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First-Team All-Canadians

By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) 11/10/2022, 10:00am PST

The best players from the 2022 season

The Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) is proud to announce the First-Team All-Canadians for the 2022 season.

Offensive Line
Jayson Kehler – Saskatoon Hilltops
Connor Klassen – Regina Thunder
Isaiah Letander – Valley Huskers
Corey Levesque – St. Clair Saints
Jeff Vander Werff – Okanagan Sun

Receivers
Isaac Foord – Regina Thunder – 40 receptions for 638 yards and 8 touchdowns

Jared Hayes-Williams – St. Clair Saints - 33 receptions for 617 yards and 6 touchdowns

Kieran Poissant – Westshore Rebels – 44 receptions for 811 yards and 10 touchdowns

Rylan Sokul – Regina Thunder – 44 receptions for 669 yards and 4 touchdowns

Running Backs
Taz Bell – London Beefeaters - 86 carries for 554 yards and three touchdowns

Alex Gayle – Edmonton Huskies – 150 carries for 923 yards and 10 touchdowns 

Quarterback
Te Jessie – Westshore Rebels – 169 of 305 for 2864 yards, 28 touchdowns and completed 55% of his passes

Punter
Eric Maximuik – Regina Thunder – 41 punts averaging 34.5 yards and 1 single

Place Kicker
AJ Williamson – London Beefeaters - 19 of 25 in field goals, 76% with his longest being 49 yards, 21 of 22 in coverts

Defensive Line
Dylan Clarke – London Beefeaters - 23 tackles, 9 assists, 6.5 sacks, 1 blocked kick, 5 knockdowns, 2 fumble recoveries with 1 for a touchdown

Riece Kack – Saskatoon Hilltops – 20 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception

Reece McCormick – Regina Thunder- 16 tackles, 4 assisted tackles, 3 sacks

Kelon Thomas – Okanagan Sun – 11.5 sacks, 19 tackles, 1 blocked kick, 1 knockdown, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery

Linebackers
Jaiden Claassen – Valley Huskers – 43 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 knockdown, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception

Konner Johnson – Saskatoon Hilltops – 31 tackles, 2 sacks, 5 knockdowns, 4 interceptions 

Isaiah Joseph – Hamilton Hurricanes - 43 tackles, 11 assists, 1 sack, 2 knockdowns, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception

Defensive Backs
Sean Adams – VI Raiders – 34 tackles, 2 blocked kicks, 3 knockdowns, 1 fumble recovery, 2 interceptions

Damien Bucknor – Calgary Colts – 36 tackles, 1 knockdown, 1 forced fumble, 2 interceptions 

Keagan Curtis – Kamloops Broncos – 9 interceptions, 28 tackles, 2 knockdowns

Justin McKerracher – Regina Thunder – 5 interceptions, 1 returned for a touchdown, 16 tackles, 6 knockdowns, 1 fumble recovery 

Nathanial Norton – St. Clair Saints - 12 tackles, 2 assists, 4 interceptions, 2 knockdowns

Return Specialist
Mike O’Shea – Okanagan Sun – 44 punt returns, 649 yards and 3 touchdowns, 14 kick-off returns for 362 yards

The CJFL Major Award winners will be announced on Friday at the Celebration of Excellence.

BC Conference Week 12 Summary

By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) 10/10/2022, 7:45pm PDT

The regular season comes to a close in BC

Photo courtesy of Crazy Bees Photography

Okanagan Sun 54
Prince George Kodiaks 7

For the first time since 2015 the Okanagan Sun finish the regular season undefeated after cruising to 47-point victory on Saturday night.

The offence was good, but the defence was outstanding. All-Star Kelon Thomas led the way with three sacks and forced and recovered a fumble.  Jacob Bond and Aleandro Van Holten each blocked a kick as they forced five turnovers and didn’t allow an offensive touchdown as several players saw live action.  As a group they held the Kodiaks to just 151 yards of total offence.

Two quarterbacks combined to throw four touchdown passes.  Starter Dominic Britton threw three and Avery Clayton threw his first CJFL touchdown.  Both Mike O’Shea and Noah Bymak each hauled in a pair of majors and Aidan Wiberg ran for another. 

