Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography
There has been some significant movement this week on the Top 10 Power Rankings including the Regina Thunder taking over the #1 spot. It's the first time the Saskatoon Hilltops are not #1 in recent memory after the Thunder beat them on a last second field goal. The Okanagan Sun and St. Clair Fratmen round out the top 3.
There are also two newcomers on the list this week.
Here’s the full list as the CJFL enters Week 5 of the regular season:
|1||Regina Thunder (3-0)||2|
|2||Okanagan Sun (2-0)||8|
|3||St. Clair Fratmen (2-0)||7|
|4||Saskatoon Hilltops (2-1)||1|
|5||Edmonton Huskies (2-1)||4|
|6||Langley Rams (1-0)||6|
|7||London Beefeaters (2-1)||5|
|8||Hamilton Hurricanes (2-1)||10|
|9||Valley Huskers (1-1)||-|
|10||Winnipeg Rifles (1-2)||-|
The Canadian Junior Football League is proud to announce the Football Canada Players of the Week following Week 4 of the regular season
Offensive Players of the Week
WR Mike O’Shea – Okanagan Sun
For the second straight week O’Shea is honoured with a Player of the Week award after winning the Special Teams last week. This past weekend O’Shea caught four passes for 94 yards and three touchdowns on route to a dominating win.
RB Alex Gayle – Edmonton Huskies
It was a terrific all-around game for Alex Gayle who touched the ball 22 times for a combined 153 yards in the Huskies victory. He rushed 18 times for 112 yards and a touchdown while also catching four passes for 41 yards.
RB Brendan McCraney – St. Clair Fratmen
In a big home win over the defending OFC Champion Beefeaters at a sold out Acumen Stadium, McCraney took a short pass 78 yards that left several Beefeater defenders grasping at air on his way to scoring the game winning touchdown with 36 seconds left in the game. In all, McCraney had five catches for 142 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Defensive Players of the Game
DB Nathan Murray – Langley Rams
The Rams defence was stifling in their first win of the season and Nathan Murray was a big reason why. In two separate VI Raider drives Murray intercepted two passes and returned them for a combined 54-yards.
LB Brady Fossen – Saskatoon Hilltops
In a defensive battle on Saturday night Brady Fossen stood out for the defending champs. He collected five solo tackles, had an assist, a sack and forced a fumble.
LB Codey McRoberts – London Beefeaters
After winning the Special Teams Player of the Week award last week Codey McRoberts turned in another outstanding game. Despite the loss on the road to the St. Clair Fratmen, the talented linebacker flashed all over the field registering nine tackles and intercepted a pass and returning it 60 yards for a touchdown.
Special Teams Players of the Week
K Ethan Homan – Valley Huskers
When the Huskers needed to pin the Kamloops Broncos deep they turned to their punter. Ethan Homan punted eight balls for a combined 233 net yards. He also was perfect on two field goals knocking them in from 17 and 34 yards away. He was 4-4 in converts as well accounting for 10 of the Huskers 36 points.
K Eric Maximuik – Regina Thunder
When you knock a game winning field goal in from 51-yards away with no time left on the clock, on the road you automatically clinch this award. That’s exactly what Eric Maximuik did for the Thunder snapping the Saskatoon Hilltops long winning streak. In all he connected on three field goal attempts and accounted for 10 of the Thunder’s 16 points on the night.
R Jevante Stanley – Hamilton Hurricanes
In ending any hopes for a Skyhawk upset on the road, Jevante Stanley returned a third quarter kickoff 110 yards for a touchdown for the hometown Hurricanes. In all, Stanley returned three kickoffs for 156 yards and also returned two punts for 23 yards.
Story courtesy of Ted Beale - St. Clair College
St Clair Fratmen 29
London Beefeaters 22
The Fratmen survived a late scare Saturday night to come out on top 29-22 over the London Beefeaters in front of a capacity crowd at Acumen Stadium as part of the first ever event at St. Clair College’s SportsPark.
The teams jockeyed scoreless in the early stages until Fratmen quarterback Michael Beale (LaSalle, ON) hooked up with Cody Holmes (Windsor, ON) who dove over the goal line for a 28-yard touchdown at the 1:09 mark of the first quarter but they did not convert the PAT. The Fratmen extended their advantage to 13-0 after Beale found Brendan McCraney (Windsor, ON) in the endzone for a 25-yard major which was converted by kicker Jake Holloway (Franklin, Tennessee).
London answered with 6:29 left in the half when Michael Saucier caught a 17-yard pass from Clarke McCallum to make it 13-7. The Fratmen drove back late in the quarter and when Holloway couldn’t convert a field goal it resulted in a rouge point as time expired and a 14-7 St. Clair lead at the halftime intermission.
The Fratmen created a 14-point cushion (21-7) when Beale and Holmes struck again for a 16-yard touchdown early in the third quarter. Holloway boomed the kickoff immediately afterwards for another rouge point for the Fratmen’s largest lead at 22-7.
The teams played scoreless until the 9:17 mark of the fourth quarter when London closed the margin to 22-14 after Codey McRoberts intercepted a Fratmen pass at midfield and returned it for a touchdown. After a Fratmen stalled drive London felt the momentum and regained possession that led to a 21-yard Beefeaters touchdown connection from McCallum to Devon Smith. After a successful 2-point conversion pass to Mitchell Spence suddenly the game was tied 22-22 with 6:38 left.
The Fratmen made a good defensive stand and got the ball back on their own 37-yard line with about 1:15 to go in the game. After a few plays Beale hit McCraney with a seemingly harmless pass in the flat, but he navigated into the secondary and picked up a few blocks racing 78 yards for the deciding blow with just :36 left on the clock. Holloway converted the PAT for a 29-22 score.
London couldn’t respond and Fratmen defensive back Nathaniel Norton (Windsor, ON) put the nail in the coffin with an interception allowing the game to expire the next play following a kneel.
Jacob Savoni (Amherstburg, ON) had another fine game rushing for 163 yards on 28 carries for the Fratmen while McCraney finished with 180 yards on 5 catches including his two majors. Holmes had 6 catches for 89 yards and two touchdowns. Beale was credited with 291 yards in the air on 14 of 25 passing to go with 4 touchdowns and the lone interception.
Hamilton Hurricanes 69
Quinte Skyhawks 29