Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography
There has been some significant movement this week on the Top 10 Power Rankings including the Regina Thunder taking over the #1 spot. It's the first time the Saskatoon Hilltops are not #1 in recent memory after the Thunder beat them on a last second field goal. The Okanagan Sun and St. Clair Fratmen round out the top 3.
There are also two newcomers on the list this week.
Here’s the full list as the CJFL enters Week 5 of the regular season:
|1||Regina Thunder (3-0)||2|
|2||Okanagan Sun (2-0)||8|
|3||St. Clair Fratmen (2-0)||7|
|4||Saskatoon Hilltops (2-1)||1|
|5||Edmonton Huskies (2-1)||4|
|6||Langley Rams (1-0)||6|
|7||London Beefeaters (2-1)||5|
|8||Hamilton Hurricanes (2-1)||10|
|9||Valley Huskers (1-1)||-|
|10||Winnipeg Rifles (1-2)||-|
The Canadian Junior Football League is proud to announce the Football Canada Players of the Week following Week 4 of the regular season
Offensive Players of the Week
WR Mike O’Shea – Okanagan Sun
For the second straight week O’Shea is honoured with a Player of the Week award after winning the Special Teams last week. This past weekend O’Shea caught four passes for 94 yards and three touchdowns on route to a dominating win.
RB Alex Gayle – Edmonton Huskies
It was a terrific all-around game for Alex Gayle who touched the ball 22 times for a combined 153 yards in the Huskies victory. He rushed 18 times for 112 yards and a touchdown while also catching four passes for 41 yards.
RB Brendan McCraney – St. Clair Fratmen
In a big home win over the defending OFC Champion Beefeaters at a sold out Acumen Stadium, McCraney took a short pass 78 yards that left several Beefeater defenders grasping at air on his way to scoring the game winning touchdown with 36 seconds left in the game. In all, McCraney had five catches for 142 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Defensive Players of the Game
DB Nathan Murray – Langley Rams
The Rams defence was stifling in their first win of the season and Nathan Murray was a big reason why. In two separate VI Raider drives Murray intercepted two passes and returned them for a combined 54-yards.
LB Brady Fossen – Saskatoon Hilltops
In a defensive battle on Saturday night Brady Fossen stood out for the defending champs. He collected five solo tackles, had an assist, a sack and forced a fumble.
LB Codey McRoberts – London Beefeaters
After winning the Special Teams Player of the Week award last week Codey McRoberts turned in another outstanding game. Despite the loss on the road to the St. Clair Fratmen, the talented linebacker flashed all over the field registering nine tackles and intercepted a pass and returning it 60 yards for a touchdown.
Special Teams Players of the Week
K Ethan Homan – Valley Huskers
When the Huskers needed to pin the Kamloops Broncos deep they turned to their punter. Ethan Homan punted eight balls for a combined 233 net yards. He also was perfect on two field goals knocking them in from 17 and 34 yards away. He was 4-4 in converts as well accounting for 10 of the Huskers 36 points.
K Eric Maximuik – Regina Thunder
When you knock a game winning field goal in from 51-yards away with no time left on the clock, on the road you automatically clinch this award. That’s exactly what Eric Maximuik did for the Thunder snapping the Saskatoon Hilltops long winning streak. In all he connected on three field goal attempts and accounted for 10 of the Thunder’s 16 points on the night.
R Jevante Stanley – Hamilton Hurricanes
In ending any hopes for a Skyhawk upset on the road, Jevante Stanley returned a third quarter kickoff 110 yards for a touchdown for the hometown Hurricanes. In all, Stanley returned three kickoffs for 156 yards and also returned two punts for 23 yards.
Photo courtesy of Jake Bradley
Regina Thunder 16
Saskatoon Hilltops 13
In front of nearly 2000 fans at SMF Field in Saskatoon the visiting Regina Thunder got a 51-yard field goal off the right foot of kicker Eric Maximuik with no time remaining to hand the Hilltops their first loss since 2017. Oddly enough it was the Thunder to beat them that season and again at SMF Field.
