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CJFL Football Canada Players of the Week

10/16/2018, 10:30am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The best of the best from the regular season finale

The CJFL is proud to announce the Football Canada Players of the Week following Week 11 of the regular season.

Now FANS you can VOTE for your favourite to be named the CJFL.  Polls close at 4:00pm PST/7:00pm EST on Wednesday.  VOTE HERE

Offensive Players of the Week

Ontario Conference
RB Minkah Abdullah – GTA Grizzlies

With a possible playoff berth on the line Minkah Abdullah had the performance of the CJFL season.  In leading the Grizzlies to a playoff clinching victory he carried the ball 36 times for an incredible 362 yards and two touchdowns.  His yardage set a new Ontario Conference record for a single game total.

BC Conference
RB Rhett Williams – VI Raiders

The Raiders ran the ball to near perfection last weekend in their victory over the Valley Huskers.  The ground assault was led by Rhett Williams who carried the rock 27 times for 247 yards and had a touchdown.  With the win the Raiders clinched third place in the Conference.

Prairie Conference
RB Josh Ewanchyna – Saskatoon Hilltops

For the fourth straight week Ewanchyna has turned in an individual performance worthy enough to win this award.  On Sunday he was a force collecting 177 of the Hilltops 206 yards on the ground on 27 carries.  He also rushed for an incredible four touchdowns.

Defensive Players of the Week

Ontario Conference
DB Jacob Mandel – GTA Grizzlies

Not to be outdone by the Grizzlies’ offence the GTA defence shut down the Ottawa Sooners on route to a playoff berth and their first ever win over the Sooners.  Seemingly all over the field Jacob Mandel was a key force in keeping the Sooners off the score board.  He collected 10 solo tackles, had a knockdown, forced a fumble, and recovered it plus had an interception for a total of 30 defensive points.

BC Conference
DB Gevhahn McNally-Hardisty – VI Raiders

What a game for the veteran defensive back as the Raiders locked down third place in the standings.  He was a ball hawk intercepting three passes, blocked a kick, forced a fumble, knocked down a pass, had three tackles and assisted on one.

Prairie Conference
LB Vince Schiffner – Edmonton Huskies

He was everywhere on Sunday in the Huskies lopsided victory.  Schiffner recorded a 104 yard pick-six, recovered a fumble and returned it 25 yards for a major, had seven solo tackles and had a sack.

Special Teams Players of the Week

Ontario Conference
K Gagon Bains – GTA Grizzlies

When the Grizzlies were unable to put the ball in the end zone against the Sooners, kicker Gagon Bains continually flipped the field punting the ball.  Averaging 34.7 yards on his six punts he was able to constantly pin the Sooners in their own end.  In addition to his effective punting Bains also kicked one field goal and converted on four of his five converts.

BC Conference
R Brandon Poulin – Valley Huskers

The BC Conference All-Star helped give his offence excellent field position returning 10 kicks 196 yards.  Specifically he returned six punts for 90 yards, three kick-offs for 73 yards and even returned a missed field goal 33 yards.

Prairie Conference
R Ethan Douglas – Regina Thunder

Douglas showed the rest of the Prairie Conference why teams should kick away from the speedster.   He returned a punt 107 yards for a touchdown on Sunday and averaged 64 yards a return.

Fans the polls are now open HERE.  Vote for your favourite to be named the CJFL Fans Choice Player of the Week.  Polls close at 4:00pm PST/7:00pm EST on Wednesday.

BC Conference Summary - Week 11

10/14/2018, 9:00pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Sun, Rams and Raiders each win

Photo courtesy of Brenda Fletcher

VI Raiders 22
Valley Huskers 14

The Raiders clinched third place in the BC Conference on Saturday and used the ground game to near perfection.

Led by Rhett Williams the Raiders gained 295 yards on the ground.  Williams was incredible gathering 247 of those yards on 27 carries and scored a touchdown.  Quarterback Jacob Laberge also scored a major on the ground.

Through the air Laberge completed only seven passes, but one of them was a 78 yard touchdown strike to North Rainey.

Defensively the Raiders forced nine turnovers and Gevhahn McNally-Hardisty was simply outstanding.  He had three interceptions and forced fumble, plus blocked a kick.  Shawn Arabsky also picked off a pass and recovered a fumble.

The Huskers relied on the pass and the All-Star arm of Julian Wytinck.  He completed 21 passes for 330 yards and through a pair of touchdown passes.   Both Anthony Dyck and Brandon Poulin caught majors.    Remis Tshiovo hauled in five passes for a game high 137 yards.

On the defensive side the Huskers forced three interceptions and had two sacks. All-Star Dawson Davis had one of the interceptions and a game high seven tackles.

The Raiders (6-4) will travel to Langley to face the Rams (7-3) for Saturday’s semi-final while the Huskers (6-4) will visit the first place Okanagan Sun (7-2-1) for Sunday’s semi.

Langley Rams 26
Kamloops Broncos 22

The Broncos nearly shocked the CJFL on Saturday night giving the Rams all they could handle.

Offensively the Rams were led by their passing attack.  Quarterback Duncan Lilttle was 21 of 30 for 248 yards and threw a pair of touchdowns.  Tristan Yanciw also played completing four passes including a touchdown.   Liam Stewart, Nick Agnoletto and Victor Belanger each caught a major.

On the defensive side the Rams forced four turnovers including interceptions from Anthony Blackwell and All-Star Kyle Clarot.  Isaiah Okoli had a pair of sacks.

