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CJFL Players of the Week

By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) 09/19/2023, 6:15pm PDT

The best performances from this past week

The CJFL is proud to announce the Week 8 Players of the Week. 

Offensive Players of the Week

Prairie Conference
QB Liam Ozkowski – Calgary Colts

On Sunday quarterback Liam Ozkowski turned in his best junior performance using his arm and his legs.  Through the air he completed 32 passes for 369 yards and two touchdowns.  When the coverage was there, he had the smarts to put the ball under his arm and carry it five times for 61 yards and scored two more touchdowns. 

BC Conference
QB Te Jessie – Westshore Rebels

For the third time this season quarterback Te Jessie has been the best offensive player in the BC Conference.  This past weekend he completed 15 passes for 358 yards and threw six more touchdowns.  He also ran once for 17 yards. 

Ontario Conference
RB LJ Dyer – London Beefeaters

In a pivotal game that clinched London a home playoff game LJ Dyer was an unstoppable force for the Beefeaters punishing the Hamilton Hurricanes for an incredible 318 yards on 36 carries.  His 318 yards is third most all-time in the OFC and tied for 11th most all-time in the CJFL.

Defensive Players of the Week

Prairie Conference
DB Cedric McCallum – Edmonton Huskies

It was a physical game on Sunday between the Huskies and Calgary Colts with one player stepping up big time for his team. Cedric McCallum was a beast making 11 solo tackles to lead the defensive push. 

BC Conference
DL Phillip Palmarin – Okanagan Sun

The speed and agility of Phillip Palmarin of the Okanagan Sun on Saturday night was unmatched by the Kamloops Broncos. He was everywhere on the field recording an interception, a sack, jumping on two fumbles, tallying a sack and assisting on two others. 

Ontario Conference 
LB Zach Chaddock – Hamilton Hurricanes

Zach Chaddock was the main reason that prevented the offensive player of the week from reaching pay dirt on Sunday. Chaddock was seemingly always in the middle of the action as he accumulated nine solo tackles, had a sack, one batted ball and a fumble recovery for an impressive 25 defensive points.

Special Teams Players of the Week

Prairie Conference
DL Steven Groves – Edmonton Wildcats

It was a tough day for the Wildcats on Sunday, but one player that stood out on special teams was the play of Steven Groves.  He helped hold down the Saskatoon Hilltops return game and make four solo special teams tackles. 

BC Conference 
DL Phillip Palmarin – Okanagan Sun

It’s the second Player of the Week honour for Phillip Palmarin who was simply incredible on special teams.  Some players go their entire football career never blocking a kick…Palmarin had two on the weekend turning in a very memorable game. He also added a pair of special teams tackles,

Ontario Conference 
KR/PR Daniel Bumbaco – St. Clair Saints

The most electric special teams play of the weekend was turned in by Daniel Bumbaco as he fielded a punt from deep within his own territory and raced the length of the field for a 112-yard punt return touchdown.  The first quarter score broke open the game as the Saints routed the Grizzlies on the road. Bumbaco’s return was tied for the ninth longest in OFC history.

Prairie Conference Recap

By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) 09/18/2023, 7:30pm PDT

The Hilltops, Thunder and Colts are winners

Photo courtesy of Jake Bradley Photography

Saskatoon Hilltops 52
Edmonton Wildcats 7

Second time around and almost a repeat performance as the Hilltops blast the Wildcats once again scoring over 50 points.

Defensively the Hilltops shut out the Wildcats for the first three quarters and only allowed 148 total offensive yards.  They forced four turnovers and collected a pair of sacks.  Matt Wist led the way with six tackles and a sack while Isaac Rivilan and Dalton Urban recorded interceptions.

On the offensive side the Hilltops scored 17 points in the first quarter and didn’t look back.  Running back Boston Davidsen paced the ground game with 131 more yards on 20 carries and scored twice.  Charles Sawi also got into the endzone on the ground.

