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Kevin Wuthrich Hired

By Supplied 11/28/2022, 6:00am PST

He becomes the new head coach of the Edmonton Wildcats

The Edmonton Wildcats are pleased to announce the signing of Kevin (Cash) Wuthrich as the new Head Coach.

Cash played for the Wildcats from 2006-2009. He went straight to the CFL from the Cats playing as a receiver for the Edmonton Elks from 2009-2011. In 2011, he was released from the Elks and went and played CIS football at Saint Mary’s University (SMU).

At the end of his CIS eligibility, Cash stayed at SMU initially as the receivers coach and then the Offensive Coordinator. In 2021, Cash returned to his high school Bev Facey where he coached the receivers for a season before joining the Wildcats in 2022 as the Offensive Coordinator.

“We are excited to move forward with Cash. He brings a refreshing youthful excitement about both the organization and the players, which is something to look forward to” – Jason Milne, VP Football Operations

 “I am excited to lead. To have the opportunity to work with young adults and help them transition into their adult life… The main focus as I step into the head coach role is uniting the team and bringing them together. Show them that the history and the alumni of the Wildcats matter.” – Kevin Wuthrich, Head Coach

Prairie Conference All-Stars

By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) 10/24/2022, 8:00am PDT

What a season for these players

Photo courtesy of Wanda Harron Photograhpy

The Canadian Junior Football League in conjunction with the Prairie Conference is proud to announce the 2022 Conference All-Stars and All-Rookie Team.

There are 10 positional categories and the nation’s top team the Regina Thunder have collected 12 All-Stars selections while the Edmonton Huskies and Saskatoon Hilltops each have five. 

The 2022 Prairie Conference All-Stars are:

Offensive Line:
Carson Lethbridge – Edmonton Huskies (second consecutive season)
Riley Schick – Regina Thunder (second consecutive season)
Connor Klassen – Regina Thunder (second consecutive season)
Jayson Kehler – Saskatoon Hilltops
Luciano Jolly – Saskatoon Hilltops

Running Backs:
Alex Gayle – Edmonton Huskies (second (second consecutive season) – 150 carries for 923 yards and 10 touchdowns

Alan Xiang – Calgary Colts – 98 carries for 657 yards and 5 touchdowns

Receivers:
Isaac Foord – Regina Thunder (third consecutive season)– 36 receptions for 574 yards and 7 touchdowns

Rylan Sokul – Regina Thunder (second consecutive season) – 39 receptions for 582 yards and 3 touchdowns

Isaiah Woodley – Regina Thunder – 33 receptions for 573 yards and 5 touchdowns

Boden Marley – Saskatoon Hilltops – 30 receptions for 304 yards and 1 touchdown

Quarterback:
Carter Shewchuk – Regina Thunder (second consecutive season) – 144 of 227 (63%), 2160 yards, 16 touchdowns, 103.4 passer efficiency rating

Place Kicker:
Eric Maximuik – Regina Thunder (second consecutive season) – 8 of 15 (53%) field goals

Defensive Line:
Reece McCormick – Regina Thunder (second consecutive season) – 16 tackles, 4 assisted tackles, 3 sacks

Reed Rabbetz – Regina Thunder – 6 tackles, 3.5 sacks

Mikahil Biggs – Edmonton Huskies – 20 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 knockdown, 1 fumble recovery

Riece Kack – Saskatoon Hilltops – 18 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 1 interception

Linebackers:
Konnor Johnson – Saskatoon Hilltops (second consecutive season) – 28 tackles, 12 assisted tackles, 2 sacks, 5 knockdowns, 4 interceptions

Stephen Smith – Regina Thunder – 25 tackles, 1 knockdown

Nahome Giorgis – Edmonton Huskies – 25 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 knockdowns, 1 interception

Defensive Backs:
Justin McKerracher – Regina Thunder (second consecutive season) – 14 tackles, 6 assisted tackle, 6 knockdowns, 5 interceptions, 1 defensive touchdown

Adam King – Regina Thunder – 27 tackles, 7 assisted tackles, 2 knockdowns, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception

Tanner Shaw – Edmonton Wildcats – 34 tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 1 blocked kick, 2 knockdowns, 2 interceptions 

Damien Bucknor – Calgary Colts – 31 tackles, 7 assisted tackles, 1 forced fumble, 2 interceptions 

Marc Sullivan-Andzang – Calgary Colts – 16 tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 2 knockdowns, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery

Punter:
Erick Maximuik – Regina Thunder – 34 punts, 35.7 average, 1 single

Return Specialist:
Caleb Akerley – Edmonton Huskies – 22 punt returns, 12.6 return average, 19 kick-off returns, 24.2 yard average

The Prairie Conference is preparing for their Conference championship game this coming weekend.  The #1 Regina Thunder welcome the #2 Saskatoon Hilltops.  The winner will host the 2022 Canadian Bowl. 

