Photo courtesy of Boris Terzic
The Ontario Conference announced their Most Outstanding Players and Coach of the Year for the 2019 season as a build up to the Ontario championship game on Saturday when the #1 Windsor AKO Fratmen host the #3 London Beefeaters
Ontario Conference Outstanding Players:
Coach of the Year – Mike LaChance – Windsor AKO Fratmen (7-1). He led the Fratmen to another first place finish and home field advantage throughout the Ontario playoffs.
Outstanding Offensive Lineman – Matt Bettencourt – London Beefeaters AND James Sides – Hamilton Hurricanes
Outstanding Defensive Lineman – Tom Zarafonaitis – Hamilton Hurricanes (second consecutive year) – 5.5 sacks, 13 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 1 forced fumble and 2 fumble recoveries
Alex Stajic Memorial Special Teams – Dante Fornasiero – Windsor AKO Fratmen (second straight year)
Return Specialist – Harvey Mafuta – GTA Grizzlies – 14 kick-off returns averaging 28.1 yards and a 109 yard TD. 11 punt returns, 18.1 yard average and a 65 yard punt return for a touchdown
Offensive Rookie of the Year – Harvey Mafuta – GTA Grizzlies – 18 receptions for 352 yards, 2 touchdowns, 15 rushing yards, 1 touchdown
Defensive Rookie of the Year – Mark Straw – GTA Grizzlies – 30 tackles, 5 assisted tackles, 3 sacks, 1 blocked kick, 1 knockdown, 1 interception
Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year – Linebacker Mark Straw – GTA Grizzlies – 30 tackles, 5 assisted tackles, 3 sacks, 1 blocked kick, 1 knockdown, 1 interception
Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year – Receiver Cody Holmes – Windsor AKO Fratmen – 45 receptions, 683 yards, 12 touchdowns
Saturday the Fratmen will host the Beefeaters in the Ontario Conference championship game with the winner hosting the Prairie Conference champion in the CJFL National Semi-Final game on November 2nd.
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London Beefeaters @ Hamilton Hurricanes – Saturday October 19, 2:00pm - Wayne Gretzky Sports Complex
The Hamilton Hurricanes host the London Beefeaters on Saturday afternoon as the CJFL Playoffs open up in the Ontario Conference.
Since 1976 these two teams have met six times in the post season and the Hurricanes have won four of those match-ups including just two years ago thumping the Beefeaters 44-7.
The last time the Beefeaters won a playoff game with the Hurricanes came in 2012 in the Ontario Conference title game.
This season the game will be played in Brantford Ontario at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Complex.
During the regular season the Hurricanes beat the Beefeaters in their lone match-up on August 24th in a 19-16 victory. All of the Hurricanes points came in the second half as quarterback Ethan Belbeck threw two touchdowns. The run game was virtually invisible thanks to the solid defence. The Hurricanes rushed for just 49 yards while the Beefeaters gathered 85.
Both teams finished 6-2 during the regular season. The Hurricanes finished the year winning two of their last three while the Beefeaters are winners of five of their last six.
Defence has been outstanding for both teams. The Beefeaters allowed a Conference low 87 points, shutting out two teams, while the Hurricanes allowed the second fewest with 118, pitching one shutout.
During the regular season the Hurricanes liked the second quarter, scoring 13 points a game. It’s also the Beefeaters best quarter tallying 14.7 points in the second frame.
Offensively the Beefeaters liked the throw the ball relying on the arms of Clarke McCallum and injured starter Jake Pow. McCallum completed 55% of his throws and connected on 11 touchdowns. Pow threw five touchdown passes in his limited play. Their best weapon is running back Tazie Vang-Bell who was named an Ontario Conference All-Star with 39 carries for 414 yards and six touchdowns. He also led his club with 17 receptions averaging 20.5 yards a catch and scored three more major.
