2019 Opening Week Victories by Ahtahkakoop, La Loche, Creighton and Cumberland


Ball Carrier SMVS #94 Jonah McKenzie being pursued by

La Loche #4 Diontae Herman

Opening week for Northern Saskatchewan Football (6-aside) saw four exciting games played across the province. To kickoff the season on September 10th, the Ahtahkakoop Titans hosted the Beauval Voyageurs. In their very first game in the northern league game, both Skylar Nayneecasum and Matthew Arcand of the Titans excited the hometown fans with two touchdowns each to lead Ahtahkakoop over Beauval by a score of 32-12.

On September 11, a double header of games was played. For the first time ever, the Creighton Kodiaks travelled to the community of Pinehouse to take on the Lakers. The offense of the Kodiaks overpowered the Lakers with three touchdowns by Austin McLean and a pair each from Aiden Collard and Evan Madarash. The final score was Creighton 67-12 over Pinehouse. Later in the day, the Sandy Bay T-Wolves, after a delay caused by a flat tire enroute to Cumberland House, took on the defending champion Islanders. The Islanders did not disappoint their fans scoring three touchdowns, one each by Bowen Stewart, Jesse McKay and Percy McKenzie to lead Cumberland House over Sandy Bay 32-12.

On September 12, the La Loche Lakers travelled to the Lac La Ronge Indian Band to take on the Senator Myles Venne Huskies. This was a close match throughout the game. Gino Clarke led the La Loche squad with three touchdowns and this was matched by Senator’s Jonah McKenzie. Going down to the final whistle, the La Loche Lakers won their first game ever by a score of 38-32.

In 9 aside action, the Tisdale Tornadoes travelled to La Ronge to take on the Churchill Chargers. The Chargers have a young season but fought hard, with a major scored by Owen Bird. Tisdale defeated La Ronge by a score of 40-8.

Looking ahead into the second full week of action, Beauval travels to La Loche on Tuesday. Wednesday’s double header will see Ahtahkakoop trying to remain undefeated hosting SMVS and Creighton wanting to go 2-0 when they host Sandy Bay. On Thursday, Cumberland House travels to Pinehouse. Friday’s 9 aside game will see Melfort travel to la Ronge. Come on out to see some great Northern Saskatchewan Football.

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Northern Teams at Provincials

On Saturday, October 27, 2018 the two top northern football teams participated in the 2A-  6 aside provincials. Cumberland House, having won the Ralph Pilz Trophy the previous week, were the first seed in the northern conference and had the honour of hosting the Hague Panthers. Sandy Bay- T-Wolves, being second place travelled to Wakaw to take on the Warriors.

At least two inches of snow had fallen in Cumberland House prior to the game and made for a muddy field. Hague scored on their first possession, and maintained the lead the rest of the game, although the Islanders adjusted their defence. Scoring for Cumberland House was Drake Carriere, who ran the ball the length of the field on a fake punt.  For the entire game, the officials on the field were impressed by the level of sportsmanship from the players. Not one unnecessary roughness or objectional conduct penalty was assessed to either team. Players played hard, yet helped one another get back on their feet, praising the efforts of the opponents. It was great to see and a fantastic muddy picture of both teams was taken after the final whistle. The final score in the game was Hague 32- Cumberland 8.

Hague and Cumberland

Hague Panthers and Cumberland House Islanders

Great sportsmanship on the field and after the game

Sandy Bay T-Wolves caught a 5:00 AM bus from their hometown and endured winter weather conditions for about half their trip to Wakaw. The Warriors were first place in their respective provincial conference. At quarterback for the T-Wolves, Raddick Maguire was able to throw two touchdowns during the game, one to Gaston McDonald and another to Cory Spencer. Sandy Bay coach, Robin Stewart said the game was a learning experience for his players as the fell to defeat by a final score of 50-12.

Both teams can hold their heads high in their provincial games. We believe that all northern players are winners by playing football and can take the lessons learned in the sport to have good things come their way throughout their lives. Thanks to everyone who supported us all season long.

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Cumberland House Wins Back to Back Ralph Pilz Trophies as Northern Champs

The Cumberland House Islanders completed a perfect season with a victory over the Sandy Bay T- Wolves on Saturday, October 20th. The first half of the game was a close affair with Drake Carriere of the Islanders,  opening the scoring with a long touchdown run in the first quarter. He added another before Gaston McDonald of the T-Wolves made a fantastic touchdown catch to make the score 16-8 at half time for Cumberland.


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Kayden Chaboyer #39 running for one of his three Cumberland touchdowns in the second half.

