Photo courtesy of Victor Pankratz
The Prairie Conference announced their Most Outstanding Players and Coach of the Year for the 2023 season as a build up to the Prairie Conference final on Sunday.
The Prairie Conference Outstanding Players for 2023 are:
Coach of the Year – Tom Sargeant– Saskatoon Hilltops - he led the Hilltops to an undefeated regular season and now home field advantage throughout the Prairie Conference playoffs.
Outstanding Offensive Lineman – Riley Schick – Regina Thunder
Outstanding Running Back – Boston Davidsen – Saskatoon Hilltops – 170 carries for 1184 yards and 9 touchdowns
Outstanding Receiver – Nicholas Sirleaf – Calgary Colts – 45 receptions for 739 yards and 8 touchdowns
Outstanding Quarterback - Trey Reider – Saskatoon Hilltops – 108 of 167 for 1571 yards and 16 touchdowns. He completed 65% of his passes
Outstanding Defensive Lineman – Riece Kack – Saskatoon Hilltops – 11 tackles, 7 assisted tackles, 7.5 sacks, 1 knockdown, 2 fumble recoveries
Outstanding Linebacker – Stephen Smith – Regina Thunder – 43 tackles, 30 assisted tackles, 1 sack, 1 blocked kick, 1 fumble recovery
Outstanding Defensive Back – Cedric McCallum – 23 tackles, 5 assisted tackles, 3 knockdowns, 3 fumble recoveries with one for a touchdown, 3 interceptions
Outstanding Special Teams Player – Roy Tambal Musa – Winnipeg Rifles – 2 missed field goal returns for 145 yards and a 112-yard touchdown return, 7 kick off returns averaging 28 yards with one return for a touchdown of 90 yards, 10 punt returns averaging eight yards
Offensive Rookie of the Year – OL Yohan Medina – Calgary Colts
Defensive Rookie of the Year – DL Liam Sellwood – Regina Thunder
Most Valuable Player – Boston Davidsen – Saskatoon Hilltops – 170 carries for 1184 yards and 9 touchdowns
Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year – Stephen Smith – Regina Thunder – 43 tackles, 30 assisted tackles, 1 sack, 1 blocked kick, 1 fumble recovery
Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year – Boston Davidsen – Saskatoon Hilltops – 170 carries for 1184 yards and 9 touchdowns
Sunday the Saskatoon Hilltops will host the Regina Thunder, with the winner hosting the CJFL National Semi-Final game next weekend.
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The Canadian Junior Football League in conjunction with the Prairie Conference is proud to announce the 2023 Conference All-Stars and All-Rookie Team.
There are 10 positional categories and Conference leading Saskatoon Hilltops have collected 11 All-Star selections.
The 2023 Prairie Conference All-Stars are:
Riley Schick – Regina Thunder (third consecutive season)
Ty Thompson – Edmonton Huskies
Nnadozie Marendiukobianwa – Calgary Colts
Nick Makowsky – Regina Thunder
Cody Shumanski – Saskatoon Hilltops
Boston Davidsen – Saskatoon Hilltops – 170 carries for 1184 yards and 9 touchdowns
Ryland Leichert – Regina Thunder – 152 carries for 1017 yards and 8 touchdowns
Isaiah Woodley – Regina Thunder (second consecutive season) – 41 receptions for 677 yards and 5 touchdowns
Nicholas Sirleaf (pictured) – Calgary Colts – 45 receptions for 739 yards and 8 touchdowns
Drake Douglas – Saskatoon Hilltops – 42 receptions for 591 yards and 4 touchdowns
Carver Trapp – Edmonton Huskies – 22 receptions for 371 yards and 2 touchdowns
Liam Oczkowski – Calgary Colts – 133 of 201 for 1648 yards and 10 touchdowns. He completed 66% of his passes.
Trey Reider – Saskatoon Hilltops – 108 of 167 for 1571 yards and 16 touchdowns. He completed 65% of his passes.