 

All-Rookie Team

Offensive Lineman:
Ben Schmidt – Regina Thunder

Running Back:
Charles Sawi – Saskatoon Hilltops – 25 carries for 224 yards and 2 touchdowns

Receiver:
Nicholas Sirleaf – 23 receptions for 357 yards and 1 touchdown 

Quarterback:
Marcos Solarti – Edmonton Wildcats – 12 of 32, 37.5% for 161 yards 

Defensive Linemen:
Ashton Cyre – Calgary Colts 

Linebacker:
Cale Morgan – Calgary Colts – 12 tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 1 knockdown

Defensive Back:
Cooper Filazek – Regina Thunder

Kicker:
Nicholas Sirleaf – Calgary Colts – 8 of 10 field goals, 80%

Punter:
Nicholas Sirleaf – Calgary Colts – 34 punts, 22.7 average

Prairie Conference Wrap

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

All six teams concluded the regular season

Photo courtesy of Wanda Harron Photography

The playoff teams and matchups are set as the Prairie Conference wrapped up the regular season on Sunday.

Regina Thunder 42
Edmonton Huskies 14

For the second consecutive season the Regina Thunder claim an undefeated regular season after a blowout win over the Edmonton Huskies on Sunday afternoon gathering 436 yards running a balanced offence. 

The Thunder scored 21 points in the first half on route to their eighth win of the season.  Quarterback Carter Shewchuk threw 191 yards and two touchdowns finding Rylan Sokul and Isaac Foord for those scores.   The passing game was complemented by a very strong run game lead by Sadik Sadik and his 101 yards on 10 carries. He also scored a touchdown as did Ryland Leichert and Ife Adebogun. 

Over on the defence side linebacker Stephen Smith was outstanding with four solo tackles, 1.5 sacks, intercepted a pass, forced and recovered a fumble and had a knockdown. Kenten Effa was also very good with five solo tackles. 

The Huskies meanwhile will finish third in the standings following the loss on Sunday and will hit the road for the playoffs.

They scored their 14 points in the even quarters.  Running back Alex Gayle had a game high 130 yards on the ground on 18 carries and scored a touchdown.  The other score was a 32-yard touchdown strike from Jordan Lane to Jordan Howe. 

Next weekend the Thunder (8-0) will host the Winnipeg Rifles (4-4) in a Conference semi-final while the Huskies (5-3) will visit the Saskatoon Hilltops (5-3).

Saskatoon Hilltops 43
Calgary Colts 14

The Hilltops clinched a home playoff date after a blowout win on Sunday afternoon.  They would score 40 points through the first three quarters before the Colts finally got on the board.

The ground game did most of the damage to the tune of 355 yards led by Boston Davidsen.  He rushed for 146 yards on 16 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns.  Carter McLean and Jordan Levesque also got into the endzone.  Quarterback Trey Reider found Drake Douglas for a touchdown as well after completing eight passes for 108 yards. 

Defensively the Hilltops rotated several players and forced five turnovers.  Steve Gilewicz and Isaac Rivalin each picked off a pass and Riece Kack had a sack and a fumble recovery. 

The two touchdowns for the Colts happened in the fourth quarter when the game was already out of reach. Quarterback Nick Kennedy hit Alex Wahl for a score and Joseph Richardson ran in the only other touchdown.

The Hilltops (5-3) will host the Edmonton Huskies (5-3) in a Conference semi-final this weekend while the Colts (2-6) begin preparations for next season. 

Winnipeg Rifles 12
Edmonton Wildcats 8

In a defensive controlled game, the Rifles got their record back to .500 with a four-point win and will hit the road for a Conference semi-final. 

With time ticking down and the Wildcats nearing the endzone Brandon Kamenz came off the right side on third down, untouched and recorded his third sack of the game at the final buzzer.  In all, the Rifles had six sacks as Spencer Pilon added 2.5 to make life miserable for the Wildcats quarterback. 

Offensively their lone touchdown was a two-yard run by back-up quarterback Thomas Hubbard in the second quarter.  Hubbard completed 12 passes for 152 yards in the game. 

The Wildcats lone touchdown was also on a run play when Nathan Zacharias scored in the first quarter on a nine-yard rush giving his club the lead.   Their defence held them in the game recording three sacks and Will Downs intercepted a pass.

The game was the final one for head coach Darcy Park who announced he would not be returning to the Wildcats after over 20 years. 

The Rifles (4-4) visit the Regina Thunder (8-0) in this weekend’s semi-final.  The Wildcats (0-8) will lick their wounds and try to turn things around in 2023.

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