Through the air Trey Reider completed 13 passes for 187 yards and threw touchdowns to Evan Ward and Trystan Ginther. 

The lone Wildcats touchdown came late in the fourth when quarterback Julien Beaulieu found Breyan Elias for the score. 

This coming weekend the Hilltops (5-0) will visit the Edmonton Huskies (3-2) in a big game for both teams.  The Wildcats (0-5) will visit the Winnipeg Rifles (1-4).

Regina Thunder 23
Winnipeg Rifles 11

This was a hard-fought battle with the Thunder doing just enough to escape with a win in Winnipeg. 

Running back Ryland Leichert carried the rock 19 times for 110 yards and got into the endzone.  The aerial attack struggled against the Rifles secondary, but quarterback Carter Moberg did manage 18 completions for 218 yards and found Leichert for a touchdown leaking out of the backfield. 

Kicker Sean Green was solid with three field goals including a 40 yarder.   

The Rifles found it difficult to move the football against the Thunder defence.  As a matter of fact, their only touchdown came from their own defence.  Josh Yanchishyn intercepted a pass and returned it 69- yards for a major late in the fourth quarter.   He ended the game with two picks. 

With the win the Thunder move to 4-1 and will host the Calgary Colts (2-3) next weekend while the Rifles (1-4) fight for their playoff lives and entertain the Edmonton Wildcats (0-5).

Calgary Colts 48
Edmonton Huskies 40

It was a shootout in Calgary with the hometown Colts coming back to score 21 points in the fourth quarter to pull out their second win of the season. 

Their offence gained 596 total yards and was very balanced.

 Through the air quarterback Liam Ozkowski was outstanding completing 32 passes for 369 yards and found Nicholas Sirleaf nine times for 151 yards and two touchdowns including the game winning score with 43 seconds left. To add to his incredible performance, Ozkowski rushed five times for 61 yards and scored two majors.  Zion Dogbe-Brown was outstanding with 114 yards on nine carries and two more touchdowns. 

The Huskies offence was just as impressive, but their defence couldn’t get the stop they needed in the fourth quarter to secure the win. 

Offensively they tallied 399 yards, most of that through the air.   Quarterback Carson Neitz completed 12 passes for 264 yards and four touchdowns.  He found Jordan Howe twice, along with Carver Trapp and Nolan Baragar once.  Neitz also ran for a touchdown. 

Next week the Colts (2-3) will look to extend their win streak to three when they visit the Regina Thunder (4-1).  The Huskies (3-2) need a win to keep pace in the Conference and will welcome the Saskatoon Hilltops (5-0). 

Week 8 Preview

By Ryan Watters 09/15/2023, 1:30pm PDT

A full slate of games across the CJFL this weekend

Photo courtesy of Paul M. Williams Photography 



Quinte Skyhawks @ Ottawa Sooners – Saturday September 16, 1:00pm – Gee-Gee’s Field | WATCH HERE

It’s the second time in three weeks that these two teams lock up after the Sooners blasted the Skyhawks 50-3 in Bellevue.
Both teams are fighting for a playoff spot and need a win to keep pace with the teams in front of them.


Records: Skyhawks 2-2 – Sooners 2-3
Avg Points For: Skyhawks 24 – Sooners 30.2
Avg Points Allowed: Skyhawks 33 – Sooners 15.2

Passing Leaders: Josiah Bowman – 33 of 58, 412 yards, 4 touchdowns (Skyhawks) - Owen Cowan – 65 of 100, 948 yards, 6 touchdowns (Sooners) 

Rushing Leaders: Jake Venditti – 60 carries for 272 yards (Skyhawks) – Alexandros Varvarigos – 32 carries for 221 yards, 2 touchdowns (Sooners)

Receiving Leaders: Otis Newbury – 17 receptions for 150 yards, 3 touchdowns (Skyhawks) – Marcus Lynch – 23 receptions for 309 yards (Sooners) 

Leading Tacklers:  Burkely Banilevic – 21 tackles (Skyhawks) – Richard Graham – 17 tackles (Sooners)


Okanagan Sun @ Kamloops Broncos – Saturday September 16, 6:00pm – Hillside Stadium | WATCH HERE

For the second time this season the Sun and Broncos will renew their BC Interior rivalry, but this time in Kamloops.  Back on August 12th the Sun took home the victory; 32-12, scoring 27 of their 32 points in the second half.  The Broncos on the other hand scored all 12 of their points in the second quarter.

