Interested in Playing Junior Football?
Are you between 17 and 22 years of age and interested in playing football with the Winnipeg Rifles next season? Playing football in the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) provides the opportunity for young men aged 17 to 22 to participate in highly competitive post-high school football. A handful of standout players are typically signed directly to CFL rosters each season. Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) permits up to two years of play in leagues such as the CJFL before a player begins to lose eligibility for playing university ball. If interested, please send your inquiry and information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 WINNIPEG RIFLES TEAM AWARDS
The Winnipeg Rifles team banquet was held Tuesday, November 15 at St Norbert Hotel. The 2016 team award winners were handed out. This year's winners were: Hayden Nellis, Outstanding Defensive Lineman, K.J. Whittaker, Outstanding Offensive Lineman, Nathan Dickson, Outstanding Defensive Player, Brendan Naujoks, Outstanding Offensive Player and Special Teams Player, Justin Kwiatowski, Outstanding Rookie and Xander Tachinski for Outstanding Leadership. The 2016 Presidents Community Involvement Award went to Tony Jarrett.
#93 Defensive Lineman Justin Kwiatkowski
RIFLE PICKED FOR ROOKIE TEAM
Rifles Defensive Lineman #93 Justin Kwiatkowski has been named to the Canadian Junior Football League Prairie Conference Rookie All-Star Team. The former Dakota Lancer had seven tackles, seven assisted tackles and one sack in his rookie season.
TO FANS OF THE WINNIPEG RIFLES
Thank you for supporting the Winnipeg Rifles. Your support of the team has been outstanding and greatly appreciated. Though it wasn't a winning season we hope you still enjoyed watching these young men play football. On behalf of the Rifles players and organization - thank you for your support during the season. We hope to see you in 2017. Go Rifles!!
IMPACT PLAYER OF THE GAME
Winnipeg Rifles defensive back Brandan Gates was the Manitoba Lotteries Impact Player of the Game in the loss to the Edmonton Huskies October 9. Brandan had four tackles and one interception. He returned the interception 23 yards.
RIFLES LOSE FINAL GAME OF SEASON
The Winnipeg Rifles played their final game of the 2016 junior season at Charlie Krupp Stadium in Winnipeg’s north end but the new venue did not produce a win as the team lost to the Saskatoon Hilltops 44-14.
The Rifles started strong in the first quarter by quickly countering a Hilltop touchdown with a 44 yard scamper by running back Michael Ritchott to score. The final score did not reflect the play of both teams. The hitting was hard and there were a number of great plays on both sides.
Quarterback Jonathon Remple threw 33 times, completing 15, for a total of 152 yards. He had two interceptions. The quarterback from Morden also ran for an 11 yard touchdown.
The Rifles rushed for 129 yards with Michael Ritchott picking up 86 of those yards on 15 carries. Jonathon Remple carried eight times for 46 yards. The Rifles had 14 first downs and four turnovers on downs. Net offence for the Rifles was 292 yards.
Receiver Brendan Naujoks caught six passes for 63 yards while Zach Regert caught two passes for 26 yards.
Defensively, defensive back Nathan Dickson had an interception, two tackles and three assisted tackles. Linebacker Joshua Onyebuchi had five tackles and one assist. Defensive back Donavon Hillary had four tackles, two assisted tackles and two special team tackles. Defensive lineman Garrett Beardy had four tackles and one assisted tackle. Defensive lineman Hayden Nellis had an interception, one tackle and two assisted tackles.
Once again penalties were an issue for the Rifles as they were penalized 155 yards on 13 infractions.
This was the final game of the regular season for the Winnipeg Rifles. Next week the Prairie Football Conference of the CJFL begins its playoffs.
Message from Coach Wilson
There have been struggles along the way this season as the Rifles try to change the culture of the organization. The board and new coaching staff are committed to developing a program that will be national contenders on an annual basis. As a result, there have been significant changes within the football operations. Including, the hiring of a new coaching staff, improvements to the football facility and a mandatory off-season conditioning program at Elite Performance. To be a Rifle requires a serious commitment during the season and in the off season. The Rifles are the youngest team in the PFC. This made it tough for this season but the experience gained will serve the team well next year and beyond.
FINAL GAME OF RIFLE SEASON
EXPECTED TO BE “CHAOS AT KRUPP”
The Winnipeg Rifles players and organization would like to show appreciation to their fans by winning this Sunday against their arch rival Saskatoon Hilltops when the team comes to the 'Peg for the Rifles' final game of the Canadian Junior Football League 2016 season.
