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BC Conference Week 1 Summary

07/24/2022, 4:45pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Rebels, Sun and Huskers claim victory

Westshore Rebels 36
Langley Rams 20

The visiting Westshore Rebels made a statement in Week 1 with a 16-point victory over the defending Canadian Bowl champion Langley Rams on Saturday afternoon in Langley.

The visitors jumped out to a 14-0 lead after the first quarter and never looked back.  The Rebels passing attack looked great as first year quarterback Tim Jessie finished 16 of 22 for 222 yards and threw three touchdowns to three different receivers.  Mike Oliva, Kieran Poissant and Zion Brown-Dogbe each got into the end zone as Brown-Dogbe hauled in a game high seven passes for 111 yards.

The ground game was equally effective as both Jessie and Gerren Hardisty each scored rushing touchdowns.

The 36 points the Rebels scored was more points the Rams allowed all of last season. They allowed just 32 points in eight regular season games in 2021.

Defensively the Rebels were solid, holding the Rams to just 68 yards on the ground.  Cordell Holder made three tackles and had two sacks, Isaiah Cardilicchia had a team high five solo tackles and Tarick Polius made four stops. 

After giving up 14 points in the first quarter the Rams battled back to bring the score to within two points at halftime but couldn’t hold down the Rebels in the second half.  Their offence scored a pair of ground touchdowns as both Caleb Wheeler and Steven Dilorenzo accounted for the majors. 

On the defensive side Howard Jiao had a game high eight touchdowns and Kinneth Balucos picked off a pass.

In Week 2 the Rebels (1-0) will welcome the Valley Huskers (1-0) for their home opener, while the Rams (0-1) will welcome the Okanagan Sun (1-0) on Saturday.

Okanagan Sun 50
VI Raiders 19

In a game that was relatively close at halftime, blew up in the second half as the Sun went on to route the Raiders in Nanaimo. 

It was the Raiders that would get on the scoreboard first thanks to a 75-yard touchdown pass to Maren Bradbrook from first year quarterback Ben Chomolok.  However, that was the only scoring the Raiders would get in the first half as the Sun led 15-7 at the break.

The second half was a completely different story as the Sun scored five touchdowns including a 70-yard bomb to Noah Bymak for a major.  In all returning quarterback Dominic Britton completed 18 passes for 339 yards and the touchdown.  He also scored a touchdown on the ground off nine carries and 33 yards.  Back-up quarterback Liam Kroeger came in the late stages and threw a touchdown pass to Farrell Yakam Kenfack.

The Sun ground game added 166 yards and a touchdown from Tristen Peddle while Jevon Garwood led the team with a game high 82 yards.

Over on the defensive side the Sun collected two more touchdowns as Garrett Cape and Grayson Statham each picked up a fumble and returned it for a major.  As a unit they combined for five turnovers and four sacks.

Along with the 75-yard touchdown strike, Chomolok completed 16 passes for 197 yards and threw a second touchdown pass to Bradbrook for the Raiders offence.

Their defence got on the board with an impressive 90-yard pick-six courtesy of Tyler Ruck. Will Adams put together a fine game with six tackles, a knockdown, had an interception and recovered a fumble. 

Next week the Sun (1-0) will stay on the road and visit the Langley Rams (0-1) while the Raiders (0-1) will visit the Kamloops Broncos (0-0) for their first game. 

Valley Huskers 31
Prince George Kodiaks 5

The Valley Huskers spoiled the Prince George Kodiaks inaugural game with a big victory in front of their hometown faithful. 

Returning quarterback Josh Janssen was simply outstanding completing 17 passes for 224 yards and threw four touchdowns to four different receivers.   He would target Dylan Manocha, David Coronado, Payton Lake and Luc Rodrigues for majors as Lake led the way with a game high six catches for 63 yards. 

The Huskers defence pitched a second half shutout and their offence scored 21 of their 31 points in the final two quarters.  Jackson Saunders had a team high four tackles and Chavis Spencer picked off a pass.

On the other side of the field the Kodiaks played in their first ever CJFL game but have yet to find the end zone.  Quarterback Liam Oczkowski threw for 182 yards including a 78-yarder hauled in by Andrew Brown, who finished with 107 receiving yards. 

Their defence was led by Marcellus Pope and his game high six tackles.

This weekend the Huskers (1-0) will visit the Westshore Rebels (1-0) and the Kodiaks (0-1) have the weekend off to lick their wounds. 

Photo courtesy of Crazy Bees Photography

Week 1 Kicks-Off

07/23/2022, 8:15am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Three games will be featured in the BC Conference

Photo courtesy of Shoot the Breeze Photography

The 2022 CJFL season opens in the BC Conference on Saturday with six of the seven teams in action in a tripleheader.

Westshore Rebels @ Langley Rams – Saturday July 23, 4:00pm | McLeod Stadium

FINAL SCORE - Westshore Rebels 36 - Langley Rams  20

The defending Canadian Bowl champion Rams open their title defence against the new look Rebels in game 1 of the season on Saturday.

Last year the Rams finished 7-1 during the regular season and went undefeated in the playoffs winning their first national title in London.  The Rams defence was incredible last season averaging four points allowed during the regular campaign and pitched a shutout in the Canadian Bowl, 37-0.

This season they will a look little different without All-Canadian Kyle Clarot in the secondary but will still be fast and athletic led by Tyler Eckert on the defensive line. All-Canadian linebacker Colten Dejong also returns and will no doubt play a major factor.