The second half started with a kickoff return for a touchdown by Zaine Fiddler to add to the Cumberland lead. Kayden Chaboyer opened up the game with three consecutive touchdowns in the second half while Cory Spencer responded with a touchdown of his own for the T-Wolves. The final score of the game was 44-14 for Cumberland House.


Thanks to the over 200 fans from all over northern Saskatchewan who made their way to the game, especially those from Cumberland House and Sandy Bay. Officials who worked the game could not believe the number of fans, their respectful enthusiasm and support they gave for all players on the field. We are grateful to have the best football fans in Saskatchewan!

Looking forward to provincials next week, on Saturday, October 27, Cumberland House will be hosting the Hague Panthers while the Sandy Bay T-Wolves will be travelling to Wakaw to take on the Warriors. Good luck to both teams as they represent northern Saskatchewan!

Have a great week!


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Northern Championship Final- Sandy Bay vs. Cumberland House- October 20, 2018

2018 Championship Game 1

If the Northern Football Championship between the Sandy Bay T-Wolves and Cumberland House Islanders is anything like the regular season game, fans from both communities can look forward to an exciting hard fought and close game. Cumberland House defeated Sandy Bay by a score of 34-28, however this final game may be one of the most exciting competitions for the coveted Ralph Pilz Trophy.  Many fans from each community will be in attendance at the Max Clunie Field next Saturday, October 20, 2018.

2018 Championship Game 2

This game will be the first ever appearance for Sandy Bay who have narrowly missed the final game in each of the last two seasons. The Cumberland House Islanders, on the other hand are looking to repeat and take home their third ever Ralph Pilz Trophy. Each team will represent northern Saskatchewan in the provincials, with the winner of this game hosting their provincial game while the loser travels to their provincial game. Best of luck to both teams and we will see you at the Max Clunie Field next Saturday.


Correction: With the late submission of the score sheet from the Pinehouse at Creighton  game, the scoring leader for the season was Seth Sanderson, rather than Cory Spencer from Sandy Bay.

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Regular Season Wraps up After Fifth Week of Action


Creighton Kodiaks Noah Dickens #15 after a convincing win over Beauval

The final week of Northern Saskatchewan Football had several lop sided games as teams played their entire rosters either in preparation for the coming season or in the case of Sandy Bay and Cumberland House, for the upcoming championship game.

Kicking off the week on October 3,  in a chilly Beauval, the visiting Creighton Kodiaks shutout the hometown Voyageurs by a score of 64-0. Blake Alexander led the way in scoring with a couple touchdowns and kicking several converts. Noah Dickens added a touchdown himself, as the Kodiaks finished the season in third place and out of the playoffs.

Later in the evening, Sandy Bay T-Wolves played the La Loche Lakers at the Max Clunie Field in Prince Albert. Sandy Bay played their entire roster, including a first ever touchdown for Logan Morin. Cory Spencer added another touchdown for the T-Wolves and finished the season as the leading score of the northern conference. Gino Clarke had been given clearance earlier in the week to play his first ever football game and scored a touchdown himself for the La Loche Lakers. The final score was 76-7 for Sandy Bay.

The final 6-aside game of the season was played on October 4, in Cumberland House. The defending champion Islanders were looking for a 5-0 season. The Islanders were convincing in front of the many hometown fans as they defeated the Pinehouse Lakers 75-0. Islander, Dwayne McKenzie kicked a record 9 converts on all Cumberland touchdowns in that game.

In 9-aside action, the Nipawin Bears shutout the La Ronge Churchill Chargers by a score of 25-0.

Looking ahead, the Northern Saskatchewan Football championship game will be on October 20, 2018 at the Max Clunie Field. The Cumberland House Islanders are looking to repeat as the Ralph Pilz Trophy winners. The Sandy Bay T-Wolves, in their first ever appearance in the championship game, are determined to take the trophy back to their community. More details on the upcoming game in the next post. In 9-aside action this week, the La Ronge Churchill Chargers are travelling to Melfort to play on Friday.

Have a great week.

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Week Four Cold Weather Games and Playoffs Determined


Beauval Voyageur #81 Kolby Bouvier running the ball against the snow and Sandy Bay.

Week four was cold, but at the end of the week the results of the games determined the playoffs for the season. Congratulations to the Cumberland House Islanders (4-0) and Sandy Bay T-Wolves (3-1) for placing 1st and 2nd in 6 aside Northern Saskatchewan Football. Regardless of the outcome in week 5 games, these two teams will finish in the top two positions and play each other at the Max Clunie Field for the Ralph Pilz Trophy on October 20, 2018.