Meanwhile the Broncos put up a great fight and rookie quarterback Reid Vankoughnett had his best game finishing 17 of 32 for 329 yards and threw a 45 yard touchdown pass to Gabe Saklofsky.  His favourite target however was Thijs Duineveld who caught five passes for 168 yards.    Vankoughnett also ran for a touchdown.

Defensively Andrew Baerg had a team high six tackles and Darby Kwan had a sack.

Saturday night the Rams (7-3) will host the VI Raiders (6-4) in a BC Conference semi-final while the Broncos (0-10) finish winless for the first time in franchise history.

Okanagan Sun 25
Westshore Rebels 9

The Sun secured first place in the BC Conference on Sunday with a win over the Rebels with their back-up quarterback.

Matthew Mahler was 12 of 20 for 220 yards on Saturday and threw a 90 yard catch and run touchdown to Kelton Kouri.  On the ground Kouri also scored a touchdown on 12 carries and 53 yards.  He would finish with 153 all-purpose yards.

On the defensive side Conor Richard blocked his sixth kick of the season, tying a single season CJFL record.  TJ Bucel also blocked a kick.  The Sun collected six sacks as Ryan Marquardt and Austin Bowes each had a pair.

The Rebels offence sputtered gaining just 66 yards on the ground.    Quarterback Mason Brown was 13 of 23 through the air for 216 yards and threw a touchdown pass Byron MacKinnon.  In his final CJFL game D’Saun Greenaway had a game high six catches for 114 yards.

Defensively they tallied three sacks and Maleek Womack had an interception and a tackle.

On Sunday the Sun (7-2-1) will host the Valley Huskers (6-4) in a semi-final, while the Rebels (3-6-1) season comes to a close.

GAME DAY! Head to Head

10/12/2018, 11:00pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

It's the last weekend of the regular season

Photo  courtesy of Matthew Hamilton

Saturday Finals

VI Raiders 22 - Valley Huskers 14

Langley Rams 26 - Kamloops Broncos 22

Okanagan Sun 25 - Westshore Rebels 9

GTA Grizzlies 39 - Ottawa Sooners 0


Edmonton Wildcats @ Edmonton Huskies – Sunday October 14, 1:00pm – Clarke Stadium | WATCH HERE

Head to Head:

Records –Wildcats 2-5 – Huskies 5-2
Points For – Wildcats 149 – Huskies 267
Points Allowed –Wildcats 178 – Huskies 111

Passing Leaders – Justin Swedish – 65 of 135 (48%) for 989 yards, 6 touchdowns – Tommy Yanchuk – 103 of 181 (57%) for 1440 yards, 9 touchdowns (Huskies)

Rushing Leaders – Brayden Chilibeck – 37 carries for 163 yards, 1 touchdown (Wildcats) – Brandt Burzuk – 90 carries for 632 yards, 7 touchdowns (Huskies)

Receiving Leaders – Kiefer Moak – 14 receptions for 297 yards (Wildcats) – Sam Clayton – 23 receptions for 364 yards, 4 touchdowns (Huskies)

Leading Tacklers – Jayden Dalke – 39 tackles (Wildcats) – Jassen Brown – 29 tackles (Huskies)

Turnovers – Wildcats +2 – Huskies +3

Winnipeg Rifles @ Saskatoon Hilltops – Sunday October 14, 1:00pm – SMF Field | WATCH HERE | Hilltops radio call HERE

Head to Head:

Records – Rifles 3-4 – Hilltops 7-0
Points For – Rifles 151 – Hilltops 354
Points Allowed – Rifles 168 – Hilltops 63

Passing Leaders – Riley Naujoks – 53 of 116 (46%) for 667 yards, 7 touchdowns (Rifles) – Jordan Walls – 107 of 177 (60%) for 1733 yards, 15 touchdowns (Hilltops)

Rushing Leaders – Mathe Mitayango – 73 carries for 334 yards, 1 touchdown (Rifles) – Josh Ewanchyna – 107 carries for 830 yards, 11 touchdowns (Hilltops)

Receiving Leaders – Brendan Naujoks – 24 receptions for 310 yards, 2 touchdowns (Rifles) – Jason Price – 26 receptions for 586 yards, 4 touchdowns (Hilltops)

Leading Tacklers – Donovan Hillary – 28 tackles (Rifles) – Cody Peters – 22 tackles (Hilltops)

Turnovers – Rifles +4 – Hilltops +19

Regina Thunder @ Calgary Colts – Sunday October 14, 1:00pm – McMahon Stadium | WATCH HERE

Head to Head:

Records – Thunder 4-3 – Colts 0-7
Points For – Thunder 170 – Colts 23
Points Allowed – Thunder 197 – Colts 397

Passing Leaders – Brock Sich – 107 of 188 (57%) for 1573 yards, 10 touchdowns (Thunder) – Cole Belway – 75 of 175 (43%) for 814 yards, 2 touchdowns (Colts)

Rushing Leaders – Brayden Long – 73 carries for 374 yards, 1 touchdown (Thunder) – David Bowers – 46 carries for 152 yards (Colts)

Receiving Leaders – Lee Brown – 34 receptions for 470 yards, 3 touchdowns (Thunder) – Brandon MacIsaac – 16 receptions for 289 yards, 1 touchdown (Colts)

Leading Tacklers – Davin Williamson – 35 tackles (Thunder) – Ndaba Zulu – 24 tackles (Colts)

Turnovers – Thunder -2 – Colts -26