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Posted by Jim Lightfoot at Sep 26, 2003 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
1999 saw an exciting change for the AFL. A new senior league, based in Winnipeg, enquired if the AFL would be interested in forming the Western Division of the new Canadian Senior Football League. The AFL Champion would travel to Winnipeg to meet the winner of the MFL in the Shrine Bowl National Championship game! The AFL readily agreed to this and the hunt was on for a berth in the Shrine Bowl! The Gators were heavily favored to repeat as champs, but the Wolfpack was equally determined to reclaim their AFL title! As expected, the Gators went undefeated again and gained a berth in the AFL final. The Wolfpack struggled through a 3-3 season, but behind the quarterbacking of former U of C Dino Darryl Leason, destroyed the Sooners in the Semi-Final to gain a berth against the Gators. The replay of the 1998 final was a hard fought game. The Wolfpack defense stepped up to the challenge and the Pack earned a 17-2 victory. The team was headed to Winnipeg!

Earlier in the summer, anticipating this possible trip, the Wolfpack had stepped up its fund raising efforts by holding a silent auction! This auction was an incredible success and allowed the Wolfpack to make the expensive journey to Winnipeg. On a chilly October 8th, the Wolfpack took the field against the Thunder Bay Storm. The Wolfpack charged out early to a huge half-time lead. The second half saw the Wolfpack get a little complacent and almost give the game away! Despite a furious 4th quarter Storm comeback, the Wolfpack hung on to claim a 36 - 27 victory. The 1999 National Championship was ours! Needless to say, the post game party and return trip to Calgary will be remembered for years to come!
Jon Kuiperij Sep 24, 2003 Apparently the Oakville Longhorns are human, after all. The Calgary Wolfpack provided the proof in Saturday's Canadian senior football championship contest, ending the Longhorns' 40-game winning streak with a 39-28 victory. Oakville's defence and running game, the club's staples for more than a decade, were generally ineffective against the Wolfpack, who entered the national final with a 10-0 record this season. Calgary quarterback Darryl Leason shredded the Longhorn secondary for 375 yards through the air, while Oakville's rushing trio of Derwin Phillips, Ray Skeete and Chad Kennedy were limited to a combined 81 yards on 17 carries. Oakville actually led the contest 17-9 midway through the second quarter but was then oustcored 30-4 over a 30-minute span. "Once you dig a hole for yourself, it's hard to get out. We're usually the ones filling those holes," said Longhorns head coach Pat McNerney. "This is a very difficult thing for myself and everyone else... it will take a lot to come back from this." Oakville veteran quarterback Mark Demerling, concluding his 21st season in the Northern Football Conference, struggled to complete 13 of 27 passes for 231 yards and two scores. He also had a pass picked off late in the first half, setting up a Calgary touchdown. "I put a lot of this on my shoulders for not having our offence put up more points," Demerling said. "They mixed up their coverages, they were able to effectively deal with our run game... we worked exceedingly hard but sometimes you've got to say the other guys did a good job." Slotback Theon James was the lone bright spot for the Longhorns offence, catching six balls for 150 yards and a pair of majors. The Wolfpack made no secret of their preference to throw the football, passing on their first 17 offensive plays and taking an early 9-3 lead on a 16-yard field goal and a 13-yard touchdown catch by Mike Leason. Oakville responded with a two-play drive for a touchdown, capped by James' 56-yard reception. The speedster caught Demerling's pass near midfield, eluded a couple of defenders and bolted to the end zone. Just over a minute later, the Longhorns tacked on another touchdown as Joe Pereira recovered a blocked punt in the end zone, giving Oakville a 17-9 lead. However, the Wolfpack responded with 16 unanswered points to end the half. After a Dana Segin field goal pulled the Longhorns to 25-20 early in the third quarter, Darryl Leason tossed touchdown passes to Terry Elridge and Hugues Audet to put the game away. James caught his second touchdown, a 45-yard effort, with less than four minutes remaining in the game. "We knew their pass defence was weak and their defensive backs were not up to the task of the receivers we had," Calgary coach Art Walker said. "We're not a running team. We have a QB who should be playing in the CFL so we pass and use the run just to keep them off guard." The game, held at Oshawa's Civic Fields, was sweet redemption for Leason and his teammates, who fell 54-46 to the Longhorns in last year's Canadian championship. "This year we knew we had to cut down our mistakes," said Leason, owner of three CIAU titles with the University of Regina Rams. "We still made some mistakes, but we had enough points on the board to hang on until the end. Our guys wanted it and they made the big plays when they had to." Leason, a former pivot with the Edmonton Eskimos and Winnipeg Blue Bombers, finished 35-for-57 with four TD passes and an interception. Mike Leason, Darryl's brother, caught 11 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns.
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Calgary Wolfpack Captures National Crown!