The first game of the week was on Tuesday, September 25 at the Max Clunie Field in Prince Albert. The defending champion Cumberland House Islanders defeated the La Loche Lakers by a score of 100-0.  Peter Laliberte, Percy McKay, and Jesse McKay each score their first ever touchdowns for the Islanders. A big hats off to the Lakers who have kept their heads up all season and had fun learning the game. Comprised of mostly grade nine and ten players, they will be a team to watch in the coming years.

The double header on Thursday, September 27 saw the Beauval Voyageurs travel to a snowy Sandy Bay while the Pinehouse Lakers traveled to Creighton to play the Kodiaks. Each game was a one sided affair. Raddick Maguire scored three touchdowns again for the second consecutive game to lead the T-Wolves to a 61-0 victory. Over in Creighton, the hometown Kodiaks defeated the Lakers by a score of 61-18. The results of these two games resulted in the second place seed for the T-Wolves.

In 9-aside action, the La Ronge Churchill Chargers welcomed the Humboldt Mohawks with a pregame dedication to the victims of the April, Bronco bus accident. In the fourth quarter, the Mohawks pulled away from the Chargers by a score 0f 37-19.

Looking ahead in the fifth and final week of 6 aside football, Sandy Bay will be playing La Loche in Prince Albert. Creighton will travel to Beauval while Pinehouse will be going to Cumberland House. This weak will be an opportunity for teams to focus on the future, either the championship game or for playing in the coming season. In 9 aside action, La Ronge travels to Nipawin. Have fun out there and safe travels.




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One undefeated team after week 3.


Sandy Bay T-Wolves #55 Raddick Maguire scores three TDs in Third Quarter

Week 3 of northern Saskatchewan football is in the books with one team, the defending champion Cumberland House Islanders remaining unbeaten.

On Tuesday, September 18 the Beauval Voyageurs won their first game of the season by a score of 59-12 over La Loche.  The Voyageurs, Hilliard Roy scored four touchdowns and Kolby Bouvier scored three. La Loche’s Nolan Fontaine and Daylen Herman each scored a touchdown for the Lakers.

On Thursday, September 20 a double header of football had Sandy Bay in Pinehouse and Cumberland House in Creighton. Each game was a nail biter as each team had the potential of being first place at the end of the day. In Pinehouse, the league scoring leader, Seth Sanderson had four touchdowns for the hometown Lakers. However, in the third quarter Sandy Bay’s Raddick Maguire scored three touchdowns in five minutes to put the T-Wolves ahead for good. Cory Spencer also had three touchdowns for the T-Wolves who hung on to a 38-32 victory for Sandy Bay over Pinehouse. In a Creighton, a defensive affair saw the visiting Cumberland House Islanders defeat the Kodiaks by a score of 16-12. Scoring for the Islanders was Zaine Fiddler with two touchdowns and Dwayne McKenzie with two kicking converts. Evan Madaresh scored a touchdown for Creighton and kicker Blake Alexander scored on a field goal, two point convert and a rouge. Cumberland House is the last remaining team to be unbeaten with a record of 3-0.

On Friday, September 21, in 9-aside action, the Nipawin Bears played the La Ronge Churchill Chargers. This game was also a defensive hard hitting game with the Bears coming out on top by a score of 14-13.

Looking ahead to week four of northern football action, on Tuesday, September 25 Cumberland House is playing La Loche in Prince Albert at the Max Clunie Field. On Thursday, September 27 a double header will see Beauval at Sandy Bay while Pinehouse travels to Creighton. On Friday, September 28 the La Ronge Churchill Chargers will host Humboldt. Have a great week.

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Two Teams 2-0 after Second Week of Play


Pinehouse Lakers prepare before a cold and wet game.

With the completion of the second week of northern football, two teams remain with an unbeaten record, while Seth Sanderson continues to lead scoring amongst all players.

On Wednesday, September 12 the Pinehouse Lakers hosted the Beauval Voyageurs on a very cold and rainy day. The field was saturated with several inches of water accumulating on the field. Despite the circumstances, the 2017 leading scorer, Seth Sanderson scored six touchdowns to lead the home team to a 42-20 victory. Sanderson transferred from Cumberland House in the offseason and is the current scoring leader in northern football with his new team who are unbeaten this season.

Also on September 12, the Creighton Kodiaks played the La Loche Lakers under the lights at the Max Clunie Field in Prince Albert. The Kodiaks dominated play defeating the Lakers by a score of 72-0. The Kodiaks record improves to 1-1 for the season. Scoring statistics are pending submission.

On Thursday, September 13 the Sandy Bay T-Wolves were sporting new visiting jerseys for the their game against Cumberland House. Both teams were unbeaten in their first game so an unbeaten record was on the line.  The game was a nail biter for the hometown Cumberland fans who watched the game go back and forth, tied at the end of the first and third quarters. Two touchdowns by Keith Fiddler led the Islanders to a 34-28 victory. Cory Spencer scored three touchdowns for the Sandy Bay T- Wolves.

