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The BC Conference announced their Most Outstanding Players and Coach of the Year for the 2019 season as a build up to the Cullen Cup championship game on Saturday afternoon when the #1 Langley Rams host the #2 Westshore Rebels.
BC Conference Outstanding Players:
Ranji Mattu Memorial Coach of the Year – Howie Zaron – Langley Rams (10-0). He led the Rams to an undefeated regular season and home field advantage throughout the 2019 CJFL playoffs
Outstanding Offensive Lineman – Nikos Lazarakis – Langley Rams
Outstanding Offensive Back – Andrew Pocrnic – Langley Rams – He won the BC Conference rushing title with 1199 yards on 163 carries, averaging 7.4 each time he touched the ball. He set a new CJFL record with 26 rushing touchdowns.
Outstanding Receiver – North Rainey – VI Raiders – He caught 36 passes for a BC Conference high 729 yards. He averaged 20.3 yards a catch and hauled in five touchdowns.
Outstanding Defensive Lineman – Cory McCoy – Okanagan Sun – He collected 19 solo tackles, four sacks and knocked down a pass
Outstanding Defensive Linebacker – Tyler Going – Okanagan Sun –Another great season with 32 solo tackles, five assisted tackles, two sacks, two knockdowns, a forced fumble and had two interceptions
Outstanding Defensive Back – Kyle Clarot – Langley Rams (second consecutive season) – He was force in the Rams secondary with 21 tackles, two assisted tackles, 5.5 sacks, four knockdowns, one fumble recovery and had two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown
Outstanding Special Teams – Nik Hunchak – VI Raiders – He connected on four field goals this year, the longest from 30 yards out. As a punter he showed a big leg with 72 punts averaging 41.9 yards and had five singles. He added 45 kick-offs averaging 44.1 yards
Return Specialist – Brandon Poulin – Valley Huskers (second consecutive season) – he led the BC Conference with 29 kick-off returns averaging 20.7 yards. He also had a Conference high 45 punt returns. Perhaps the highlight of the season however was returning a missed field goal 118 yards for a touchdown.
Rookie of the Year – Linebacker –Abe Fimbo – Kamloops Broncos – The rookie made 38 solo tackles, had three assisted stops, knocked down three passes, blocked a kick and recovered a fumble
Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year – Defensive Back – Kyle Clarot – Langley Rams – What a year in the Rams secondary with 21 tackles, two assisted tackles, 5.5 sacks, four knockdowns, one fumble recovery and had two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown
Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year – Running Back – Andrew Pocrnic – Langley Rams – He set a new CJFL single season touchdown record with 27, won the BC Conference rushing title with 1199 yards on 163 carries, averaging 7.4 each time he touched the ball. He also set a new CJFL record with 26 rushing touchdowns. Out of the backfield he made 18 receptions for 279 yards and caught a touchdown.
Saturday afternoon the Langley Rams welcome the Westshore Rebels in the 2019 BC Conference Cullen Cup championship game at 2:30pm. The winner of this game will host the 112th Canadian Bowl game on Saturday November 16th
The CJFL is proud to announce the Week 12 Players of the Week.
Offensive Players of the Week
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Photo courtesy of Erich Eichhorn - AllSportMedia.ca
VI Raiders 13
Valley Huskers 6
The Raiders win on Saturday helped them finish third in the Conference. They scored 10 of their 13 points in the first half and then their defence took over.
Offensively quarterback Cole McGarvey finished with 11 completions for 164 yards and threw a major to Alex Bonnetplume for their lone touchdown of the contest. Kicker Nickolas Hunchak added to the scoring with a 30 yard field goal.
Defensively the Raiders held the Huskers to 128 yards of total offence and forced five turnovers. Gevhahn McNally-Hardisty, Tyler Hill and Ethan Moran intercepted passes and Nicholas Robinson collected three sacks.
The lone Huskers score came on the defensive side when Braeden Johnson picked up a loose ball and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown.
The Raiders (5-5) advance to the CJFL Canadian Bowl Championship Series and are the third seed in the BC Conference. They will travel to face the Westshore Rebels (8-2) in a semi-final this coming weekend.
Langley Rams 64
Kamloops Broncos 3
The Rams become the first team to finish undefeated in the BC Conference since 2015 after dismantling the Broncos on Saturday.
The night belonged to running back Andrew Pocrnic who with his six rushing touchdowns set a new CJFL record for most touchdowns in a single season with 27. His 26 rushing touchdowns also set a new CJFL mark. He finished the game with 222 yards on 19 carries.
All-Star quarterback Duncan Little had the night off, so a pair of backups had a chance to shine. Trey Jones threw a touchdown pass to Jesse Walker.
The Rams “D” forced six turnovers including a 39 yard pick-six from Michael Baerg.
The lone Broncos points came from the leg of Landon Munk and a 17 yard field goal.
This coming weekend the Rams (10-0) will host the Okanagan Sun (5-5) in the CJFL Canadian Bowl Championship Series. The winner will play for the BC Conference Cullen Cup.
Westshore Rebels 16
Okanagan Sun 9
In the driving rain on Vancouver Island the Rebels managed to win a sloppy game and lock down the second seed in the BC Conference.
Zach Lubin carried the majority of the load for the Rebels with 28 rushes for 162 yard and scored a touchdown. Quarterback Shawn Lal threw for 136 yards and found Kael Leachman for a major.
The Rebels didn’t give up much of the defensive side and forced four turnovers including three fumbles. Jesse Zajaros recovered one of them and had three tackles.
With the loss the Sun drop to the fourth seed and really couldn’t get much going against the Rebels. They threw for just 46 yards but did find some success on the ground behind Kelton Kouri’s 119 yards on 16 carries.
The Sun defence kept the game close and produced the lone touchdown. Garret Cape picked up a fumble and returned it 40 yards for the score. Tyler Going recorded a pair of sacks and had five tackles.
The Rebels (8-2) will now welcome their Island rival the VI Raiders (5-5) this coming weekend for a BC Conference semi-final and the Sun (5-5) will travel to Langley for a date with the top seeded Rams (10-0).