CFC25 Small School Rankings (10): Dalbe-Viau complete a magical season in Quebec

There’s only a few seats left remaining as we reach the conclusion of our Canadian high school football edition of musical chairs.

We begin in Quebec where the DII Bol d’Or went down to the wire between Dalbe-Viau and College Laval. Only two points separated these two squads when College Laval took their regular season meeting, and once again a mere two points would separate them again in the finals, but this time it was Dalbe-Viau who got the last laugh in a 23-21 triumph. It’s a fairy tale ending for Dalbe-Viau, who entered the season as the great unknown in DII after previously competing on the private school circuit against programs like Selwyn House and Loyola High School. Just making some noise in the playoffs would’ve been an accomplishment, but nobody could’ve predicted at the start of the season that they’d be raising the Bol d’Or above their heads. The last four champions in DII all went back-to-back, so will we see Dalbe-Viau keep the trend alive next year? Stay tuned because the road will be a lot harder now that everyone knows they’re playing for keeps.


We turn our attention to Alberta where we had programs on the list competing across three different Tiers for provincial glory. It was the first year that Cochrane were thrown into the mix for the Tier I Regional based playdowns, and unfortunately they had to take an early exit after losing 21-20 to All Saints out of Calgary. Now that they’ve got a taste of what Tier I has to offer, the Cobras should be better prepared to run the gauntlet again next season. Dropping down to the Tier II finals, top ranked Holy Trinity Academy had no trouble bypassing Hunting Hills by a score of 44-22 to secure their spot in the provincial finals. They will now get ready to take on Austin O’Brien, who dethroned the reigning champions from St. Joseph in a 47-22 victory after falling to the Celtics in the quarterfinals last year. There were no surprises in Tier III with the defending champions Holy Rosary making quick work of Sturgeon taking home a 42-7 win, and now they will be hoping to raise another banner to the rafters with a matchup against sixth seed Sturgeon in the finals.

We wrap-up our coverage this week in BC where the quarterfinals provided some drama. It looked like Langley were primed for a championship run, but they couldn’t find a way to defeat John Barsby who prevailed 30-23. The Bulldogs are preparing to take on Vernon in the semifinals, who had no issues dispatching South Kamloops once again by a score of 30-14, and now the real test begins for the AA Interior division champions. The Panthers have been isolated from the chaos of the Coastal Division, but did get a taste of what to expect in the preseason when they lost to Langley 16-10, so it will be a very interesting to see how their showdown with John Barsby unfolds. On the other side of the bracket top ranked Robert Bateman are getting ready to take on College Heights after blowing out Argyle 37-0 in the semifinals. Can anybody knock off the Timberwolves? It’s going to take a massive effort to get the job done, but anything can happen when the final four appear at BC Place this weekend.


# Last Week School/Team Mascot City Prov. Conf. Rec. Non-Conf. Rec Results
1 1 Holy Trinity Academy Knights Okotoks AB 0-0 10-1 W 44-22 vs. Hunting Hills
2 2 Vincent Massey Vikings Brandon MB 10-0 0-0 COMPLETE
3 3 Robert Bateman Timberwolves Abbotsford BC 8-0 3-0 W 37-0 vs. Argyle
4 4 Bishop J. Mahoney Saints Saskatoon SK 8-0 1-0 COMPLETE
5 6 Dalbé-Viau Aigles D’Or Lachine QC 10-2 0-0 W 23-21 vs. College Laval
6 7 Sturgeon Heights Huskies Winnipeg MB 9-1 0-0 COMPLETE
7 8 Holy Rosary Raiders Lloydminster AB 9-0 2-1 W 42-7 vs. Sturgeon
8 10 Weyburn Eagles Weyburn SK 8-1 0-0 COMPLETE
9 5 College Laval Maraudeurs Laval QC 9-2 0-0 L 23-21 vs. Dalbe-Viau
10 23 Austin O’Brien Crusaders Edmonton AB 6-3 0-0 W 47-21 vs. St. Joseph
11 12 Collège Bourget Voltigeurs Rigaud QC 8-2 0-0 COMPLETE
12 13 George McDougall Mustangs Airdrie AB 7-2 2-0 COMPLETE
13 22 John Barsby Bulldogs Nanaimo BC 6-3 0-2 W 30-23 vs. Langley
14 14 Séminaire Saint-Joseph Vert et Or Trois-Rivieres QC 8-2 0-0 COMPLETE
15 15 Greenall Griffins Balgonie SK 7-1 0-1 COMPLETE
16 17 Mathieu-Martin Matadors Dieppe NB 9-1 0-0 COMPLETE
17 16 Cochrane Cobras Cochrane AB 8-3 0-0 L 21-20 vs. All Saints
18 11 Langley Thunderbirds Langley BC 6-2 2-0 L 30-23 vs. John Barsby
19 9 St. Joseph Celtics Grande Prairie AB 6-1 3-2 L 47-21 vs. Austin O’Brien
20 21 Vernon Panthers Vernon BC 3-0 3-1 W 30-14 vs. South Kamloops
21 18 Thomas A. Stewart Griffins Peterborough ON 7-0 0-0 BYE
22 19 Yorkton Raider Gridders Yorkton SK 6-2 0-0 COMPLETE
23 20 Central Cyclones Moose Jaw SK 5-2 0-0 COMPLETE
24 24 St. Mary’s Mustangs Owen Sound ON 7-1 0-0 COMPLETE
25 25 Académie les Estacades Aigles Trois-Rivières QC 7-3 0-0 COMPLETE

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