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Off-Season Forecast: St. Clair Fratmen

07/27/2021, 8:30am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

A new Frat in Windsor

A new beginning is set hit the field in Windsor as the CJFL will get its first look at the rebranded St. Clair Fratmen.   It seems like forever ago the Fratmen announced a new and exciting partnership with St. Clair College in Windsor and next month all the hard work will finally be put into action with the goal of winning an Ontario Conference title and hosting the Canadian Bowl on their brand new field.

What’s New:

In a word, lots.  The new ownership by the Saints Student Athletic Association Inc. of St. Clair College obviously brings with it a new name of the St. Clair Fratmen.  Another giant benefit for the football team is a brand new game and practice facility at Acumen Stadium on the College’s campus.  A new dedicated dressing room will also be constructed before long.  The traditional black and gold colours have changed to be more in line with the Saints athletic program so the Fratmen will be wearing green and gold moving forward.  A new website will be launched before the season which will highlight player stats and stories.  On the field the coaching staff added Mike Laino (DL), Sean Guenette (OL) and Taylor Tessier (Offence).

Finally, a new management structure is in place for the business side of the operations that includes a mix of St. Clair College Administration/Athletic Department staff, Student Leadership Members, Fratmen Alumni along with Community members.

Key Grads:

DB/LB Jalen Butcher –back in 2019 the multi-positional player compiled 14 tackles, had a sack, a pair of knockdowns and intercepted four passes

LB Blake Ouellette – he will be missed in the middle of the field after being named a Conference All-Star in 2019 making 23 tackles, 6.5 sacks, a pair of knockdowns, forced a fumble and recovered one

DB Dante Fonasiero – in his final season back in 2019 he was named a Conference All-Star with 15 tackles, had a knockdown and four interceptions

Entering Final Season:

WR Cody Holmes – the Fratmen are hoping for big things from Holmes coming off a 2019 season in which he was named the Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year in the Conference with 45 receptions for 683 yards and 12 touchdowns

OL Kyle Jennings – in order for the potent Fratmen aerial attack to have success the veteran Jennings and the offensive line will need to give their quarterback time to throw  

LB Josh Allen – after a solid 2019 season Allen will be looked upon to pick up where a gradating Ouellette left off.  Allen made 17 tackles two years ago, collected a sack, had a fumble recovery and an interception

What They Need?

The Fratmen do appear to have decent depth at several positions however the kicking game is still a question mark.  The club is looking for a place kicker and a punter or a player that can do both.

Counting On:

WR Cody Holmes – he was a Conference All-Star back in 2019 leading all receivers with 12 touchdowns on 45 receptions and 683 yards

WR Jared Hayes-Williams – he was an All-Star in 2019 with a Conference high 50 receptions gaining 781 yards and tallied nine touchdowns

QB Michael Beale – the 6’4, 230 pound newcomer has an interesting story.  After graduating from Herman high school in Windsor Beale spent a year playing football at St. FX out east but then returned home to attend St. Clair College to play baseball and has done so for the past two seasons.  The 21 year old will compete for the starting quarterback position in his return to the gridiron

The new look Fratmen will open the season on the road at GTA on August 29th before their home opener on September 11th against the defending Conference champion London Beefeaters.

Off-Season Forecast: Edmonton Wildcats

07/21/2021, 11:00am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Jumping into 2021 like...

The 2019 season saw the return of the Edmonton Wildcats to the Canadian Bowl playoffs for the first time in six years.  They’ve had a chance to build off that post season appearance for a year and a half and have reloaded and are ready for kick-off next month.

As they enter the return to play program in Alberta the Wildcats are very pleased with the amount of players at each position that will report to camp.  There will be a healthy competition for each and every roster spot for 2021.

What’s New:

The Wildcats will have a couple of new faces on the coaching staff here in 2021 as Kavis Reed and Paul Schwartz have been added to the mix.  Off the field the club has launched a brand new website, have a new bus sponsorship deal with Traxx and will tee-off the first ever Al Park Memorial golf tournament at the end of August which will double as a fundraiser for their scholarship program.

Key Grads:

LB Chopper Hippe – one of the best names to ever play in the CJFL, Hippe led the League with 46 solo tackles in 2019 and added six assisted stops along with a knockdown.

QB Dante Tabacu – any time a team loses a quarterback there is a sense of starting over.  During the 2019 season Tabacu completed over 50% of his passes for 888 yards and threw four touchdowns.

DB Matt Zarowny – he was one of the Wildcats top defensive backs in 2019 making 16 solo tackles, had three interceptions, blocked a kick, collected four knockdowns, recovered two fumbles and forced another.

Entering Final Season:

WR Lucas Howe – after a solid 2019 season, Howe will look to build upon his production numbers of 25 receptions for 418 yards and three majors.

OL Anthony Rahe  & Mike Rea – these two players have been the anchors on the Wildcats offensive line and enter their final CJFL season with high hopes of getting deep into the playoffs.

Counting On:

DL Cole Milford – Coming into the 2021 season Milford will be looked upon to make a big impact on the defensive line.  He had one sack in 2019 and 10 solo tackles, a pair of stats the Wildcats are hoping he’ll expand on.

QB Devin Desormeau – he saw minimal action in 2019 completing 11 passes for 103 yards and had a passer efficiency rating of 105.6 albeit in limited action.  He is poised to win the starting role coming out of camp but will have to work hard and earn it from the coaching staff.

RB Nathan Zacharias – after seeing limited playing time in 2019 he is ready to take the Wildcats’ torch and “run with it,” following in the footsteps of some incredible running back in team history.  Back in 2019 he rushed 59 times for 243 yards and did score two touchdowns; something the Wildcats will hope to see a lot more of this season.

The Wildcats begin the 2021 season on August 22nd when they visit the Calgary Colts before their first official home game on September 12th when they kick-off at 11:00am at their new field; the JP Bowl.

New Logo, New Schedule

07/15/2021, 8:45am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Ontario Conference is back August 28-29

The CJFL and Ontario Conference (OFC) is pleased to release the 2021 schedule that will see the five member teams open the CJFL season on August 28th and 29th.

All games and dates are subject to change or adjusted with the ongoing COVID-19 staged reopening  

The defending Ontario champion London Beefeaters will open the Conference season at home at City Wide Sports Park against the Hamilton Hurricanes on that Saturday night.  The next day the newly named St. Clair Fratmen visit the GTA Grizzlies during Week 1.

The following weekend the newest CJFL franchise, the Quinte Skyhawks will make their league debut when they host the Beefeaters on September 4th on the campus of Loyalist College.

The teams will play an eight week regular season schedule concluding on Halloween afternoon.  The schedule then calls for a bye week which gives teams an opportunity to make-up games in case they need to be rescheduled.  The playoffs open the weekend of November 13th with the top four teams from the regular season.  Following another bye week the Conference final will be played on November 27th with the winner then hosting the 2021 Canadian Bowl on December 4th.

The CJFL teams will strictly follow guidance from each of the Provincial Health Authorities and will have the ability to change the schedule if required for the safety of our players, coaches, team administrators and fans.

The Ottawa Sooners have made the difficult decision not play during the 2021 season and will be classified as “non-playing status.”  The club has “alternatively chosen to implement an intensive training and team building program that will allow us to better prepare for next season (2022).”

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