CFC Prospect Game PREVIEW: Can Team DUNIGAN get their HOF coach the ‘W’

On Saturday, June 1st, will be hosting the inaugural Canadian high school football all-star game, CFC Prospect Game, in Ottawa which will be broadcast on TSN on Sunday, June 2nd.

Head coaches will be CFL legends Henry Burris and Matt Dunigan. Both teams feature CFC100/CFC150 ranked players. These are the top 70 players across Canada that were chosen through a lengthy process headed by the CFC Scouting Bureau and a 33 member selection committee.


Team Dunigan is led at quarterback by the athletic Samuel Tremblay and the strong-armed Xavier Vaillancourt out of Cochrane, Alberta. These two QB’s will add a unique dimension to the offense when they are in the game.

The Dunigan backfield is loaded with three all-purpose running backs in Jawaun Smith, Ryker Frank, and Jaden Caston. Frank can carry the load as can Smith, both are thickly built and run with a purpose. Caston is an outstanding athlete who can take it the distance, and all demonstrated that he has a good set of hands and can run routes out of the backfield.

On the offensive line, you’ll see an outstanding pair of bookends at the two offensive tackle positions in Victor Olaniran and Derek Beaubien. Both have looked impressive during the mini camp in the lead up to the game. The group is anchored by some outstanding interior offensive linemen in Ethan Pyle, Matt Ounsted, Chris Weber, and Jacob Creeden. Coupled with the Dunigan backfield, this offense may be difficult to stop on the ground.

Moving along to the receivers, this group of solid athletes has a lot of speed and size – not to mention one of the better route runners in Nathan Falconi. The size that we are speaking about is in 6’3” and 190lbs Jaxson Zurby, 6’4” Nickolas Tshivuadi, as well as the 6’2” Nolan Ulm who can also run. The two speedsters in this receiving core are Steven Koniuck and Kolby Hurford.

Defensively for Team Dunigan, they will rely on the front which consists of six outstanding prospects that like many of the prospects in this game, are big, strong, fast, and talented. The group features three defensive ends in Anthony Adams, Cody McMahon, and Leif Magnuson. All three defensive ends are in that 6’4” 230+lbs range with Magnuson coming in at 255lbs.

Team Dunigan is just as solid on the inside where you’ll see Dylan Remillard, Omarion Notice, and class of 2022 Robbie Keyes-Wilson. This group has a ton of potential and is extremely scary from a pass rush perspective as all three interior defensive linemen have the potential to be 3-techniques at the next level.

The linebacking crew will be well represented by the St. Paul’s Crusaders. All three of these prospects play on the same defense in high school. When you have two inside linebackers who come in a 6’4″, and one at 230lbs and the other ran a 4.6 laser, you can’t help but get excited…and yes, we are talking about Nathan Carabatsakis and Zach Lytle. Don’t forget about Nicholas Pereria who might have the best instincts of all three.

The SAM linebacker for this team will be held down by Dante Bowen – the grandson of the legendary Chuck Ealey. Oh, and did we mention his Dad is Orlando Bowen.

The Dunigan’s secondary might be one or their team’s strength – they have six legitimate defensive backs. It starts with two lockdown corners in Malcolm Bell and Austin Galbraith, and continues on with Charlie De Land, Austin West, and Tanner Reiber. All five of these DB’s we just mentioned have outstanding length and size. Let’s not forget about Jhavoun Blake who will play at various positions in the secondary. This 6’2″ 208lbs specimen recently ran a 10.6 100m dash and will definitely be one to watch throughout the game.

The specialists feature two outstanding kickers in Zach Copeland and Oliver Griffiths, not to mention possibly the best long snapper in Canada in Leif Magnuson. This group could very well be the deciding factor if it comes down to a battle of field position.

Catch all the action at TD Place Stadium in Ottawa at 1:00pm EDT.

Purchase your tickets here.

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