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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.

Prairie Conference Major Awards

By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) 10/27/2022, 10:00am PDT

The very best in 2022

Photo courtesy of Wanda Harron Photography

The Prairie Conference announced their Most Outstanding Players and Coach of the Year for the 2022 season as a build up to the Prairie Conference final on Sunday.

Prairie Conference Outstanding Players:

Coach of the Year – Scott MacAulay – Regina Thunder (second consecutive year).  He led the Thunder to their second straight undefeated regular season and now home field advantage throughout the Prairie Conference playoffs.

Outstanding Offensive Lineman – Connor Klassen – Regina Thunder  

Outstanding Running Back – Alex Gayle – Edmonton Huskies (second consecutive season) – 150 carries for 923 yards, averaging 6.15 yards a carry and 10 touchdowns

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

Outstanding Quarterback – Carter Shewchuk – Regina Thunder (second consecutive season) – 157 of 250 (63%), 2351 yards, 18 touchdowns, 104.3 passer efficiency rating

Outstanding Defensive Lineman – Reece McCormick – Regina Thunder – 16 tackles, 4 assisted tackles, 3 sacks (added 4 in the Conference semi-final)

Outstanding Linebacker – Konner Johnson – Saskatoon Hilltops – 28 tackles, 12 assisted tackles, 2 sacks, 5 knockdowns, 4 interceptions

Outstanding Defensive Back – Damien Bucknor – Calgary Colts - 31 tackles, 7 assisted tackles, 1 forced fumble, 2 interceptions

Outstanding Special Teams Player – Eric Maximuik – Regina Thunder (second consecutive season) – 8 of 15 (53%) field goals, 34 punts averaging 35.7 yards 

Rookie of the Year – Charles Sawi – Saskatoon Hilltops - 25 carries for 224 yards and 2 touchdowns.  He also returned five missed field goals for 271 yards and one touchdown of 125 yards

Most Valuable Player – Alex Gayle – Edmonton Huskies - 150 carries for 923 yards, averaging 6.15 yards a carry and 10 touchdowns

Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year – Konner Johnson – Saskatoon Hilltops – 28 tackles, 12 assisted tackles, 2 sacks, 5 knockdowns, 4 interceptions

Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year – Alex Gayle – Edmonton Huskies - 150 carries for 923 yards, averaging 6.15 yards a carry and 10 touchdowns

Sunday the Regina Thunder will host the Saskatoon Hilltops in the Prairie Conference final with the winner hosting the Canadian Bowl on November 12th.    

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

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