Monthly Archives: November 2014

Huskies Honoured

University of Saskatchewan safety Mark Ingram and head coach Brian Towriss were honoured by the Canada West Thursday with football major awards.

Ingram, a fifth-year from Imperial, Sask., was named the Canada West Defensive Player of the Year, while Towriss, in his 31st year as head coach, was named Canada West Coach of the Year for the ninth time in his career.
Helping the No. 8 ranked Huskies to a 6-2 record and a home playoff date for the first time in four seasons, the Agriculture and Bioresources student finished 2014 with 48.5 tackles (42 solo, 13 assisted), one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, four breakups and six interceptions. His totals put him third in the conference in tackles and first in interceptions in both the conference and CIS. He was 15th in the tackles in the nation.

Final 2014 Toon-Town Communications CFL Power Rankings

Well as I have maintained all season the standings do not tell the whole story and that is true when it comes to the middle of the pack in the final ToonTown Communications CFL Power Rankings.

There are a number of pivotal questions that need to be answered but through the 20 week regular season here are the answers to question as to where each team ranks in the regular season.

Where does your team fit in? Check it out below:

9 – Ottawa REDBLACKS (2-16) LW: 23-5 loss at Toronto – Last Ranking #9 (11 weeks)

Well the Ottawa team was supposed to be a lot better than 2-wins. However, some questionable decisions at quarterback and a lack of depth at receiver leave a lot to be desired in the nation’s capital. The REDBLACKS have a lot of work to do in the off-season both in terms of scheme and personnel and it should be an interesting winter in the nation’s capital.

CFL Awards Finalists Announced

Toronto Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray and BC Lions linebacker Solomon Elimimian will square off once more this season, but this time it will happen off the field.

The Canadian Football League announced today that the two players have been voted as the Most Outstanding Players in their respective divisions. The winner will be announced at the CFL Awards show on Thursday, November 27 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, British Columbia as part of the 102nd Grey Cup festivities.

The Most Outstanding Player awards, which include six categories, are voted on by 68 voters from the Football Reporters of Canada and head coaches from across the league.

Here are all of this year’s Most Outstanding Player nominees: 

Three Huskies Get The Nod

A trio University of Saskatchewan Huskie fifth-year football players have been honoured for their seasons by being named Canada West All-Stars Wednesday.

Wide receiver Kit Hillis, punter Denton Kolodzinski and safety Mark Ingram were each given the nod. It is the second straight all-star selection for Ingram, the second in three seasons for Hillis and the first for Kolodzinski.

Hillis tallied 470 yards on 33 receptions with three touchdowns in 2014. He finishes his Huskie career as the programs all-time receptions leader with 140.

Five Riders Named Western All-Stars

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are pleased to announce that five players have been chosen to the West Division All-Star team. Two players from the Green and White were selected to the West offence while three were selected to the West defence. The West Division All-Stars were selected by the voting members from the West Division markets, the West Division head coaches and the National Chapter.

ROB BAGG (WR): 2014 marked Bagg’s seventh CFL season after joining the team as a free agent prior to 2008. The Queen’s University product finished the regular season as the CFL’s leading Canadian receiver, also leading the Riders with 54 receptions for 803 yards, while adding three touchdowns. The 29-year-old Kingston, ON native picked up CFL player of the Month honours for August. This is Bagg’s first career Division All-Star nomination.

Hilltops Win 17th Title: COMPLETE Game Summary

For the fourth time in five years and the 17th time in franchise history the Saskatoon Hilltops are tops in Canada.

The Toppers won the 107th Canadian Bowl Saturday in Langley, British Columbia with a 39-14 victory over the host Rams.

Here is the complete game summary:

Saskatoon Hilltops at Langley Rams at McLeod Stadium, Langley, BC

Game Weather: Partly cloudy
Played Outdoor on Artificial Turf

Temp: 10 C Wind: From Southeast 5 km/h

Hilltops/Rams Set To Renew Hostilities In 2014 Canadian Bowl

For the second time in three seasons the Saskatoon Hilltops and the Langley Rams will meet in the Canadian Bowl for Junior Football supremacy.

The Rams are looking for their first national title while the Hilltops hope to win their 17th.

Saskatoon finished the regular season with a 6-and-2 record atop the Prairie Football Conference while the Rams were 7-and-3 in the regular season finishing second in the BCFC.

Saskatoon earned a berth into the Canadian Final with a 27-7 victory over the Calgary Colts while, Langley defeated the top ranked Okanagan Sun in the BC Final.

Hilltops Handed Hardware

Saskatoon Hilltops Running Back Wayndel Lewis was one of the Canadian Junior Football League’s major award winners on Friday night in Langley, B.C.

The Warman native was named the Outstanding offensive player of the year at the CJFL’s annual banquet of champions.

Unfortunately, due to injury Lewis will miss the Canadian Bowl on Saturday with the Rams.

I had a chance to catch up with Lewis shortly after picking up the award:

Huskies Can’t Herd Bisons

A fierce third quarter comeback propelled the University of Manitoba Bisons to a 47-39 win over the No. 8 University of Saskatchewan Huskies in a Canada West semifinal Friday night at Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park.

Jayden McKoy’s interception of Huskie quarterback Drew Burko for a 54-yard touchdown six minutes into the third quarter started to turn momentum in the Bisons favour with Manitoba trailing 37-18. Manitoba recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and turned it into a 32-yard Ryan Jones field goal.

McKoy made his presence felt on the next Huskie possession, blocking a Denton Kolodzinski punt. Jordan Linnen recovered the ball and returned it to cut the Huskie lead to two heading to the fourth quarter.

Manitoba would run a bit of trickery for the game winning score. Running back Kienan LaFrance took a direct snap and handed off to receiver Nic Demski. Demski eventually threw the ball to quarterback Jordan Yantz in the back of the end zone to put Manitoba ahead 47-39.

Saskatchewan’s last minute comeback came up one play short as the final pass of the game was deflected away in the Bison end zone

CJFL Names All-Canadians

PHOTO COURTESY (Steve Hiscock)

The Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) is proud to announce the Offensive Jostens/CFL All-Canadians for the 2014 season.

The PFC have seven players each named as Offensive All-Canadians to lead the CJFL.

In total there are 13 Offensive All-Canadians.

Offensive Line
Cliff Crews – Okanagan Sun
Ben Hodson – Saskatoon Hilltops
Terry Thesen – Saskatoon Hilltops
Michele Vecchio – Okanagan Sun
Braiden Watson – Winnipeg Rifles

Marshall Cook – Vancouver Island Raiders – 64 catches*, 1,084 yards* and 9 touchdowns
Kurt Goodrich – Winnipeg Rifles (second consecutive year) – 50 catches*, 723 yards and 6 touchdowns*
Brad Quartel – Edmonton Wildcats – 45 catches, 819 yards and 3 touchdowns
Derek Yachison – Kamloops Broncos – 49 catches, 765 yards and 5 touchdowns