Colts dominate 2012 PFC awards
- October 21, 2012
Colts quarterback Derek Cooper was named outstanding offensive back and outstanding offensive player for the 2012 PFC season. He was also one of eight Colts named to the all-star team.
Photo courtesy Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Calgary Colts defensive back Jermaine Gabriel was named Prairie Football Conference most valuable player for the 2012 season Saturday in Saskatoon.
The first-year Colt from Toronto was among five members of the Colts to pick up hardware at the league’s banquet.
Quarterback Derek Cooper won a pair of major awards as he was selected as the outstanding offensive back and outstanding offensive player.
Frank Pellegrino earned the outstanding offensive lineman award.
Stephen Dereniwski picked up his second consecutive linebacker of the year honour.
Head coach John Stevens was named coach of the year as he guided the Colts to their first undefeated regular season in club history in his first season as the team’s head coach.
The Colts went 8-0 through the regular season but were upset at home by the Regina Thunder in the PFC semifinal Oct. 14.
Calgary tailback D.J. Whetton was honoured for the second consecutive season as the PFC community service award recipient.
Whetton is presently involved with coaching football, baseball and track at Bowness high school and assists at the Aim High Sports Camp.
D.J. is also involved in the Young Life Youth Mentoring Program and will be joining them full-time in 2013 as a child and youth worker after he graduates from Mount Royal University.
Colts placed two players on the all-rookie team: wide receiver Jimmy Ralph and offensive lineman Grant Potter.
Eight members of the Colts made the all-star squad, five of them on offence. Ralph and Pellegrino were unanimous picks. They were joined by Cooper, offensive lineman Gregg Hannah and Andrew Driusso, who was named for the third straight season.
Gabriel and Dereniwski were unanimous picks on defence, while Andrew Fabian was tabbed as all-star punter for the third consecutive season.
2012 PFC AWARD WINNERS:
PFC ROOKIE AWARDS
Offensive Lineman #68 Grant Potter Calgary Colts
Receiver #20 Jimmy Ralph Calgary Colts
Running Back #5 Jordan Samoil Edmonton Wildcats
Quarterback #6 Kyle Siemens Regina Thunder
Place Kicker #14 Ideen Samadi Edmonton Wildcats Unanimous selection
Defensive Lineman #98 Adam Folz Winnipeg Rifles
Linebacker #44 Aidan Panchyshyn Edmonton Wildcats
Defensive Back #24 Mandella Loggale Edmonton Wildcats
PFC OFFENSIVE TEAM ALL-STARS
Offensive Lineman #58 Frank Pellegrino Calgary Colts Unanimous selection
Offensive Lineman #50 Greg Hannah Calgary Colts
Offensive Lineman #56 Andrew Driusso Calgary Colts 3rd year in a row
Offensive Lineman #65 Matt Leung Saskatoon Hilltops
Offensive Lineman #61 Kyle Gordon Saskatoon Hilltops
Running Back #5 Jordan Samoil Edmonton Wildcats Unanimous selection
Jordan led the PFC in rushing this year with 1,340 yards – 4th most in PFC history – and 2nd
most in the CJFL this year behind a BCFC player that played 2 more games. He led the league
in carries with 163, and led the conference with 13 touchdowns. His 365-yard game late in the
season stood as the CJFL record until it was eclipsed 2 weeks later. Jordan was also 2nd in
scoring in the PFC this year.
Running Back #31 Martin Hovi Winnipeg Rifles
Martin was 3rd in the CJFL with 141 carries, rushing for 981 yards (2nd in the PFC) and led the
Conference in rushing TD’s with 7. He added 72 yards in pass receptions.
Quarterback #10 Derek Cooper Calgary Colts
Derek led the PFC in passing TD’s with 13. He qualified for the PFC Record Book by having
the 5th highest completion percentage in a season (minimum 100 attempts) and in a game
(76.9% with 20 completions on 26 attempts) in Week #8.
Receiver #20 Jimmy Ralph Calgary Colts Unanimous selection
Jimmy’s rookie season finished with his receiving totals placing him 5th in the conference.
Receiver #80 Brett Carter Winnipeg Rifles
Brett was 1st in the PFC in 2012 with 782 yards (3rd in the CJFL) with 6 touchdowns. This is
the 2nd year in a row that a Rifles player has finished with nearly exact same numbers and
Receiver #28 Kyle McGinnis Saskatoon Hilltops
Kyle was 3rd in the PFC with 622 yards.
Receiver #71 Mitch Thompson Regina Thunder
Mitch was 4th in the PFC with 569 yards.
