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
The 114th Canadian Bowl will kick-off Saturday November 12, at 1:00pm at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, SK
Watch the pay per view Canadian Bowl broadcast HERE
The Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) is proud to announce the Second-Team All-Canadians for the 2022 season.
Carson Lethbridge – Edmonton Huskies (second consecutive season)
Jaden Caston – St. Clair Saints
Will St. Hubert – Prince George Kodiaks
David Legg – London Beefeaters
Riley Schick – Regina Thunder
Anthony Grigg – Hamilton Hurricanes - 34 receptions for 578 yards and 6 touchdowns
Colton Meikle – Kamloops Broncos – 43 receptions for 853 yards and 7 touchdowns
Mike O’Shea – Okanagan Sun – 28 receptions for 483 yards and 8 touchdowns
Isaiah Woodley – Regina Thunder – 34 receptions for 593 yards and 5 touchdowns
Jevan Garwood – Okanagan Sun – 115 carries for 920 yards and 9 touchdowns
Reece Wyke – Valley Huskers – 200 carries for 1095 yards and 8 touchdowns
Carter Shewchuk – Regina Thunder – 157 of 250 for 2351 yards, 18 touchdowns, completed 63% of his passes
AJ Williamson – London Beefeaters - 49 punts, 33.6 yards average, 4 singles
Simon Hales – Westshore Rebels – 12 of 15 field goals
Mikhail Biggs – Edmonton Huskies – 22 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 1 knockdown
Tynan Braymiller – St. Clair Saints - 12 tackles, 6 assists, 3.5 sacks, 2 blocked kicks, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, with 1 for a touchdown
Richard Graham – Ottawa Sooners- 24 tackles, 5 assists, 2.5 sacks, 1 blocked kick, 1 knockdown, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions both returned for touchdowns
Romareo Reid – Okanagan Sun – 12.5 sacks, 10 tackles, 1 fumble recovery
Shawn Charles – Ottawa Sooners- 21 tackles, 2 assists, 1.5 sacks, 2 blocked kicks, 2 forced fumble, 1 recovery for a touchdown, 1 interception
Peyton Ryder – Okanagan Sun – 36 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 knockdown, 1 fumble recovery, 9 assisted tackles
Stephen Smith – Regina Thunder – 29 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 knockdowns, 1 force fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception
Garrett Cape – Okanagan Sun – 19 tackles, 1 interception, 2 knockdowns, 1 fumble recovery for a touchdown
Adam King – Regina Thunder – 23 tackles, 2 knockdowns, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception
Keon Raymond Jr. – Prince George Kodiaks – 32 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 knockdowns, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception returned for a touchdown
Tanner Shaw – Edmonton Wildcats – 36 tackles, 1 blocked kick, 2 knockdowns, 1 forced fumble, 2 interceptions
Jordan Wright – London Beefeaters - 3 tackles, 4 assists, 4 interceptions, 4 knockdowns
Caleb Akerley – Edmonton Huskies – 23 punt returns for 333 yards, 21 kick-off returns for 502 yards
The CJFL First-Team All-Canadians will be announced on Thursday November 10, 2022.
Photo courtesy of Crazy Bees Photography
Okanagan Sun 54
Prince George Kodiaks 7
For the first time since 2015 the Okanagan Sun finish the regular season undefeated after cruising to 47-point victory on Saturday night.
The offence was good, but the defence was outstanding. All-Star Kelon Thomas led the way with three sacks and forced and recovered a fumble. Jacob Bond and Aleandro Van Holten each blocked a kick as they forced five turnovers and didn’t allow an offensive touchdown as several players saw live action. As a group they held the Kodiaks to just 151 yards of total offence.
Two quarterbacks combined to throw four touchdown passes. Starter Dominic Britton threw three and Avery Clayton threw his first CJFL touchdown. Both Mike O’Shea and Noah Bymak each hauled in a pair of majors and Aidan Wiberg ran for another.
Their special teams were also magnificent. Kemarr Bishop returned six punts, none more exciting than his 71-yard return for a touchdown. Not to be outdone Nathan Tonogai returned a kick-off 106 yards for a score.
The lone bright spot for the Kodiaks came in the second quarter when All-Star Keon Raymond Jr returned a kick-off of his own 116 yards for a touchdown.
This coming weekend the Sun (10-0) host the Langley Rams (5-5) as the Canadian Bowl playoffs open. The Kodiaks (1-9) have finished their inaugural season and will look to build upon some of the pieces they put in place this year.
Westshore Rebels 28
VI Raiders 9
The Rebels clinched a home playoff berth with their victory on Saturday night and are the second seed heading into the BC Conference playoffs this weekend.
This past weekend they picked apart the Raiders secondary as All-Star quarterback Te Jessie completed 20 passes for 393 yards and threw two touchdowns to Kieran Poissant.
Their defence also hit the scoreboard when De’von Young intercepted a pass and returned it 62-yards for a major. He also had 1.5 tackles and three knockdowns. Defensive back Josh Hoyt intercepted two other passes and five different players each recorded a sack.
The Raiders struggled in their final game coughing up seven turnovers. Their lone touchdown came from quarterback Ben Chomolok when he rushed for a major in the third quarter.
This Sunday the Rebels (7-3) will host the Valley Huskers (7-3) in a BC Conference semi-final while the Raiders (1-9) begin preparation for next season.
Valley Huskers 32
Kamloops Broncos 29
It was a game that had plenty of offence as the teams combined for 881 total yards and 61 points as the Huskers just barely held on for their seventh win of the season. Their seven wins ties a franchise record with their 2001 team who also finished 7-3. They also clinched third place in the standings and will hit the road for a playoff game on Sunday.
The Huskers held a 27-7 halftime lead before the Broncos started to chip away and outscored the home team 22-8 in the second half coming up just a little short. Running back Reece Wyke reached the 1000-yard plateau with 169 yards on 28 carries and he scored three touchdowns. He becomes just the fourth Husker to ever reach 1000 yards. Quarterback Josh Janssen threw for 234 yards and hit Eathan Porter with a TD strike.
The Broncos comeback attempt fell just short as Kaleb Senz almost single handily brought them back. He rushed for two touchdowns and threw a 55-yard major to Colton Meikle on the highlight of the year off a trick play. Meikle had a great game with 11 receptions for 150 yards and the TD.
This Sunday the Huskers (7-3) will travel to Westshore to play the Rebels (7-3) in a Conference semi-final while the Broncos (4-6) start to prepare for 2023.