The VI Raiders have had plenty of turnover this offseason and most of it coming in their coaching staff.
Alumni Curtis Vizza has become their new head coach following an outstanding CJFL career on the offensive line. He has brought in a fresh perceptive this season with a number of former players, now first time coaches.
The Raiders begin their new era this weekend when they host their Spring Camp on the Island. Curtis talks with Ryan Watters about transitioning into his new position along with the upcoming season.
The CJFL and BC Conference (BCFC) have released their 2019 schedule that will see the six member conference open the CJFL season on August 3rd.
The defending Cullen Cup champion Langley Rams will open the season at home on that Saturday at 4:00pm at McLeod Stadium when they host the VI Raiders in a playoff rematch.
Earlier in the day the Westshore Rebels will visit the Valley Huskers at Exhibition Stadium at 2:00pm then the nightcap will see the Okanagan Sun welcome the Kamloops Broncos at 7:00pm at the Apple Bowl.
The teams will play a 10-week regular season schedule concluding on October 20th. The following weekend will see the top four teams advancing to the playoffs. Then the BC Cullen Cup Conference final will be played on November 2nd.
The winner will host the 2019 Canadian Bowl on November 16th against the winner of the Prairie-Ontario National Semi-Final which will be held in Ontario on November 3rd.
Photo courtesy of the CFL
Six players with CJFL experience took over the CFL National Combine this past weekend and showed they have what it takes to get to the next level.
Each of these six players along with the other draft hopefuls will now play the waiting game to see if what they showed the scouts is enough to be selected on May 2nd at the CFL Draft.
Former Okanagan Sun receiver Shai Ross continued to raise his stock by racing the quickest through the shuttle event, winning the broad jump and was second in the three-cone event and in the vertical section.
Former Edmonton Wildcat offensive lineman Jon Harke finished with the most bench reps at 32.
Three of the six CJFL players finished in the top seven in the 40 yard dash led by Ross and his 4.63. Hakeem Johnson (Beefeaters) also ran a 4.63 and Jamel Lyles (Rebels, pictured) stopped the clock at 4.64.
The players will CJFL experience definitely turned some heads. Here are the results:
|Name||Bench||40 Yard Dash||Vertical||Broad Jump||3-Cone||Shuttle|
|Jon Harke (Wildcats)||32||5.49||26||8'8.3"||8.22||4.94|
|Hakeem Johnson (Beefeaters)||DNP||4.63||33.5||9'10.0"||6.75||4.24|
|Tariq LaChance (Colts/Rifles)||13||5.01||32.5||9'9.0"||7.88||4.75|
|Jamel Lyles (Rebels)||17||4.64||33||9'8.8"||7.25||4.44|
|Shai Ross (Sun)||DNP||4.63||38.5||11'5.5"||7.00||4.08|
|Zack Williams (Rifles)||18||5.27||28||8'10.0"||8.18||4.84|