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Canadian Bowl Classics

11/19/2020, 9:00am PST
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Raiders win their first national title

One of the most memorable Canadian Bowl games in the 2000’s came in Nanaimo, BC in 2006 when the VI Raiders hoisted their first national title with an exciting 27-26 final beating the Edmonton Wildcats.

The game was played on Remembrance Day in front of 2600 fans, mostly cheering for the BC Conference champion Raiders.  These fans were used to seeing the Raiders win after finishing the regular season 10-0 that season and breezing through the playoffs.

That said the Wildcats were no stranger to winning either, finishing the regular season 8-0, dumping the Regina Thunder and Edmonton Huskies in the Prairie Conference playoffs, then dismantling the St. Leonard Cougars 52-13 in the national semi-final game.

In the Canadian Bowl the Raiders led 10-3 after the first quarter, then 17-13 at the half as the game went back and forth.  In the third quarter the teams traded touchdowns setting up a thrilling fourth quarter.   The Wildcats outscored the Raiders in the final frame, but a short field goal off the foot of kicker Scott Dixon for the home side would seal the victory.

The game featured two tremendous offensive threats.  Future CFLer Andrew Harris led the Raiders with 52 yards on the ground on four carries and had four receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown.  But it was on special teams that gave us a preview of his CFL potential returning three kicks for 113 yards including a 90 yard return for a touchdown.   Ricky Clarke also caught three passes for 42 yards and a score.

Quarterback Tyler Kerpan threw both touchdowns and completed 11 passes overall for 225 yards.

Over on the defence Lucas Desmet had a game high 10 tackles, the only player to hit the double-digit plateau.

For the Wildcats their offensive punch came from running back Tristan Jones who was yard for yard with Harris.  He carried the rock an incredible 30 times for 173 yards and a touchdown.  He also came out of the backfield for three receptions and another 36 yards.  

Meanwhile quarterback Brandan Maher finished with 15 completions, 186 yards and threw a 21 yard touchdown pass to Aaron Kehr.  He also found Kevin Wuthrich four times for 44 yards and Mike Whattam three more times for 47 yards.   Kicker Ryan Elaschuk was a perfect 4-4 in field goals.

Defensively Wildcat Jean-Marc Jones had the game’s lone turnover, intercepting a pass.

For the Raiders it was the beginning of dominance in the BC Conference that saw them win three Canadian Bowl titles in four seasons.   They would go on the road to beat the Burlington Braves in 2008, 35-8 and again the Wildcats in Nanaimo in 2009, 51-14 behind another stellar performance by Harris in his final CJFL season.   The only year in this run the Raiders did not complete for the Canadian Bowl was in 2007 when they lost to the Cougars in the national semi-final 27-24.

Most experts around the CJFL agree the 2006 Canadian Bowl was a Classic.

Way Back Wednesday: 1992

11/18/2020, 10:30am PST
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Ottawa Sooners capture the Canadian Bowl

It’s a CJFL Way Back Wednesday!  Each week we will dial it back and look at the highlights both on and off the field from the year.

This week we kick it back to 1992!

The CJFL was five Conferences strong in ‘92 featuring the BC Conference (BCFC), Prairie Conference (PFC), Manitoba Junior Conference (MJFC), Ontario Conference (OFC) and the Quebec Major Junior Conference (QMJFC).

The road to the Canadian Bowl started with the Conference winners:

BCFC – Surrey Rams
PFC – Regina Rams
MJFC – St. Vital Mustangs
OFC – Ottawa Sooners
QMJFC – West Island Broncos

With five Conferences, three Inter-Conference Finals needed to be played to determine which two teams would battle for the national crown.

In the first game Surrey defeated Regina in a battle of two teams nicknamed the Rams; 21-10 which automatically gave Surrey a berth in the Canadian Bowl.

The Ontario champion Sooners beat the Quebec champion Broncos 34-10, then went onto stomp the Manitoba champion Mustangs 39-6 to set up a date with the Rams for the national title.

The Sooners continued to roll and smacked the Rams 35-18 in Ottawa in front of 3700 fans to win their fifth Canadian Bowl championship since 1908.

Rams’ head coach Nick Kawaza was named the Gordon Currie CJFL Coach of the Year, while Jermaine Haley of the Rams won the Defensive Player of the Year award.  Simon Beckow of Victoria Payless was named the Offensive Player of the Year.

Off the field, 1992 was a leap year, Brian Mulroney was the Canadian Prime Minister and Batman Returns raked in $162,831,698 as the top grossing movie of the year.  Boyz II Men took home the song of the year with End of the Road.

Meanwhile the Toronto Blue Jays won their first of two World Series getting past the Atlanta Braves and the Calgary Stampeders captured the Grey Cup with a 24-10 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.  Believe it or not, it was the first Stamps Grey Cup win in 21 years.

That was the year of 1992!

CJFL Breakout Sessions

11/16/2020, 6:45pm PST
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Preparation for the 2021 season begins

The inner workings of the CJFL will play out over Zoom over the next couple of weeks as members work from their homes covering a number of different topics.

Beginning this week the CJFL will host a number of breakout sessions over Zoom in an effort to get back on the field in 2021.  Here is the schedule:

Tuesday November 17, 2020 @ 6:00pm PST – Competition Committee

Saturday November 21, 2020 @ 10:00am PST – Health & Safety of CJFL players

Tuesday November 24, 2020 @ 6:00pm PST – Media & Communications

Tuesday December 1, 2020 @ 6:00pm PST – Business Development