CFC25 Small School RANKINGS WEEK 12: Everyone knows defence wins championships

The finish line is now in sight with only one game left on the CFC25 Small School schedule.



  • Do you believe that defence wins championships? Zayden Ward took an interception back to the house in the first quarter, and then Austin O’Brien white knuckled their way through the rest of the journey en route to a hard-fought 7-3 victory over Cochrane to reclaim the Tier II Provincial title for the first time since 2013. It’s been a long time coming for this Crusaders program, who lost two of the last three Tier II Provincial finals – and while it might not happened been the Picasso masterpiece they dreamed of – every championship looks the same in the history books. Austin O’Brien always takes the road less travelled playing in the Edmonton Metro Carr Division stocked full of CFC50 programs like Harry Ainlay, Salisbury, Paul Kane and Bev Facey, so you can never really get a real sense of their standing in the Tier II hierarchy until they get to the Provincial Playdowns, but obviously their challenging divisional schedule prepared them perfectly for this type of battle against Cochrane where they had to rely heavily on mental toughness to see them through the day.


British Columbia

  • John Barsby are heading back to the AA Varsity Provincial Finals after flexing their muscles in a 28-9 victory over Windsor. Last year they fell short in their bid for the banner with a tough 45-14 loss to Robert Bateman, but this time around they’ll be preparing for a different type of animal in the Vernon Panthers, who kept their undefeated record alive with a 37-8 victory against Nechako Valley. Why are the Panthers a different animal? Well Vernon are members of the AAA/AA Interior Division, which showcases schools outside the giant Vancouver Metro area, and in turn that means they haven’t faced any of the top ranked schools yet this season. They did grab a pair of huge wins over Mount Douglas and Langley during the preseason, but those games are ancient history at this point, so we are very excited to see how these two powerhouse programs line up at BC Place on Saturday. Vernon will be looking to bring home their first AA title since 2019 when they went back-to-back, while John Barsby will be gunning to win their first AA title since 2014 when they also repeated as champions. This will be the final day of high school action across Canada, so let’s hope we’ve saved the best for last.



# Last School City Prov. Conf. Rec. Non-Conf. Rec Results
1 1 Weyburn Eagles Weyburn SK 9-0 1-0 COMPLETE
2 2 Séminaire Saint-Joseph Vert et Or Trois-Rivieres QC 11-0 0-0 COMPLETE
3 4 John Barsby Bulldogs Nanaimo BC 8-1 1-0 W 28-9 vs. Windsor
4 3 Académie les Estacades Aigles Trois-Rivières QC 8-3 0-0 COMPLETE
5 5 Vernon Panthers Vernon BC 8-0 2-0 W 37-8 vs. Nechako Valley
6 6 George McDougall Mustangs Airdrie AB 8-2 1-0 COMPLETE
7 7 Dalbé-Viau Aigles D’Or Lachine QC 9-1 0-0 COMPLETE
8 10 Aden Bowman Bears Saskatoon SK 9-1 0-1 COMPLETE
9 11 Austin O’Brien Crusaders Edmonton AB 7-4 0-0 W 7-3 vs. Cochrane
10 9 Cochrane Cobras Cochrane AB 9-3 0-0 L 7-3 vs. Austin O’Brien
11 8 Windsor Wolves North Vancouver BC 7-3 0-0 L 28-9 vs. John Barsby
12 12 Robert Bateman Timberwolves Abbotsford BC 7-1 3-0 COMPLETE
13 13 Holy Trinity Academy Knights Okotoks AB 1-1 8-1 COMPLETE
14 14 Fort Frances Muskies Fort Frances (ON) MB 8-1 0-0 COMPLETE
15 15 Hunting Hills Lightning Red Deer AB 7-1 0-1 COMPLETE
16 16 Holy Cross Crusaders Surrey BC 7-2 1-1 COMPLETE
17 17 Lo-Ellen Knights Sudbury ON 7-1 0-0 COMPLETE
18 18 St. Joseph Celtics Grande Prairie AB 8-1 0-1 COMPLETE
19 19 College Laval Maraudeurs Laval QC 6-4 0-0 COMPLETE
20 20 Beaver Brae Broncos Kenora (ON) MB 8-1 0-0 COMPLETE
21 21 Greenall Griffins Balgonie SK 7-2 0-0 COMPLETE
22 22 Holy Trinity Titans Simcoe ON 6-1 0-0 COMPLETE
23 23 Oakridge Oaks London ON 6-1 0-0 COMPLETE
24 24 Central Cyclones Moose Jaw SK 5-2 0-0 COMPLETE
25 25 Polyvalente Deux-Montagnes Centurions Deux-Montagnes QC 6-4 0-0 COMPLETE

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