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CJFL Football Canada Players of the Week

10/16/2018, 10:30am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The best of the best from the regular season finale

The CJFL is proud to announce the Football Canada Players of the Week following Week 11 of the regular season.

Now FANS you can VOTE for your favourite to be named the CJFL.  Polls close at 4:00pm PST/7:00pm EST on Wednesday.  VOTE HERE

Offensive Players of the Week

Ontario Conference
RB Minkah Abdullah – GTA Grizzlies

With a possible playoff berth on the line Minkah Abdullah had the performance of the CJFL season.  In leading the Grizzlies to a playoff clinching victory he carried the ball 36 times for an incredible 362 yards and two touchdowns.  His yardage set a new Ontario Conference record for a single game total.

BC Conference
RB Rhett Williams – VI Raiders

The Raiders ran the ball to near perfection last weekend in their victory over the Valley Huskers.  The ground assault was led by Rhett Williams who carried the rock 27 times for 247 yards and had a touchdown.  With the win the Raiders clinched third place in the Conference.

Prairie Conference
RB Josh Ewanchyna – Saskatoon Hilltops

For the fourth straight week Ewanchyna has turned in an individual performance worthy enough to win this award.  On Sunday he was a force collecting 177 of the Hilltops 206 yards on the ground on 27 carries.  He also rushed for an incredible four touchdowns.

Defensive Players of the Week

Ontario Conference
DB Jacob Mandel – GTA Grizzlies

Not to be outdone by the Grizzlies’ offence the GTA defence shut down the Ottawa Sooners on route to a playoff berth and their first ever win over the Sooners.  Seemingly all over the field Jacob Mandel was a key force in keeping the Sooners off the score board.  He collected 10 solo tackles, had a knockdown, forced a fumble, and recovered it plus had an interception for a total of 30 defensive points.

BC Conference
DB Gevhahn McNally-Hardisty – VI Raiders

What a game for the veteran defensive back as the Raiders locked down third place in the standings.  He was a ball hawk intercepting three passes, blocked a kick, forced a fumble, knocked down a pass, had three tackles and assisted on one.

Prairie Conference
LB Vince Schiffner – Edmonton Huskies

He was everywhere on Sunday in the Huskies lopsided victory.  Schiffner recorded a 104 yard pick-six, recovered a fumble and returned it 25 yards for a major, had seven solo tackles and had a sack.

Special Teams Players of the Week

Ontario Conference
K Gagon Bains – GTA Grizzlies

When the Grizzlies were unable to put the ball in the end zone against the Sooners, kicker Gagon Bains continually flipped the field punting the ball.  Averaging 34.7 yards on his six punts he was able to constantly pin the Sooners in their own end.  In addition to his effective punting Bains also kicked one field goal and converted on four of his five converts.

BC Conference
R Brandon Poulin – Valley Huskers

The BC Conference All-Star helped give his offence excellent field position returning 10 kicks 196 yards.  Specifically he returned six punts for 90 yards, three kick-offs for 73 yards and even returned a missed field goal 33 yards.

Prairie Conference
R Ethan Douglas – Regina Thunder

Douglas showed the rest of the Prairie Conference why teams should kick away from the speedster.   He returned a punt 107 yards for a touchdown on Sunday and averaged 64 yards a return.

Fans the polls are now open HERE.  Vote for your favourite to be named the CJFL Fans Choice Player of the Week.  Polls close at 4:00pm PST/7:00pm EST on Wednesday.

Prairie Conference Summary - Week 11

10/14/2018, 10:00pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Hilltops, Huskies and Thunder each claim victory

Photo courtesy of Gord Mellor

Saskatoon Hilltops 48
Winnipeg Rifles 7

In a playoff preview the Hilltops dominated with 485 total offensive yards on route to a perfect 8-0 season. 

Running back Josh Ewanchyna was untouchable scoring four touchdowns on 27 carries and 177 yards.  Meanwhile quarterback Jordan Walls finished 15 of 20 for 277 yards and threw three touchdowns.   He would find John Brown, David Solie and Rylan Kleiter for majors.    Jason Price caught five passes for 123 yards.

Defensively the Hilltops tallied six sacks as Garth Knittig had a pair of them.

On the other side of the field the Rifles ground game did collect 183 yards, led by quarterback Gabriel Grenier who tallied 118 yards on eight carries and scored a touchdown on a 91 yard scamper.  He also completed 12 of 27 for 145 yards.

Next week the Hilltops (8-0) will host the Rifles (3-5) in a Prairie Conference semi-final.

Edmonton Huskies 42
Edmonton Wildcats 17

The Huskies used a balanced offence on Sunday on route to capturing second place in the Prairie Conference.  Three different quarterbacks combined for 19 of 32 for 235 yards, but threw four interceptions.  

Nine different Huskies’ receivers caught at least one pass.  Tanner Buchanan hauled in a game high five passes for 79 yards and a touchdown.

On the ground both Brandt Burzuk and quarterback Tommy Yanchuk each ran for a touchdown.

On the defensive side linebacker Vince Schiffner had the best individual game of the CJFL season.  He picked off a pass and returned it 104 yards for a touchdown, recovered a fumble and returned it 25 yards for a major and had a sack and seven solo tackles.

