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The one position on the field coaches need more than any other spot is the offensive line. Without a good line quarterbacks are rushed, running backs are stopped and generally the offence just doesn’t run smoothly. The CJFL are fortunate to have a number of outstanding offensive linemen or as we like to call them, Weekend Warriors.
One of the best this past season was Daniel Townsend of the Okanagan Sun. He was a standout in 2019 on an offence that featured a quarterback in his first CJFL campaign. Following his outstanding season he was named a CJFL All-Canadian.
The Calgary native has been an offensive lineman for the past 14 years and says the line is a tough position to play and a big challenge to excel at it. Despite the toughness of the line Daniel claims working towards being successful at it, is “fun.”
In his eyes one of the best aspects of the offensive line is going “to war with the guy across from you.” He particularly loves begin in the huddle and hearing the quarterback call an outside zone run designed to be a fast paced play.
Daniel, like most players in the CJFL has aspirations of playing for a professional team and continues to work towards that goal here in the offseason. If his playing career doesn’t allow him to go pro he would be interested in getting back on the sidelines to coach.
For now however Daniel has plans to return to the Sun and the CJFL in 2020 and the coaching staff in Kelowna is no doubt excited for him to bring that 6’6, 330 pound frame back to the Apple Bowl and improve on his All-Canadian season. The 2020 campaign could be a monster year for Daniel as he hopes to catch the eye of a pro scout, who like coaches are always seeking the next outstanding offensive lineman.
Daniel Townsend of the Okanagan Sun is a CJFL Weekend Warrior.
Football Canada is proud to announce in conjunction with Football Alberta that Edmonton will host the World Junior U20 World Championships in July 2024. After winning the right to host the 2024 World U20 Championships from the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) in 2018, Football Canada opened up the bid process with inquiries from five provincial organizations.
"With Edmonton's tradition of embracing global competitions, we anticipate that this tournament will elevate the profile of international football," Football Canada president Jim Mullin said.
"We have conducted the most thorough bid process in the history of this event, Football Alberta has paid attention to all of the details and will be a fantastic host," Mullin said.
IFAF president Richard McLean expressed the organization's optimism surrounding the host city and country.
"Edmonton is a great football city and IFAF recognizes that Football Canada is a reliable and quality global host. They will do an amazing job hosting the event," McLean said.
The #WJFC2024 will incorporate teams from the Asian, Oceania, European and Americas regions. It has yet to be determined if the tournament will be a six-nation or eight-nation event.
For their part, Football Alberta's Executive Director says that Alberta is ready to step up on the world stage.
"We're proud of all of our communities in the province but know that there is something special about the Metro Edmonton region when it comes to hosting international events. We know it will be a winner when the world comes to the heartland of football in Canada," Enger said.
Canada is the international leader at the World Juniors. Team Canada won the last two championships becoming the only back-to-back champion in the history of the event. In 2016 in China, Canada scored an upset over the United States. In 2018 in front of 32,515 at Mexico City's Estadio Olympico Team Canada score a 13-7 victory against host Mexico. Canada is the only team to play in the gold medal final in all five championships and have won the most gold medals with three. Canada's first win was in 2012 with a 23-17 win over the United States in Canton, Ohio.
The 2020 Championship will be hosted by USA Football in the Pro Football Hall of Fame city of Canton, Ohio in July. It will be the last of World Juniors played under the Under-19 age grouping.
With the WJFC moving to a quadrennial tournament, Football Canada is in the process of exploring options for hosting a 2022 tournament.
"We would like for our athletes at our high-performance level to experience global competition. Football Canada is looking at different models which would give our players and supporters an opportunity to see global football on a Canadian field," Mullin said.
The Saskatoon Hilltops remain on top of the CJFL after a thrilling 11-6 victory over the Langley Rams on Saturday in the 112th Canadian Bowl.
The game was dominated by the defence. As a matter of fact the Rams didn’t allow a Hilltops touchdown and held them to only three points in the entire second half. The Hilltops gained 230 total yards while the Rams collected 209.
For the Hilltops All-Canadian kicker Rylan Kleiter hit two field goals in the second quarter and the Rams conceded a safety for their only scoring in the first half and led 8-0 at halftime.
In the third quarter the Rams finally got on the board with the game’s only touchdown. Maximilian Joseph scored on a one-yard touchdown run after a terrific drive by the Rams offence which also saw them convert two-third down plays.
In the fourth quarter Kleiter hit a 31 yard field goal to give the Hilltops a five point lead. The make was his third of the game and turned out to be the dagger.
Hilltops running back Ben Abrook was the main source of offensive punch carrying 27 times for 130 yards and was named the Offensive Player of the Game. Their passing attack never really got going collecting just 96 yards.
Over on the defence the Hilltops were fast to the ball on almost every play. Tristan Hering was named the Defensive Player of the Game with 2.5 sacks, had an assisted tackle and forced a fumble while Jesse McNabb had 1.5 sacks and two tackles. The CJFL Defensive Player of the Year Jadyn Pingue was also a force with six tackles and recovered a fumble. In all the defence collected five sacks.
The Rams meanwhile had opportunities in the second half however a pair of untimely holding calls stalled their offensive drives. They needed to use a pair of back-up quarterbacks after it was announced Duncan Little was unable to play due to an injury he suffered in the regular season. Colby Peters was excellent finishing 12 of 16 for 135 yards finding Jesse Walker six times for 93 yards all in the second half. He also rushed six times for 15 yards.
On the ground the CJFL Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year Andrew Pocrnic carried 16 times for 74 yards and didn’t get a chance to get into the open field.
The Rams defence was simply outstanding holding the Hilltops out of the end zone. Nathan Murray and Nick Sorace each had five tackles and Colton De Jong picked off a pass in the first quarter. No fewer than 10 players had at least two tackles and held the Hilltops passing game to just 96 yards.
The Hilltops era of dominance continues winning their sixth straight CJFL title and have won 12 national championships under head coach Tom Sargeant.
This is the lowest scoring Canadian Bowl since 1979 when the Ottawa Sooners beat the Regina Rams 13-9.
The 113th Canadian Bowl will be hosted in Ontario on November 14, 2020 and planning for the new CJFL season is already underway.