On Friday, September 14, in 9-aside action, the La Ronge Churchill Chargers travelled to Tisdale to take on the Tornadoes for a Friday Night Lights game. The Chargers led at halftime but some injuries made things difficult as the Tornados rallied for a 33-22 victory. Scoring statistics are pending submission.

Looking ahead for the third week of play, Beauval will travel to La Loche on Tuesday.  On Thurday, a double header of football will see Cumberland in Creighton and Sandy Bay will be in Pinehouse. In 9-aside action on Friday, Churchill will host Nipawin in La Ronge.

Have a great week!

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Exciting First Week of Season


Christian Lariviere, #22 Leads the Pinehouse Lakers over the La Loche Lakers

There was an exciting start to the Northern Saskatchewan Football season with four games being played last week.  Kicking off the season on Wednesday, September 5, the Pinehouse Lakers traveled to La Loche to play in the Laker Bowl. Leading the Pinehouse team was Seth Sanderson with three touchdowns and Christian Lariviere with two touchdowns as they defeated La Loche by a score of 64-0.

On Thursday, a double header was played. In the first game, the defending champion Cumberland House Islanders travelled to Beauval to take on the Voyageurs. Drake Carriere, Jesse McKay and Kaydin Chaboyer each scored two touchdowns and Dwayne McKenzie kicked six converts to lead the visiting Islanders to a convincing 54-0 win. Over in Sandy Bay the hometown T-Wolves defeated the visiting Creighton Kodiaks by a score of 38-12. The game sheet was unavailable at press time.

On Friday, the Melfort Comets made their very first trip to northern Saskatchewan in 9-aside action. The hometown La Ronge Churchill Chargers put up a great fight, holding the Melfort squad scoreless until the very last play of the first half. Melfort scored another touchdown in the second half while Justin McKerracher from La Ronge responded with the Chargers only score by returning a missed field goal the length of the field. The final score in this exciting game was 14-6 for Melfort.

In the second week of play, a double header will start the week on Wednesday with Creighton playing La Loche at the Max Clunie Field in Prince Albert. This game will be under the lights with a 7:00 PM kickoff. meanwhile, Beauval will be travelling to La Loche. On Thursday, Sandy Bay travels to Cumberland House in a game featuring two unbeaten teams. in 9-aside action, the La Ronge Churchill Chargers will travel to Tisdale to play a Friday Night Lights game. All the best and safe travels to all teams.


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Season VI of Northern Saskatchewan Football !



Retired Pinehouse Laker – Dray Tinker

This week the sixth season of Northern Saskatchewan Football begins!  New for the 2018 season is the return of the La Loche Lakers who are being coached by Greg Hatch. Welcome back Lakers! In fact they will be kicking off the season when they host the Pinehouse Lakers on Wednesday, September 5…. The Laker Bowl! This will be the first season that Pinehouse will be playing football without the Tinker brothers, Johnny or Dray but we know that their mom, Lori Hanson will be out to cheer on the team. We also regret to inform fans that the Senator Myles Venne Huskies are taking a year off this season. There are six teams that are playing six aside football.

The season will consist of a round robin schedule of five games. Each team will play two home games, while La Loche will play it’s three road games against Eastern Teams at the Max Clunie Field in Prince Albert. This is to help with alleviate the extensive travel and costs. The two top teams will play for the Ralph Pilz Trophy as the northern champions on Saturday,  October 20th in PA and represent the north in the SHSAA provincials. The 2017 champions, Cumberland House Islanders look to defend their title.

In 9- Aside Football the La Ronge Churchill Chargers will pay their second season in the SHSAA C1 division against Melfort, Tisdale, Humboldt and Nipawin.

Thanks to all the coaches, managers, volunteers, officials and parents for putting their heart into high school football. We strive to play a game that will make a difference in the lives of young people, their families and communities. Without you this would not be possible.

Northern Teams in 2018

La Loche Lakers
Beauval Voyageurs
Pinehouse Lakers
Sandy Bay T-Wolvex
Creighton Kodiaks
Cumberland House Islanders

La Ronge Churchill Chargers

Games this week:

6 Aside

Wednesday, September 5– Pinehouse Lakers at La Loche Lakers
Thursday, September 6– Creighton Kodiaks at Sandy Bay T-Wolves
Cumberland House Islanders at Beauval Voyageurs

9 Aside

Friday,September 7– Melfort at La Ronge Churchill Chargers

See you at the games!

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