Their special teams were also magnificent.  Kemarr Bishop returned six punts, none more exciting than his 71-yard return for a touchdown.  Not to be outdone Nathan Tonogai returned a kick-off 106 yards for a score.

The lone bright spot for the Kodiaks came in the second quarter when All-Star Keon Raymond Jr returned a kick-off of his own 116 yards for a touchdown. 

This coming weekend the Sun (10-0) host the Langley Rams (5-5) as the Canadian Bowl playoffs open.  The Kodiaks (1-9) have finished their inaugural season and will look to build upon some of the pieces they put in place this year.

Westshore Rebels 28
VI Raiders 9

The Rebels clinched a home playoff berth with their victory on Saturday night and are the second seed heading into the BC Conference playoffs this weekend. 

This past weekend they picked apart the Raiders secondary as All-Star quarterback Te Jessie completed 20 passes for 393 yards and threw two touchdowns to Kieran Poissant.

Their defence also hit the scoreboard when De’von Young intercepted a pass and returned it 62-yards for a major.  He also had 1.5 tackles and three knockdowns.  Defensive back Josh Hoyt intercepted two other passes and five different players each recorded a sack.

The Raiders struggled in their final game coughing up seven turnovers.  Their lone touchdown came from quarterback Ben Chomolok when he rushed for a major in the third quarter. 

This Sunday the Rebels (7-3) will host the Valley Huskers (7-3) in a BC Conference semi-final while the Raiders (1-9) begin preparation for next season. 

Valley Huskers 32
Kamloops Broncos 29

It was a game that had plenty of offence as the teams combined for 881 total yards and 61 points as the Huskers just barely held on for their seventh win of the season.   Their seven wins ties a franchise record with their 2001 team who also finished 7-3.  They also clinched third place in the standings and will hit the road for a playoff game on Sunday.

The Huskers held a 27-7 halftime lead before the Broncos started to chip away and outscored the home team 22-8 in the second half coming up just a little short.  Running back Reece Wyke reached the 1000-yard plateau with 169 yards on 28 carries and he scored three touchdowns.  He becomes just the fourth Husker to ever reach 1000 yards.   Quarterback Josh Janssen threw for 234 yards and hit Eathan Porter with a TD strike. 

The Broncos comeback attempt fell just short as Kaleb Senz almost single handily brought them back.  He rushed for two touchdowns and threw a 55-yard major to Colton Meikle on the highlight of the year off a trick play.   Meikle had a great game with 11 receptions for 150 yards and the TD.

This Sunday the Huskers (7-3) will travel to Westshore to play the Rebels (7-3) in a Conference semi-final while the Broncos (4-6) start to prepare for 2023.
 

Week 12 Preview

By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) 10/07/2022, 7:00am PDT

Only BC Conference teams will see action this weekend

Photo courtesy of Jim Motokado

Okanagan Sun @ Prince George Kodiaks – Saturday October 8, 7:00pm – Masich Stadium | WATCH HERE

Both the Sun and Kodiaks will wrap up the regular season on Saturday night. For the Sun it’s the final tune-up before hosting the Langley Rams in the Canadian Bowl playoffs while the Kodiaks inaugural season will come to a close. 

In their first meeting on August 27th in Kelowna, the Sun defence pitched a 35-0 shutout and never really allowed the visitors an opportunity to move the football.  It has been the only shutout the Sun have achieved this season but have kept three other teams to just single digit scoring including a 58-1 win. 

The Kodiaks first CJFL season has been somewhat expected as an expansion franchise.  They have played well at times and did score their only win of the season in front of the hometown crowd. Since that 28-20 victory over the Valley Huskers they have lost five straight, a string that began with the shutout loss to the Sun. 

