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Pre-Season Top 10 Power Rankings

By CJFL 07/17/2024, 7:30am PDT

The top 10 teams heading into the 2024 season

Photo courtesy of Wanda Harron Photography

As the new CJFL season approaches kick-off on July 20 in the BC Conference, the CJFL is pleased to release its pre-season Top 10 Power Rankings.  The defending Canadian Bowl champion Saskatoon Hilltops are ranked #1 in the country after their incredible season a year ago and several weapons committed to return. 

Based on several factors including knowledge of returning players, and last year’s results, the pres-season CJFL Top 10 Power Rankings are as follows:
 

Ranking Teams 2023 Regular Season Record
1 Saskatoon Hilltops 8-0
2 St. Clair  Saints 8-0
3 Regina Thunder 6-2
4 Okanagan Sun 8-1
5 London Beefeaters 6-2
6 Westshore Rebels 10-0
7 Valley Huskers 7-3
8 Edmonton Huskies 4-4
9 Langley Rams 5-4
10 Ottawa Sooners 4-4

 

Player to Watch - Jason Kragt

By Ryan Watters 07/13/2024, 11:15am PDT

The Prince George Kodiaks defensive lineman

Now entering their third season in the BC Conference, the Prince George Kodiaks want to take a major step forward this season and reach the Canadian Bowl playoffs.

They feel they have the coaching staff and players to make that jump this season and surprise a lot of teams.  One of their leaders on and off the field is defensive lineman Jason Kragt who returns for his third season. 

Kragt is a workhorse and has one of those motors that never stops running.  His biggest strength is his commitment to the process and never taking a play off.

He has several team goals coming into this season including leading his Kodiaks into the playoffs.  One of his personal goals is to further increase his understanding of the game in general and more specifically his own position. 

As he reflects on his CJFL career he states his most memorable game came in his rookie season in 2022 which was also the Kodiaks first CJFL campaign.  Being part of their first ever franchise victory when they beat the Valley Huskers is something he will never forget. 

The Hixon, BC native says his favourite play thus far in his career came at home when he recorded his first quarterback sack.  The pop of the crowd gave him goosebumps and was deafening at Masich Place Stadium. 

The Kodiaks will open the new CJFL season on July 20th when they welcome in the VI Raiders.

Defensive lineman Jason Kragt is the CJFL Player to Watch in 2024!

 

Things That Are Bryce

By Ryan Watters 07/10/2024, 9:00am PDT

Bryce Reuther is a Player to Watch

Photo courtesy of AllSportMedia.ca

The defending Cullen Cup champion Westshore Rebels will open their BC Conference title defence on July 20th.  It’s the first time they begin a title defence since 2017 and one player in particular is ready to do whatever he can to keep that Cup on the island. 

Linebacker Bryce Reuther is a local product who turned to the CJFL and the Rebels when the Simon Fraser University football program shutdown.  He has made the most of his opportunities, now entering his second CJFL campaign.   Last year he made 11 tackles, tallied three sacks, had a pair of interceptions and forced two fumbles. 

The strength of his game is the coverage he can provide on the defensive side.   He has the speed to track down a running back trying to get to the corner or the blow through an open hole to reach the quarterback as they drop back to pass.  His ability to read the field is one of the best on the Rebels and has served him well.

He is hoping his Rebels can have another successful season in defending their Cullen Cup.  His personal goal however happens even before the season starts as he is hoping to be named to the CJFL Top 50 list which will be announced on July 14th. 

In his first season with the Rebels last year there are several outstanding memories that he has. In picking just one that stands out, Reuther says his favourite play was during the first drive against the Langley Rams in their semi-final game.  He intercepted the very first pass the Rams tried to make as they were backed up in their own end.  His interception was very indicative of how he can read the whole field and his explosiveness to the ball. 

When remembering his favourite game from last year he goes back to the Cullen Cup championship against the Okanagan Sun.  After halftime Reuther and the Rebels defence took over the game and completely shutdown the Sun offence. Their performance punched their ticket to the 2023 Canadian Bowl.

The Rebels will open the new CJFL season on July 20th when they visit the Kamloops Broncos. 

Linebacker Bryce Reuther is a CJFL Player to Watch in 2024!