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Players of the Week - Week 2

08/03/2022, 11:15am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The best from Week 2 in the CJFL

The CJFL in conjunction with the BC Conference are proud to announce the Week 2 Football Canada Players of the Week.

Offensive Player of the Week
QB Dominic Britton – Okanagan Sun

Britton led the Sun to a giant road win over the defending champion Langley Rams on Saturday in a rematch of the 2021 Cullen Cup championship game.  He finished with 16 pass completions for 261 yards and threw a touchdown strike.  He showed his versatility as well by running for a second touchdown on five carries for 20 yards. 

Defensive Player of the Week
DL Maurice Onyeamenu – Kamloops Broncos

It was an outstanding individual performance by Maurice Onyamenu on Saturday night.  He was seemingly all over the field in the Broncos home opener making an impressive 10 solo tackles.

Special Teams Player of the Week
Christopher Rolack II – Valley Huskers

For the second straight week a Husker wins this weekly award and Rolack II was a no brainer in being named.  He returned six punts for 101 yards, highlighted by a 69-yard return for a touchdown.  He added three kick-off returns for 68 yards giving the Huskers good field position. 

BC Conference Week 2 Summary

07/31/2022, 11:30pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Sun, Rebels and Raiders record a win

A quick recap of the three games in the BC Conference in Week 2 of the CJFL season. 

Okanagan Sun 20
Langley Rams 7

Saturday afternoon featured a rematch of the 2021 BC Conference Cullen Cup championship game in which the Langley Rams won.  Fast-forward to this past weekend and the Okanagan Sun got a slight measure of revenge with the 13-point victory in Langley.

Quarterback Dominic Britton led the Sun with 16 completions for 261 yards and threw a touchdown pass to Mike O’Shea, his first major of the season.  Britton also accounted for the other Sun touchdown using his feet to scamper into the endzone.  In all, he found six different receivers. 

On the defensive side the Sun didn’t give up much led by Peyton Ryder’s game high seven solo tackles, while Tyler Turner and Garrett Cape each recorded five.

The Rams only score on Saturday was a 42-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Tristen Secord-Yanciw to Alex France.  The Rams’ pivot made 10 completions for 153 yards with Beckham Dickie hauling in a team high three passes for 63 of those yards. 

One of the bright spots on the Rams defence was Cade Manuel South who had two sacks and a pair of tackles.

Next week the Sun (2-0) will have a bye week while the Rams (0-2) will face the Valley Huskers (1-1) on the road.

Westshore Rebels 38
Valley Huskers 17

The Westshore Rebels looked good for the second straight week and scored 18 points in the final frame to collect their second victory on the season. 

The reigning Offensive Player of the Week, quarterback Te Jessie was strong again throwing two touchdown passes and running for another.  He completed 18 passes for 277 yards and found Kierran Poissant and Eli Nelms-Horton for majors. Poissant had an even 100 yards on five catches to lead the game. 

Special teams was also a factor as Gerren Hardisty galloped 96 yards on a kick-off return for a touchdown. 

Defensively the Rebels forced four turnovers including inceptions from Tanner Hayward and De’von Young.  Enoch Angbony jumped on fumble and Cordell Holder led the team with five tackles. 

Down 20-3 at halftime the Huskers exploded out of the break and scored 14 points in the third quarter to bring the game to within three but were held right there. 

Christopher Rolack II returned a punt in the third quarter 69 yards for a touchdown and Tyran Duval ran into the endzone on a short yardage situation for another score.  Speaking of running Reece Wyke was outstanding and was the major weapon for the Huskers carrying the rock 17 times for a game high 121 yards behind his offensive line. 

Another big play for the visitors was a 70-yard fumble recovery return by Shane Claridge to give the Huskers terrific field position.   He also added four tackles while Andy Ofusuhene had a game high seven tackles. 

Next weekend the Rebels (2-0) will host their island rivals the VI Raiders (1-1) while the Huskers (1-1) welcome the Langley Rams (0-2).

VI Raiders 14
Kamloops Broncos 7

It was a contest that saw the defences prevail in Kamloops at Hillside Stadium.  

The Raiders picked up their first win as quarterback Ben Chomolok ran for a touchdown and threw for another finding Andre Gordon for a score.  He finished with 16 completions for 144 yards and spread the ball around to nine different receivers.  

On the other side of the field Broncos’ quarterback Reid Vankoughnett accounted for the only score by the home side. Like Chomolok he ran in a touchdown in the first quarter. 

The Broncos’ defence was led by Maurice Onyeamenu and his game high 10 solo tackles.  Both Jack Bellefontaine and Logan Ritchie each picked off a pass for the only turnovers. 

This coming weekend the Raiders (1-1) will visit the Westshore Rebels (2-0) and the Broncos (0-1) become the first CJFL team to visit the Prince George Kodiaks (0-1).

