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Prairie Conference Week 11 Summary

By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) 10/03/2022, 6:00pm PDT

The Thunder, Huskies and Hilltops claim victory

Photo courtesy of Eclectic Shots Photography

Here's a look at how the Prairie Conference unfolded this weekend.

Regina Thunder 39
Calgary Colts 14

The undefeated Thunder scored 30 of their 39 points in the second half as they clinched top spot in the Prairie Conference and will have homefield advantage throughout the Canadian Bowl playoffs. 

All four of the Thunder touchdowns came via the air. Quarterback Carter Shewchuk completed 14 passes for 211 yards and three touchdowns and back-up Carter Moberg was 3-3 and threw a major. Receiver Rylan Sokul was terrific, making seven receptions for 120 yards and a score.  Isaac Foord made two touchdown grabs and Zak Woidyla had the other TD.  Over on the ground Ryland Leichert gained 99 yards on 17 carries and the ground attack combined for 188 yards. 

For the Colts their lone touchdown came from quarterback Isaiah Klein as he found Kade Klosowsky on a 51-yard bomb in the fourth quarter. He completed 21 passes for 272 yards in his first start of the season.  Meanwhile kicker Nicholas Sirleaf connected on two field goals. 

Both the Thunder (7-0) and Colts (2-5) will enjoy the Thanksgiving bye weekend and finish the regular season next week.

Edmonton Huskies 33
Winnipeg Rifles 8

The Huskies scored 23 of their 33 points in the first half and pitched a second half shutout to win their fifth of the season. 

Quarterback Jordan Lane had a big game completing 23 of 31 for 305 yards and threw touchdown passes to Adam Rafat and Jordan Howe.  On the ground Alex Gayle gained 83 yards on 18 carries and scored a touchdown in the second quarter.

The defence was outstanding, forcing six turnovers including four interceptions.  Paul Loggale had two of those picks while Roman Iwuc and Cedric McCallum each had one, McCallum returning his 65 yards.  Yohann Akale had a game high of nine tackles. 

The Rifles offence did gain 401 total yards, but the six turnovers really hurt their momentum.  They didn’t score a touchdown for the first time this season and have now lost two straight.  Kicker Alex Minor booted a pair of field goals in the setback. 

This Thanksgiving weekend the Huskies (5-2) and Rifles (3-4) will enjoy the bye week. 

Saskatoon Hilltops 64
Edmonton Wildcats 7

After a very low 6-2 first quarter score the Hilltops exploded for 35 second quarter points on route to their fourth victory.  The win has put them into a position in which they can clinch a home playoff date with a win in their next game.

Quarterback Trey Reider got his second consecutive start completing 16 of 20 for 207 yards and threw three touchdown passes.  He found Dillan Heintz for two of those majors and Noah Flaman for the other. 

The ground assault was outstanding behind their offensive line gaining 303 yards. Boston Davidsen was the featured back with 157 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. Carter McLean and Corbin Ebben also crossed the goal line on the ground. 

After the Hilltops scored 35 second quarter points, Charles Sawi took the third quarter kick-off 96 yards for a touchdown, his second long return TD of the season. 

Defensively the Hilltops collected eight sacks and forced five turnovers.   Josh Dunham had two sacks and Konner Johnson had one and six tackles.

The Hilltops (4-3) and Wildcats (0-7) will enjoy the Thanksgiving weekend off.

Week 11 Preview

By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) 09/30/2022, 10:00am PDT

With the season winding down, points are so important

Photo courtesy of Boris Terzic

It’s Week 11 of the CJFL regular season with all but one team in action.  For the Ontario Conference, this is the final weekend of the campaign. 

SATURDAY

Hamilton Hurricanes @ London Beefeaters – Saturday October 1, 5:00pm – City Wide Field | WATCH HERE

It’s the final game of the regular season for both these teams that are playoff bound.  Regardless of the outcome on Saturday the Beefeaters will finish second and the Hurricanes fourth.   It’s also the second meeting in three weeks between these two after the Beefeaters snuck away with a 16-15 victory after an untimely Hurricanes fumble and a Beefeaters rouge with four seconds remaining to claim the win.

This game will no doubt be another defensive struggle with two of the best in the Conference.  Last meeting the Beefeaters could only generate 13 yards through the air against the Hurricanes secondary.

