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Sooners Announce New Head Coach

05/21/2019, 11:15pm PDT
By Supplied

The Ottawa Sooners have announced Wayne Jacobs

The Ottawa Sooners will have a new man at the helm this season as they have announced former star quarterback Wayne Jacobs as their new head coach.

Jacobs enjoyed a very successful playing career which included an outstanding stint quarterbacking the Sooners and was highly recruited across North America. He left Ottawa for Texas to quarterback for the University of Texas-El Paso Miners (NCAA Divison 1). After UTEP, he returned home to be the starting quarterback for the University of Ottawa GeeGees.

Following his collegiate career, Jacobs travelled to Europe to play professionally. He played for the Lyon Falcons (France 1st Division), Landquart/Calanda Broncos (Euro and Swiss Premier League), and the Oslo Vikings (Norwegian 1st Division and Euro Champions League).

Since retiring from his playing days Jacobs has been coaching quarterbacks for over 20 years. His coaching career started at the tender age of 17 at the city and high school level. When his playing career took him to Europe, Jacobs brought his extensive coaching knowledge and passion with him to the European leagues.  He served as the offensive coordinator and then head coach of the Oslo Under-19 Team. He also spent time working with the quarterbacks for the Swiss Junior National Team.

Once returning to Canada, Jacobs expanded his resume serving as the quarterback coach for the University of Ottawa GeeGees, the CEGEP d’Outaouais Griffons, the head coach of the Ottawa Invaders, and the passing game coordinator and quarterback coach for the Saint Mary’s University Huskies.

He is currently coaching in Europe, but will return to the Sooners in plenty of time before they open the season August 17th when they travel to Hamilton to take on the Hurricanes.

Ontario Conference Schedule 2019

04/17/2019, 11:30pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The eight game schedule opens on August 17th

The CJFL and Ontario Conference (OFC) have released their 2019 schedule that will see the six member teams open the CJFL season on August 17th and 18th.  

The defending Ontario champion Hamilton Hurricanes will open the season at home at Tim Hortons Field on that Saturday night when they welcome the Ottawa Sooners.  Also that night last season’s OFC runner up the Windsor AKO Fratmen will host the GTA Grizzlies at Alumni Field.  Then on that Sunday the London Beefeaters and their new coaching staff will visit the Niagara Regional Raiders at Kiwanis Field for an afternoon tilt.

The teams will play an eight week regular season schedule concluding on October 6th.   The following weekend will see the top four teams advancing to the playoffs.  The winner of the Ontario Conference this season will host the Prairie Conference winner on November 3rd with the winner of that game heading to BC for the 2019 Canadian Bowl two weeks later.

CFL National Combine Results

03/27/2019, 10:30pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Six CJFL players turned heads this past weekend

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