CJFL 2022 (Canadian Junior Football League)

So the Okanagan Sun are into the Canadian Bowl title game.

Today, we get to see who there opponent will be:

#2 Saskatoon Hilltops @ #1 Regina Thunder - Sunday October 30, 1:00pm | WATCH HERE

Sunday afternoon a pair of familiar foes will battle for the third time this year with stakes much higher than in the regular season.

The top seeded Regina Thunder will host the second seeded and the defending Conference champion Saskatoon Hilltops in the Prairie Conference title game. The winner then gets to host the 2022 Canadian Bowl on November 12th and play for junior football supremacy.

It’s the second time in franchise history that the Thunder will host this game. Last season was the first time and the Hilltops came into Regina and beat them 29-9 completely dominating the previously undefeated Thunder.

This marks the ninth time since 2000 that these two franchises will meet in a playoff game, the Hilltops winning the previous eight. The only Thunder victory came in the Conference title game in 2013 when they won 21-16 and went onto host and win the Canadian Bowl.

During this past regular season, the Thunder won both match-ups in consecutive weekends and is one of the reasons why they have homefield advantage. On September 10th they claimed a 29-21 overtime win in Saskatoon with an extremely exciting and wild finish. Then seven days later won 23-7 holding the Toppers to one rushing touchdown and forced three interceptions.

Sunday’s championship game is expected to be another hard fought, physical, exciting game and will no doubt come down the wire at Mosaic Stadium.

In order to play in this championship both teams had to win their semi-finals last weekend. The Thunder took down the Winnipeg Rifles 23-14 in the snow, rain and wind while the Hilltops came back to beat the Edmonton Huskies 20-15.

Head to Head (regular season)

Records: Hilltops 5-3 – Thunder 8-0
Points For: Hilltops 243 – Thunder 286
Points Allowed: Hilltops 129 – Thunder 130

Passing Leaders: Trey Reider – 63 of 95 for 756 yards and 7 touchdowns (Hilltops) – Carter Shewchuk – 157 of 250 for 2351 yards and 18 touchdowns (Thunder)

Rushing Leaders: Boston Davidsen – 149 carries for 1037 yards and 7 touchdowns (Hilltops) – Ryland Leichert – 124 carries for 724 yards and 4 touchdowns (Thunder)

Receiving Leaders: Boden Marley – 33 receptions for 349 yards and 1 touchdown (Hilltops) – Rylan Sokul – 44 receptions for 669 yards and 4 touchdowns (Thunder)

Leading Tacklers: Matt Wist – 36 tackles (Hilltops) – Stephen Smith – 29 tackles (Thunder)

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Regina wins today to move on to the Canadian Bowl against Okanagan.

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should be a good game. okanagan sun are very strong. saw them play this year.

Yeah, both went undefeated, I believe. The PFC is always tough, though.

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Looks like the 2 best junior teams in the country playing each other for the Championship. Always great when that happens. :+1:t2:

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Cory Philpot leaving the Langley Rams for a recruiting gig at SFU. I wonder if there are any other former CFLers in the area who might take his place. Former Stamp Keon Raymond is coaching up in Prince George.

Now that's football weather :blush:

Kind of an odd name for a community-service award, but good on the winner!

If only TSN had a Don Cherry type character (minus the xenophobic baggage) who would shout out these types of stories during CFL halftimes.

I count three sons of former CFLers on this list--Grigg, O'Shea, Raymond. Can anyone else find more?

Second-team All Canadians:

Offensive Line
Carson Lethbridge – Edmonton Huskies (second consecutive season)
Jaden Caston – St. Clair Saints
Will St. Hubert – Prince George Kodiaks
David Legg – London Beefeaters
Riley Schick – Regina Thunder

Receivers
Anthony Grigg – Hamilton Hurricanes - 34 receptions for 578 yards and 6 touchdowns

Colton Meikle – Kamloops Broncos – 43 receptions for 853 yards and 7 touchdowns

Mike O’Shea – Okanagan Sun – 28 receptions for 483 yards and 8 touchdowns

Isaiah Woodley – Regina Thunder – 34 receptions for 593 yards and 5 touchdowns

Running Backs
Jevan Garwood – Okanagan Sun – 115 carries for 920 yards and 9 touchdowns

Reece Wyke – Valley Huskers – 200 carries for 1095 yards and 8 touchdowns

Quarterback
Carter Shewchuk – Regina Thunder – 157 of 250 for 2351 yards, 18 touchdowns, completed 63% of his passes

Punter
AJ Williamson – London Beefeaters - 49 punts, 33.6 yards average, 4 singles

Place Kicker
Simon Hales – Westshore Rebels – 12 of 15 field goals

Defensive Line
Mikhail Biggs – Edmonton Huskies – 22 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 1 knockdown

Tynan Braymiller – St. Clair Saints - 12 tackles, 6 assists, 3.5 sacks, 2 blocked kicks, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, with 1 for a touchdown

Richard Graham – Ottawa Sooners- 24 tackles, 5 assists, 2.5 sacks, 1 blocked kick, 1 knockdown, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions both returned for touchdowns

Romareo Reid – Okanagan Sun – 12.5 sacks, 10 tackles, 1 fumble recovery

Linebackers
Shawn Charles – Ottawa Sooners- 21 tackles, 2 assists, 1.5 sacks, 2 blocked kicks, 2 forced fumble, 1 recovery for a touchdown, 1 interception

Peyton Ryder – Okanagan Sun – 36 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 knockdown, 1 fumble recovery, 9 assisted tackles

Stephen Smith – Regina Thunder – 29 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 knockdowns, 1 force fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception

Defensive Backs
Garrett Cape – Okanagan Sun – 19 tackles, 1 interception, 2 knockdowns, 1 fumble recovery for a touchdown

Adam King – Regina Thunder – 23 tackles, 2 knockdowns, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception

Keon Raymond Jr. – Prince George Kodiaks – 32 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 knockdowns, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception returned for a touchdown

Tanner Shaw – Edmonton Wildcats – 36 tackles, 1 blocked kick, 2 knockdowns, 1 forced fumble, 2 interceptions

Jordan Wright – London Beefeaters - 3 tackles, 4 assists, 4 interceptions, 4 knockdowns

Return Specialist
Caleb Akerley – Edmonton Huskies – 23 punt returns for 333 yards, 21 kick-off returns for 502 yards

Quite the performance and season for this young man. I wonder if he'll jump to USports in 2023.

This is disappointing news. Maybe a few years down the roadd the team will be able to afford a coach like Raymond, who doesn't necessarily live in PG year-round.

So far this offseason, the BCFC has lost two former CFLers who were coaches.