Coming into this game the Sun are 1-1 on the road, and for the Broncos this is their home opener after playing their first five games on the road. 


Records: Sun 4-1 – Broncos 0-5
Avg Points For: Sun 43.2 – Broncos 7.2
Avg Points Allowed: Sun 18.4 – Broncos 38.4

Passing Leaders:  Liam Kroeger – 58 of 92, 630 yards, 2 touchdowns (Sun) – Clark Snider – 56 of 115, 748 yards, 3 touchdowns (Broncos)

Rushing Leaders: Aidan Wiberg – 68 carries for 545 yards, 5 touchdowns (Sun) – Cam Gregorcyzk – 50 carries for 189 yards (Broncos)

Receiving Leaders: Kenny Williams – 13 receptions for 188 yards, 1 touchdown (Sun) – Colton Meikle – 20 receptions for 359 yards, 2 touchdowns (Broncos) 

Leading Tacklers:  Sheldon Gerlib – 12 tackles (Sun) – Maxim Bosc – 20 tackles (Broncos)

VI Raiders @ Westshore Rebels – Saturday September 16, 7:00pm – Starlight Stadium | WATCH HERE

The battle for Vancouver Island ignites again this weekend with the Rebels hosting the Raiders.  In their first meeting earlier this year, the Rebels dominated winning 69-0 in the season opener.   Quarterback Te Jessie threw five touchdowns in that game, two of them caught by Cairo Berry.  Speaking of Berry, he also returned a punt for a touchdown. 

Coming into the weekend the Rebels remain undefeated while the Raiders are still searching for their first win.


Records: Raiders 0-6 – Rebels 6-0
Avg Points For: Raiders 11.6 – Rebels 53.6
Avg Points Allowed: Raiders 57.3 – Rebels 14.1

Passing Leaders:  Ben Chomolok – 86 of 163 for 880 yards, 7 touchdowns (Raiders) – Te Jessie – 102 of 142 for 1536 yards, 25 touchdowns (Rebels) 

Rushing Leaders: Ben Chomolok – 31 carries for 206 yards, 1 touchdown (Raiders) – Gerren Hardisty – 71 carries for 640 yards, 7 touchdowns (Rebels)

Receiving Leaders: Paul Romanoff – 14 receptions for 195 yards, 4 touchdowns (Raiders) – Kieran Poissant – 35 receptions for 503 yards, 6 touchdowns (Rebels)

Leading Tacklers:  Nathan Haluik – 20 tackles (Raiders) – Demar Hohnstein – 38 tackles (Rebels)

Langley Rams @ Prince George Kodiaks – Saturday September 16, 7:00pm – Masich Stadium | WATCH HERE

It’s the second half a home and home after the Rams beat up the Kodiaks last week 62-0.  Their defence was spectacular holding the Kodiaks to 36 passing yards and 61 rushing yards. Both Trey Jones and Maxwell Bougie each threw a pair of touchdown passes. 

The Rams currently hold down the final playoff sport in the BC Conference with the Kodiaks two points behind.  They have won three of their last four and the Kodiaks had their two-game winning streak snapped last week. 


