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The Ontario Conference announced their Most Outstanding Players and Coach of the Year for the 2019 season as a build up to the Ontario championship game on Saturday when the #1 Windsor AKO Fratmen host the #3 London Beefeaters
Ontario Conference Outstanding Players:
Coach of the Year – Mike LaChance – Windsor AKO Fratmen (7-1). He led the Fratmen to another first place finish and home field advantage throughout the Ontario playoffs.
Outstanding Offensive Lineman – Matt Bettencourt – London Beefeaters AND James Sides – Hamilton Hurricanes
Outstanding Defensive Lineman – Tom Zarafonaitis – Hamilton Hurricanes (second consecutive year) – 5.5 sacks, 13 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 1 forced fumble and 2 fumble recoveries
Alex Stajic Memorial Special Teams – Dante Fornasiero – Windsor AKO Fratmen (second straight year)
Return Specialist – Harvey Mafuta – GTA Grizzlies – 14 kick-off returns averaging 28.1 yards and a 109 yard TD. 11 punt returns, 18.1 yard average and a 65 yard punt return for a touchdown
Offensive Rookie of the Year – Harvey Mafuta – GTA Grizzlies – 18 receptions for 352 yards, 2 touchdowns, 15 rushing yards, 1 touchdown
Defensive Rookie of the Year – Mark Straw – GTA Grizzlies – 30 tackles, 5 assisted tackles, 3 sacks, 1 blocked kick, 1 knockdown, 1 interception
Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year – Linebacker Mark Straw – GTA Grizzlies – 30 tackles, 5 assisted tackles, 3 sacks, 1 blocked kick, 1 knockdown, 1 interception
Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year – Receiver Cody Holmes – Windsor AKO Fratmen – 45 receptions, 683 yards, 12 touchdowns
Saturday the Fratmen will host the Beefeaters in the Ontario Conference championship game with the winner hosting the Prairie Conference champion in the CJFL National Semi-Final game on November 2nd.
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Edmonton Huskies 20
Regina Thunder 17
The Huskies punched their ticket to the Prairie Conference final for the second straight year with a three point road victory over the Thunder on Sunday.
The defence stood tall for the Huskies, after the offence scored 15 of their 20 points in the first quarter. They held the Thunder to just 70 yards rushing and focused on slowing down the passing attack. They forced three turnovers led by Justin Hodinsky who had two interceptions and five solo tackles. Team leading tackler Tadi Siwira collected another three stops, two assisted tackles and had a knockdown.
On the offensive side quarterback Declan O’Flaherty was outstanding completing 29 passes for 375 yards and a pair of first quarter touchdown passes. His favourite target was Sam Clayton who hauled in 11 receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown. Ronnie Oling also had a major on five catches.
The Thunder started rolling in the second half, scoring 13 of their 17 points but still came up a bit short. Quarterback Blake Scherle had a big game completing 21 passes for 294 yards and had an 18 yard rushing touchdown. But it was his two interceptions that hurt the Thunder. Running back Maxwell Foerster had the other touchdown for the home side.
The defence did hold the Huskies to just 89 yards on the ground, but it was the passing game they struggled to stop. Brandyn Martin was the best defender on the field with a game high nine solo tackles while Davin Williamson had four and a knockdown.
The Huskies move onto the Prairie Conference title game in Saskatoon on Sunday in a rematch of last year’s championship game. The winner will head to Ontario for the CJFL National Semi-Final.
Saskatoon Hilltops 31
Edmonton Wildcats 7
The Hilltops jumped out to a 14 point lead in the first quarter and never looked back. As they do so often the ground game controlled the play led by Ben Abrook and his 29 carries for 153 yards and he scored two touchdowns. In all the Hilltops chewed up 229 yards on the ground.
Quarterback Tyler Hermann seemed content to hand the ball off. However when they needed a pass he was there and more often than not made a positive play by completing 10 passes for 125 yards and threw two touchdowns in his playoff debut as a starter. Both touchdown passes were caught by Rylan Kleiter, which were the only balls he caught on the afternoon.