The Wildcats on the other hand saw quarterback Justin Swedish score two touchdowns on the ground on 11 carries.   Through the air however he was picked off three times and only completed eight passes.

On the defence Jayden Dalke played in his final CJFL game and was the best player of the field for the Wildcats.  He recovered three fumbles and had a team high five solo tackles.

The Huskies (6-2) will host the Regina Thunder (5-3) this weekend in a rematch of last year’s semi-final.   The Wildcats (2-6) season comes to a close.

Regina Thunder 70
Calgary Colts 6

The Thunder put an exclamation point on their season and put the rest of the Prairie Conference on notice scoring 70 points and gaining 495 yards of total offence.

They would rush for 265 yards and score five touchdowns.   Brayden Long led the way scoring four of those majors on 12 carries and gained 108 yards.

Back-up quarterback Blake Scherle finished 11 of 18 for 174 yards and threw touchdown passes to Ethan Douglas and Michael Letts.  Douglas also tallied a 107 yard touchdown on a punt return.

The defence also got on the scoreboard when Finn Marcotte-Cribb returned an interception 104 yards for a touchdown.  Davin Williamson collected five tackles and a sack.

The lone Colts touchdown was a pass from quarterback Dylan Pye to Brandon MacIsaac in the fourth quarter.    Pye was 18 of 27 for 223 yards.

This weekend the Thunder (5-3) will visit the Edmonton Huskies (6-2) in a rematch of last year’s semi-final while the Colts (0-8) finish winless in 2018.


GAME DAY! Head to Head

10/12/2018, 11:00pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

It's the last weekend of the regular season

Photo  courtesy of Matthew Hamilton

Saturday Finals

VI Raiders 22 - Valley Huskers 14

Langley Rams 26 - Kamloops Broncos 22

Okanagan Sun 25 - Westshore Rebels 9

GTA Grizzlies 39 - Ottawa Sooners 0


Edmonton Wildcats @ Edmonton Huskies – Sunday October 14, 1:00pm – Clarke Stadium | WATCH HERE

Head to Head:

Records –Wildcats 2-5 – Huskies 5-2
Points For – Wildcats 149 – Huskies 267
Points Allowed –Wildcats 178 – Huskies 111

Passing Leaders – Justin Swedish – 65 of 135 (48%) for 989 yards, 6 touchdowns – Tommy Yanchuk – 103 of 181 (57%) for 1440 yards, 9 touchdowns (Huskies)

Rushing Leaders – Brayden Chilibeck – 37 carries for 163 yards, 1 touchdown (Wildcats) – Brandt Burzuk – 90 carries for 632 yards, 7 touchdowns (Huskies)

Receiving Leaders – Kiefer Moak – 14 receptions for 297 yards (Wildcats) – Sam Clayton – 23 receptions for 364 yards, 4 touchdowns (Huskies)

Leading Tacklers – Jayden Dalke – 39 tackles (Wildcats) – Jassen Brown – 29 tackles (Huskies)

Turnovers – Wildcats +2 – Huskies +3

Winnipeg Rifles @ Saskatoon Hilltops – Sunday October 14, 1:00pm – SMF Field | WATCH HERE | Hilltops radio call HERE

Head to Head:

Records – Rifles 3-4 – Hilltops 7-0
Points For – Rifles 151 – Hilltops 354
Points Allowed – Rifles 168 – Hilltops 63

Passing Leaders – Riley Naujoks – 53 of 116 (46%) for 667 yards, 7 touchdowns (Rifles) – Jordan Walls – 107 of 177 (60%) for 1733 yards, 15 touchdowns (Hilltops)

Rushing Leaders – Mathe Mitayango – 73 carries for 334 yards, 1 touchdown (Rifles) – Josh Ewanchyna – 107 carries for 830 yards, 11 touchdowns (Hilltops)

Receiving Leaders – Brendan Naujoks – 24 receptions for 310 yards, 2 touchdowns (Rifles) – Jason Price – 26 receptions for 586 yards, 4 touchdowns (Hilltops)

Leading Tacklers – Donovan Hillary – 28 tackles (Rifles) – Cody Peters – 22 tackles (Hilltops)

Turnovers – Rifles +4 – Hilltops +19

Regina Thunder @ Calgary Colts – Sunday October 14, 1:00pm – McMahon Stadium | WATCH HERE

Head to Head:

Records – Thunder 4-3 – Colts 0-7
Points For – Thunder 170 – Colts 23
Points Allowed – Thunder 197 – Colts 397

Passing Leaders – Brock Sich – 107 of 188 (57%) for 1573 yards, 10 touchdowns (Thunder) – Cole Belway – 75 of 175 (43%) for 814 yards, 2 touchdowns (Colts)

Rushing Leaders – Brayden Long – 73 carries for 374 yards, 1 touchdown (Thunder) – David Bowers – 46 carries for 152 yards (Colts)

Receiving Leaders – Lee Brown – 34 receptions for 470 yards, 3 touchdowns (Thunder) – Brandon MacIsaac – 16 receptions for 289 yards, 1 touchdown (Colts)

Leading Tacklers – Davin Williamson – 35 tackles (Thunder) – Ndaba Zulu – 24 tackles (Colts)

Turnovers – Thunder -2 – Colts -26