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CJFL Players of the Week

10/24/2019, 11:15am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The best players from Week 12

The CJFL is proud to announce the Week 12 Players of the Week.

Offensive Players of the Week

Prairie Conference
RB Ben Abrook – Saskatoon Hilltops

The Hilltops used the ground game to bury the Edmonton Wildcats in their semi-final victory this past weekend.  They were led as usual by that great offensive line and running back Ben Abrook.  The Prairie Conference rushing champ carried 29 times for 153 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

BC Conference
RB Andrew Pocrnic – Langley Rams

He capped off his unbelievable season with a record breaking game.  Andrew Pocrnic carried the rock 19 times for 222 yards and had six touchdowns.   Those six majors helped him set a new CJFL record for touchdowns scored in a single season with 27.  His 26 rushing touchdowns also set a new CJFL record.  He also made three receptions for 34 yards.

Ontario Conference
QB Jake Pow – London Beefeaters

In a fierce defensive battle where points were at a premium quarterback Jake Pow provided all the points the London Beefeaters would need going on the road to defeat the defending OFC champs.  He completed eight of his 15 pass attempts for 128 yards and one touchdown and also scored on a 15 yard touchdown run.

Defensive Players of the Week

Prairie Conference
DB Justin Hodinsky – Edmonton Huskies

In a playoff road win Justin Hodinsky collected 18 defensive points with five tackles and a pair of key interceptions.

BC Conference
LB Tyler Going – Okanagan Sun

In a defensive battle in the rain on Sunday, Tyler Going was a major factor for the Sun.  He tallied five tackles, two interceptions and even assisted on a pair of stops.

Ontario Conference
DL Tom Zarafonitis - Hamilton Hurricanes

Despite the loss, the all-star defensive lineman proved to be a force in the trenches recording five tackles, two sacks and forced a fumble that was recovered by one of his defensive mates.

Special Teams Players of the Week

Prairie Conference
Rylan Kleiter – Saskatoon Hilltops

For the fourth time in the last five weeks Rylan Kleiter wins this award.  He collected eight punts for 299 yards, five kickoffs for 247 yards and was a perfect 4-4 on field goals.

BC Conference
K Isaac Wegner – Okanagan Sun

The Sun punter tallied 12 punts grossing 505 yards and even scored two points in a game where points were at a premium.   He added three kick offs for 130 yards and nailed his only convert attempt.

Ontario Conference
PR/K Harvey Mafuta - GTA Grizzlies

The all-star rookie continues to find new ways to contribute each week and this week Harvey Mafuta and his strong leg was put into service.  He averaged 33.8 yards a kick and his two kickoffs went for 94 yards.  On the other end of the kick, returned two and even contributed one tackle on special teams.   

The CJFL is proud to announce the Week 12 Players of the Week.

Ontario Conference Major Award Winners

10/21/2019, 12:30pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The very best from the Ontario Conference this season

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. 

Playoffs: Beefeaters v. Hurricanes

10/19/2019, 8:00am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The London Beefeaters meet the Hamilton Hurricanes

Photo courtesy of Joanna Kurowski Photography

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