Posted by Jim Lightfoot at Sep 24, 2003 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
OSHAWA - September 20 The Calgary Wolfpack ended the Oakville Longhorns reign as Canadian Senior Football champions with a 39-28 victory in Oshawa, Ontario on Saturday night. Riding the arm of Darryl Leason, who completed 35 of 57 passes, the Calgary unit also ended Oakville's 40 game winning streak as well. Leason and the Calgary offence kept the ball for most of the first half as Darryl completed an amazing 25 of 40 passes that staked the Alberta squad to a 25-17 halftime lead. Darryl's brother Mike scored 2 touchdowns and caught 11 of those 35 passes. Other Calgary majors were scored by Jason Novakowski, Terry Eldridge and Hugues Audet. Stephen MacLean booted field goals of 16 and 31 yards and added 3 converts. For the Longhorns, who had downed the Wolfpack 41-0 in 2001 and 54-46 in 2002, N.F.C. Rookie of the Year Theon James led the way with 2 touchdowns while Joe Pereira recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a score. Dana Segin booted field goals of 23 and 43 yards and added 2 converts and Ray Skeete added a 2 point conversion. The ' Pack ended up with 413 yards of net offence compared with 299 for the 'Horns. Leason was named the offensive player of the contest. Oakville's Wayne Sliwinski, with 9 tackles, 3 tackles for losses was cited as the defensive player of the game and Calgary's Stephen MacLean, who went 2 for 3 on field goals and added 3 converts earned special teams player honours. 2004 will see the National Championship contested in Alberta.
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'Horns couldn't overcome adversity

Posted by Jim Lightfoot at Sep 24, 2003 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
Jon Kuiperij Sep 24, 2003 Adversity doesn't build character, it reveals it. This popular proverb, author unknown, probably sums up the Oakville Longhorns' loss Saturday night better than any box score or scoring summary. Owners of a 40-game winning streak going into the Canadian major football championship game, the Longhorns responded poorly to their first major taste of adversity in some time. The team's inability to deal with its hardship was a major factor in its 39-28 defeat at the hands of the Calgary Wolfpack. Although the Longhorns led the game 17-9 midway through the second quarter, you could almost sense a frustration that they weren't dominating the way they've become accustomed to, what with their 11 consecutive provincial titles and three national titles. And when Calgary exploded for 16 points in a four-minute span, you could feel the apprehension setting in on the Oakville sideline as players and coaches struggled with the concept of playing from behind. "For us, it had been 40 games. I guess you learn how to win, but you've got to learn how to lose too," Longhorns' veteran quarterback Mark Demerling said. Although Oakville narrowed the gap to five points with its opening drive of the third quarter, the wheels quickly fell off as an increasingly frustrated Longhorns offence had three two-and outs and a fumble on its next four possessions. Demerling was pulled briefly in favour of backup QB Steve Nott, Calgary added a pair of touchdowns and the infighting began in the Oakville ranks. "We play as a team," Calgary coach Art Walker said following the contest. "I noticed their guys were fighting with each other. We don't do that. We keep it up all the time." It was almost as if the 40-game win streak, an accomplishment every Longhorn seemed precisely aware of, became Oakville's main detriment. "Panic is a personal thing," said a reflective Demerling. "When you're in a situation like this, you ultimately see people's true characteristics. "I'd rather just not lose, period," he added when asked if the team's prolonged success ultimately set up its demise. "I think sometimes..." he said before pausing for several seconds. "I don't know how to answer that." The frustration boiled over in the final minutes, the game out of reach and the loss beginning to sink in. An Oakville receiver cursed out a photographer for being along the sidelines, the Longhorns took a foolish roughing-the-passer penalty and the berating of officials began in earnest. Not to paint the entire Oakville team with the same brush, several of the Longhorns -- Demerling and head coach Pat McNerney in particular -- took the loss in stride. "We hadn't really played a team like (Calgary and it made us) react a lot differently. It has happened before where we kind of fall apart, and we didn't regroup tonight," McNerney said. "We didn't establish the run, we're playing three-down football (Oakville plays four downs in the NFC)... we're at a disadvantage coming out here. Now the 40-gamer is over. Oakville has tasted defeat for the first time in years, and it obviously wasn't enjoyable. "Sure it stings, especially when you have a talented team like we do. Everyone has to lose sometime," McNerney said. "I'm sure these guys aren't going to feel pain like this ever again."
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Single Season Records

