The CFC ‘Ontario summer’ top 10 rankings had some movement this weekend and see’s some big time match ups in week 3. The biggest mover on the Varsity side was the Essex Ravens and on the Junior Varsity side it was the Metro Toronto Wildcats & Hamilton Ironmen.
Big games this week see the Varsity division London Jr. Mustangs face the Essex Ravens and the Junior Varsity division sees the #1 and #3 face off.
Top picture: Varsity Niagara Spears versus Newmarket Bucs
VARSITY (UNDER 20)
1 Toronto Thunder (1) [2-0] OVFL
Defeated Metro Toronto Wildcats 32 to 7 at home.
Timely defense and offense was the key to a victory that may have been closer than the score indicated. The Thunder used a mixture of pass and run from RBs Jayde Rowe, Demetrius McFarquhar, Nathaniel Johnson and RECs Daniel Bennett & Trystan Colaire. The Thunder play Oshawa who will be working on a short week after a late game Tuesday night.
2 Hamilton Ironmen (3) [2-0] OVFL
Defeated Essex Ravens 25 to 23 on the road.
Balance was the key in the victory over the Ravens. Balanced running, balanced passing, balanced special teams and balanced defense. QB Alex Hill was efficient in the victory throwing 2 touchdowns with no interceptions and rushed for 45 important yards. Six players recorded receptions while four tallied in the rushing yards. Santino Gallo and Domenic Bellardini were all over the field on defense. Play Brampton Bulldogs this weekend.
3 London Junior Mustangs (4) [2-0] OVFL
Defeated Guelph Bears 28 to 7 on the road.
QB Colin Drennan continued his fine summer season throwing for 3 touchdowns. Huge match up against Southern Ontario rival Essex Ravens this weekend.
4 Mississauga Warriors (5) [2-0] OVFL
Defeated Halton Cowboys 67 to 0 on the road.
RB Lukas Gavac again rushed for over a 100 yards as the Warriors cruised to victory over the weak Halton Cowboys. Play Cambridge Lions this weekend.
5 Essex Ravens (2) [1-1] OVFL
Lost to Hamilton Ironmen 25 to 23 at home.
Turnovers and lack of a consistent run game hurt the offensive hopes of the Ravens last weekend. The defense played well but failed to get the Ironmen off the field on important times. Host southern Ontario rival London Jr. Mustangs this weekend.
6 Kingston Grenadiers (6) [2-0] OVFL
Defeated Cornwall Wildcats 14 to 11 on the road.
Survived a hard-fought game in sloppy condition against the Wildcats. Fourth quarter heroics for the 2nd week in a row paved the way to victory. “I don’t know what it is about the fourth quarter, but we seem to be able to come up with the clutch plays, we seem to have more energy,’’ said Tyler Filson, starting quarterback for the Grenadiers. Play the Markham Raiders this weekend.
7 Twin Cities Predators (7) [2-0] OFC
Defeated Forest City Thunderbirds 49 to 1 on the road.
A lopsided victory against the Thunderbirds in London. Host the Clarington Knights this week.
8 Burlington Stampeders (8) [1-1] OFC
Defeated Hamilton Panthers 54 to 7 at home.
Should be tested this weekend when they travel to Chatham to take on the Cougars. Coach Green and company want to show everyone the Cougar have taken the next step in their tremendous program. The Stampeders look forward to saying ‘not yet’.
9 Myers Riders (10) [1-1] OVFL
Defeated the Cumberland Panthers 8 to 5 on the road.
Defense has been the key in both victories. Offense has been challenged to say the least. Is it time to use the 4-1 offense as a ‘change up’ not a base offense? “We played well, but need to work on not getting penalties at crucial moments during the game, and [not] turning the ball over.” Head coach Max Palladino. Face Metro Toronto Wildcats this weekend.
10 Metro Toronto Wildcats (9) [1-1] OVFL
Lost to Toronto Thunder 32 to 7 on the road.
Defensive Coordinator Niiamoo Quarshie was content with his team’s defensive work not only in the first half, but throughout the game. “I was pleased with our player’s effort defensively. They showed a lot of character in keeping an outstanding back in Jayde Rowe in check.” Face Myers Riders this weekend.
Sault Ste. Marie Sabercats [1-1], Cumberland Panthers [1-1], Huronia Stallions [2-0], Oshawa Hawkeyes [1-0], Chatham-Kent Cougars [2-0].
[QB Sharanewych protects the ball from Sudbury blitz (photo by Hannah McGregor)].
