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.
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.
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.
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.
The CJFL and Prairie Conference (PFC) have released their official 2021 eight game schedule that will see the six member conference open the season on August 22nd.
All games and dates are subject to change or adjusted with the ongoing COVID-19 staged reopening.
The six-time defending Canadian Bowl champion Saskatoon Hilltops will open the season in Edmonton against the Huskies in a rematch of the 2019 Conference final. Elsewhere the Regina Thunder will visit the Winnipeg Rifles and Calgary Colts host the Edmonton Wildcats.
The schedule calls for a pair of bye weeks in the regular season which can be used if games have to be rescheduled. Each team will play eight regular season games concluding the weekend of October 23-24.
In a different twist in 2021, all six Conference teams will qualify for the playoffs with the top two seeds receiving a bye into the semi-finals. The third seed will host the sixth seed while the fourth and fifth seeds will square off in a quarterfinal.
The Conference final will be played over the weekend of November 13-14 with the winner heading to BC for the national semi-final game. The winner of that tilt will travel to Ontario for the Canadian Bowl.
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 CJFL and Kodiaks Football Club in Prince George are proud to announce that they have been granted an expansion Junior Football franchise by the British Columbia Football Conference (BCFC). The Kodiaks will take the field starting in 2022 and become the seventh team within the BC Conference and 19th across the CJFL.
Newly hired Director of Football Operations and former CFL great Keon Raymond will be the first Head Coach for the Kodiaks program. They will call Masich Place Stadium in Prince George their home field.
Below Team President Craig Briere and BC Conference President Tyler McLaren speak with Ryan Watters about the process of landing a team in Prince George and how they moved forward despite the COVID-19 pandemic
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