Defensively the Hilltops forced five turnovers and Jared Giddings had two of them, including intercepting a pass and forcing and recovering a fumble. Evan Mantyka had eight tackles and Jesse McNabb had six and shared a sack.
The Wildcats tried to tie up the Hilltops defensively by starting Devin Desormeau at quarterback rather than Dante Tabacu. Desormeau had a decent game completing 24 passes for 200 yards and found Tanner Holt for a second quarter touchdown.
On the defensive side Rony Bakehe had four tackles and the lone sack while Tony Savchuk intercepted a pass.
The Hilltops will now host the Edmonton Huskies for the second straight season in the Prairie Conference final on Sunday at 1:00pm at SMF Field.
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GTA Grizzlies @ Windsor AKO Fratmen – Sunday October 20, 5:00pm – Alumni Field | WATCH HERE
For the first time in the CJFL post season the Fratmen and Grizzlies match-up in an Ontario Conference semi-final. The winner will meet the London Beefeaters in the Conference final next weekend.
During this past regular season these two teams met twice with the Fratmen winning both games easily. They played in Week 1 in Windsor with the Fratmen shutting them out 26-0, then met again on September 22nd in Etobicoke with the Fratmen again dominating winning 60-30.
This will truly be a “David vs. Goliath” match-up. The Fratmen won seven games this year while the Grizzlies won two. The Frat scored 261 more points than their opponents and gave up 109 fewer points.
The Grizzlies will need to find a way to contain a pair of interchangeable quarterbacks. Both Colton Allen and Daniel Mailloux were named Ontario Conference All-Stars combining for a CJFL record setting 41 passing touchdowns to go along with their 2900 yards. Of those 41 touchdown passes 21of them went to Jared Hayes-Williams and Cody Holmes who also combined for 1464 yards on 95 receptions.
Speaking of dynamic players the Grizzlies have Harvey Mafuta on their roster who has been one of, if not the best all-around player in CJFL history and doesn’t leave the field. Offensively he collected 18 receptions for 352 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively he had 29 tackles, a knockdown and three interceptions. Then on Specials he returned 14 kick-offs averaging 28.1 yards and had a 109 yard return for a touchdown, plus added 11 punt returns averaging 18.1 yards and had a 65 yard return for a major. He also had five Special Teams tackles. All of this as a rookie!
While the Grizzlies are scheming to get the ball into Mafuta’s hands, the Fratmen are scheming to keep the ball out of his hands. Their unit doesn’t give up much, recording three shutouts this season. All-Star linebacker Blake Ouellette leads the way with 23 tackles and 6.5 sacks. Teammates Jalen Butcher and Dante Fornasiero each had four interceptions while Dalmas Lynch had three and a pick-six. As a matter of fact the Fratmen defence led the Conference with 41 takeaways including 19 interceptions.
Head to Head
Records – Grizzlies 2-6 – Fratmen 7-1
Points For – Grizzlies 114 – Fratmen 375
Points Allowed – Grizzlies 249 – Fratmen 140
Passing Leaders – Malachi Morrison – 75 of 173 (43%), 889 yards, 3 touchdowns (Grizzlies) - Daniel Mailloux – 93 of 179 (52%), 1700 yards, 21 touchdowns (Fratmen)
Rushing Leaders - Malachi Morrison – 35 carries for 205 yards, 2 touchdowns (Grizzlies) – Nash Preiur – 68 carries for 443 yards, 3 touchdowns (Fratmen)
Receiving Leaders – Harvey Mafuta – 18 receptions for 352 yards, 2 touchdowns (Grizzlies) – Jared Hayes-Williams – 50 receptions for 781 yards, 9 touchdowns (Fratmen)
Leading Tacklers – Mark Straw – 30 tackles (Grizzlies) – Blake Ouellette – 23 tackles (Fratmen)
Turnovers – Grizzlies +3 – Fratmen +10