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The Regina Thunder finished third last year in the Prairie Conference and upset the second seeded Edmonton Huskies in the semi-final. Their playoff run ended a week later in Saskatoon as the Hilltops won the Prairie crown with a 36-24 victory.
The Thunder are hoping “lightning” will strike again this season with the Canadian Bowl hosted back in the Prairie Conference. In 2013 the Thunder upset the Hilltops in the Conference final, then hosted and won the Canadian Bowl, dismantling the VI Raiders.
Head coach Scott MacAulay speaks with Ryan Watters following their exhibition game earlier this week as they prepare to host the Hilltops on Saturday evening.
Head Coach: Scott MacAulay (6th season)
2017 Result: finished 5-3, beat the Huskies in the Prairie Conference semi-final then fell to the Hilltops in the Conference final.
Starting QB: Brock Sich (1st season as a starter)
Key Departures: Sawyer Buettner, Victor St. Pierre-Laviolette, Tyson Haubrich
Expected Team Strength: The defensive line has all six are players returning while four of their five offensive line starters are back, so the trenches are shaping up to be the Thunder’s strength this season.
2018 Schedule Quirk: The Thunder will play their final two regular season games on the road in Winnipeg and Calgary on October 7th and 14th. Their last home game is scheduled for September 30th.
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The CJFL is proud to release its first Top 10 Power Rankings of the 2018 season. The BC Conference has already played in two games while the Prairie and Ontario Conferences open this weekend.
Here are the Top 10 Power Rankings:
|1||Saskatoon Hilltops (0-0)||-|
|2||Edmonton Huskies (0-0)||-|
|3||Okanagan Sun (1-0-1)||-|
|4||Hamilton Hurricanes (0-0)||-|
|5||Westshore Rebels (1-0-1)||-|
|6||Windsor AKO Fratmen (0-0)||-|
|7||VI Raiders (1-1)||-|
|8||Regina Thunder (0-0)||-|
|9||Winnipeg Rifles (0-0)||-|
|10||Ottawa Sooners (0-0)||-|
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The Calgary Colts are coming off an up and down season. They would make a coaching change towards the end of last season and missed the playoffs finishing 3-5.
This season they have a new attitude, new coach, new quarterback and a new outlook as they prepare to kick off on Sunday at home. They are looking to get back to the Prairie Conference final, a game they’ve been in three of the last four seasons.
New head coach Tim Kearse is no stranger to the CJFL. He was an assistant on the Colts staff last year and was the head coach of the Westshore Rebels in 2013. He was also the offensive coordinator for the Rebels from 1998-2000. The 58 year old also had a taste of the NFL, playing three games with the Indianapolis Colts in 1987. It seems fate has brought him now to the Calgary Colts.
He speaks to Ryan Watters about the upcoming year.
Head Coach: Tim Kearse (1st year)
2017 Result: 3-5 and missed the Prairie Conference playoffs
Key Departures: Bailey Wasdal, Dylan Minshull, Austin Daisy
Expected Team Strength: The youth of the Colts will be their strength in 2018. They will have the enthusiasm to learn alongside their new head coach and be ready to open the season on Sunday
2018 Schedule Quirk: The Colts will finish the season on the road in three of their last four games. They will travel to Edmonton twice with a stop in Winnipeg sandwiched in between from September 22 – October 6th.