The Rifles are proud of the remarkable fan support the team has received during the season. "Chaos at Krupp”—to be played at Charlie Krupp Stadium--will be an exciting event as the Rifles are fired up to end the season on a winning note. As a team, they want fifth year players Tim Dimiduk and Zach Regert to end their Rifles career with a victory. As well, all those attending the game will have a great time with the intimate feel of the stadium, the specialty food trucks, the Rifles cheerleaders and lots more.
Charlie Krupp Stadium - Home of the North Winnipeg Nomads Football Club is located at 581 McPhillips Street across from McPhillips Street Station Casino. For parking, enter through the North Centennial Community Center parking lot at 90 Sinclair Street. Enter via the back entrance of Charlie Krupp Field. Alternatively, fans can park at the casino. There is a limited amount of handicap stalls in the lot off McPhillips.
Individual game day tickets are available at https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/bombers/EN/buy/details/16rfg04 or at the gate. Gates open at 11 am, Sunday, October 16. Game time is 1 pm. Rifles fans are reminded if they can’t make the game, they can still catch the action online at http://www.youtube.com/user/RiflesFootball/live
RIFLES LOSE TO HUSKIES IN BLUSTERY WEATHER
The Winnipeg Rifles' lost to the Huskies on a very winter like night in Edmonton by a score of 47-15.
Scoring both touchdowns for the Rifles was Dallas Opiola. Total net offence for the Rifles was 234 yards.
Quarterbacks Jonathon Remple and Sebastian Bell completed 10 of 22 passes for 121 yards. The two quarterbacks threw 31 times, completing 19 for 203 yards. Top rusher was Khelyn Kull, who carried the ball 15 times for 61 yards. Blair Mattes, carried seven times for 29 yards. Wide receiver Brendan Naujoks caught five passes for 75 yards. His longest catch was 30 yards. Cole Chowen made two catches for 12 yards.
The Huskies had 209 yards via the run and 236 yards through the air. Edmonton’s net offence was 406 yards. Top tackler for the Rifles was linebacker Donavon Hillary with seven tackles and one assist. Defensive lineman Garrett Beardy had six tackles, defensive back Nathan Dickson five tackles. Defensive back Brandon Gates had four tackles and one interception while defensive lineman Justin Kwiatowski had two tackles - one of those tackles a sack. Defensive lineman Nellis Hayden also had a sack.
The Rifles had 13 penalties for a total of 93 yards. The team fumbled the ball five times losing possession on four.
The big game of the season is October 16 in Winnipeg when the Rifles arch rivals Saskatoon Hilltops will be in the city to play the final game of the regular season. Billed as the “Chaos at Krupp,” it will be played at Winnipeg’s Charlie Krupp Stadium home of the North Winnipeg Nomades
There have been struggles along the way this season as the Rifles try to change the culture of the organization. The board and new coaching staff are committed to developing a program that will be national contenders on an annual basis. As a result, there have been significant changes within football operations. The hiring of a new coaching staff, improvements to the football facility and mandatory off season conditioning programs at Elite Performance. To be a Rifle requires a serious commitment during the season and the off season. The Rifles are the youngest team in the PFC. This has made it a tough season but the experience the players have gained will serve the team well next year and seasons beyond.
Although The Rifles have not been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, chances are they will be on the outside looking in. The Rifles will treat their remaining two games vs the Edmonton Huskies and the Saskatoon Hilltops as our playoffs. The Rifles are fired up to end this season on a winning note. As a team, we want to send out fifth year players Tim Dimiduk and Zach Regert with victories. We hope to see all our fans at the Hilltops game on October 16.
CJFL FAN CHOICE FOR BEST PLAYER OF WEEK 10
With 51 per cent of the votes, Stefan Conway of the Winnipeg Rifles has been voted in as the #CJFL Fans Choice Top Performer of the Week. As well, Stefan was voted top defensive player for Week 10. Congrats Stefan! The Rifles visit the top ranked Calgary Colts this weekend
RIFLES LOSE TO COLTS IN CALGARY
The Winnipeg Rifles' struggles continued Sunday as they were crushed by the stampeding Calgary Colts -- losing 69-14 in Canadian Junior Football League action.
Scoring touchdowns for the Rifles were wide receivers Zach Regert and Cole Chowen. Total net offence for the Rifles was 282 yards. Most of that yardage was picked up in the second half when the Colts were assured of the victory. In the first half, the Rifles only had 31 yards net offence.
Quarterback Jonathon Remple threw 31 times, completing 19 for 203 yards. Top rusher was Remple, who carried the ball six times for 36 yards. Michael Ritchott carried five times for 10 yards. Wide receiver Zach Regert had a strong game, catching six passes for 127 yards. His longest catch was 46 yards. Alexander Tachinski made four catches for 29 yards. Cole Chowen had two catches for 27 yards.
