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Dyer Hard

By Ryan Watters 06/02/2024, 4:30am PDT

Beefeaters running back LJ Dyer

Photo courtesy of Boris Terzic

Over the last few seasons the London Beefeaters have been in the mix fighting for an Ontario Conference title, last winning it in 2021 also winning the right to host the Canadian Bowl. 

One of the major pieces in their offensive attack in the last three years has been the play of running back LJ Dyer. Now entering his fourth season, Dyer will no doubt carry an even larger load on the ground. 

The strength of his game is his patience.  He has the ability to take a handoff and take that extra second to scan his running route before hitting a hole.  He has shown that throughout his career including last year as the only running back in the Ontario Conference to reach the 1000-yard plateau, rushing for 1158 yards on 136 carries and scored nine touchdowns. 

He wants to do even more this year setting some personal goals of more explosive runs.  

Dyer not only can carry the rock to over 1000 yards, but he is also a very potent kick returner. As a matter of fact, his most memorable play of his CJFL career to date is a 105-yard kick return for a touchdown against the Ottawa Sooners in the season opener of his sophomore campaign.

As he reflects on the first three years of his career, the game that really stands out is the Conference final in 2021 when the Beefeaters were losing at St. Clair by 14 with time winding down.  The Beefs pulled off 15 points in the final two minutes to shock everyone to win the championship and move on to host the national title game.  It was one of the most incredible comebacks in CJFL history and one Dyer will never forget. 

Now entering his fourth year the Canadian Bowl is back in Ontario and Dyer is hoping to get another crack at it come this November.  The Beefeaters open their season on August 17th when they host the Saints in a rematch of last year’s Conference championship game. 

LJ Dyer is a CJFL Player to Watch in 2024!

 

CJFL National Signing Day

By Ryan Watters 05/29/2024, 10:30pm PDT

June 1, 2024 players can officially sign with a CJFL team

For some Saturday June 1st is the biggest day of their young lives, as the CJFL presents its National Signing Day.

The day is earmarked every year on June 1st, the day in which players can finally sign with a CJFL club.  When a player signs they are essentially signing for their entire junior football career as the player then becomes the property of that team.  

So many considerations are made before signing with a CJFL club; location, team support, roster depth, coaching staff, scholarship program, etc all weighs in on a player’s decision.

National Signing Day is not only exciting for the players, but the coaches as well.   Their ideas, hopes and hard work will finally come to fruition as they start to fill their roster spots.

Following National Signing Day coaches can continue to recruit and sign a player immediately if they are a good fit for their team.  That said the bulk of the players ready to play in the CJFL will sign on Saturday.

Once players sign on the dotted line, coaches can begin developing their schemes and systems around their potential starters.  They can also begin preparing for their Main Camp along with Week 1 of the regular season.

All three Conferences and 19 CJFL teams will participate on June 1st, signing players to their 2024 roster.

Fans can keep up to date with CJFL National Signing Day on social media with #CJFLSigningDay as teams will be posting once a player signs.
 

The Immovable Object

By Ryan Watters 05/21/2024, 9:30am PDT

All Jaden Caston does is win with the St. Clair Saints

The St. Clair Saints have won back-to-back Ontario Conference titles and are poised for a three-peat when they open the season in August.

A big reason for their success as of late is due to their offensive line giving their quarterback time to throw and blowing up gigantic holes for their running backs to gobble up yards.   

This line has been led by two-time All-Canadian Jaden Caston and he returns for his senior season.  His biggest strength throughout his football career has been passing blocking as his 6’3, 360-pound frame can hold off would-be pass rushers.

He is looking forward to another season and has a personal goal of achieving his third straight All-Canadian ring.

He has been a mainstay on the offensive line, but believe it or not his favourite play of his CJFL career came back in his rookie campaign when he hopped over to the defensive side.  It was during the Conference championship game and he recorded a sack.

Over the course of his CJFL career he has played in some very big games, however last year’s Conference final sticks out in his mind.  The Saints won that game and became back-to-back champs in Ontario. 

The Saints will open the season on August 17th when they travel to face the London Beefeaters in a rematch of the 2023 Ontario Conference championship game. 

Jaden Caston is a CJFL Player to Watch in 2024.