, two interceptions and even assisted on a pair of stops.

Ontario Conference
DL Tom Zarafonitis - Hamilton Hurricanes

Despite the loss, the all-star defensive lineman proved to be a force in the trenches recording five tackles, two sacks and forced a fumble that was recovered by one of his defensive mates.

Special Teams Players of the Week

Prairie Conference
Rylan Kleiter – Saskatoon Hilltops

For the fourth time in the last five weeks Rylan Kleiter wins this award.  He collected eight punts for 299 yards, five kickoffs for 247 yards and was a perfect 4-4 on field goals.

BC Conference
K Isaac Wegner – Okanagan Sun

The Sun punter tallied 12 punts grossing 505 yards and even scored two points in a game where points were at a premium.   He added three kick offs for 130 yards and nailed his only convert attempt.

Ontario Conference
PR/K Harvey Mafuta - GTA Grizzlies

The all-star rookie continues to find new ways to contribute each week and this week Harvey Mafuta and his strong leg was put into service.  He averaged 33.8 yards a kick and his two kickoffs went for 94 yards.  On the other end of the kick, returned two and even contributed one tackle on special teams.   

The CJFL is proud to announce the Week 12 Players of the Week.

Prairie Conference Defensive All-Stars

10/22/2019, 12:30pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The top defensive players in the Prairie Conference

Photo courtesy of Gord Mellor

The Canadian Junior Football League in conjunction with the Prairie Conference is proud to announce the 2019 Conference Defensive All-Stars.

The 2019 Prairie Conference Defensive All-Stars are:

Defensive Line:

Jesse McNabb – Saskatoon Hilltops (second consecutive season) – 26 tackles, 3 sacks

Justin Kwiatkowski – Winnipeg Rifles (second consecutive season)

Carson Bell – Regina Thunder*- 11 tackles, 13 assisted  tackles, 2.5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery

Ronny Bakehe – Edmonton Wildcats – 18 tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 1.5 sacks

Linebackers:

Davin Williamson – Regina Thunder (second consecutive season) – 26 tackles, 8 assisted tackles, 1 knockdown, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception

Brett Van der Korput – Edmonton Huskies* - 29 tackles, 3 assisted stops, 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 interception

Jadyn Pingue – Saskatoon Hilltops – 29 tackles, 7 assisted tackles, 1 knockdown, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception

Chopper Hippe – Edmonton Wildcats – 46 tackles, 6 assisted tackles, 1 knockdown

Defensive Backs:

Justin Hodinsky – Edmonton Huskies* (second consecutive season) – 27 tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 3 knockdowns, 3 interceptions

Colton Holmes – Saskatoon Hilltops* (second consecutive season) - 12 tackles, 5 assisted tackles, 2 knockdowns, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception

Brant Morrow – Saskatoon Hilltops – 15 tackles, 5 assisted tackles, 2 knockdowns, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 3 interceptions, one for a touchdown

Brandyn Martin – Regina Thunder – 20 tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 3 knockdowns, 2 fumble recoveries, 6 interceptions

Cheyvez Campbell – Edmonton Huskies (pictured) – 13 tackles, 4 assisted tackles, 3 knockdowns, 3 fumble recoveries, 6 interceptions

Punter:
Eric Maximuik  -Regina Thunder – 41 punts, 37.8 average, 1 single

Return Specialist:
Ben Wilton – Edmonton Huskies – 9 punt returns for a 12.9 average and 6 kick-off returns for a 34.2 yard average and 1 return for a touchdown of 112 yards

The Prairie Conference is preparing for their Conference title game on Sunday when the Saskatoon Hilltops host the Edmonton Huskies

*unanimous selection