CFC25 Small School Rankings (WEEK 8): Semifinal drama in QC and Sask provides a new top 5

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You never know what you’re going to get with the CFC25 Small School Rankings, and this week might’ve topped them all.

One of the shockers of the week came in Saskatchewan where Weyburn left no stone unturned in their 44-0 blowout victory over Greenall in the SHSAA 5A Provincial Finals. The winner isn’t really a shock as the Eagles complete their perfect season out of the 12-Man Rural division, but we don’t know if anybody expected such a dominant performance for the cherry on top. We will bite the bullet and admit it’s shocking we didn’t rank them sooner in the year, but better late than never and they definitely proved a point with their championship performance in the provincial playoffs.

Now we head to Quebec where they couldn’t control the chaos for a single week. The first semifinal matchup saw College Bourget absolutely smother College de Levis in a decisive 41-6 victory, while on the other side of the bracket Saint-Georges proved to be the kryptonite for College Laval once again finding a way to knock off the top seed in a suspense filled 21-20 victory. With 11 teams in the division and only eight games on the calendar, it means that this will be the first meeting between Saint-Georges and College Bourget this season, so it’s anybody’s guess who will come out on top in the Juvenile DII Bol d’Or. Can the Dragons play the spoiler role one last time? This is a game you won’t want to miss.

In New Brunswick we saw another undefeated team fall in the AA Provincial finals as Ecole Sainte-Anne pulled one over on their francophone brothers from L’Odyssee walking away with a 21-12 victory. It was a photo finish between the two programs this season with L’Odyssee getting the better of their rivals in the second ever L’Evangeline Bowl matchup by a score of 23-7, plus they also topped them at this stage in 2019, but Ecole Sainte-Anne didn’t forget the feeling and used the motivation to bring home the provincial banner. Even more impressive, it only took the Castors three seasons to claim the ultimate prize after starting the program in 2018. We look forward to many more battles between these two rivals in the future.

In Manitoba we saw another newcomer bring home their first ever title as Springfield completed their perfect season with a 32-21 victory over Murdoch MacKay in the WHSFL DII Finals. They have now won 11 straight regular season games in the program’s first two years of existence, and if nobody knew the name before, they certainly do now because there’s a new champ on the block in Winnipeg. Next week we will after another champion to crown as Vincent Massey out of Brandon get ready to take on Steinbach in the Westman Division Finals.

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Next up we fly to Alberta where the provincial playoffs are in full swing, and we are looking forward to a huge slate of games this week. The big update in the bracket comes from the Tier II semifinals where Holy Trinity Academy continued their great run of form by knocking off higher seeded Medicine Hat by a score of 35-18. It brings an end to a great season for the Hawks, and catapults the Knights into the Tier II South Championship against Lacombe on Saturday. Awaiting on the other side will either be top ranked St. Joseph’s or 14th ranked Leduc, who prepare to tussle in the Tier II North Championship in Grand Prairie. These two matchups will have massive implications on the rankings, and all three programs have proven they have what it takes to take home the banner.

We drop a gear down to the Tier III Alberta provincial playoffs, but don’t let the stigma fool you. Holy Rosary and Cochrane showed why they are ranked so highly after combining to outscore their opponents 106-0 in the quarterfinals, and will look to do the same this week as they play for the Tier III North and South Championships respectively. If they take care of business once again, we will have another ranking breaking game to look forward to on November 26th between two heavyweights.

Time to switch our attention to British Columbia where the AA Provincial Playoffs are officially underway with Langley defeating Prince George 35-14 in the Interior Playoff. Robert Bateman and Vernon finished off their regular season with a pair of wins over West Vancouver and Rutland, so they’ll now join the playoff bracket alongside Langley to determine bragging rights for the rest of the winter. This week in the AA Quarterfinals will see Langley take on Carson Graham, Vernon faceoff against Duchess Park, and Robert Bateman prepare for John Barsby. If they can all breakthrough, that’s when things will get extra spicy on the Pacific coast.

Lastly we end with some news out of Ontario where St. Mary’s were able to run the table with a 9-0 victory over Owen Sound in the BAA Finals. They might not have lit up the scoreboard this year, but their defence was a brick wall allowing just seven points in five games including three shutouts. This marks the sixth straight league title for the Mustangs who refuse to relinquish their strangle hold on the region for another season. Stay tuned next week as Holy Cross take an unfamiliar foe in Centennial in the COSSA AAA Finals.

