The CJFL in conjunction with the Ontario Conference (OFC) have released their 2022 schedule that will see the six-member Conference open the CJFL season the weekend of August 13, 2022 with a full slate of games.
The defending Conference champion London Beefeaters begin their title defence that afternoon at 5:00pm when they visit the Ottawa Sooners who return to Conference play after missing 2021. The St. Clair Fratmen who finished as the top seed last year open their season at home when they welcome the Quinte Skyhawks at 7:00pm in a semi-final rematch and then the following afternoon the GTA Grizzlies entertain the Hamilton Hurricanes at 1:00pm.
The teams are scheduled to play an eight-week regular season concluding on October 2nd. The Conference playoffs will open on October 15th, following a bye weekend with a pair of semi-finals before the Conference championship game scheduled for Saturday October 22nd.
The winner of the Ontario final will host the BC Conference champion in the CJFL National Semi-Final on Saturday October 29th. The winner of this game will travel the Prairies for the 2022 Canadian Bowl on November 12th.
The St. Clair Fratmen will look a little different in 2022 following the graduation of several key pieces from their 2021 team that hosted the Ontario Conference final.
In all, 15 players have graduated and will not be returning this season and leave some big cleats to fill.
QB Michael Beale – he was sensation in 2021 setting a new Fratmen record for passing touchdowns in a single season with 25. He completed 65% passes for 1792 yards and was named an Ontario Conference All-Star
WR Cody Holmes – he is a highly decorated receiver making 30 receptions last year alone for 683 yards and 10 touchdowns
RB Jacob Savoni – he won the Ontario Conference rushing title in 2021 and was named an All-Canadian. He carried the rock 117 times for 924 yards and led the CJFL with 16 rushing touchdowns
OL Kyle Jennings – he was an All-Canadian in 2021 and helped anchor a very big and quick offensive line
K/P Jake Holloway – he was named an Ontario Conference All-Star knocking through 75% of his field goal attempts and averaged 36.9 yards each punt
DL Jordan Krug – he is a former All-Canadian, a two-time Conference All-Star and was a massive part of the Fratmen defence in 2021 collecting 15 tackles and two sacks
RB David Reaume – he carried the ball 21 times last season for 135 yards
WR Marcus Cooper – he was part of a very potent aerial attack
DB Tenoa Alex – he was part of a secondary that didn’t give up much in 2021. Collectively they intercepted 17 passes
RB/DB Nash Prieur – a two-way player that contributed on both sides of the ball last season
DL Matt O’Neil – he was a force on the line for the Fratmen and was part of a very stingy defensive core that gave up the fewest points in the Conference
OL Kyle Bruner
OL Tyler Mousseau
OL Taylor Briggs
OL Dante D’Andrea
Photo courtesy of Louis Christ Photography
The CJFL is proud to announce several former players have been invited to one of the four CFL Combines that will take place this month. A total of 28 CJFL players will participate.
The Ontario Regional Combine will take place on March 10 at the University of Waterloo, before Baie-D’Urfé, Que., hosts the Eastern Regional Combine on March 11. The Western Regional Combine on March 18 in Edmonton will conclude the trio of events, marking the ninth occasion that the league has hosted the regional showcases. The National Combine will be the main event and takes place in Toronto from March 25-27.
The former CJFL invites who will take part in one of three Regional Combines are as follows:
DB Marcel Arruda-Welch – Valley Huskers
DL Donovan Burgmaier – Edmonton Huskies
DB Brandon Gandire – Westshore Rebels
DL Garth Knittig - Saskatoon Hilltops
WR Kyler Mosley – Okanagan Sun
WR Brendan Naujoks – Winning Rifles
K David Solie - Saskatoon Hilltops
RB Vitor St. Pierre-Laviolette - Regina Thunder
LB Jacob Battenfelder – Edmonton Huskies
DB Daniel Loggale – Edmonton Huskies
WR Isaac Fagnan – Edmonton Wildcats
LB Tanner Smith – Regina Thunder
OL Joel Braden – Regina Thunder
DL Sandar Mod – Hamilton Hurricanes
The former CJFL invites who will take part in the National Combine are as follows:
RB Jean Paul Cimankinda – Ottawa Sooners
DB Jayden Dalke - Edmonton Wildcats
RB Adam Marchart – Saskatoon Hilltops (pictured)
DL Riley Pickett – Saskatoon Hilltops
DL Anthony Federico – Hamilton Hurricanes
Players previously announced that will take part in the Combines are:
RB Taz Bell – London Beefeaters
LB Cornelius Brown Jr. – Quinte Skyhawks
DL Austin Daisy – Calgary Colts
RB Alex Gayle - Edmonton Huskies
WR Cody Holmes – St. Clair Fratmen
K Eric Maximuik – Regina Thunder
LB Codey McRoberts – London Beefeaters
WR/KR Brandon Poulin – Valley Huskers
OL James Sides – Hamilton Hurricanes