The battle of Saskatchewan was defensive following the Thunder’s opening drive. The visitors went five plays and 76 yards in 3:11 capped off by a seven-yard touchdown run from Ryland Leichert. It would be the only major the Thunder could muster on the night. Maximuik accounted for the rest of the scoring hitting field goals from 29, 39 and 51 yards in the win.
Offensively quarterback Carter Shewchuk completed 19 passes for 253 yards finding Isaac Foord for a game high seven receptions and 108 yards.
On the defensive side the Thunder pitched a second half shutout and held the Hilltops to 269 yards of net offence. Stephen Smith had a team high seven solo tackles, Ryan Mills had a pair of sacks and Adam King and Bobo Kisusari each picked off a pass.
The Hilltops scored 10 of their 13 points in the second quarter. Jordan Tabin’s lone carry of the night was a one-yard touchdown plunge giving the Hilltops a 13-10 lead at the half. Running back Carter McLean had another outstanding game rushing 22 times for 100 yards.
Defensively the Hilltops gave their team a chance to win. Jared Giddings led the team with seven tackles, Brady Fossen collected five stops and sack and Connor Johnson intercepted a pass and returned it 33 yards.
These two teams will play the second half of their home and home this coming Saturday night but this time the Thunder (3-0) will host the Hilltops (2-1) at Mosaic Stadium.
Winnipeg Rifles 20
Edmonton Wildcats 18
The Winnipeg Rifles scored their first win of the season when they held on to beat the Edmonton Wildcats at Emerald Park in Sherwood Park. The Rifles did all of their scoring in the first-three quarters leading the Wildcats 20-0 heading into the fourth and almost coughed up their lead.
Quarterback Bryson McNeil completed 13 passes for 195 yards and hit Luke McMillan for a 73-yard touchdown pass. In all McMillan had five receptions for a game high 110 yards. Kicker Matt Kennedy was good on two of three field goal attempts connecting from 23 and 37 yards out.
The Rifles defence helped out on the scoreboard when Brandon Kamez picked off a pass and returned it 65-yards for a major in the second quarter. Kyle Chorney gathered a game high eight solo tackles.
The Wildcats fell two-points short in their comeback attempt scoring all 18 points in the fourth quarter. Lucas Howe caught two more touchdown passes from 33 and 23 yards out giving him six on the season in three games. Quarterback Devin Desormeau threw both touchdown passes completing 17 in total for 186 yards.
On the ground Nathan Zacharias (pictured) was simply outstanding rumbling 152 yards on 21 carries.
This Sunday the Rifles (1-2) will host the Edmonton Huskies (2-1) while the Wildcats (1-2) welcome the Calgary Colts (0-3).
Edmonton Huskies 62
Calgary Colts 14
It was all Huskies on Sunday as they picked up their second win in a row behind 563 yards of total offence while their defence created six turnovers.
Offensively quarterback Declan O’Flaherty led the way with 262 yards on 13 completions and found three different receivers for touchdowns including Adner St. Hilaire, De Shawn Le Jour and Carver Trapp. St. Hilaire caught four passes for a game high 132 yards which was highlighted by an 86 yard touchdown catch in the first quarter. Running back Alex Gayle scampered 18 times for 118 yards and also scored a touchdown.
The defence meanwhile featured a 110-yard interception return for a touchdown by Ben Wilton early in the third quarter. The total is the second longest in Prairie Conference history. Amo Mothale added a touchdown of his own with a fumble recovery for a score.
The Colts struggled on the offence but did find the end zone twice courtesy of the pass. Cole Belway and Justin Verloop each tossed a touchdown finding Brandon MacIsaac and Brendt Adams.
This coming weekend the Huskies (2-1) will visit the Winnipeg Rifles (1-2) and the Colts (0-3) go on the road to face the Edmonton Wildcats (1-2).