Head-to-Head 

Records: Sun 9-0 – Kodiaks 1-8
Points For: Sun 394 – Kodiaks 128
Points Allowed: Sun 128 – Kodiaks 288  

Passing Leaders: Dominic Britton – 115 of 195 for 1920 yards and 21 touchdowns (Sun) – Liam Oczkowski – 101 of 190 for 1310 yards and 3 touchdowns (Kodiaks)  

Rushing Leaders: Jevan Garwood – 99 carries for 830 yards and 9 touchdowns (Sun) - Liam Oczkowski – 29 carries for 211 yards and 2 touchdowns (Kodiaks) 

Receiving Leaders: Noah Bymak – 30 receptions for 563 yards and 7 touchdowns (Sun) – Jerome Erickson – 36 receptions for 375 yards and three touchdowns (Kodiaks) 

Leading Tacklers: Peyton Ryder – 35 tackles (Sun) – Marcellus Pope – 34 tackles (Kodiaks) 

Kamloops Broncos @ Valley Huskers - Saturday October 8, 7:00pm – Exhibition Field | WATCH HERE

It may be hard to believe but this is the first and only match up of the season between these two teams and it comes in final weekend of the year.   

For the Huskers, a win and a Westshore Rebels loss would give them a home playoff date for the first time in franchise history.  Regardless of the outcome the Huskers have clinched a playoff spot and will face the Rebels, the only thing that needs to be determined is the location.  

The Huskers have won three of their last four games and have been undefeated at home with a 4-0 record.  Another milestone to keep an eye on is All-Star running back Reece Wyke who is just 74 yards away from becoming the Huskers first 1,000-yard rusher in 14 seasons.  

Meanwhile the Broncos have an opportunity to finish their season on a high note and be a spoiler to the potential Huskers home playoff date.  They are coming off a loss to the Okanagan Sun, a game they were actually leading heading into the fourth quarter.  

Head-to-Head 

Records: Broncos 4-5 – Huskers 6-3
Points For: Broncos – 202 – Huskers 236
Points Allowed: Broncos – 222 – Huskers 217 

Passing Leaders: Reid Vankoughnett – 119 of 236 for 1886 yards and 12 touchdowns (Broncos) – Josh Janssen – 144 of 248 for 1987 yards and 21 touchdowns (Huskers) 

Rushing Leaders: Evan Guizzon – 50 carries for 271 yards and 1 touchdown (Broncos) – Reece Wyke 172 carries for 926 yards and 5 touchdowns (Huskers) 

Receiving Leaders: Colton Meikle – 32 receptions for 703 yards and 6 touchdowns (Broncos) – Luc Rodrigues – 31 receptions for 451 yards and 6 touchdowns (Huskers) 

Leading Tacklers: Maxim Bosc – 31 tackles (Broncos) – Jaiden Claassen – 39 tackles (Huskers) 

VI Raiders @ Westshore Rebels - Saturday October 8, 7:00pm – Starlight Stadium | WATCH HERE

This will be the third meeting of the campaign between these Island rivals with Rebels looking for the seasonal sweep and to clinch a home playoff date.  

The Rebels have dominated the first two meetings winning 45-10 and 47-28 just two weeks ago.  Another victory would clinch a home playoff date, which they would host the Valley Huskers on October 15th.  Interestingly the Rebels suffered a loss at the hands of the Huskers last weekend and have lost two of their last three games.  Their only victory over that span was against the Raiders.  

Speaking of the Raiders they are looking to play spoiler.  Coming off a bye week, if they can beat the Rebels, it could place them on the road for the post season.  A Raiders win would also give them something to build upon going into 2023. 

Head-to-Head 

Records: Raiders 1-8 – Rebels 6-3
Points For: Raiders – 156 – Rebels 317
Points Allowed: Raiders – 347 – Rebels 236 

Passing Leaders: Ben Chomolok – 145 of 280 for 1910 yards and 13 touchdowns (Raiders) – Te Jessie – 149 of 271 for 2471 yards and 26 touchdowns (Rebels) 

Rushing Leaders:  Ben Chomolok – 56 carries for 299 yards and 6 touchdowns (Raiders) – Gerren Hardisty – 116 carries for 768 yards and 2 touchdowns (Rebels) 

Receiving Leaders: Maren Bradbrooke – 19 receptions for 413 yards and 5 touchdowns (Raiders) – Kieran Poissant – 38 receptions for 630 yards and 8 touchdowns (Rebels) 

Leading Tacklers:  Sean Adams – 31 tackles (Raiders) – Dolani Robinson – 30 tackles (Rebels)

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