While they won’t play in an actual game thanks to COVID, Chilliwack’s Ethan Mastin and Jacob Butler have put themselves on the Canadian Football League (CFL) radar with selection to the 2021 East-West Bowl all-star game.
The annual showcase highlights top talents in U-Sports football who are eligible for the following year’s CFL draft.
Mastin was one of three players from the St. Francis Xavier X-Men who were picked for the Team East roster.
The G.W. Graham grad, who is listed as a six-foot-six and 180 pound defensive back, will head into his fifth year in the Bachelor of Arts program this fall. Mastin finished the 2019 season sixth overall in team tackling with 28.5, including 26 solos. He also had one interception and a league-leading nine breakups. Mastin was the X-Men’s most improved player in 2018.
Butler was also selected for the Team East roster as an offensive lineman. An engineering student at Queen’s University, the Sardis secondary grad will be heading into his fifth season with the Golden Gaels this fall.
One hundred and 10 players total were selected for the 2021 East-West Bowl.
“Although we are not able to hold the East-West Bowl again this spring due to the ongoing pandemic, we wanted to honour the 2022 class for their dedication over the past year and look forward to hopefully watching them safely return to the gridiron this fall,” said U-Sports Chief Sport Officer Lisette Johnson-Stapley.
Kicker James Parker, an Abbotsford product playing for Mount Allison, made the Team East roster while another Abbotsfordian, linebacker Dawson Davis with the York Lions, was picked for the Team West roster.