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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 Semi-Final Summary

By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) 10/17/2022, 10:00pm PDT

The Sun and Rebels advance

Photo courtesy of Shoot The Breeze

The BC Conference Cullen Cup is set after this weekend's semi-finals in Kelowna and Westshore.

Okanagan Sun 44
Langley Rams 20

The CJFL will have a new Canadian Bowl champion in 2022 after the Okanagan Sun eliminated the Langley Rams on Saturday afternoon in Kelowna.

After a very slow first quarter in which the defences dominated the Sun held a 2-1 lead…the second quarter was much different. The Sun scored three touchdowns in the second frame highlighted by a 61-yard punt return for a touchdown by Kemarr Bishop with just seconds before halftime put the game out of reach. 

Quarterback Dominic Britton threw for 258 yards and four touchdowns, all of them to Colby Milleto.  He caught five passes in total for 97 yards.   The Sun running attack was mostly neutralized by the Rams defence but Aiden Wiberg did scamper into the endzone from a yard out. 

Defensively All-Star Kelon Thomas was outstanding recording two sacks and six solo tackles and was consistently putting pressure on the Rams offence.  Michael Jourdan had a game high seven tackles and JJ Heaton added another sack.

The Rams season comes to a close after a good fight but ran out of stream.  Quarterback Hunter Norman threw three touchdown passes and 169 yards in total.  He found Beckham Dickie, Cole Barron and Gabriel Fenelon for touchdown strikes.

On the defence Dawson Morin had a solid game with an interception, fumble recovery and five solo tackles.

The Sun will now host the Westhore Rebels in the BC Conference Cullen Cup title game this weekend with the winner moving onto the CJFL National Semi-Final game in Ontario. 

Westshore Rebels 34
Valley Huskers 0

The Westshore Rebels are back in the Cullen Cup for the first time since 2019 after their defence pitched a playoff shutout on Sunday, ending the Valley Huskers season. 

The Rebels offence scored 10-points in the first quarter and the defence did the rest.   They forced four turnovers and held the Huskers offence to 167 yards.   Isaiah Cardilicchia picked off two passes while Cole Bunting intercepted another and returned it 26 yards for a touchdown.  Omari Hastings tallied three of the Rebels sacks and Nehemiah Forde-Browne added another two. 

Quarterback Te Jessie led the offence with 243 passing yards on 20 completions and threw a pair of touchdowns to Mike Oliva.  Demar Hohnstein added a rushing touchdown in the victory. 

The Huskers season is over after their defence forced four turnovers.  Both Christopher Rolack II and Shane Claridge each intercepted a pass and Tyson Hulgan recorded a sack.

The Rebels will now visit the Okanagan Sun this weekend for the BC Conference Cullen Cup.  The winner heads to Ontario for the CJFL National Semi-Final game on October 29th. 

Rebels Host Huskers

By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) 10/16/2022, 12:00pm PDT

The final BC Conference Semi-Final

Photo courtesy of Crazy Bees Photography

Valley Huskers @ Westshore Rebels – Sunday October 16, 3:00pm – Starlight Stadium | WATCH HERE

The final CJFL playoff game of the weekend kicks off in Victoria on Sunday afternoon when a pair of 7-3 teams battle in a BC Conference semi-final when the #2 Rebels host the #3 Huskers.

This is the third meeting of the season between these two and the series rubber match with everything on the line.  It’s also the first time these two franchises will meet in the playoffs.  The Huskers last playoff game was last season in a semi-final loss at Langley while the Rebels are back in the playoffs since losing the 2018 Cullen Cup.

In Week 2 the Rebels claimed a 38-17 victory over the Huskers in their first meeting of the season.  The BC Conference Offensive Player of the Year, quarterback Te Jessie was outstanding completing 18 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns and then rushed for another one.  Receiver of the Year Kieran Poissant made five receptions for 100 yards and a score.

The tables were flipped in their second meeting when the Huskers came away with a 28-10 victory in Chilliwack on October 1st.  They torched the Rebels defence for 401 yards of total offence.  Running back Reece Wyke gained 102 yards on 18 carries and quarterback Josh Janssen threw for 274 yards on 19 completions and three touchdowns.  They scored all 28 of their points in the second half. 

This game will be very interesting as both teams have a balanced attack, however they do lean on certain aspects.  The Rebels love to throw and keep the ball in the hands of Jessie, while the Huskers love to run with Wyke who is the CJFL’s only 1000-yard rusher.   

The Rebels offence has put up more points on the scoreboard averaging 34 compared to the Huskers 27, however defensively they are quite even both giving up just over 24 points a game.

This semi-final is packed with Conference award winners as well.  Jessie and Poissant along with receiver Zion Brown who is the Offensive Rookie of the Year on the Rebels side, while the Huskers feature Jaiden Claassen the Defensive Player and Outstanding Linebacker of the Year and Isaiah Letander the Offensive Lineman of the Year.

Weather will not be a factor as it often can be in Victoria in October.  Mother Nature will pull out the sunshine for Sunday afternoon with an expected high of 22 degrees at kick-off.

The winner will play the Okanagan Sun in the 2022 BC Conference Cullen Cup title game next week.

Head-to-Head

Records: Huskers 7-3 – Rebels 7-3
Points For: Huskers 268 – Rebels 34
Points Allowed: Huskers 246 – Rebels 245

Passing Leaders: Josh Janssen – 156 of 169 for 2221 yards and 22 touchdowns (Huskers) – 169 of 305 for 2864 yards and 28 touchdowns (Rebels) 

Rushing Leaders: Reece Wyke – 200 carries for 1095 yards and 8 touchdowns (Huskers) – Garren Hardisty – 121 carries for 797 yards and 2 touchdowns (Rebels)

Receiving Leaders: Luc Rodrigues – 32 receptions for 478 yards and 6 touchdowns (Huskers) – Kieran Poissant – 44 receptions for 811 yards and 10 touchdowns (Rebels)

Leading Tacklers: Jaiden Claassen – 43 tackles (Huskers) – Dolani Robinson – 33 tackles (Rebels)
 

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