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Life Member Terry & Ed Plant

11/27/2021, 2:45pm PST
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The most dynamic duo in the CJFL

The CJFL Life Member Award is saved for an individual(s) that has contributed a great deal to their team, their Conference and to the CJFL as a whole.  Today's honourees are the CJFL's power couple and have contributed hours and hours of their time to make sure the "numbers" are correct.

Terry and Ed Plant have held many roles throughout their time in the CJFL and now have the distinction of a Life Membership.

Terry and Ed have been quite a dynamic dual for football in Canada over the past two decades. Aside from being two of the most genuine, reliable, delightful, and friendly people who have the innate ability to make everyone feel welcome and valued, the two have been synonymous in keeping and maintaining the records of junior football from the historical, statistical, and administrative perspectives.

Ed has been overseeing and taking the statistics for football teams going back as far as the 90’s  with the then Edmonton Eskimos. Since 1999 Ed and Terry have been involved with junior football in one aspect or another.  Ed became the Prairie Conference’s head statistician in the early 2000s and quick after that he became the CJFL's head statistician. This entails ensuring all teams across Canada have met a standard of excellence and consistency that would allow for the accurate record keeping which is important to selecting award winners and maintaining conference records. Ed also has been a valued member of both Conference and CJFL’s board of directors.

During this time Ed and Terry, continued to complete the stats for both Edmonton Huskies and Wildcats, the statistics for the national semifinals and the Canadian bowl, all this while keeping the stats for the Eskimos.  Most folks don’t understand the commitment in keeping all these stats together and separately while also maintaining a fulltime job and have a family life. Some of the “stats” that most people don’t see is how early a statistician must arrive before the game to set up and then stay late afterwards to finish the stats and circulate to the necessary parties.  Ed and Terry did this year after year, without much fanfare and without complaint.

Terry also has dedicated a tremendous portion of her life to junior football. Aside from being part of the statistician teams, Terry has been a long-term record keeper in the role as board of directors’ secretary for the Prairie Conference as well as the CJFL. Along with usual duties that accompany this role, Terry has been the valuable and irreplaceable corporate memory of both conference and national junior football and keeping both boards focused and moving forward.

It goes without any argument or debate that without Ed and Terry’s involvement in junior football over the last two decades the quality of our game would not be at the level and standard that it is at today. Each of their contributions as individuals would warrant their induction as lifetime members, but as a couple it would be hard pressed to find anybody who has contributed more to junior football in Canada.

Given the incredible amount of time, desire, dedication, discipline and positive attitude Ed and Terry have contributed to junior football over the decades they are most deserving of the CJFL Life Member award.

Contributed by:  Randy O’Shaughnessy

Life Member Darren Cocchetto

11/27/2021, 9:00am PST
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

He has been part of the CJFL in one way or another since 1993

The CJFL Life Member Award is saved for an individual that has contributed a great deal to their team, their Conference and to the CJFL as a whole. Today’s Life Member honouree has done all that and more.  

Darren Cocchetto is the President of the Ontario Conference.

He started his association with the OFC and Windsor AKO Fratmen, by playing four years from 1993 – 1997. Darren became a member of The AKO Fraternity in 2002 just as he was finishing his Law degree. He became President of the Fraternity in 2006 and held the position until 2013. He was elected Vice-President of the OFC in 2012 and with the resignation of the President at the time Darren was appointed President of the OFC in June of 2012 and still holds this position today. He also served as Deputy Commissioner in 2014 -2015 and the last few years, has also done double duty by being the OFC Statistician.

Darren has shown that he is very dedicated to the values and the mission of Canadian Junior Football League.   

Darren is married to his wife Karen and they have two wonderful boys Hudson & Emmett and live in Kingston Ontario.  He has his own Law Firm when football isn’t interfering.

Submitted by: Paul Bartle

Defensive All-Canadians

11/26/2021, 8:57am PST
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

They were the best on the defensive side of the ball in 2021

The Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) is proud to announce the Defensive All-Canadians for the 2021 season.

In total there are 13 Defensive All-Canadians and one Return Specialist All-Canadian.

Defensive Line
Jordan Fletcher – London Beefeaters – named the Ontario Conference Defensive Player of the Year, he had 20 tackles, 4 assisted tackles, a Conference high 8 sacks and recovered a fumble;

James Stockwood – Okanagan Sun – he tallied 16 solo tackles, had 1.5 sacks and a knockdown;

Cam Michaud – Calgary Colts – he had 22 solo tackles, 4 assisted tackles, had 1.5 sacks and forced a fumble;

Reece McCormick – Regina Thunder – he was named the Prairie Conference Rookie of the Year with 16 tackles, 4 assisted tackles, and added 3 sacks.

Austin Daisy – Calgary Colts – he led the CJFL with 55 solo tackles, had 14 assisted tackles, 2.5 sacks, had a knockdown, forced a fumble and intercepted a pass returning it 52 yards;

Codey McRoberts – London Beefeaters – he was all over the field with 18 tackles, 5 assist tackles, 2 sacks, 2 interceptions including 1 returned for a touchdown, blocked 3 kicks, had 2 knockdowns, forced a fumble and recovered 2 of them including 1 for a touchdown;

Colten Dejong – Langley Rams – he collected 23 solo tackles, 10 assisted tackles, had an interception returned for a touchdown, and 1 sack.

Defensive Backs
Kyle Clarot – Langley Rams (third consecutive season) – he had 3 interceptions, 23 tackles, 6 assisted tackles, had a knockdown, and a forced fumble;

Cheyvez Campbell – Edmonton Huskies (second consecutive season) – he had 19 tackles, 1 assisted tackle and collected 5 interceptions;

Gevhahn McNally-Hardisty – VI Raiders (second honour) – he had 33 tackles, 6 interceptions, 2 assisted tackles, 4 knockdowns, and blocked a kick;

Maurice Dubois – Edmonton Huskies – he collected 32 tackles, 3 assisted tackles, had four knockdowns and recorded 2 interceptions;

Billy Patterson Jr. – St. Clair Fratmen – he intercepted four passes, returning 1 for  touchdown, added 10 solo tackles and 2 assisted tackles.

Joel Pipke – Calgary Colts – he averaged 31 yards on 55 punts and added 3 singles on the season.

Return Specialist
Dante Lewis – St. Clair Fratmen –he returned 20 punts, averaging 20.5 yards, returning 2 of them for a touchdown, added another 100 yard touchdown on a kick-off return.  In all he returned 13 kick-offs averaging 26.2 yards.

The 113th Canadian Bowl will kick-off Saturday December 4, 2021 at 12:00pm at Western Alumni Field at Western University in London, Ontario.

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