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CFL Invitational Combine Results

By Ryan Watters 03/08/2024, 3:00pm PST

The results of the 18 former CJFL players

Photo courtesy of Wanda Harron Photography

The CJFL was well represented at the 2024 CFL Invitational Combine on March 8 in Waterloo Ontario.

Participants were put through several skill testing events to determine if they could meet the standards laid out by coaches and scouts across the CFL.

Two former CJFL players met that standard and surpassed it.   Former Westshore Rebels Kaine Stevenson and former Langley Ram Dawson Marchant impressed the scouts and both earned an invitation to the CFL’s national combine held in Winnipeg ahead of the CFL player draft.  The Combine will take place over several days beginning on March 19th. 

The results of the CFL Invitational Combine are as follows:

Name Team POS HT WT Bench 40 Vertical Broad 3-Cone Shuttle
Ife Adebogun  Edmonton Huskies RB 6'1 229 12 4.86 28 9' 1 7/8" 7.5 4.63
Burkely Banilevic  Quinte Skyhawks DL 6'2 277 21 5.45 25.5 8'3 1/4" 7.75 4.87
Jaiden Claassen Valley Huskers LB 5'11 230 24 5.25 23.5 8'4 3/4" 7.46 4.47
Geoff Clubine London Beefeaters RB 5'8 203 19 4.81 29.5 9'2 1/8" 7.84 4.75
Ezzat Elnagmi  St. Clair Saints OL 6'3 325 16 5.57 22 7'9 1/2" 8.51 5.31
Richard Graham  Ottawa Sooners DL 6'1 227 19 4.94 27.5 8'9 1/8" 7.57 4.63
Anthony Grigg Hamilton Hurricanes WR 5'11 180 1 5 27 9'2 1/8" 7.27 4.33
Matthew Hajewich  Regina Thunder OL 6'3 304 17 5.52 26.5 8'1 7/8" 8.13 4.87
Dawson Marchant Langley Rams DB 6'0 202 15 4.66 32 10'3 5/8" 7.06 4.4
Brandyn Martin (pictured) Regina Thunder DB 5'11 194 11 4.8 29 9'0" 7.25 4.53
Nate Norton St. Clair Saints DB 5'10 197 7 5.12 26.5 8'4" 7.66 4.89
Payton O’Connor Regina Thunder DL 5'11 270 25 5.16 28 8'7" 7.76 4.75
Isaiah Okoli Langley Rams LB 5'11 227 12 4.86 27 8'8 5/8" 7.34 4.5
Keewone Parker St. Clair Saints LB 5'11 207 9 5.08 25 8'3 7/8" 7.52 4.59
Kaine Stevenson Westshore Rebels WR 5'11 207 15 4.82 34 9'7 1/8" 7.62 4.57
Liam Stewart Langley Rams WR 5'11 188 8 4.67 29 9'4" 7 4.57
James Stockwood Okanagan Sun DL 6'5 298 19 5.31 22 7'6 1/2" 7.77 4.9
Daniel Townsend Okanagan Sun OL 6'5 411 17 6.26 18 6'11 1/4" 8.84 5.4


18 Invited to CFL Combine

By Ryan Watters 02/13/2024, 11:30am PST

The CJFL will be well represented on March 8

A total of 18 players with CJFL experience have been invited to the CFL Invitation Combine on March 8th.  The event will take place on the campus of the University of Waterloo in Ontario.

These top prospects will be put through a series of drills to showcase their skills for the CFL’s general managers, coaches and player personnel.

The hope for these 18 players is to receive an extended invitation to the main CFL Combine slated for March 21-24 taking place in Winnipeg. 

The 18 CJFL invites are:

Ife Adebogun – Edmonton Huskies

Burkely Banilevic – Quinte Skyhawks

Jaiden Claassen – Valley Huskers

Geoff Clubine – London Beefeaters

Ezzat Elnagmi – St. Clair Saints

Richard Graham – Ottawa Sooners

Anthony Grigg – Hamilton Hurricanes

Matthew Hajewich – Regina Thunder 

Dawson Marchant – Langley Rams

Brandyn Martin – Regina Thunder

Nate Norton – St. Clair Saints

Payton O’Connor – Regina Thunder

Isaiah Okoli – Langley Rams

Keewone Parker – St. Clair Saints

Kaine Stevenson – Westshore Rebels

Liam Stewart – Langley Rams

James Stockwood – Okanagan Sun

Daniel Townsend – Okanagan Sun

Oh When The Saints...

By Ryan Watters @ryan2tswatters 02/05/2024, 12:30pm PST

The perennial powerhouse in Ontario

Whether you know them as the AKO, the Fratman or the Saints, the Windsor football team has been the perennial powerhouse in the Ontario Conference for several years.  

The St. Clair Saints have currently won 29 straight regular season games not having lost since September 7, 2019 in London.  Their home winning streak is even longer, not losing a home regular season game since August 18, 2018.

They have built their program on a rich winning tradition with a pair or Mikes the heartbeat of the team.  Head Coach Mike LaChance doubles as the team’s offensive coordinator and is the second longest serving head coach in the CJFL, behind only Tom Sargeant of the Saskatoon Hilltops.   Mike Morencie is the team’s General Manager and defensive coordinator and was a major driving force in starting a relationship with St. Clair College in Windsor. 

On the field the Saints have won back-to-back Conference championships and will be looking for a three-peat in 2024.   This upcoming season is particularly important with the Conference winner hosting the Canadian Bowl in November.

The Saints/Fratmen are one of the oldest teams in the CJFL with roots dating back to their first game in 1945. They won their first national crown in 1952 after finishing the season 6-0 and outscoring the opposition 237-26.  They would host the game that season and beat the Edmonton Wildcats 15-12 to claim the title. 

In their 72-year history they have compiled an eye-popping regular season record of 396-151-14 and have won three national championships along with 24 Conference titles.  They are the last team from the Ontario Conference to win the Canadian Bowl, something they will try and duplicate in 2024.  The last two seasons they have come within one win of playing in the national championship game. 

The franchise has been honoured in the CFL Hall of Fame as well.  They became the first CJFL team to be honoured as one of the longest running junior football programs in the country and are featured in the “Museum’s Locker Room” exhibit.  

In 2004, the Windsor Essex County Sports Hall of Fame awarded the franchise with a special award recognition becoming one of only nine area teams to be given this honour.

Twenty years later the Saints are preparing for the new CJFL season and will no doubt be one of the favourites in the Ontario Conference this year.  With the added excitement of the Canadan Bowl hosted in Ontario, the Saints will no doubt be hyper focused.  They last hosted the national championship in 2017 when the Hilltops came to town in a match-up of the two longest serving head coaches in the CJFL, much like last season’s national semi-final in Saskatoon.

The Ontario Conference schedule has yet to be determined for 2024 but when the Saints take to the field in late summer, they will put their 29-game regular season winning streak on the line. That streak maybe important but the Saints have bigger aspirations this upcoming season and that’s to be marching into the Canadian Bowl on November 9, 2024!