JUNIOR VARSITY (UNDER 17)
1 Cambridge Lions (1) [2-0] OVFL
Defeated Brampton Bulldogs 20 to 6 on the road.
Once again the defense put tremendous pressure on their opponents, accumulating 5 sacks and 4 turnovers in the process. Michael Gomez, Brody Procter, Mitchell Weiler, Jordan Parks, and Logan Tellier have led the way on the defense. Huge test this weekend against #3 Mississauga Warriors.
2 Burlington Stampeders ‘96 (2) [2-0] OFC
Defeated the Huronia Stallions 42 to 6 at home.
Another year, same result. Demolished the Stallions in last year’s OFC JV final and Stallions could not muster revenge in the rematch. Play the 0-2 Panthers this weekend. Will it be another year of no challenges for the JV Stampeders?
3 Mississauga Warriors (3) [2-0] OVFL
Defeated the Halton Cowboys 47 to 0 on the road.
Hard to judge a team after a lopsided victory (or loss) but the team will know where they stand after this weekends game against the #1 Cambridge Lions.
Ravens running back Marcus Kenter (22) escapes defenders as Hamilton’s Reilly Ashford (52) hunts him down.
4 Essex Ravens (5) [2-0] OVFL
Defeated the Hamilton Ironmen 34 to 18 at home.
Ground and pound. Ground and pound. Ground and pound. If you can stop the Ravens run you may be able to beat them. Trouble is no one can do so. 787 yards rushing in 2 games…83 yards passing. Will the London Jr. Mustangs be up to the task?
5 Kingston Grenadiers (6) [2-0] OVFL
Defeated the Brantford Bisons 49 to 12 on the road.
“We were very patient and executed our game plan with a good mix of run and pass,” said Head coach Max Magee after the victory in Brantford. With a strong offensive line, the Grenadiers were unstoppable. After utilizing all three quarterbacks and substituting kicker Michael Bashall in to the pocket, through the air they moved the ball forward 191 yards with the longest being when #11 QB Chase Peck connected with #83 WR Chris Niles for 38-yards. But it was their ground game that dominated; running backs #28 Hayden Deacon and #3 Konner Burtenshaw had 36 combined carries for a total of 242-yards. The pair of running backs also had two touchdowns each. Peck spread the ball around to four different players who ran the ball for a total of 249-yards. Play Markham this weekend.
6 Pickering Dolphins (7) [2-0] OVFL
Defeated the Etobicoke Eagles 42 to 0.
This is our sleeper team in the JV division this year. Can match up athletically with any team. The tell-tail late in the season will be their depth (health) and line play. Remember this name: Raishaun Provo…worth the price of admission…for the entire stadium. Play Brantford this weekend.
7 Metro Toronto Wildcats (HM) [2-0]
Defeated Toronto Thunder 21 to 20 on the road.
Week 1 defensive MVP Deshawn Stevens had another stellar performance in week 2. For the second straight game, Stevens put the team on his back with two interceptions and a number of solo tackles. Stevens has now solidified his reputation as one of the premier linebackers and overall defensive players in the OVFL. Must play better to beat the Myers Riders this weekend.
8 Hamilton Ironmen (4) [1-1] OVFL
Lost to Essex Ravens 34 to 18 on the road.
“Our defense had a very difficult first half,” said Ironmen head coach Ken McGuire, “they came on in the second half, but that’s something we’ll need to work on, playing harder from the beginning of the game.” Week #3 will see the Hamilton Ironmen hosting the Brampton Bulldogs Sunday June 10th at Ivor Wynne Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 1:00pm.
9 Myers Riders (10) [1-1] OVFL
Defeated Cumberland Panthers 29 to 6 on the road.
Played a tremendous defensive game against the Panthers. “Our defensive line as a whole is a strong point of our defense,” mentions Riders head coach Matt Kassner. “We have a lot of depth at defensive line so we can keep our players fresh, which allows them to go full out on every play.” Will have their work cut out for them once again against the upstart Metro Toronto Wildcats.
10 Toronto Jr. Argos (9) [2-0] OFC
Defeated Sudbury Gladiators 38 to 33.
Held on to top 10 rankings by skin of their teeth. Have a bye this weekend which will not help their cause in the rankings.
CFC SUMMER RANKINGS:
The CFC summer rankings are compiled 48-72 hours after the last summer game of the weekend. We include the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL) and the Ontario Football Conference (OFC) teams in the rankings.
Contributors to the summer rankings include 20 CFC Journalists covering summer teams, selected non-affiliated scouts, selected OUA coaches, and selected non-CFC journalists.