Posted by Jim Lightfoot at May 3, 2003 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

PASSING



STATISTIC

TOTAL

PLAYER

YEAR

Attempts

 512 

Darryl Leason

2009

Completions

300

Darryl Leason

2009

Completion %

68.4

Darryl Leason

2002

Yards

4339

Darryl Leason

2004

TD's

50

Darryl Leason

2006

INT's

18

Darryl Leason

2006

Sacks Allowed

9

Howard Gardener

Darryl Leason 

2000

2009

Sack Yards Lost

97 

Darryl Leason 

2009


RUSHING



STATISTIC

TOTAL

PLAYER

YEAR

Carries

212

Rod Bailey

2005

Yards

1577

Rod Bailey

2005

Yards/Carry (min 10)

15.0

Joe Degroot

2001

TD's

15

Rod Bailey

2005

Fumbles

6

Sean Ingram

2002


RECEIVING



STATISTIC

TOTAL

PLAYER

YEAR

Receptions

96

Michael Leason

2005

Yards

1669

Michael Leason

2005

Yards/Catch (min 10)

23.4

Hugues Audet

2004

TD's

18

Michael Leason

2005

Fumbles

2

Matthew Ogle

2002


PLACE KICKING



STATISTIC

TOTAL

PLAYER

YEAR

XP Attempts

64

Tom Dixon

2006

XP's Made

58

Tom Dixon

2006

FG Attempts

27

Tom Dixon

2006

FG's Made

14

Stephen Mclean

2003

Rouge's

8

Tom Dixon

2006

Points

102

Tom Dixon

2006


KICKOFF RETURNS



STATISTIC

TOTAL

PLAYER

YEAR

Returns

 22

 Mike Kusche 

2015

Yards

496

 Mike Kusche

2016

Yards/Return (min 10)

24.6

Danny Warrack

2010

TD's

1

Hugues Audet

Ken Watt

2004

2008

Fumbles

2

   Mike Kusche

 2016


PUNT RETURNS



STATISTIC

TOTAL

PLAYER

YEAR

Returns

41

Ken Watt

2005

Yards

704

Ken Watt

2005

Yards/Return (min 10)

29.6

Mike McEachern

2012

TD's

1

Hugues Audet
Hugues Audet
Ken Watt

Allen Fieldberg

Ken Watt 

Mike McEachern 

2002
2003
2005

2007

2008

2012 

Fumbles

2

Ken Watt

2005


PUNTING



STATISTIC

TOTAL

PLAYER

YEAR

Punts

51

Tom Dixon

2009

Yards

1910

Tom Dixon

2009

Yards/Punt (min 10)

40.0

Tom Dixon

2006

Rouge's

2

Tom Dixon

2006


ALL PURPOSE YARDS



STATISTIC

TOTAL

PLAYER

YEAR

 Yards

2492

Rod Bailey

2005


POINTS SCORED



STATISTIC

TOTAL

PLAYER

YEAR

 Points

125

Stephen Mclean

2003


DEFENCE



STATISTIC

TOTAL

PLAYER

YEAR

Solo Tackles

62

Jeff Moodie

2005

Assisted Tackles

38

Jon Scratch 

2009

Tackles For Loss

18.0

Gunnar Godhe

2014

Total Tackles

79.0

Jeff Moodie

2005

QB Sacks

10.0

Mitch Danilkewich
Blair Eslinger

2000
2003

Fumbles Recovered

3

Blair Eslinger
Jeff Moodie

2000
2006

Fumble Return Yards

70

Howard Gardener

2002

Longest Fumble Return

70td

Howard Gardener

2002

Fumble Return TD's

1

Howard Gardener
Jason Grech
Sean Ingram

2002
2002
2004

INT's

9

Rob Sakires

2004

INT Return Yards

193

Joey Whelen

2003

Longest INT Return

110td

Joey Whelen

2003

INT Return TD's

2

Rob Sakires
Ken Watt
Lazar Velev

2004
2004
2006

 Blocked Kicks

 4

 Lazar Velev

 2009