The Hurricanes also like the throw the ball with quarterback Ethan Belbeck. He completed a Conference high 116 passes and a 63% completion percentage. He threw for 1618 yards and 16 touchdowns. Three of his receivers combined to gain 1277 of his 1618 total yards. Keyshaun Jordan gained 463 yards on 22 receptions and averaged 21 yards a catch, good for nine touchdowns. Quincey Belanger led the Canes with 33 receptions, good for 409 yards and three touchdowns.
It appears the weather also likes a good passing game with virtually perfect conditions on Saturday, calling for mostly sunny skies and a high of 13.
Head to Head
Records – Beefeaters 6-2 – Hurricanes 6-2
Points For – Beefeaters 326 – Hurricanes 270
Points Allowed – Beefeaters 87 – Hurricanes 118
Passing Leaders – Clarke McCallum – 74 of 135 (55%), 1250 yards, 11 touchdowns (Beefeaters) – Ethan Belbeck – 116 of 184 (63%), 1618 yards, 16 touchdowns (Hurricanes)
Rushing Leaders – Danny Byrne – 57 carries for 465 yards and 4 touchdowns (Beefeaters) - Jevante Stanley – 55 carries for 277 yards and 5 touchdowns
Receiving Leaders – Tazie Vang-Bell – 17 receptions for 348 yards and 3 touchdowns (Beefeaters) - Keyshaun Jordan – 22 receptions for 463 yards and 9 touchdowns (Hurricanes)
Leading Tacklers – Tanner Gaskill-Cadwallader – 16 tackles (Beefeaters) – Isaiah Joseph – 15 tackles (Hurricanes)
Turnovers – Beefeaters +5 – Hurricanes +7
Photo courtesy of Boris Terzic
The Canadian Junior Football League in conjunction with the Ontario Conference is proud to announce the 2019 Conference Defensive All-Stars.
There are four positional categories and the Hamilton Hurricanes lead the way with four players named, while the GTA Grizzlies and Windsor AKO Fratmen each have three.
The 2019 Ontario Conference Defensive All-Stars are:
Tom Zarafonaitis - Hamilton Hurricanes - (second consecutive year) – 13 tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 5.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries
Soren Hallschmid – London Beefeaters
Jordan Krug – Windsor AKO Fratmen - (second consecutive year) – 7 tackles, 1 sack
Zechariah Willems – Niagara Regional Raiders – 20 tackles, 6 assisted tackles, 2 sacks
Mark Straw – GTA Grizzlies – 30 tackles, 5 assisted tackles, 3 sacks, 1 blocked kick, 1 knockdown, 1 interception
Blake Ouellette – Windsor AKO Fratmen – 23 tackles, 5 assisted tackles, 6.5 sacks, 2 knockdowns, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery
Isaiah Joseph – Hamilton Hurricanes – 15 tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 3 sacks, 1 knockdown, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery for a touchdown
Isaiah Bonefant – GTA Grizzlies (second consecutive year and pictured) – 18 tackles, 9 assisted tackles, 1 sack, 2 knockdowns, 1 fumble recovery, 2 interceptions
Tanner Gaskill-Cadwallader – London Beefeaters – 16 tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 2 sacks, 2 knockdowns, 3 interceptions including 1 for a touchdown
Damarre Brown – Hamilton Hurricanes – 13 tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 1 sack, 1 blocked kick, 1 knockdown, 1 forced fumble, 3 fumble recoveries including 1 touchdown
Terrell Theberge – Hamilton Hurricanes – 11 tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 4 interceptions
Dante Fornasiero – Windsor AKO Fratmen – 15 tackles, 1 knockdown, 4 interceptions
Gagon Bains – GTA Grizzlies (second consecutive year) – 44 punts averaging 33 yards a punt
The Ontario Conference will enter the playoffs this weekend with a pair of games as the Hamilton Hurricanes host the London Beefeaters on Saturday and the GTA Grizzlies visit the Windsor AKO Fratmen on Sunday.