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CJFL Major Award Winners

By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) 11/11/2022, 6:45pm PST

The best of the best from 2022

The Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) is proud to announce their Outstanding Player Award winners for the 2022 season.  The awards were handed out Friday night at the Celebration of Excellence in Regina, SK.

The award winners are:

Gordon Currie Coach of the Year
Scott MacAulay – Regina Thunder – for the second straight season Scott is named the Gordon Currie Coach of the Year after leading his club to a 10-0 record and has his team back in the Canadian Bowl for the first time since 2013.

Offensive Rookie of the Year
Receiver/Returner – Charles Sawi – Saskatoon Hilltops
As a rookie on a storied franchise he carried the ball 25 times for 224 yards and had two touchdowns.  He also returned five missed field gaols for 271 yards and one incredible 125 yard touchdown return

Defensive Rookie of the Year
Linebacker Zachary Chaddock – Hamilton Hurricanes
He blasted into the Ontario Conference with 36 tackles, 10 assisted stops, half a sack, had an interception, 2 knockdowns, 2 forced fumbles and had a fumble recovery

Special Teams Player of the Year
Kicker AJ Williamson – London Beefeaters
He booted a CJFL high 19 field goals including his longest of 49 yards and connected on 21 of 22 convert attempts.  He also punted the ball 49 times, collecting four singles and averaged 33.6 yards each kick

Larry Wruck Outstanding Defensive Player
Linebacker Konner Johnson – Saskatoon Hilltops
He led the stingiest Prairie Conference defence with 31 tackles, 2 sacks, 5 knockdowns and 4 interceptions

Peter Dalla Riva Outstanding Offensive Player
Quarterback Te Jessie – Westshore Rebels
He led the Rebels offensively completing 169 of 305 passes for 2864 yards and 28 touchdowns

CJFL Past Commissioners Award
OL Kevin Ricard – London Beefeaters

CJFL Stewart MacDonald Executive of the Year
Craig Briere – Prince George Kodiaks 

CJFL Life Member
Sue Fournier – Westshore Rebels

Rick Smoke Community Involvement Award
Regina Thunder

The 114th Canadian Bowl will kick-off Saturday November 12, at 1:00pm at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, SK

BROADCAST INFO
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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.

Players of the Week - Week 15

By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) 11/01/2022, 6:15am PDT

The best from a pair of title games

The CJFL is proud to announce the Players of the Week following a weekend that featured the National Semi-Final game and the Prairie Conference title match.

Offensive Players of the Week

National Semi-Final
RB Jevon Garwood – Okanagan Sun

 The Okanagan Sun used their running attack to perfection in Windsor on Saturday led by the shifty, smooth Jevon Garwood.  He racked up 157 yards on 19 carries and scored three touchdowns, two coming in the fourth quarter on route to the semi-final win.

Prairie Conference
RB Ryland Leichert – Regina Thunder

For the second straight week Ryland Leichert touched the football a lot.  He helped carry the Thunder into the Canadian Bowl with 33 carries for 190 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns.  He also came out of the backfield making a reception for 15 yards.

Defensive Players of the Week

National Semi-Final
DL Tynan Braymiller – St. Clair Saints

All-Star Tynan Braymiller showed the rest of the CJFL why he is one of the premier defenders in the country.  On that national stage he had a game high seven solo tackles, added a quarterback sack and assisted on two other tackles. 

Prairie Conference 
LB Matt Wist – Saskatoon Hilltops

Matt Wist was all over the field for the Hilltops making nine solo tackles and assisted on nine others which is tied for the second most in a Prairie Conference playoff game.

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DB Adam King – Regina Thunder
Adam King made a massive difference for the Thunder in their secondary. In particular he stopped a Hilltop drive with a momentum shifting interception after jumping a route.  He added 2.5 tackles and a knockdown in the Thunder’s win. 

Special Teams Players of the Week

National Semi-Final
K/P Isaac Wegner – Okanagan Sun

When a Sun drive stalled during the national semi-final and they needed to either flip the field or pin the Saints deep, kicker Isaac Wegner was there to answer the call.  He booted five punts, netting 149 yards and on two separate occasions pinned the Saints deep in their own end. 

Prairie Conference
KR Charles Sawi – Saskatoon Hilltops 

He returned two missed field goals for 100 yards, etching his name in the record books.  His two returns set a new Conference playoff record for the most missed field goal returns in a game. His 100 return yards in missed field goals is the second most in Conference playoff history and third most in the CJFL.