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Yantz and Morris Highlight Island Selections

Story and images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)

November 8, 2012, Victoria, BC – With the Canadian Bowl, the junior equivalent of the Grey Cup, to be played this weekend in Langley, six Island players, including Nanaimo’s Jordan Yantz and Victoria’s Greg Morris, have been named 2012 All-Canadians this week by the Canadian Junior Football League.

The Vancouver Island Raiders led the CJFL with three players named as Offensive All Canadians out of 14 players named from across Canada. Offensive lineman Tyler Oldendorf, receiver Whitman Tomusiak, and QB Jordan Yantz were all given honors for their outstanding play this season. Tomusiak would pull in 37 pass receptions; some of the acrobatic variety, for a Canadian best 919 yards, Tomusiak would also score 9 touchdowns.

QB Jordan Yantz, of the V.I. Raiders, should be in the running for this years most valuable player, as he broke both season, and all-time records for his total passing yards and touchdowns thrown in a season. Yantz would accrue 3243 yards in his career for the Raiders. – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

Yantz, in his final year of junior eligibility, would rewrite the CJFL record books his year for total passing yards in a career, career passing touchdowns and passing touchdowns in a single season (33). Yantz would also pass for a total 3243 yards on 175 completions to finish his dominate tenure with the Raiders. Defensive back Tremain Apperley would secure defensive recognition for his 13 tackles, 2 sacks, 1-batted ball, and 1 interception.

Raiders DB Tremain Apperley would be recognized his seasons defensive performance as the outstanding DB in the CJFL with 13 tackles, 2 sack, 1 batted ball, and 1 interception. – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

The Raiders season would come to an abrupt end with their 1st loss of the season to the Langley Rams 20-13 in the Cullen Cup west final last month in Naniamo.

The Westshore Rebels would also crack the podium with 2 of their own players named for 2012. The ever-explosive running back Greg Morris and punter Quinn Van Gylswyk would be nationally recognized for their outstanding play. Morris would set an All Canadian season best for yardage gained, running for 1527 yards total, 150 carries, and 14 touchdowns. Van Gylswyk would punt the ball 62 times on the season, amassing an incredible 2145 yards with a 34.6-yard average.

Running Back Greg Morris of the Westshore Rebels led the CJFL this season with 1527 yards ran on the season and was voted All Canadian – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

The Westshore Rebels fell short, on otherwise an impressive season run, loosing to the then surging Langley Rams 33-0 in the BCFC semi-finals. Both Westshore players and the Raiders Yantz were also summoned this season to a BC Lions training camp for evaluation as a testament to their football prowess.

V.I. Raiders Whitman Tomusiak, playing in his final year of eligibility, would receive honors from the CJFL for his Wide Receiver duties, amassing 919 yards caught on the year. – Erich Eichhorn image (

The Canadian Bowl will be played this Saturday, at McLeod Field in Langley, where the Langley Rams will play the Saskatoon Hilltops of the national title. Kick-off is at 1 pm PST.