Head-to-Head

Records: Hurricanes 3-4 – Beefeaters 5-2
Points For: Hurricanes 149 – Beefeaters 222
Points Allowed: Hurricanes 121 – Beefeaters 127

Passing Leaders: Kieran Dej – 58 of 113 for 900 yards and 10 touchdowns (Hurricanes) – Ethan Chambers – 36 of 97 for 519 yards and 2 touchdowns (Beefeaters)

Rushing Leaders: Kadien Williams – 52 carries for 234 yards and 3 touchdowns (Hurricanes) – Taz Bell – 70 carries for 494 yards and 3 touchdowns (Beefeaters)

Receiving Leaders: Anthony Grigg – 31 receptions for 524 yards and 6 touchdowns (Hurricanes) – Nick Mackenzie – 12 receptions for 221 yards and 1 touchdown (Beefeaters)

Leading Tacklers: Isaiah Joseph – 43 tackles (Hurricanes) – Tyler Thompson – 27 tackles (Beefeaters)

Westshore Rebels @ Valley Huskers – Saturday October 1, 3:00pm – Exhibition Field | WATCH HERE

For the second time this season the Rebels and Huskers will duke it out after the Rebels won the first meeting 38-17 in Week 2.  

A win would clinch second place and a home playoff date for the Rebels while the Huskers would need a win by more than 21 points to leapfrog the Rebels into second place.   Both teams have punched their ticket the Canadian Bowl playoffs, positioning however is still to be determined.

The Rebels have won three of their last four including a 47-28 victory last weekend.  This is their final road game of the regular season.  Meanwhile the Huskers are coming off a bye week and have had the extra week to prepare for the Rebels. 

Head-to-Head

Records: Rebels 6-2 – Huskers 5-3
Points For: Rebels 307 – Huskers 208
Points Allowed: Rebels 208 – Huskers 207

Passing Leaders: Te Jessie – 132 of 238 for 2305 yards and 25 touchdowns (Rebels) – Josh Janssen – 125 of 217 for 1713 yards and 18 touchdowns (Huskers)

Rushing Leaders: Gerren Hardisty – 102 carries for 666 yards and 2 touchdowns (Rebels) – Reece Wyke – 154 carries for 824 yards and 5 touchdowns (Huskers)

Receiving Leaders: Kiernan Poissant – 34 receptions for 577 yards and 8 touchdowns (Rebels) – Dylan Manocha – 27 receptions for 433 yards and 4 touchdowns (Huskers)

Leading Tacklers: Doloni Robinson – 29 tackles (Rebels) – Jaiden Claassen – 37 tackles (Huskers)

Prince George Kodiaks @ Langley Rams – Saturday October 1, 4:00pm – McLeod Stadium | WATCH HERE

It’s a rematch of their game on September 10th when the Rams beat the Kodiaks in Prince George 43-16.

This is the Rams final game of the regular season as they are fighting for their playoff lives.  They currently sit in the final playoff spot and have the tiebreaker over the Kamloops Broncos who have the same points but a game in hand.  A Rams win on Saturday would mean the Broncos would have to win their final two games to leapfrog them. 

The Kodiaks have a chance to play spoiler to the defending Canadian Bowl champions.  A win would make things for the Rams a bit more stressful.   This is their final road game of the season and are looking to make it count.   They have lost four straight and are looking to create some momentum as they prepare for 2023.

Head-to-Head

Records: Kodiaks 1-7 – Rams 4-5
Points For: Kodiaks 112 – Rams 176 
Points Allowed: Kodiaks 259 - Rams 184

Passing Leaders: Liam Oczkowski – 86 of 159 for 1105 and 2 touchdowns (Kodiaks) – Trey Jones – 82 of 156 for 1236 yards and 8 touchdowns (Rams)

Rushing Leaders: Liam Oczkowski – 26 carries for 209 yards and 2 touchdowns (Kodiaks) – Caleb Wheeler – 64 carries for 345 yards and 2 touchdowns (Rams)

Receiving Leaders: Andrew Brown – 14 receptions for 328 yards and 1 touchdown (Kodiaks) – Terrel Jones – 22 receptions for 419 yard and 3 touchdowns (Rams)

Leading Tacklers: Marcellus Pope – 30 tackles (Kodiaks) – Cole Barron – 28 tackles (Rams)

SUNDAY

Regina Thunder @ Calgary Colts – Sunday October 2, 1:00pm – Shouldice Park | WATCH HERE

The undefeated Thunder travel to Calgary for their only meeting with the Colts this season and it will be their final road game.  If the Thunder win, they would clinch first place in the Prairie Conference and homefield advantage throughout the Canadian Bowl playoffs.

