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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|
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Three lopsided wins on Saturday highlighted Week 8 in the BC Conference.
Westshore Rebels 95
VI Raiders 14
The hometown Rebels came out flying in the first quarter scoring 23 points en route to the victory.
Offensively quarterback Te Jessie amassed 358 yards on 15 completions and threw six touchdown passes. He connected with Kieran Poissant for three of them and found CJ Vincent, Cairo Berry and Tristan Remus-Arevalo for singles.
Speaking of Berry, he, and teammate Chris McLarty each returned a punt for a touchdown in the ballgame.
The ground game chewed up 247 yards led by Gerren Hardisty who scampered for 123 yards on eight carries and had a touchdown. Malik Gagne-Smith, Manny Mansaray and Ryan Vincent also had majors on the ground.
Defensively they held the Raiders to 67 net yards of total offence.
The Raiders two touchdowns both came in the second quarter. Arguably the highlight of their game came from a 76-yard pick-six by Kaya Saunders. Their only other score was a Ben Chomolok touchdown pass to Ruben Bonsu.
Next week the Rebels (7-0) will visit the Kamloops Broncos (0-6) while the Raiders (0-7) head home to welcome the Langley Rams (4-2).
Okanagan Sun 66
Kamloops Broncos 7
The Kamloops Broncos scored on their first drive on Saturday night but were then shutout by the Okanagan Sun the rest of the way and fell 66-7.
Offensively on the ground the Sun churned up 261 yards and scored five touchdowns. Tristen Peddle had two of them, while Aidan Wieberg, Kyle Dennis and Adam Rocha each had one. Rocha also threw for a pair of touchdowns and Hunter Norman threw another. Receiver Sam Melanson caught two of those touchdown passes and Ethan Marshall caught the other one.
On the defensive side Philip Palmarin turned in a sparkling game. He blocked three kicks, had a sack, had two fumble recoveries, an interception and a tackle.
The lone Bronco touchdown came on their opening drive when Josh Chairison found Colton Meikle for the major.
Next weekend the Sun (5-1) will enjoy the bye week and the Broncos (0-6) host the top ranked Westshore Rebels (7-0).
Langley Rams 39
Prince George Kodiaks 17
The Kodiaks had a difficult time keeping up with the Jones’ this past weekend as the Rams went into Prince George and took down the Kodiaks winning both games in the home-and-home.
Offensively the Rams saw quarterback Trey Jones complete 18 passes for 239 yards and threw a pair of touchdowns to Isaiah Edwards. Running back Bruce Jones also scored twice on 12 carries. Receiver Terrel Jones hauled in four passes for 49 yards.
The defence also got into the endzone when Drew Lirag recovered a loose ball and returned it 46 yards for a touchdown. Kinneth Balucos had a solid game with two interceptions and a fumble recovery.
Over on the Kodiaks side, quarterback Kayle Cowley threw two touchdown passes finding Jerome Erickson and Kaden Wagner.
Their defence was led by Aidan Simpson and Jason Kragt who each had eight tackles, with Simpson adding an interception and a knockdown.
Next weekend the Rams (4-2) stay on the road and visit the VI Raiders (0-7) and the Kodiaks (2-4) welcome the Valley Huskers (4-2).
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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)