Ahtahkakoop Titans and Creighton Kodiaks take the 2019 Ralph Pilz Trophies

It was a beautiful fall Saturday on October 19 for football. At noon, the Ahtahkakoop Titans and Senator Myles Venne Huskies (SMVS) from the Lac La Ronge Indian Band battled for the Tier 2 Championship and the Ralph Pilz Trophy.  This game was a hard hitting affair and was close at the first half with the Titans holding a 13 point lead. Jonah McKenzie and Virgil Bear led the Huskies with two touchdowns each. However, the Titans leader, Skyler Nayneecassum was the difference in the match scoring four touchdowns and helped the Ahtahkakoop team pull away in the second half. The final score was 60-33 for Ahtahkakoop. Each of these teams had a fantastic season.

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Ahtahkakoop #18 Skyler Nayneecassum 

 

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SMVS #18 Virgil Bear

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SMVS #94 Jonah McKenzie

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Senator Myles Venne – 2019 Finalists

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2019 Tier 2 Champions – Ahtahkakoop Titans

Later in the day, the Creighton Kodiaks and Cumberland House Islanders kicked off their championship Tier 1 game. The Cumberland House squad was looking for their third consecutive Ralph Pilz Trophy having been unbeaten in the last three seasons including defeating the Kodiaks in Cumberland House a few weeks earlier. 

The teams did not disappoint the fans that had gathered at the Max Clunie Field. League leading scorer, Kaydin Chaboyer opened the scoring with a touchdown and convert on Cumberland’s first possession. The Kodiaks responded with their leading scorer,, Blake Alexander with his own touchdown and convert, setting the tone for a close, hard fought game. At halftime, the teams were tied at 24 points each. In the third quarter, Bowen Stewart scored a touchdown for the Islanders and Blake Alexander responded once again with a touchdown as well, leaving the game tied after three quarters at 32. In the fourth quarter, the Cumberland House Islanders had the lead but also had a few players down with injury and had a short bench. The hero of the game for the Creighton Kodiaks was #85 Aidan Collard who tied the game with 3:49 remaining. With only 26 seconds left on the clock, Collard managed to get behind the Cumberland defense and caught a pass on a flee flicker type of play, scoring the game winning touchdown. Cumberland House were unable to respond as the clock ran out. Final score was Creighton 46 Cumberland House 38. This may have been the best game ever played for a northern championship.

 

Northern Saskatchewan Football is incredibly proud of all their teams. Looking forward to the provincial semi finals next Saturday, the Creighton Kodiaks will be hosting the Birch Hills Marauders. The Cumberland House Islanders will be travelling to Hafford to play the 2018 Provincial champions. We wish both teams safe travels and best of luck as they pursue a provincial championship.

 

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Cumberland House Islander #39 Kaydin Chaboyer

 

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Creighton Kodiak #85 Aidan Collard

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2019 Tier 1 Champions – Creighton Kodiaks

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2019 Northern Championship Teams Set

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Creighton Kodiaks – submitted by Brandy Smith

The Northern Saskatchewan Football championship teams have been set after the playoff week. In Tier 1 competition, the Sandy Bay T-Wolves travelled to Creighton to take on the Kodiaks. The Kodiaks jumped out to an early lead and never looked back throughout the game defeating the T-Wolves 44-20. In the other scheduled match, the Cumberland House Islanders were able to advance by default as the Pinehouse Lakers were unable to play. The Cumberland House Islanders are looking to complete their third consecutive perfect season by taking home the Ralph Pilz Trophy, although the Creighton Kodiaks have other plans. The game will be played at the Max Clunie Field on Saturday, October 19 at 3:00 PM.

 

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La Loche Lakers submitted by Keanu Janvier

In Tier 2 action, the Ahtahkakoop Titans maintained a perfect season defeating the Beauval Voyageurs by a score of 25-6. Meanwhile in La Loche, the Senator Myles Venne Huskies avenged two losses to the Lakers this season with a strong defense and play by Virgil Bear.  The Huskies defeated the Lakers 38-13. The Ralph Pilz Trophy for the Tier 2 game between Ahtahkakoop and Senator Myles Venne will be played at 12:00 noon on October 19 at the Max Clunie Field.