The Colts have lost three straight and are at home for the final time this season.  They are fighting for their playoff lives and are on the outside looking in, two points back of the final playoff spot.

Head-to-Head

Records: Thunder 6-0 – Colts 2-4
Points For: Thunder 205 – Colts 184
Points Allowed: Thunder 102 – Colts 175

Passing Leaders: Carter Shewchuk – 130 of 196 for 1949 yards and 13 touchdowns (Thunder) – Nick Kennedy – 92 of 152 for 1239 yards and 11 touchdowns (Colts)

Rushing Leaders: Ryland Leichert – 102 carries for 611 yards and 3 touchdowns (Thunder) – Alan Xiang – 81 carries for 589 yards and 5 touchdowns (Colts)

Receiving Leaders: Isaiah Woodley – 32 receptions for 561 yards and 5 touchdowns (Thunder) – Nicholas Sirleaf – 23 receptions for 357 yards and 1 touchdown (Colts) 

Leading Tacklers: Matthew Schill – 24 tackles (Thunder) – Jordan Maucieri – 28 tackles (Colts)

Winnipeg Rifles @ Edmonton Huskies – Sunday October 2, 1:00pm – JP Bowl | WATCH HERE

This is the only time these two teams meet this season and it’s a very intriguing match-up. There is just two points separating them in the standings with the Huskies currently holding down a home playoff date as the second seed, however there is still two games to be played. 

Last week the Rifles had their three-game winning streak snapped and are on the road for the final time in the regular season.  The Huskers on the other hand have put together a three-game win streak and still have a shot to finish first.  If they win this week and the Thunder lose, then next week will be a game with first place on the line when the Huskies visit the Thunder. 

This game between the Rifles and Huskies is also a potential playoff preview. 

Head-to-Head

Records: Rifles 3-3 – Huskies 4-2
Points For: Rifles 153 – Huskies 179
Points Allowed: Rifles 136 – Huskies 161

Passing Leaders: Bryson McNeil – 141 for 223 for 2023 yards and 12 touchdowns (Rifles) – Jordan Lane – 51 of 98 for 968 yards and 5 touchdowns (Huskies)

Rushing Leaders: Brady Meeks – 61 carries for 236 yards and 2 touchdowns (Rifles) – Alex Gayle – 114 carries for 710 yards and 8 touchdowns (Huskies)

Receiving Leaders: Jake Roger – 24 receptions for 523 yards and 2 touchdowns (Rifles) – Jake Strakowicz – 14 receptions for 244 yards (Huskies)

Leading Tacklers: Brandon Kamenz – 27 tackles (Rifles) – Paul Loggale – 26 tackles (Huskies)

Saskatoon Hilltops @ Edmonton Wildcats – Sunday October 2, 1:00pm – Emerald Hills | WATCH HERE

It’s the lone meeting of the season between the Toppers and ‘Cats.
The Hilltops snapped their three-game losing skid last week with a convincing win over the Colts in Calgary.   This is their final road game as they currently sit tied for third with the Winnipeg Rifles with six points.  Oddly enough the Rifles are also in Edmonton on Sunday as they face the Huskies.  A Hilltops win, Rifles win and Huskies loss will create a log jam in the Prairie Conference as each team would move to 4-3.

The Wildcats have an opportunity to play spoilers on the Hilltops but they will need to play their best game of the season.  They are still winless and are the only team in the Conference to have allowed over 200 points scored this season.  They play at home for the final time this year. 

