The Edmonton Wildcats have long had an outstanding running attack.
Several running backs are at or near of the top the CJFL record books with career yardage and single season highs.
Long-time Wildcats’ coach Sam Johnson will enter his third season as the running back coach, but his 30th on the sidelines in 2021.
As CJFL Running Backs Week concludes, Johnson talks with Ryan Watters about successful backs.
Andre Lalonde knows all about good running backs. In his final CJFL season with the Saskatoon Hilltops in 2013 he was named an All-Canadian and the CJFL Offensive Player of the Year.
During that regular season he rushed for 1367 yards on 182 carries and tallied seven touchdowns. At that time his total was the fifth highest in Prairie Conference history.
After his playing career came to a close Lalonde came back to the Hilltops and joined their coaching staff as the running backs coach. The upcoming 2021 season will be his sixth on the sidelines.
He’s had some outstanding running backs under his tutelage including Ben Abrook in 2019 who led the CJFL with 1215 yards on 199 carries. He helped the Hilltops win the Canadian Bowl and was named the Offensive Player of the Game.
As CJFL Running Backs Week continues, Lalonde discusses with Ryan Watters on what makes a good running back.
Photo courtesy of Wanda Harron Photography
It’s Running Backs Week in the CJFL.
Over the years the Edmonton Huskies have been a very solid run team with several All-Stars and/or All-Canadians.
Entering his third season as the Huskies’ running backs coach, Chris Friskie talks with Ryan Watters about the traits of a good running back and what the Huskies like to look for in a player.