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As the season enters Week 9 there isn't much movement this week on the CJFL Top 10 Power Rankings.
|1||Westshore Rebels (7-0)||1|
|2||St. Clair Saints (5-0)||2|
|3||Saskatoon Hilltops (5-0)||3|
|4||Okanagan Sun (5-1)||4|
|5||Regina Thunder (4-1)||6|
|6||London Beefeaters (4-2)||7|
|7||Valley Huskers (4-2)||8|
|8||Langley Rams (4-2)||9|
|9||Edmonton Huskies (3-2)||5|
|10||Hamilton Hurricanes (3-3)||10|
The CJFL is proud to announce the Week 8 Players of the Week.
Offensive Players of the Week
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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,
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.
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With just two full weeks remaining in the regular season and playoffs looming, the excitement is ramping up!
Ottawa Sooners 40
Quinte Skyhawks 3
The Ottawa Sooners showcased their strength by defeating the Quinte Skyhawks with a commanding score of 40-3 at Gee Gee Field. The Sooners' extended their winning streak to 3 games, outscoring opponents 166-6 during this impressive run. With a 3-3 record overall, Ottawa’s streak will be put to the ultimate test, as they are now gearing up to face the undefeated St. Clair Saints on the road next week. Meanwhile, Quinte finds themselves at 2-3 on the season, having lost three in a row.
St. Clair Saints 60
GTA Grizzlies 0
The St. Clair Saints continued their OFC reign of dominance, defeating the GTA Grizzlies with a convincing score of 60-0 in Brampton. With a perfect 5-0 record, the Saints' offense is hitting its stride, scoring at least 60 points for the second consecutive game. Currently the second-ranked team in the CJFL, they're on a collision course with the Ottawa Sooners next week, who have won their last three games. On the flip side, the GTA Grizzlies remain winless at 0-6 and were shut out for the fifth time this season. Next, they face the London Beefeaters who are on a 2 game winning streak. Can they turn the tide?
London Beefeaters 20
Hamilton Hurricanes 13
In the "Game of the Week," the London Beefeaters secured a hard-fought victory over the Hamilton Hurricanes, winning 20-13. Both teams entered the game tied for 2nd place with identical 3-2 records. London dominated from the get-go, leading 17-0 at halftime. Despite a comeback attempt by the Hurricanes in the second half, London held on for the win, with the final score at 20-13. London now has a 4-2 overall record and sole possession of 2nd place, while Hamilton moves to 3-3 on the season. Next up, Hamilton takes on the Quinte Skyhawks.