O’Shea (St. Pauls High School-Winnipeg) was more than a bit surprised he was named special teams player of the game in the Cullen Cup. Call him shocked as he was laughing post game “I had no yards”. While that was almost true (he actually had 3 punt returns for 29 yards), he did forget a pair of long returns that were called back on penalties, including one for a touchdown.
His lowest out-put of the season aside, O’Shea will be heavy on the St. Claire Saints scouting report when they look at his returns this season in addition to his receiving numbers.
Saturday afternoon at the Apple Bowl the Langley Rams defence was determined to lead the charge to an upset of the undefeated Okanagan Sun. The visitors had largely kept the explosive Sun offence in check through the first 29 and a half minutes.
With less than thirty seconds to play in the opening half the and trailing by a manageable 16-8 score, the Rams punted from deep in their end of the field to Bishop. After initially mishandling the punt Bishop (Rundle College-Calgary) out ran the Rams cover team 52 yards to the end zone, giving his club a 23-8 advantage that certainly deflated the Ram heading to the third quarter.
Bishop finished with 5 returns for 82 yards on the day, none bigger than that back breaker.
Rundle College (Calgary) grad Kemarr Bishop was named the defensive player of the week, (9) earlier this season and adds a special team nod to his season with an electric night in the Sun road win in Prince George.
He helped keep the Sun on a short field many occasions thanks to 160 yards and a touchdown of 71 yards on 6 returns Saturday night.
K/P Langley Rams
The Langley Rams finished the 2022 regular season on a high note with a 29-16 win over the Prince George Kodiaks.
Rams kicker Tato Ferreyro (Pitt Meadows Secondary) had a solid afternoon setting his club up for the win with 2 punts for 67 yards and 322 kick-off yards on 6 boots. He was perfect when it came to scoring points going 3 of 3 on converts and 2 of 2 on field goals (27 & 32 yards).
The Rams have the last week of the season off before travelling to the Okanagan for a semi-final game.
Kicker Westshore Rebels
Simon Hales kicks his way to special teams player of the week honours for the third time this season as he helped the Rebels dominate on the road in a 47-28 win over the VI Raiders.
The Belmont Secondary (Victoria) grad was perfect on 6 convert attempts, went 1 for 1 in field goals as well as averaging 40.1 yards on 7 kick offs and 31.8 yards on 8 punts.
Hales leads the BCFC in scoring through 10 weeks
Evan Guizzo-Kamloops Broncos
Valley View Secondary grad (Kamloops) Evan Guizzo is a leader of the Kamloops Broncos special teams when not catching passes on the offensive side of the ball. He led by example as always with 4 special teams tackles in the Broncos 47-17 win over the Prince George Kodiaks Saturday night.
The Broncos are fighting for a play-off spot with 3 games to go and will be looking for more efforts like this from Guizzo as he wraps up his 5th and final season of junior football in 2022.
Belmont Secondary (Victoria) grad Simon Hales has back to back special teams player of the week after a perfect night for the Rebels this past weekend.
4/4 converts, he connected on his lone field goal attempt and added 9 punts for a 31.6 yard average in his club’s hard fought, tight loss to the Sun. If these teams meet in the play-offs the kicking game will be critical and the Rebels are in good shape with Hales.
Belmont Secondary (Victoria) grad Simon Hales was busy in his club’s win in Kamloops Saturday night. He offered up 8 punts (31.4 AVG), 5 kick-offs (48.6 AVG) and was perfect when it came to the uprights going 4 of 4 on converts and connecting on his lone field goal attempt of 39 yards.
Special teams titling the balance as they do…Hales exploits made all the difference on the night for the Rebels.
For the 3rd straight week Mike O’Shea (St. Paul’s High School-Winnipeg) returned a punt for a touchdown (53 yarder) and for the third straight week he is the BC Lions BCFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
In the Sun’s 35-0 win over the Prince George Kodiaks O’Shea racked up 196 punt return yards on 7 returns. Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea was at the Apple Bowl to see junior’s stellar effort.
Mike O’Shea (St. Pauls-Winnipeg) is the special teams player of the week for the second consecutive week after taking a punt to the end zone for (for the second straight week), this time it was an 82 yard score. Overall the son of Blue Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea had 151 yards on 5 returns and leads the conference with 382 yards and an 18.3 yard average on the season.
O’Shea had a stellar night receiving as well with 6 catches for 84 yards and another TD.
Mike O’Shea (St. Paul’s High School-Winnipeg) is a key figure when it comes to moving the ball for the Okanagan Sun, both receiving and special teams.
Timing was everything this past Saturday night when his club clashed with the Westshore Rebels in a battle of undefeated teams. With the Sun down 2-0 early in the 1st quarter and momentum on the side of the visiting Rebels, O’Shea flipped the switch with a 75 yard punt return to give his team a lead it would not relinquish.
He would finish with 136 special team yards on the night, mainly on the strength of 5 punt returns for 132 yards. He added another 58 yards a touchdown receiving.
Gerren Hardisty (Belmont Secondary) got his second kick return touchdown in two days and it came at a key time in the Rebels 45-10 victory over the island rival VI Raiders Saturday night.
The Raiders had kicked a field goal to narrow the gap to 10-3 with about 10 minutes to play in the second quarter and the speedster took the ensuing kick-off 90 yards for a TD. The Rebels never looked back…
Hardisty overall had 2 returns for 122 yards and also had a strong night in the Rebels backfield with 86 yards on 15 carries.
For the second week in a row a Huskers player takes home Special Teams Player of the Week
Rolack takes the nod for week 2 on the strength of 3 kick returns for 68 yards and 6 punt returns for 101 yards and a touchdown. His punt return TD came at a critical time for his club as the Huskers were building on momentum and looking to come back against the Westshore Rebels. The visiting Huskers ultimately came up short but Rolack served notice to opponents he will be a gamer for his club this season.
The Valley Huskers proved to be the most inhospitable of hosts as they throttled the expansion Prince George Kodiaks 31-5 Saturday night in Chilliwack.
Kick returner Dylan Manocha helped Husker special teams keep the field tilted in his club’s favour with 5 punt returns for 85 yards & 2 kick returns for 63 yards.