We anticipate a very large turnout to the games. Travel safely and we will see you in PA!

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Senator Myles Venne Huskies and La Loche Lakers submitted by Nolan Fontaine

 

 

 

 

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2019 Northern Football Playoffs Established

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La Loche Laker Keanu Janvier  

The fourth and final week of the regular season for Northern Saskatchewan Football (6-aside) has been completed. On Tuesday, October 1, the Senator Myles Venne Huskies hosted the La Loche Lakers. The Huskies started out quick scoring 30 points in the first quarter. La Loche never gave up on this game and continued to work hard throughout the match. Daylen Herman from La Loche scored five touchdowns including the tying score with 0:00 on the clock at the end of regulation. In overtime, a converted touchdown by La Loche and an interception sealed the come from behind victory for the Lakers. The final score was 66-58.

On October 2, double header Wednesday, the Ahtahkakoop Titans travelled to Beauval while the Creighton Kodiaks hosted the Pinehouse Lakers. In Beauval, Skylar Nayneecassum led the unbeaten Titans to victory with three touchdowns. The Titans won the game 40-15 over the Voyageurs. Meanwhile across the province, in Creighton, the hometown Kodiaks played a strong game over the Pinehouse Lakers winning by a score of 82-12.

On Thursday, October 3 on the final game of the regular season, the Cumberland House Islanders led by league scoring leader, Kaydin Chaboyer and a tight defense defeated the hometown Sandy Bay T-Wolves 45-7.

 

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Cumberland House Islander and Leading Scorer Kaydin Chaboyer

In 9 aside action, the Tisdale Tornadoes defeated the La Ronge Churchill Chargers by a score of 42-6.

Playoffs begin this week. On Tuesday, Ahtahkakoop will host Beauval. On Wednesday, La Loche will host their first ever playoff game, when Senator Myles Venne hope to avenge this weeks loss in their game at the Lac La Ronge Indian Band. On Thursday, Sandy Bay T-Wolves travel to Creighton to play the Kodiaks. The Pinehouse Lakers with a number of injuries have conceded their game against the Cumberland House Islanders.

The winners of each playoff game this week will advance to their respective championship game in Prince Albert on Saturday, October 19, 2019. Come on out to watch some great Northern Saskatchewan Football action.

 

 

 

 

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2019 Third Week Victories by SMVS, Cumberland, Ahtahkakoop and Sandy Bay

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SMVS Huskies celebrates their first ever victory with Beauval Voyageurs

 

The third for Northern Saskatchewan Football (6-aside) saw four exciting games played across the province. The first game of the week on September 24th, the Senator Myles Venne Huskies won their first ever game shutting out the hometown Beauval Voyageurs by a score of 43-0. Jonah McKenzie and Virgil Bear each led the Huskies with three touchdowns each.

On September 25, a double header of games was played by all teams that were 2-0 to start the season. In the first game, the Creighton Kodiaks travelled to Cumberland House. It was a close game throughout, with Blake Alexander scoring two touchdowns for the Kodiaks while Kaydin Chaboyer scored three to lead the hometown Cumberland House Islanders to a 34-28 victory. In the second game, the Ahtahkakoop Titans remained unbeaten with a 24-12 victory over La Loche in a game played under the lights in Prince Albert.

On September 25, the Pinehouse Lakers travelled to Sandy Bay to take on the T-Wolves. Indie Bear, Forest Bear and Thunder Bear each scored two touchdowns to lead the T-Wolves to a 48-12 victory.

In 9 aside action, the Nipawin Bears travelled to La Ronge to take on the Churchill Chargers and won the game by a score of 66-7.

Looking ahead into the fourth full week of action,  La Loche travels to SMVS on Tuesday. Wednesday’s double header will see Ahtahkakoop trying to remain undefeated travelling to Beauval and Pinehouse will be traveling to Creighton. The Thursday game will see Cumberland House trying to remain unbeaten travelling to Sandy bay.  Come on out to see some great Northern Saskatchewan Football.

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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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