Place Kicker #14 Ideen Samadi Edmonton Wildcats
Ideen led the PFC in scoring with 85 points and was 2nd in the conference in kick-off yards
(1,872). His 19 successful field goals places in the PFC Record Book, tied for 3rd place.
PFC DEFENSIVE TEAM ALL-STARS
Defensive Lineman #64 Clayton Sarich Saskatoon Hilltops Unanimous selection
Defensive Lineman #91 Josh Madsen Edmonton Wildcats
Josh tied for the lead in the PFC with 5 quarterback sacks.
Defensive Lineman #79 Donovan Dale Saskatoon Hilltops
Donovan had the longest fumble return in the PFC this year, with a 45-yard rumble.
Defensive Lineman #76 Brett Pisio Saskatoon Hilltops 3rd year in a row
Brett continues to excel on defense, as his 3rd all-star selection shows. He led the PFC this year
in fumble recoveries with 3.
***NOTE: There is a 5-way tie in the linebacker category this year, as follows:
Linebacker #42 Stephen Dereniwski Calgary Colts 2nd year in a row; Unanimous selection
The 2011 Outstanding Linebacker recipient, Stephen led the Colts’ linebacking corps with 81.5
Linebacker #50 Dylan Kemp Saskatoon Hilltops
Defensive points with 81 and racked up 45 total tackles (27 Solo, 10 Assists, 7 STT, 1 STA)
Linebacker #10 Yianni Cabylis Regina Thunder
Yianni was 2nd in the PFC and 5th in the CJFL with 114 defensive points this year.
Linebacker #35 Ben Cressman Saskatoon Hilltops
Ben was 4th in the PFC this year with 92 defensive points.
Linebacker #24 Chance Hanson Edmonton Huskies
Chance led the PFC in defensive points with 117.
Defensive Back #24 Mike Waldron Saskatoon Hilltops
Mike was the leading DB with the Hilltops with 28 tackles and 79.5 defensive points.
Defensive Back #3 Chris Friesen Saskatoon Hilltops
Chris had 40 defensive points this year.
Defensive Back #9 Jermaine Gabriel Calgary Colts Unanimous selection
Jermaine was the leading Colt d-back with 88 defensive points.
Defensive Back #1 Adam Laurensse Edmonton Wildcats
Adam racked up 91 defensive points in 2012 and he led the PFC with 8 interceptions with 5 of
them coming in the season’s first 2 games.
Defensive Back #12 Mark Ingram Regina Thunder
Mark was the leading defensive back for the Thunder with 71 defensive points.
Punter #6 Andrew Fabian Calgary Colts 3rd year in a row
New jersey number, but Andrew maintained the highest gross average of 39.86 yards, increasing his average over the past 2 years.
PFC COMMUNITY SERVICES AWARD WINNER
#22 D.J. Whetton Calgary Colts 2nd year in a row
D.J. remains only the second recipient of this prestigious award, which has been awarded 4 times.
He coaches Football, Basketball and track and assists at the Aim High Sports Camp. D.J. is also
involved in the Young Life Youth Mentoring Program and will be joining them full-time in 2013 as a child and youth worker after he graduates from Mount Royal University.
2011 PFC OUTSTANDING PLAYERS AND COACH OF THE YEAR
Outstanding Offensive Back #10 Derek Cooper, QB Calgary Colts
Outstanding Offensive Lineman #58 Frank Pellegrino, OL Calgary Colts
Outstanding Receiver #28 Kyle McGinnis, REC Saskatoon Hilltops
Outstanding Defensive Lineman #79 Donovan Dale, DL Saskatoon Hilltops
Outstanding Defensive Back #1 Adam Laurensse, DB Edmonton Wildcats
Outstanding Linebacker #42 Stephen Dereniwski, LB Calgary Colts
2nd year in a row
Outstanding Special Teams Player #14 Ideen Samadi, K Edmonton Wildcats
Rookie of the Year
#5 Jordan Samoil, RB Edmonton Wildcats
Coach of the Year
John Stevens Calgary Colts
Guided the Colts to their first undefeated regular season in team history in his rookie year as coach.
Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year
#10 Derek Cooper, QB Calgary Colts
Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year
#35 Ben Cressman, LB Saskatoon Hilltops
Most Valuable Player
#9 Jermaine Gabriel, DB Calgary Colts
Nominees and award winners in each category are nominated, voted on, and selected by the head coach from each team and/or the PFC Executive, depending on the award.
Compiled by Tom Hallick, PFC Media Co-ordinator, and Ed Plant, PFC Statistician.