Teijon Abel-Douglas – Saskatoon Hilltops – 23 of 27, 85.2% field goals
Riece Kack – Saskatoon Hilltops (second consecutive season) – 15 tackles, 9 assisted tackle, 7.5 sacks, 1 knockdown, 1 fumble recovery
Zach Angstadt – Calgary Colts – 12 tackles, 7 assisted tackles, 3 sacks, 1 fumble recovery
Johnathon Stevens – Saskatoon Hilltops – 20 tackles, 4 assisted tackles, 3 sacks, 1 knockdown, 2 forced fumbles, 2 interceptions
Payton O’Connor – Regina Thunder – 9 tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 1 knockdown, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery
Stephen Smith – Regina Thunder (second consecutive season) – 44 tackles, 30 assisted tackles, 1 sack, 1 blocked kick, 1 fumble recovery
Matt Wist – Saskatoon Hilltops – 22 tackles, 17 assisted tackles, 6 sacks, 3 interceptions, 1 for a touchdown, 2 knockdowns, 2 forced fumbles
Noah Gedir – Saskatoon Hilltops – 26 tackles, 14 assisted tackles, 1 sack, 2 knockdowns, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery
Cedric McCallum – Edmonton Huskies – 32 tackles, 5 assisted tackles, 3 knockdowns, 3 interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries, one for a touchdown
Sam Kolkman – Edmonton Huskies – 7 interceptions, 20 tackles, 4 assisted tackles, 1 forced fumble
Dalton Urban – Saskatoon Hilltops – 5 interceptions, 12 tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 1 knockdown, 1 fumble recovery for a touchdown
Cody Anglo – Calgary Colts – 22 tackles, 6 assisted tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 knockdown, 2 forced fumbles
Joseph Funk-Clements – Winnipeg Rifles – 12 tackles, 5 assisted tackles, 3 knockdowns, 1 fumble recovery
Matt Wist – Saskatoon Hilltops – 47 punts with a 32.2-yard average and 3 singles
Caleb Akerley – Edmonton Huskies (second consecutive season) – 23 punt returns for 180 yards, 23 kick-off returns for 512 yards
The Prairie Conference is preparing for their Conference final this Sunday when the Saskatoon Hilltops host the Regina Thunder.
Yohan Medina – Calgary Colts
Peter Boersch – Regina Thunder
Datiel Fountaine – Saskatoon Hilltops
Julien Beaulieu – Edmonton Wildcats
Zach Angstadt – Calgary Colts
Matthew Alloway – Edmonton Huskies
Ryan Raymont – Edmonton Huskies
James Keane – Calgary Colts
Robert Lasebnik – Calgary Colts
The CJFL is pleased to announce the Week 11 Players of the Week across the country.
Offensive Players of the Week
QB Caine Harrison – Calgary Colts
The Colts had their most explosive offensive output of the season on Thanksgiving Sunday scoring 66-points and quarterback Caine Harrison played a major role throwing four touchdown passes on 18 completions and racked up 382 yards.
QB Te Jessie – Westshore Rebels
It was a record setting game for Te Jessie, etching his name in the CJFL record books throwing four more touchdown passes increasing his season total to 38 setting a new single season record for touchdown strikes, surpassing the old mark of 35. He finished Saturday’s game 13 of 17 for 249 yards and those four TDs. He has one more regular season game to add to is new record.
RB MJ Doyle-Marshall – St Clair Saints
While playing sparingly on Saturday, Doyle-Marshall made the most of his opportunities as he carried the ball seven times for 63 yards and two touchdowns and even hauled in one pass for a 54-yard touchdown. He would average 14.6 yards per touch to go along with his three touchdowns on the day earning his second OFC player of the week award this season.
Defensive Players of the Week
LB Derek Gumieny – Winnipeg Rifles
Despite the loss in Saskatoon, Derek Gumieny of the Rifles was all over the field. He finished the game with a sack, eight solo tackles, three of which for a loss, had an assisted stop, forced and recovered a fumble.
DL Jaiden Claassen – Valley Huskers
Saturday night the Valley Huskers defence frustrated the Kamloops Broncos offence keeping them to limited yardage. Jaiden Claassen was seemingly always pressuring the quarterback and ball carriers. He finished with two sacks, four solo tackles and two assisted tackles in their seventh win of the campaign.
LB Burkely Banilevic – Quinte Skyhawks
Continuing his season long trend for taking down ball carriers, Burkely Banilevic did his part in trying to slow down the Saints running game. He contributed 13 tackles, eight of which were solo stops and one tackle for loss for an impressive 21 defensive points. This is his second defensive player of the week award this year.
Special Teams Players of the Week
PK James Keane – Calgary Colts
With the Colts scoring 66 points on the weekend, kicker James Keane was busy and most likely had a sore foot following the game. He connected on all five field goal attempts, his longest from 37 yards away and was a perfect 7-7 in coverts. He added nine kick-offs for a total of 330 yards.
LB Bryce Reuther – Westshore Rebels
With the Rebels clinching first place and homefield advantage throughout the entire CJFL Canadian Bowl playoffs on the weekend linebacker Bryce Reuther made sure of that on Special Teams. He made two solo tackles and assisted on two others.
DB Nick Baeini – St. Clair Saints
In helping to seal the dominant win over the Skyhawks the Saints defensive back not only recovered his team's short kickoff but then raced to the end zone for a touchdown. The recovery was Baeini’s third fumble recovery of the season tying him for the OFC lead in that category.