CFC25 Small School Rankings (WEEK 9): Top five upset and impending showdowns in AB and BC

We are slowly winding down the CFC25 Small School rankings, but we’ve still got some football left to play in Alberta, B.C. and Ontario before the dust finally settles.


The biggest story of the week comes out of Ontario where the Bay of Quinte champions Centennial out of Belleville were able to defeat Holy Cross 14-7 in the COSSA AA Finals. The Hurricanes led at halftime 7-0, but were forced into a catch-22 situation in the dying moments when they chose to concede a touchdown to the Chargers on the five yard line with 21 seconds left on the clock to try and salvage the title. Unfortunately the gamble didn’t pay off, and Centennial are now off to the OFSAA Festival to represent COSSA in the Eastern Bowl against the winners out of Kingston.

We head to Alberta where we saw a clash of two powerhouses between top ranked St. Joseph’s and Leduc. Usually scoring 33 points would be good enough to hang around, but St. Joseph’s was relentless in their pursuit of the Tier II North Championship defeating Leduc 65-33. On the other side of the bracket, Holy Trinity Academy found no issues in their bout against Lacombe coming away with a 35-7 victory, meaning they now have a chance to knock off number one ranked St. Joseph’s in the Tier II Finals on November 26th at Commonwealth Stadium. In the Tier III side of things, there were zero surprises as Holy Rosary ran way with the North Championship with a 43-0 victory over Sturgeon, and Cochrane throttled Crescent Heights 42-0 to bring home the South Championship. The pair will now meet for the ultimate showdown alongside the other Alberta provincial finals games played at Commonwealth Stadium.


In Quebec, all good things must come to an end, and sadly Saint-Georges ran out of magic in their Bol d’Or matchup falling 38-10 against College Bourget. The Voltigeurs quietly went about their business after beginning the season 2-2 with the losses by a combined four points coming to the College Laval and College de Levis, who stole most of the headlines this year as the front runners. After their loss to College Laval by a single point, they went on an amazing run of form that didn’t see them win by less than 19 points during a seven game winning streak capped off with their second straight DII Bol d’Or.

The final game has been played in Manitoba this season, and Vincent Massey weren’t going to be denied their perfect season defeating Steinbach 31-23 in the WHSFL Westman Championship. The Vikings are one of the most entertaining teams on the rankings with a high powered passing offence that scored 249 points in just six games. It would be lovely to get a chance to see Vincent Massey take on Springfield, but that dream matchup will have to wait for another day.

We end our abbreviated recap in B.C. where they’ve had to modify their provincial playoff format a little bit due to the ongoing state of emergency, but we are still setup for some big time CFC25 matchups at B.C. Place this year. Vernon are now locked into the Interior/North AA/AAA finals after defeating Duchess Park, and await the winner of a clash between AAA Kelowna and AA South Kamloops. The Coastal AA Final is now prepped for Langley and Robert Bateman to finally meet if they can dispatch Carson Graham and John Barsby in the semifinals this Saturday at B.C. Place. Do we have a couple twists left in the plot?



# Last Week School/Team Mascot City Prov. Conf. Rec. Non-Conf. Rec Week 9
1 1 St. Joseph’s Celtics Grande Prairie AB 8-0 3-0 W 65-33 v.s Leduc
2 2 Weyburn Eagles Weyburn SK 8-0 0-0 FINAL
3 3 Holy Rosary Raiders Lloydminster AB 9-0 2-0 W 43-0 v.s Sturgeon
4 5 Langley Thunderbirds Langley BC 8-0 0-0 BYE
5 7 Collège Bourget Voltigeurs Rigaud QC 9-2 0-0 W 38-10 v.s Saint-Georges
6 6 Vincent Massey Vikings Brandon MB 6-0 0-0 W 31-23 v.s Steinbach
7 9 Springfield Sabres Winnipeg MB 6-0 0-0 FINAL
8 UR Centennial Chargers Belleville ON 0-0 W 14-7 v.s Holy Cross
9 10 Holy Trinity Academy Knights Okotoks AB 8-3–1 0-0 W 35-7 v.s Lacombe
10 11 Cochrane Cobras Cochrane AB 9-1 0-0 W 42-0 v.s Crescent Heights
11 12 Greenall Griffins Balgonie SK 7-1 0-0 FINAL
12 13 Vernon Panthers Vernon BC 5-1 0-2 W 31-7 v.s Duchess Park
13 15 Park View Panthers Bridgewater NS 9-0 0-0 FINAL
14 4 Holy Cross Hurricanes Peterborough ON 6-1 0-0 L 14-7 v.s Centennial
15 14 Leduc Tigers Leduc AB 7-1 2-0 L 65-33 v.s St. Joseph’s
16 16 St. Mary’s Mustangs Owen Sound ON 5-0 0-1 FINAL
17 17 Ecole Saint-Anne Castors Fredericton NB 7-1 0-0 FINAL
18 19 Robert Bateman Timberwolves Abbotsford BC 7-1 1-1 BYE
19 8 Saint-Georges Dragons Saint-Georges QC 7-4 0-0 L 38-10 v.s College Bourget
20 18 College Laval Maraudeurs Laval QC 8-2 0-0 FINAL
21 20 Holy Trinity Titans Simcoe ON 5-1 0-0 FINAL
22 21 College de Levis Commandeurs Levis QC 8-2 0-0 FINAL
23 22 Medicine Hat Hawks Medicine Hat AB 7-3 3-0 FINAL
24 23 Sheldon Williams Spartans Regina SK 5-3 0-0 FINAL
25 24 Bishop J. Mahoney Saints Saskatoon SK 6-2 0-0 FINAL

Who’s getting ranked?

For the first time, (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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