Head-to-Head

Records: Hilltops 3-3 – Wildcats 0-6
Points For: Hilltops 136 – Wildcats 98
Points Allowed: Hilltops 108 – Wildcats 273

Passing Leaders: Damon Dutton – 67 of 107 for 730 yards and 3 touchdowns (Hilltops) – Caleb Taylor – 61 of 115 for 921 yards and 2 touchdowns (Wildcats)

Rushing Leaders: Boston Davidsen – 121 carries for 734 yards and 3 touchdowns (Hilltops) – Jayden Sak – 45 carries for 240 yards (Wildcats)

Receiving Leaders: Boden Marley – 24 receptions for 264 yards and 1 touchdown (Hilltops) – Travis Heggart – 19 receptions for 307 yards and 2 touchdowns (Wildcats)

Leading Tacklers: Matt Wist – 30 tackles (Hilltops) – Tanner Shaw – 32 tackles (Wildcats)

Okanagan Sun @ Kamloops Broncos – Sunday October 2, 12:00pm – Hillside Stadium | WATCH HERE

These BC Interior rivals will battle for the only time this season on Sunday afternoon at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops. Last week the Sun clinched first place and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs and remain the top seeded team in the CJFL.  They have two games remaining on their schedule and both are on the road.  They visit Kamloops this weekend, then Prince George next weekend.  

The Broncos have won two in a row and got themselves back into the playoff picture, but they need to win their last two games and have the Langley Rams lose this weekend in order to stay in the discussion.  They will try to do something no other team has been able to do this year and that’s beat the Sun.  It’s a tall task as the Sun average the most points scored and fewest points allowed. 

Head-to-Head

Records: Sun 8-0 – Broncos 4-4
Points For: Sun 353 – Broncos 178
Points Allowed: Sun 104 – Broncos 181

Passing Leaders: Dominic Britton – 95 of 165 for 1592 yards and 17 touchdowns (Sun) – Reid Vankoughnett – 101 of 199 for 1660 yards and 10 touchdowns (Broncos)

Rushing Leaders: Jevon Garwood – 82 carries for 742 yards and 8 touchdowns (Sun) – Evan Guizzo – 49 carries for 263 yards and 1 touchdown (Broncos)

Receiving Leaders: Noah Bymak – 24 receptions for 487 yards and 7 touchdowns (Sun) – Colton Meikle – 29 receptions for 642 yards and 5 touchdowns (Broncos)

Leading Tacklers: Peyton Ryder – 33 tackles (Sun) – Maxim Bosc – 27 tackles (Broncos)

GTA Grizzlies @ St. Clair Saints – Sunday October 2, 2:00pm – Acumen Stadium | WATCH HERE

It’s a David vs. Goliath match-up as the Saints and Grizzlies meet for the only time this season.  The undefeated Saints hosting the winless Grizzlies.

The Saints have rolled through the regular season and have clinched first place and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs and are hoping to host the National Semi-Final game.  They already know they will need to battle the Hamilton Hurricanes in a Conference semi-final so this game against the Grizzlies means nothing in the standings. Many believe the Saints will rest most of their starters or they will see limited playing time.

The Grizzlies are playing for pride and are focusing on the 2023 season.  They have scored double-digit points just once this year and are averaging just under seven points a game. 

Head-to-Head

Records: Grizzlies 0-7 – Saints 7-0
Points For: Grizzlies 48 – Saints 323
Points Allowed: Grizzlies 222 - Saints 87

Passing Leaders: Andrew Brush – 45 of 92 for 794 yards and 8 touchdowns (Saints)

Rushing Leaders: Elio Almedia – 50 carries for 155 yards (Grizzlies) – Jonathan Cartier – 49 carries for 403 yards and 4 touchdowns (Saints)

Receiving Leaders: Jared Hayes Williams – 28 receptions for 523 yards and 5 touchdowns (Saints)

Leading Tacklers: Jamal Vassell – 20 tackles (Grizzlies) – Josh Allen – 23 tackles (Saints)

Ottawa Sooners @ Quinte Skyhawks – Sunday October 2, 2:00pm – Loyalist College | WATCH HERE

The Sooners and Skyhawks wrap up the regular season on Sunday with their second meeting of the season.  During the Labour Day weekend the Sooners pounded the Skyhawks in their first ever meeting 53-3.

Regardless of the outcome the Sooners will finish third in the Conference and go on the road to face the London Beefeaters in a semi-final.  The Skyhawks season will come to an end and preparation will begin to come back stronger in 2023.