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PAST RESULTS: WEEK 1 WEEK 2 WEEK 3WEEK 4WEEK 5WEEK 6 – WEEK 7

# Last Week School/Team Mascot City Prov. Conf. Rec. Non-Conf. Rec Week 8
1 1 St. Joseph’s Celtics Grande Prairie AB 7-0 3-0 W 35-14 v.s Austin O’Brien
2 11 Weyburn Eagles Weyburn SK 9-0 0-0 W 44-0 v.s Greenall
3 3 Holy Rosary Raiders Lloydminster AB 8-0 2-0 W 49-0 v.s Sylvan Lake
4 4 Holy Cross Hurricanes Peterborough ON 6-0 0-0 BYE
5 5 Langley Thunderbirds Langley BC 8-0 0-0 W 21-0 v.s Windsor
6 10 Vincent Massey Vikings Brandon MB 5-0 0-0 BYE
7 17 Collège Bourget Voltigeurs Rigaud QC 8-2 0-0 W 41-6 v.s College de Levis
8 23 Saint-Georges Dragons Saint-Georges QC 7-3 0-0 W 21-20 v.s College Laval
9 14 Springfield Sabres Winnipeg MB 6-0 0-0 W 34-21 v.s Murdoch MacKay
10 20 Holy Trinity Academy Knights Okotoks AB 7-3–1 0-0 W 35-18 v.s Medicine Hat
11 12 Cochrane Cobras Cochrane AB 8-1 0-0 W 57-0 v.s Winston Churchill
12 2 Greenall Griffins Balgonie SK 7-1 0-0 L 44-0 v.s Weyburn
13 13 Vernon Panthers Vernon BC 4-1 0-2 W 35-14 v.s Prince George
14 15 Leduc Tigers Leduc AB 7-0 2-0 W 46-0 v.s Lloydminster
15 16 Park View Panthers Bridgewater NS 9-0 0-0 FINAL
16 21 St. Mary’s Mustangs Owen Sound ON 5-0 0-1 W 9-0 v.s Owen Sound
17 UR Ecole Saint-Anne Castors Fredericton NB 7-1 0-0 W 21-12 v.s L’Odyssee
18 6 College Laval Maraudeurs Laval QC 8-2 0-0 L 21-20 v.s Saint-Georges
19 18 Robert Bateman Timberwolves Abbotsford BC 7-1 1-1 W 34-29 v.s West Vancouver
20 19 Holy Trinity Titans Simcoe ON 5-1 0-0 FINAL
21 7 College de Levis Commandeurs Levis QC 8-2 0-0 L 41-6 v.s College Bourget
22 8 Medicine Hat Hawks Medicine Hat AB 7-3 3-0 L 35-18 v.s Holy Trinity Academy
23 24 Sheldon Williams Spartans Regina SK 5-3 0-0 FINAL
24 25 Bishop J. Mahoney Saints Saskatoon SK 6-2 0-0 FINAL
25 9 L’Odyssee Olympiens Moncton NB 7-1 0-0 L 21-12 v.s Ecole Saint-Anne

Who’s getting ranked?

For the first time, Canadafootballchat.com (CFC) is pleased to bring you the national ‘Small School’ high school football rankings known as the CFC25.

The CFC25 rankings considers all conference and non-conference games (in Canada and the United States) while scrimmages are not evaluated (there is no such thing as an exhibition game – those are classified as non-conference games) and forfeit* wins are not considered towards overall record.

How is the CFC25 evaluated?

Leagues/teams included in rankings:

  • British Columbia: AA Varsity
  • Alberta: Tier 2-4
  • Saskatchewan: 12-man 3A rural, Saskatoon  – 5A, Regina – Stewart
  • Manitoba: Division 2 and 3 Varsity
  • Ontario: NSSAA – Haldimand-Norfolk, BAA – Bluewater, COSSAA – Kawartha, COSSAA – Bay of Quinte, LRFL – Lanark-Renfrew, LGSSAA – Brockville, EOFC – Cornwall
  • Quebec: Juvenile Division 1b
  • New Brunswick: 12-man D2E and D2W
  • Nova Scotia: Div. 2 Nova – Sydney Academy, Horton, Millwood, Avon View, Cole Harbour. Scotia – Sackville, Park View, J.L. Ilsley, Central Kings, West Kings (***NS league was re-aligned Oct. 1, 2019. These are now the Division 2 teams and will take into affect for week 7 ranking)

The CFC25 is a RELATIVE RANKING that considers small school leagues from all eight high school playing provinces (minimum one team represented from each province) and the strength of the league. Additional criteria used to determine the relative ranking are the ability to accomplish winning a championship, the impact players and performers on that team (ie. CFC100s, CDN All-Stars etc.), and a team’s coaching and recent tradition.

The CFC Scouting Bureau consists of CFC Reporters, CFC Scouts, and selected local reporters and scouts who submit local ranking results on a weekly basis. The CFC25 is released every Tuesday (other than on Holidays) at 12 noon.

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