Week 2 Kicks-Off

07/29/2022, 1:00pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Three games on tap in the BC Conference

Photo courtesy of Honey Mustard Media

Week 2 of the CJFL season kicks off with three games in the BC Conference on Saturday with three teams looking to stay undefeated.

Valley Huskers @ Westshore Rebels – Saturday July 30, 4:00pm – Starlight Stadium | WATCH HERE

Last weekend both the Huskers and Rebels won their first game of the season each scoring over 30 points.  The Rebels took down the defending Canadian Bowl champion Langley Rams, while the Huskers beat up the newly expanded Prince George Kodiaks.

The Rebels showed a very balanced attack and have the reigning Offensive Player of the Week, quarterback Te Jessie who accounted for four touchdowns.  He threw for 222 yards along with three majors and also ran for another score on five carries.  Over on the defensive side the Rebels held the Rams to just 68 yards through the air.

The Huskers meanwhile dominated the Kodiaks.  Quarterback Josh Janssen threw four touchdowns to four different receivers and gained 224 passing yards.  Their defence held down the Kodiaks run game to just 34 yards.  Dylan Manocha was named the Special Teams Player of the Week.

Head-to-Head

Records:  Huskers 1-0 – Rebels 1-0
Points For: Huskers 31 – Rebels 36
Points Allowed: Huskers 5 – Rebels 20

Passing Leaders: Josh Janssen – 17 of 28 for 224 yards, 4 touchdowns (Huskers) – Te Jessie – 16 of 22 for 222 yards, 3 touchdowns (Rebels)

Rushing Leaders: Reece Wyke – 12 carries for 52 yards (Huskers) – Gerren Hardisty – 10 carries for 57 yards, 1 touchdown (Rebels)

Receiving Leaders: Dylan Manocha – 5 receptions for 71 yards, 1 touchdown (Huskers) - Zion Brown-Dogbe – 7 receptions for 111 yards, 1 touchdown (Rebels)

Leading Tacklers: Jackson Saunders – 4 tackles (Huskers) – Isaiah Cardilicchia – 5 tackles (Rebels)

Turnovers: Huskers +1 – Rebels -1

Okanagan Sun @ Langley Rams – Saturday July 30, 4:00pm – McLeod Stadium | WATCH HERE | Sun Radio Broadcast 

It’s a rematch of the 2021 Cullen Cup championship that featured a pair of dominating defences that the Rams ended up winning on route to a Canadian Bowl victory in Ontario.

The Sun enter the match after exploding for 50 points last week in their lopsided win over the VI Raiders.  It’s the second straight road game for the Sun who travel to Langley on Saturday morning.  Last week on the Island they combined for 583 yards for total offence which included 417 through the air.  Starter Dominic Britton accounted for most of those and threw a 70-yard touchdown pass and ran for another.   The defence also got in on the scoring with a pair of fumble recoveries returned for a touchdown. 

Speaking of defences, the Rams allowed more points last week then they did in eight regular season games all of last year.  They coughed up 36 points to the Westshore Rebels and only allowed an incredible 32 in 2021.   The offence however did run the ball well combining for 244 yards on the ground and scored two touchdowns.  The pass offence will have to rebound after collecting 68 yards through the air last week.

Head-to-Head

Records: Sun 1-0 – Rams 0-1
Points For: Sun 50 – Rams 20
Points Allowed: Sun 19 – Rams 36

Passing Leaders: Dominic Britton – 18 of 30 for 339 yards, 1 touchdown (Sun) – Trey Jones – 4 of 7 for 55 yards (Rams)

Rushing Leaders: Jevon Garwood – 8 carries for 82 yards (Sun) – Caleb Wheeler – 12 carries for 80 yards, 1 touchdown (Rams)

Receiving Leaders: Blaise Beauchemin – 4 receptions for 115 yards (Sun) – Beckham Dickie – 3 receptions for 35 yards (Rams) 

Leading Tacklers: Kelon Thomas – 5 tackles (Sun) – Howard Jiao – 8 tackles (Rams)

Turnovers: Sun 0 – Rams +1

VI Raiders @ Kamloops Broncos – Saturday July 30, 6:00pm – Hillside Stadium | WATCH HERE

The final game of the weekend and night cap sees the VI Raiders trying to rebound after last week’s loss and a Kamloops Broncos team that will play for the first time after last week’s bye. 

These two teams met just once last season with the Raiders claiming the victory.  As a matter of fact the Broncos won just once last year.

Last week the Raiders gave up 35 second half points and were beat at home 50-19 by the Okanagan Sun.  Raiders’ quarterback Ben Chomolok did throw a pair of touchdown passes to Maren Bradbrook including a 75-yarder. Their defence also got on the scoreboard with a 90-yard pick six courtesy of Tyler Ruck on the final play of the game.

Despite the 6:00pm start both teams will have to deal with the scorching BC Interior heat with temperatures reaching 37 degrees earlier in the day.