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Each week the CJFL will celebrate one of the legendary coaches that have graced our sidelines in the past and the present. There have been hundreds of coaches over the years stretching from British Columbia to Quebec that have all contributed to not only the success of the players on the field, but helping them grow into men and successful citizens off the field.
The very first coach the CJFL needs to recognize is a no brainer as he has constructed a dynasty in Saskatoon. Tom Sargeant has been the head coach of the Hilltops for 22 seasons and part of their coaching staff for 29 straight years. Under his leadership this dynasty has won seven of the last eight Canadian Bowl titles and 13 in total, his first in 2001.
Over the course of his 22 regular seasons, “Sarge” has captured more wins than any other coach in CJFL history at 154 and counting. His team is currently on a 31 game winning streak with their last loss on September 9, 2017 to the Regina Thunder by only three points. Their last playoff loss was the 2013 PFC championship game.
Sarge, who will coach in his 23rd season this year, is in a class of his own when it comes to wins and championships in the CJFL and is most deserving of CJFL Legendary status.
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Second year defensive lineman Josh Lenz of the Edmonton Huskies helped his team to a 6-2 record last year and a place in the Prairie Conference finale.
In the regular season he collected 10 tackles, had a pair of assisted stops, two sacks, a knockdown and a forced fumble.
Believe it or not this defensive lineman would love to spend a day with a quarterback if he could choose any current or former NFL star. Watch what Josh has to say about it.
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Paul Mravik of the GTA Grizzlies played on both sides of the line in 2019 and was solid.
Over on the defensive line he made 12 tackles, assisted on a pair of stop, had two sacks and recovered a fumble.
At 6’5 Mravik was an important part of the Grizzlies offensive line as well giving his quarterback time to throw the ball down the field.
He goes Under the Helmet with Ryan Watters to talk about football and how many languages he can speak.