Photo courtesy of Louis Christ Photography
The Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) is proud to announce the First-Team Offensive All-Canadians for the 2023 season.
Isaiah Letander – Valley Huskers (second consecutive season)
Jeff Vander Werff – Okanagan Sun (second consecutive season)
Ezzat Elnagmi – St. Clair Saints
Cody Shumanski – Saskatoon Hilltops
Riley Schick – Regina Thunder
Kieran Poissant – Westshore Rebels (second consecutive season) – 54 receptions, 849 yards and 13 touchdowns
Drake Douglas – Saskatoon Hilltops - 42 receptions for 591 yards and 4 touchdowns
Javier Lewis – St. Clair Saints - he caught 20 passes for 536 yards and had a Conference high seven touchdowns
Nicholas Sirleaf – Calgary Colts - 45 receptions for 739 yards and 8 touchdowns
LJ Dyer – London Beefeaters - he won the Ontario Conference rushing title with 1158 yards on 136 carries and had nine touchdowns
Boston Davidsen – Saskatoon Hilltops - 170 carries for 1184 yards and 9 touchdowns
Te Jessie – Westshore Rebels (second consecutive season) – 150 of 212 for 2453 yards, 41 touchdowns. He completed 70.8% of his passes, the second-best percentage in CJFL history.
Teijon Abel-Douglas – Saskatoon Hilltops - 23 of 27, 85.2% field goals
Caleb Akerley – Edmonton Huskies - 23 punt returns for 180 yards, 23 kick-off returns for 512 yards
Following the CJFL Celebration of Excellence on Friday night in Westshore, the CJFL will announce the Outstanding Award winners for 2023.
The CJFL is proud the announce the 2023 First Team Defensive All-Canadians.
Riece Kack – Saskatoon Hilltops (second consecutive season) – 15 tackles, 9 assisted tackle, 7.5 sacks, 1 knockdown, 1 fumble recovery
Richard Graham – Ottawa Sooners - 24 tackles, 5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery for a touchdown, 1 blocked kick, 1 interception for a touchdown, 2 knockdowns
Johnathon Stevens – Saskatoon Hilltops - 20 tackles, 4 assisted tackles, 3 sacks, 1 knockdown, 2 forced fumbles, 2 interceptions
Cam Michaud – Okanagan Sun - 9 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 blocked kick, 4 assisted tackles
Demar Hohnstein – Westshore Rebels - 56 solo tackles, 10 assisted tackles, 4.5 sacks, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles
Stephen Smith – Regina Thunder - 44 tackles, 30 assisted tackles, 1 sack, 1 blocked kick, 1 fumble recovery
Keewone Parker – St. Clair Saints (pictured) - 20 tackles, 18 assisted tackles, 1 blocked kick, 1 forced fumble, 3 fumble recoveries
Nathanial Norton – St. Clair Saints (second consecutive season) - 13 tackles, 4 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, 6 assisted tackles
Gio Linuzzi – Westshore Rebels – 13 tackles, 5 interceptions, three knockdowns, 1 fumble recovery
Michael Jourdan – Okanagan Sun - 21 tackles, 8 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 assisted tackle
Cedric McCallum – Edmonton Huskies - 32 tackles, 5 assisted tackles, 3 knockdowns, 3 interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries, one for a touchdown
Cody Anglo – Calgary Colts - 22 tackles, 6 assisted tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 knockdown, 2 forced fumbles
Matt Wist – Saskatoon Hilltops - 47 punts with a 32.2-yard average and 3 singles
The First Team Offensive All-Canadians will be unveiled on Thursday November 9th.
Westshore Rebels 33
Okanagan Sun 19
We will have new CJFL Canadian Bowl champion after the Westshore Rebels beat the Okanagan Sun on Saturday in the BC Conference Cullen Cup championship game 33-19. The Rebels will now host the 2023 Canadian Bowl on November 11th.
After a low scoring first half, the Rebels exploded for 29 points in the third quarter enroute to the victory. Their offence was led by All-Star quarterback Te Jessie who was 13 of 23 for 175 yards and threw a touchdown pass to Cairo Berry in the third quarter. Jessie also ran for a touchdown as did Gerren Hardisty.
The Rebels’ defense was very good once again and even got on the scoreboard in their massive third quarter. On a bad Sun snap, BC Conference Defensive Player of the Year Demar Hohnstein picked up the loose ball and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown. Riley Berfelo also forced a turnover, intercepting a pass.
The Sun reign over the CJFL ends after falling to the Rebels on Saturday. Their offence outgained the highflying Rebels 312-284 but found it difficult to get into the endzone in the second half. Quarterback Liam Kroeger completed 10 of 18 for 165 yards and hit Ethan Mashall for a major in the fourth quarter.
Running back Elelyon Noa had the lone touchdown of the first half when he punched it in to give the Sun a 12-4 halftime lead.
The Sun defence did force six Rebels turnovers and collected five sacks. Romario Red had a pair of sacks and Tariq Brown and Isaac Hegwood each picked off a pass. Philip Palmarin had an outstanding game blocking two kicks and had a team high six tackles.
The Rebels advance to their first Canadian Bowl since 2016 when they hosted and lost to the Saskatoon Hilltops. The game will take place at Starlight Stadium in Westshore, BC on Saturday November 11th as the Rebels will host either the Hilltops or the St. Clair Saints.