The Rebels managed only one victory last season and have high hopes for 2022 with a new look team. They will have plenty of weapons on both sides of the ball, but their defence should stand out.   Linebacker Austin Morgan returns as does Cordell Holder to lead their group. Defensive tackle Tarick Polius played only five games in 2021 and has returned to the Rebels at 6’7 and 310 pounds.

Head-to-Head 2021

Records: Rebels 1-7 – Rams 7-1
Points For: Rebels 133 – Rams 182
Points Against: Rebels 258 – Rams 32

Okanagan Sun @ VI Raiders – Saturday July 23, 5:30pm | NDSS Field | WATCH HERE | Sun Radio HERE

FINAL SCORE - Okanagan Sun 50 - VI Raiders 19

On the island Saturday afternoon, the Sun and Raiders lock horns after a lopsided seasonal series in 2021.  The Sun won all three games last year including their playoff semi-final.  The Sun were just one win away from the national semi-final in 2021 and are looking to rebound this season.  Quarterback Dominic Britton returns to the club after a solid first season and still has Mike O’Shea to throw to. However, the run game will look different after the graduation of the CJFL Offensive Player of the Year in Malcolm Miller.

The Sun defence is laced with veteran leadership including All-Stars Tyler Going, Garrett Cape and Kelon Thomas.  This side of the ball should be their strength; however they will be relatively balanced.

The Raiders offence will need some time to find their stride after the graduation of veteran quarterback Jake Lebarge following last season.  Running back Jason Henderson does return and should take the pressure off the new quarterback. 

Defensively the Raiders return a couple of solid weapons including Sean Adams.

Head-to-Head 2021

Records: Sun 7-1 – Raiders 5-3
Points For: Sun 360 – Raiders 207
Points Allowed: Sun 73 – Raiders 221

Prince George Kodiaks @ Valley Huskers – Saturday July 23, 7:00pm | Exhibition Stadium | WATCH HERE

FINAL SCORE - Valley Huskers 31 - PG Kodiaks 5

Saturday’s nightcap could be the most intriguing match-up of the day as the brand-new Kodiaks hit the field for the first time.  Little is known about the expansion franchise, but they have recruited well and are looking to make an immediate impact.

The Huskers have several players back including quarterback Josh Janssen for his second campaign.  He does have some healthy competition as the Huskers have brought in a decorated back-up.   Their run game will need to prove themselves after the graduation of Brandon O’Connor following last year.

It is the defensive side of the ball that will be their strength, at least early on.  James Moar returns as does Rookie of the Year candidate Andy Ofosuhene and defensive back Chavis Spencer. 

These two teams will be become very familiar with each other as they match-up three times in the first five weeks of the season. 

This game is the first BC Conference Game of the Week on Telus Optik TV, a new agreement between the Conference and the provider.

CJFL Top 50 Of 2022

07/22/2022, 4:00pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

A projected list of the best players across the CJFL

The list of Top 50 players in the CJFL for 2022 are based on their past experience in junior football and not what they have done in other leagues.

The season officially kicks off on Saturday with three games in the BC Conference opening their schedule.

Here is the official list for 2022.

Ranking Name Team
1 Rylan Sokul Regina Thunder
2 Mike O'Shea Okanagan Sun
3 Jared Hayes-Williams St. Clair Saints
4 Reece McCormick Regina Thunder
5 Daniel Kubongo Langley Rams
6 Carter Shewchuk Regina Thunder
7 Colten Dejong Langley Rams
8 Alex Gayle Edmonton Huskies
9 Billy Patterson St. Clair Saints
10 Tyler Eckert Langley Rams
11 Maurice Dubois Edmonton Huskies
12 Nikos Lazarakis Langley Rams
13 Jaxon Funk Saskatoon Hilltops
14 Kelon Thomas Okanagan Sun
15 Damon Dutton Saskatoon Hilltops
16 Dante Lewis St. Clair Saints
17 Carson Lethbridge Edmonton Huskies
18 Taz Bell London Beefeaters
19 Tyler Going Okanagan Sun
20 Konnor Johnson Saskatoon Hilltops
21 Connor Klassen Regina Thunder
22 Garrett Cape Okanagan Sun
23 Justin McKerracher Regina Thunder
24 Adner St. Hilaire Edmonton Huskies
25 Isaac Foord Regina Thunder
26 Brandon Kamenz Winnipeg Rifles
27 Riley Schick Regina Thunder
28 Kieran Poissant Westshore Rebels
29 Chris Costigan Hamilton Hurricanes
30 Josh Allen St. Clair Saints
31 Terrell Theberge Hamilton Hurricanes
32 Mitchel Spence London Beefeaters
33 Chavis Spencer Valley Huskers
34 Corey Levesque St. Clair Saints
35 Eric Maximuik Regina Thunder
36 Kyle Chorney Winnipeg Rifles
37 Sean Adams VI Raiders
38 Andy Ofosuhene Valley Huskers
39 Nathan Zacharias Edmonton Wildcats
40 Austin Morgan Westshore Rebels
41 Avery Dunster Kamloops Broncos
42 Tyler Thompson London Beefeaters
43 Boston Davidsen Saskatoon Hilltops
44 Jeremy Hicks Hamilton Hurricanes
45 Joel Klaassen Langley Rams
46 Jordan Maucieri Calgary Colts
47 Jason Henderson VI Raiders
48 Burkley Banilevic Quinte Skyhawks
49 Cam Grzegorczyk Kamloops Broncos
50 Ike Okafor Calgary Colts