Wildcats Head to Nanaimo for Showdown with Vancouver Island Raiders

With an National Junior Title on the line and redemption in their minds, the Edmonton Wildcats head into Nanaimo this weekend to settle a score going back to 2006 when they lost a heartbreaker in the dying seconds of the game in Nanaimo to the same Vancouver Island Raiders. The Wildcats have been waiting 3 years for this opportunity to show that they are indeed the best junior football team in the country.

Quarterback Andy Pilon and a handful of players that are still on this team from that time know what it will take to win this championship. They will be teaching the other players this week that this is the ultimate stage for junior football and to be prepared and ready to take on a tough opponent in the Raiders.

Both the offense and defense will need to be firing on all cylinders this weekend with special teams always playing a big part in the contest. Andy Pilon will be orchestrating the offense with his prime targets being Kevin Wuthrich, Mike Wojicki and Jerit Lambert all of which have had all-star seasons this year.

On defense all star Mike Podloski and Matt Lalande secure the linebacker position with Rory Connop and Gabriel David dominating on the line. All Star Safety Corbin Sharun will be anchoring the secondary with support from all star corners David Berg and Miguel Barker.

On special teams CJFL points leader Ben Hnidan will be called upon to have a solid kicking game this weekend with Jerit Lambert and David Berg, leaders in the PFC on punt and kickoff returns carrying the load on returns.

There were 2 Wildcats that took CJFL players of the week honors from the game in Ottawa. They are as follows:

Outstanding Offensive Player of the Game
Justin McEvoy – Running back – Edmonton Wildcats
Justin was the offensive workhorse on this day as the Wildcats defeated the Ottawa Sooners 31-3 to claim the Intergold Cup and a trip to the Canadian Bowl. He had 106 yards on 20 carries. His longest romp was 13 yards.

Outstanding Defensive Player of the Game
Matt Lalande – Linebacker – Edmonton Wildcats
Matt claimed the defensive honors as the Wildcats defeated the Ottawa Sooners 31-3 to claim the Intergold Cup and a trip to the Canadian Bowl. The veteran from Wetaskiwin recorded 17 defensive points on 5 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles and an interception.

All Edmonton Wildcat practices are at Rundle Park and the players take to the field at around 7:30 pm nightly.


Stuart Gibson
Edmonton Wildcats Media Coordinator
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