Head-to-Head

Records: Sooners 4-3 – Skyhawks 2-5
Points For: Sooners 194 – Skyhawks 95
Points Allowed: Sooners 146 – Skyhawks 321

Passing Leaders: Owen Cowan – 80 of 150 for 1141 yards and 8 touchdowns (Sooners) – Brody Fairbairn – 63 of 122 for 748 yards and 6 touchdowns (Skyhawks)

Rushing Leaders: Rogean Wilson – 63 carries for 288 yards and 4 touchdowns (Sooners) – Adam Misiewicz – 67 carries for 246 yards and 4 touchdowns (Skyhawks)

Receiving Leaders: Mark Webb – 11 receptions for 276 yards and 2 touchdowns (Sooners) – Nick Szigeti – 11 receptions for 258 yards and 1 touchdown (Skyhawks)

Leading Tacklers: Richard Graham – 21 tackles (Sooners) – Thomas Robinson – 19 tackles (Skyhawks)

Prairie Conference Week 10 Summary

By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) 09/26/2022, 2:15pm PDT

The Thunder, Hilltops and Huskies win in Week 10

Photo courtesy of Jake Bradley Photography

A quick rewind of the three games in the Prairie Conference from this weekend.

Regina Thunder 29
Winnipeg Rifles 23

The Thunder came back to outscore the Rifles 20-7 in the second half on route to their sixth win of the season.  In fact, those seven points from the Rifles came with 32 seconds remaining to bring the game to within six points. 

Offensively the Thunder were again very balanced with 493 total yards. Quarterback Carter Shewchuk threw for 287 yards and had touchdown passes to Isaiah Woodley and Isaac Foord.  Running back Ryland Leichert rumbled 17 times for 92 yards and a score.

On the defensive side Reed Rabbetz had two sacks and Matthew Schill had a team high eight solo tackles in the win.

The Rifles scored 16 of their 23 points in the first half but didn’t have much push back in the second half and had their three-game win streak snapped. Quarterback Bryson McNeil was again solid with 25 completions for 329 yards and three touchdowns.   He found Eric Adams, Luke McMillan and Everett Findley for those TD completions. 

This coming Sunday the Thunder (6-0) visit the Calgary Colts (2-4) and the Rifles (3-3) shoot into Edmonton to face the Huskies (4-2).

Saskatoon Hilltops 35
Calgary Colts 17

The Hilltops snapped their three-game slide scoring 25 of their points in the first half. 

Their offence was led again by their run game galloping to 269 yards. Boston Davidsen carried 19 times for 144 yards and had a touchdown.  Carter McLean added 70 yards on only eight carries. Through the air quarterback Trey Reider got his first start of the season and looked good completing 16 passes for 191 yards and threw three touchdown passes: a pair to Noah Flaman and one to Dillan Heintz. 

Defensively Matt Wist was outstanding with six tackles and an interception he returned for 12 yards.  Wist’s interception wasn’t the only one on the day as the Hilltops D collected four picks in total.

The Colts scored two touchdowns on the afternoon.  Quarterback Isaiah Klein threw his first of the year when he hit Adley Mayala on a five-yard strike.  Justin Verloop also scored a touchdown on a one-yard plunge. 

On Sunday the Hilltops (3-3) will play in Edmonton against the Wildcats (0-6) and the Colts (2-4) welcome the Regina Thunder (6-0).

Edmonton Huskies 48
Edmonton Wildcats 14

Everything was clicking for the Huskies on Saturday as they picked apart the Wildcats for their fourth win of the season and a series sweep.

Quarterback Jordan Lane threw for 261 yards and three touchdowns finding Jemanie Watkis, Alex Gayle and Jordan Howe.  Speaking of Gayle, he also led the charge on the ground with a touchdown and 94 yards.  Epharh Oyama and Christian Pulis each scored a major on the ground to add to the offensive outpouring. 

The defence collected six sacks, two of them by Tristian Fournier.  They forced four turnovers including an interception from Cedric McCallum who then returned it 27 yards. 

On the other hand, the Wildcats found it difficult to score and got into the endzone only once on a run by back-up quarterback Devin Desormeau. 

It doesn’t get any easier for the Wildcats (0-6) who host the Saskatoon Hilltops (3-3) on Sunday, while the Huskies (4-2) welcome the Winnipeg Rifles (3-3) in a massive game. 

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