The CJFL is proud to announce the Players of the Week following last weekend’s playoff games.
Offensive Players of the Week
RB Andrew Pocrnic – Langley Rams
The Rams punched their ticket back to the Cullen Cup championship game behind another great run performance from the BC Conference Offensive Player of the Year Andrew Pocrnic. He carried the ball 24 times for 190 yards and two touchdowns.
WR Cody Holmes – Windsor AKO Fratmen
As he has done to the opposition all season long, Cody Holmes torched the London Beefeaters secondary as he hauled in nine passes for 154 yards and one touchdown.
RB Ben Abrook – Saskatoon Hilltops
The Hilltops won their sixth straight Prairie title on Sunday behind another dominating run performance from Ben Abrook. He set a new CJFL playoff record with 44 carries and totaled 246 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns
Defensive Players of the Week
DB Ryan Barthelson – Langley Rams
The Rams defence was superb in their semi-final victory this past weekend and Ryan Barthelson played a major roll with two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown. He also tallied a pair of tackles and two knockdowns
DL Soren Hallschmid – London Beefeaters
In a game that was decidedly determined in the trenches, the London Beefeaters defensive line out muscled their counterparts and Soren Hallschmid proved to be the biggest bully on the block. He recorded four tackles on the night but it was his hard-nosed play that helped to carry the day for the road warrior Beefeaters.
DB Mitchel Phillips – Edmonton Huskies
Despite their playoff loss Mitchel Phillips left everything on the field making six solo tackles, two assisted stops, forced a fumble and intercepted a pass
Special Teams Players of the Week
R Maren Bradbrook – VI Raiders
One of the reasons the Raiders kept their playoff game close was the field possession that returner Maren Bradbrook gave them. He returned 10 punts for 134 yards and six kick-off returns 130 yards.
DB Codey McRoberts – London Beefeaters
With the score tied, Codey McRoberts stepped up in a huge way as he not only blocked a Windsor punt but scooped it up and scampered 33 yards for the go ahead touchdown. It was a lead that London would not relinquish in shocking the top ranked Fratmen in the Ontario Conference final. He also racked up two key special teams tackles and intercepted a pass that he returned for 22 yards.
K Rylan Kleiter – Saskatoon Hilltops
The Hilltops kicker Rylan Kleiter continued his hot play in the Prairie Conference final connecting on all three field goal attempts and three converts, scoring 12 of their 30 points
Photo courtesy of Adam Marchetti
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
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Langley Rams 45
Okanagan Sun 15
The Rams are headed back to the BC Conference Cullen Cup championship game after a dominating semi-final victory on Saturday afternoon. Their running attack was unstoppable gaining 357 yards led by the Conference’s top offensive player Andrew Pocrnic and his 24 carries for 190 yards and two touchdowns. Maximillian Joseph was also a force on the ground with 12 rushes for 100 yards and quarterback Colby Peters had a rushing touchdown.
In the absence of starting quarterback Duncan Little, the Rams turned to Peters to lead them offensively. However he didn’t need to do much thanks to the running attack. Peters did throw a pair of touchdown passes to Khalik Johnson.
Defensively the Rams were rock solid forcing seven turnovers including five interceptions. Ryan Barthelson had two of them and a 30 yard pick-six. Meanwhile Nick Sorace tallied two of their three sacks.
The Sun kept the game close in the first quarter with a 7-7 tie, but it didn’t last long. Their two touchdowns came on pass plays when Alex Douglas spotted Kyle Zakala and Kaden Wagner for majors. In all Douglas threw for 113 yards and those two touchdowns, however the five interceptions was his undoing.
On the defence Tyler Going made eight tackles and Donovin Small picked off a pass.
The Rams will now host the Westshore Rebels in the BC Conference Cullen Cup on Saturday for the right to host the 112th Canadian Bowl.
Westshore Rebels 17
VI Raiders 7
The all Island BC Conference semi-final didn’t disappoint in a very physical game with Rebels using homefield to clinch the playoff win.
Neither team had a lot of success moving the football nor did it show on the scoreboard. As a matter of fact the Rebels were held out of the end zone despite winning the game. Kicker Will Hughes was dynamite connecting on all five field goal attempts. He hit from 13, 22, 25, 29 and 39 yards out to account for all but two Rebels points. Quarterback Shawn Lal had 11 completions for 191 yards finding Nathan Falito three times for 108 yards.
Defensively the Rebels forced five turnovers and three sacks. Maleek Womack had an interception, two tackles and a knockdown and Austin Morgan had three tackles and a sack holding the Raiders run game to 93 yards.
The Raiders turned to quarterback Jake Laberge on Saturday night who completed 13 passes for 177 yards but threw two interceptions. He did find North Rainey seven times for 109 yards and Andre Goulbourne scored the lone touchdown of the game.
The Rebels advance to the BC Conference Cullen Cup championship game on Saturday afternoon when they travel to face the Langley Rams with the winner hosting the 112th Canadian Bowl.