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Things That Are Bryce

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

Bryce Reuther is a Player to Watch

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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!
 

 

Lake Effect

By Ryan Watters 07/06/2024, 1:00pm PDT

Payton Lake of the Valley Huskers

The Valley Huskers have high hopes this season after finishing 7-3 last year and qualified for the Canadian Bowl playoffs.  They have several players returning this year including receiver Payton Lake, entering his fourth campaign.

A year ago, he made 37 receptions for the Huskers, good for 578 yards and had four touchdowns.  He was dangerous after making the catch as well, averaging 15.6 yards with every reception.  

He is a very coachable player and has no issues taking criticism as he looks to improve upon those numbers from last year.  He will be asked to take on a leadership role and help the younger players progress just as he has.

Lake is very confident in his club this season with his goal of helping his team to an undefeated record.  He feels with the players coming back, the new pieces they have added, along with their experience from last year, they have the team to be able to run the table.

When he looks back to some of his favourite moments during his career, the play that stands out the most is when he scored his first CJFL touchdown.  His Huskers were battling with the Prince George Kodiaks two years ago when he ran an out and up, caught the pass and got into the end zone.  He remembers that incredible feeling of scoring and celebrating with his teammates. 

His most memorable CJFL game was a tilt last season with the VI Raiders.  Following this game was named the BC Conference Offensive Player of the Week.

Lake and the Huskers open their season on July 27th when they host the Kamloops Broncons at Exhibition Field.

Receiver Payton Lake is a CJFL Player to Watch in 2024! 

 

A Football Story - Kaya Saunders

By Ryan Watters 06/28/2024, 9:15am PDT

A fourth year defensive back with the VI Raiders

Defensive back Kaya Saunders of the VI Raiders will enter his fourth season in the CJFL when his club kicks off on July 20th. 

He has a very interesting bloodline within the Raiders as he explains how his dad was part of the organization, but never strapped on the pads.  

Kaya talks with Ryan Watters about how he fell in love with the game and shares his Football Story.