It was a long afternoon for the defence as they gave up 337 yards via the run and 259 yards through the air. Calgary’s net offence was 563 yards. Top tackler for the Rifles was defensive back Nathan Dickson with six tackles and one assisted tackle. Defensive back Tegan Horton had five tackles while linbebacker Donavon Hillary and defensive back Michael Penner each had four tackles.
The Rifles had 13 penalties for a total of 103 yards. Calgary had 12 penalties for 100 yards.
With two games remaining in the season the Rifles are now officially out of the playoff hunt. Up next, the final road game of the season when the Rifles make their way to Edmonton to play the Huskies in a rematch of two weeks ago. However, the big game of the season is October 16 in Winnipeg when their arch rivals Saskatoon Hilltops will be in the city to play the final game of the regular season. Billed as the “Chaos at Krupp,” it will be played in Winnipeg’s Charlie Krupp Stadium in the city’s north end.
FORMER RIFLE - CIS SPECIAL TEAM PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Manitoba Bisons and former Winnipeg Rifles place kicker Brad Mikoluff has been named the CIS Special Teams Athlete of the Week following a perfect performance in his first university start.
The former Rifle hit all three of his field goal attempts in Saturday’s 38-17 comeback win over the eighth ranked Saskatchewan Huskies. He added three successful converts to finish with 12 points in the game.
RIFLES LOSE TO HUSKIES
The Winnipeg Rifles lost to the Edmonton Huskies 45-10 Saturday night at Investors Group Field.
The team started strong — going into halftime down by only one point at 8-7. However, penalties hurt the Rifles' chances of success, as they were penalized 198 yards on 18 infractions.
Scoring for the Rifles were wide receiver Alexander Tachinski with a 45 yard touchdown reception and Ian Lee with a field goal. Net offence for the Rifles was 268 yards.
Star running back Michael Ritchott did not play because of an injury and it showed, as the team gained only 60 yards on 23 carries. Blair Mattes was the major ball carrier, running 10 times for 25 yards.
The Huskies control of the home teams ground game forced the Rifles to go to the air, where quarterbacks Jamie Ybarra and Jonathon Remple threw 29 times, completing 16, for a total of 248 yards. Ybarra threw for the lone touchdown. In total, the two quarterbacks threw five interceptions.
Defensively, the Rifles secondary had a busy night. Defensive back Stefan Conway was all over the field, making seven tackles and knocking down two passes. Defensive back Andrew Ricard made five tackles while defensive back Nathan Dickson had four tackles and one sack. Linebacker Joshua Onyebuchi had three tackles and four assisted tackles
The Rifles have three games left in the season. Next Sunday, October 2nd, the team travels to Calgary to play the Colts.
RIFLES NOTCH WIN IN FIRST INTERCONFERENCE JUNIOR FOOTBALL ACTION
The Winnipeg Rifles were in Chilliwack, British Columbia Saturday to play the Valley Huskers and came away with a 35 - 0 win in Canadian Junior Football League inter-conference action.
The game made Canadian Junior Football League history as the two teams met for the first-ever regular season game between the Prairie Football Conference and the British Columbia Football Conference.
Poor weather conditions forced both teams to use the run, with the Rifles dominating. The Rifles had 425 yards in net offence, piling up 21 first downs, 380 rushing yards but only 56 passing yards.
Leading the way once again was Michael Ritchott with 225 yards on 22 carries. However, he wasn’t alone as Blair Mattes had 73 yards on 15 carries while Austin Klein had 76 yards on six carries.
The heavy rain caused issues for any type of aerial attack as quarterback Jamie Ybarra didn’t have much success through the air. Ybarra attempted 21 passes, completing seven for 52 yards. Top receiver was Kai Madsen with three catches for 24 yards.
Scoring touchdowns for the Rifles were Jonathon Remple with two, Michael Ritchott with one and Kai Madsen with one.
Defensively the Rifles played well, as they kept the Valley Huskers to a net offense of 110 yards. Top players were defensive back Stefan Conway with two tackles and one interception, Donavon Hillary with two quarterback sacks and Andrew Ricard with four tackles and two pass knockdowns.
The Rifles’ next game is September 24 at Investors Group Field when the Edmonton Huskies will be in town. It will be an important game as the Rifles will need to win to stay in the playoff hunt. Game time is 6 p.m. Individual game-day tickets are available at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster online. Fans are asked to enter through the Bomber store. Rifles fans are reminded if they can’t make the game, they can still catch all the action online at riflesfootball.com