Records: Rams 3-2 – Kodiaks 2-3
Avg Points For: Rams 38.2 – Kodiaks 10.4
Avg Points Allowed: Rams 12 – Kodiaks 33.8

Passing Leaders:  Trey Jones – 70 of 119, 1075 yards, 12 touchdowns (Rams) – Quinn Neukomm – 32 of 81, 374 yards, 2 touchdowns (Kodiaks) 

Rushing Leaders: Kairo Hassan – 65 carries for 370 yards, 5 touchdowns (Rams) – Xander Shane – 42 carries for 216 yards (Kodiaks) 

Receiving Leaders: Isaiah Edwards – 25 receptions for 372 yards, 5 touchdowns (Rams) – Kaden Wagner – 17 receptions for 202 yards, 1 touchdown (Kodiaks) 

Leading Tacklers:  Evan Nolli – 16 tackles (Rams) – Ryley Amendt – 23 tackles (Kodiaks) 



Saskatoon Hilltops @ Edmonton Wildcats – Sunday September 18, 1:00pm – Emerald Hills | WATCH HERE

The undefeated Hilltops travel to Edmonton to face the Wildcats for the second time this season.  In their first meeting the Toppers crushed the Wildcats 50-2.  Their defence was incredible, with the only two points the Wildcats got was courtesy of a conceded safety. 

That Hilltops defence is the stingiest in the Conference and arguably the best across the CJFL.  They face a Wildcats offence that has sputtered all season long.  The Wildcats are still looking for their first win of the year.


Records: Hilltops 4-0 – Wildcats 0-4
Avg Points For: Hilltops 46.2 – Wildcats 11.5
Avg Points Allowed: Hilltops 6.5 – Wildcats 43

Passing Leaders: Trey Reider – 64 of 100, 953 yards, 11 touchdowns (Hilltops) – Caleb Taylor – 28 of 45 for 307 yards, 2 touchdowns (Wildcats)

Rushing Leaders:  Boston Davidsen – 73 carries for 573 yards, 4 touchdowns (Hilltops) – Caleb Taylor – 15 carries for 106 yards (Wildcats) 

Receiving Leaders: Drake Douglas – 21 receptions for 291 yards, 1 touchdown (Hilltops) – Xander Matheson – 10 receptions for 161 yards, 1 touchdown (Wildcats)

Leading Tacklers:  Matt Wist – 9 tackles (Hilltops) – Kieran Harris – 20 tackles (Wildcats)

Regina Thunder @ Winnipeg Rifles – Sunday September 18, 1:00pm – Maple Grove | WATCH HERE

These two teams meet for the second time this season after the Thunder held serve at home winning 45-21 at the end of August.  They scored 21 of their 45 points in the second quarter after the Rifles opened up a 14-0 lead after one.  Quarterback Carter Moberg threw four touchdown passes. 

The Thunder are coming off their first regular season loss since September 7, 2019, a very impressive run.  Last week they fell to the Hilltops and didn’t score a touchdown.  The Rifles on the other hand have been struggling and have lost three in a row, including the setback at the hands of the Thunder.  Their next three games are at home as they look to get back into the playoff conversation. 


Records: Thunder 3-1 – Rifles 1-3
Avg Points For: Thunder 35 – Rifles 15.5
Avg Points Allowed: Thunder 22.7 – Rifles 35.7

Passing Leaders: Carter Moberg – 65 of 120, 1124 yards, 10 touchdowns (Thunder) – Thomas Hubbard – 50 of 98, 590 yards, 4 touchdowns (Rifles)

Rushing Leaders: Ryland Leichert – 73 carries for 522 yards, 2 touchdowns (Thunder) – Kaiden Banfield – 61 carries for 228 yards (Rifles) 

Receiving Leaders: Isaiah Woodley – 20 receptions for 431 yards, 3 touchdowns (Thunder) – Jayden Martens – 10 receptions for 174 yards (Rifles) 

Leading Tacklers:  Stephen Smith – 23 tackles (Thunder) – Jaxon Gruninger – 16 tackles (Rifles) 

Edmonton Huskies @ Calgary Colts – Sunday September 16, 1:00pm – Shouldice Park | WATCH HERE

The Huskies and Colts renew their acquaintances on Sunday afternoon in Calgary after their first meeting became a shootout.  On August 19th the Huskies took down the Colts 51-38 as the teams combined for 571 passing yards.  Both Carson Neitz and Liam Oczkowski each threw a pair of touchdown passes. 

