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10/22/2021, 9:15am PDT
By Supplied

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Week 9 Players of the Week

10/19/2021, 1:15pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The best from Week 9 of the CJFL regular season

The CJFL is proud to announce the Football Canada Players of the Week following Week 9 of the regular season.  

VOTE HERE for the CJFL Fans Choice Player of the Week. Polls close on Wednesday at 5pm PST.

Offensive Players of the Week

Prairie Conference
WR Rylan Sokul – Regina Thunder

In was an improbable comeback for the national’s top team, but the Regina Thunder remains undefeated after an exciting overtime victory on the weekend.  Receiver Rylan Sokul found himself right in the middle of all the action with eight receptions for 105 yards and an impressive three touchdowns.

BC Conference
RB Malcolm Miller – Okanagan Sun

He becomes the first running back to the 1000 yard plateau this season after running wild all weekend long.  Miller rushed 27 times for 295 yards and two more touchdowns.  He also came out of the backfield to make a 17-yard touchdown reception.

Ontario Conference
RB Jacob Savoni – St. Clair Fratmen

In an impressive performance on the road, Jacob Savoni repeatedly pounded the Hamilton Hurricane defence to the tune of 24 carries for 196 yards and two touchdowns.  This is his second offensive player of the week award this season.

Defensive Players of the Week

Prairie Conference
LB Austin Daisy – Calgary Colts

He’s been one the most consistent defenders across the CJFL this season adding seven more solo tackles to the stats along with a sack and even picked off a pass returning it 33 yards.  He now has a CJFL high 51 solo tackles.

BC Conference
LB Avery Dunster  - Kamloops Broncos

He was the best defender in the BC Conference this past weekend and was one of the bright spots for the Broncos in a loss.  He collected eight solo tackles, had an assist and recorded a sack.

Ontario Conference
DB Nathaniel Norton – St. Clair Fratmen

In turning in an interception hat-trick, Nathaniel Norton led a Fratmen defence that completely shut down the normally high flying Hurricane offense.  Norton’s 3 interceptions along with 2 tackles resulted in 16 defensive points.

Special Teams Players of the Week

Prairie Conference
K/P Eric Maximuik –Regina Thunder

He was automatic for the Thunder in their overtime victory on Sunday connecting on all five field goal attempts including a booming 51-yarder.  He also flipped in the field with eight punts for 317 yards.

BC Conference
R Mario Johnson – Langley Rams & R Donovin Small – Okanagan Sun

He was a threat each time he returned a kick for the undefeated Rams on the weekend.  Johnson returned a kick-off 100 yards for a touchdown.  He also returned three punts for a total of 47 yards.

Donovin Small had the biggest play of the weekend after returning a missed field goal an incredible 125 yards for a touchdown helping the Sun to their sixth win of the season.

Ontario Conference
K/P Connor Rafferty – Quinte Skyhawks

In a tightly contested game, Connor Rafferty played a big part in helping his hometown Skyhawks sweep the season series against the GTA Grizzlies.  He connected on two field goals, the longest coming from 50 yards and was perfect on both of his convert attempts.  His directional punting also limited the Grizzlies to only seven return yards.

The voting polls are open NOW.  VOTE to make one of these players the CJFL Fans Choice Player of the Week

Prairie Conference Summary

10/18/2021, 7:15pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Thunder, Hilltops and Colts score a Week 9 victory

Photo courtesy of Gord Mellor

Regina Thunder 45
Edmonton Huskies 42

It was arguably the best game of the CJFL season with the Thunder coming back to win in overtime to clinch first place in the Prairie Conference.   

Down by 16 points heading into the final frame the Thunder came roaring back and forced overtime where they scored nine points including a 35-yard game winning screen pass to Brayden Long.

In all quarterback Carter Shewchuk was solid throwing for 363 yards on 23 completions and had four touchdowns, three of which went to Rylan Sokul and the game winner to Long.  Sokul caught eight balls for 105 yards and Isaac Foord hauled in five for 83 yards.

Defensively Bobo Kisusari made eight tackles and recovered a fumble and Ryan Mills made a game high nine solo tackles and forced a fumble.

The Huskies let this game slip away gaining 576 total offensive yards against one of the top defences in the country.    

The return of All-Canadian running back Brandt Burzuk complimented Alex Gayle who is on pace for a possible All-Canadian nomination.  The dynamic duo combined for three touchdowns on 41 carries and 283 yards.  Meanwhile quarterback Declan O’Flaherty threw for 306 yards found Adner St. Hilaire for a touchdown and ran for one on his own.

The only quarter the Huskies were shutout in was the fourth, which proved disastrous as the Thunder mounted their comeback.

This coming weekend both teams will conclude the regular season with the Thunder (7-0) hosting the Calgary Colts (1-6) and the Huskies (4-3) hosting the Edmonton Wildcats (2-5) in a possible playoff preview.

Saskatoon Hilltops 44
Edmonton Wildcats 7

The Hilltops officially clinched second place in the Prairie Conference and a first round playoff bye with their weekend victory.

Offensively the Hilltops used almost everyone on their roster in their final home game.  They used three quarterbacks led by starter Damon Dutton who threw for 214 yards and three touchdowns.  Trey Reider saw his first action and was 6-6 for 90 yards and threw a major.   

A total of 10 different receivers caught passes led by Dillan Heintz who caught four balls for 120 yards and a pair of touchdowns, all in the first half.  Noah Flaman and Josh Wiebe also had touchdown receptions.   Meanwhile on the ground Boston Davidsen scored twice on 17 carries.

The only defensive blemish was a second quarter touchdown.  Other than that the Wildcats had difficulty moving the ball.   Joe Yauise had an interception as did Dylan Cook and punter Doug Fleming got on the board with a pair of singles.

This Sunday the Hilltops (5-2) travel to meet the Winnipeg Rifles (2-5) while the Wildcats (2-5) will face the Edmonton Huskies (4-3).

Calgary Colts 23
Winnipeg Rifles 17

The Colts recorded their first win of the season on Sunday thanks in large part to an Yvenson Saintus interception with 20 seconds to go in the fourth quarter.

Offensively the Colts gathered 458 total yards including 300 through the air, mostly from quarterback Nick Kennedy who completed 22 passes for 276 yards and threw a touchdown to Brandon MacIsaac.  His favourite target was Shemar McBean who caught five passes for a game high 123 yards.   Kennedy also ran for a touchdown as did running back Ike Okafor.

The CJFL’s leading tackler Austin Daisy collected seven more tackles, a sack and an interception.

The Rifles on the other side saw a solid game from quarterback Bryson McNeil who completed 16 passes for 233 yards and hit Tim Solypa for a 24-yard touchdown strike.   McNeil also rushed for a touchdown of his own.

Linebacker Brayden Clarke had an outstanding game with seven solo tackles and an interception.

This weekend both teams will conclude their regular season when the Colts (1-6) visit the Regina Thunder (7-0) and the Rifles (2-5) host the Saskatoon Hilltops (5-2).