Last weekend the Huskies won their third straight, a streak that began with the win over the Colts.   During this streak, they have averaged 40 points a game.  The Colts meanwhile won their first of the season last weekend with an exciting 33-21 victory over the Rifles. 


Records: Huskies 3-1 – Colts 1-3
Avg Points For: Huskies 34 – Colts 27.2
Avg Points Allowed: Huskies 22 – Colts 38.7

Passing Leaders: Carson Neitz – 43 of 79, 669 yards, 4 touchdowns (Huskies) – Liam Ozkowski – 87 or 137, 1169 yards, 7 touchdowns (Colts)

Rushing Leaders: Ife Adebogun – 38 carries for 241 yards, 2 touchdowns (Huskies) – Alan Xiang – 47 carries for 201 yards, 3 touchdowns (Colts) 

Receiving Leaders: Carver Trapp – 10 receptions for 156 yards, 1 touchdowns (Huskies) - Nicholas Sirleaf – 19 receptions for 344 yards, 3 touchdowns (Colts) 

Leading Tacklers:  Brady Fedyniak – 13 tackles (Huskies) – Cody Anglo – 16 tackles (Colts) 


St. Clair Saints @ GTA Grizzlies – Sunday September 17, 1:00pm – Chinguacousy Park | WATCH HERE

It’s the only meeting of the season between these two teams and a David versus Goliath match-up.  The Saints are the class of the Conference and undefeated, while the Grizzlies haven’t won a game in a couple of seasons. 


Records: Saints 4-0 – Grizzlies 0-4
Avg Points For: Saints 41.2 – Grizzlies 3
Avg Points Allowed: Saints 19.5 – Grizzlies 68.5

Passing Leaders: Maurice Sodja – 28 of 40, 568 yards, 9 touchdowns (Saints)

Rushing Leaders: MJ Marshall-Doyle – 22 carries for 235 yards, 4 touchdowns (Saints)

Receiving Leaders: Zack Burmaster – 11 receptions for 209 yards, 3 touchdowns (Saints) – Jonathan Stoddard – 16 receptions for 210 yards, 1 touchdown (Grizzlies) 

Leading Tacklers:  Billy Patterson Jr – 11 tackles (Saints) – Devonte Edwards – 24 tackles (Grizzlies) 

London Beefeaters @ Hamilton Hurricanes – Sunday September 17, 5:00pm – Tim Hortons Field | WATCH HERE

It’s the final game of Week 8 across the CJFL as these teams meet for the second time this season.  On August 20th in London, the Beefeaters calmed the Hurricanes 41-6.  Defensively the Beefeaters were solid.

They snapped their two-game slide last week with an important win over Quinte and are 1-1 on the road.  The Hurricanes lost last week but have won two of their last three.  This is a very important matchup against the Beefeaters and need to have a massive offensive outpouring to regain the advantage in the tiebreaker. 


Records: Beefeaters 3-2 – Hurricanes 3-2
Avg Points For: Beefeaters 36.4 – Hurricanes 32
Avg Points Allowed: Beefeaters 16.4 – Hurricanes 24.8

Passing Leaders: George Denniss – 28 of 53, 357 yards, 2 touchdowns (Beefeaters) – James Duke – 15 of 44, 277 yards, 4 touchdowns (Hurricanes) 

Rushing Leaders:  LJ Dyer - 72 carries for 566 yards, 5 touchdowns (Beefeaters) – Jacob Schooley – 34 carries for 298 yards, 2 touchdowns (Hurricanes)

Receiving Leaders: Jagger Horst – 17 receptions for 291 yards, 2 touchdowns (Beefeaters)

Leading Tacklers:  N’Kosi Stewart – 13 tackles (Beefeaters) – Zach Chaddock – 16 tackles (Hurricanes) 

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