CFC50 2021 High School RANKINGS (FINAL): A new football king is crowned in Canada

We all knew the clock was always ticking in the background, but we never knew when the alarm would finally go off.

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After going on an unprecedented three year run atop the CFC50 High School Rankings, the day has finally come for St. Thomas More to step aside for a new king to take the throne. It’s a matchup that’s been talked about for many years going into the OFSAA Independent Bowl, and finally Huron Heights got their moment in the spotlight with a signature 14-6 victory on the road at a snowy St. Thomas More to claim the number one ranking in Canada for the first time in program history.

It was a gritty affair with both teams sticking to the ground for large parts of the game, but whenever the Knights got the ball moving, the Warriors defence would manage to build a brick wall in the red zone to keep their opponents at bay. Everybody knows they’ll have to deal with the veer offence when Huron Heights comes to town, and while they didn’t light up the scoreboard, the offence did a magnificent job controlling the clock and striking when necessary to help secure the OFSAA banner.

This marks the first loss on Canadian soil for St. Thomas More since 2016, and brings their OFSAA Bowl streak to an end at five straight, tying them with W.F. Herman from Windsor with the most consecutive in OFSAA history. During that period the gauntlet only got tougher as they beat Chaminade College, Paul Dwyer, Notre Dame, Catholic Central and W.F. Herman at OFSAA in between a bunch of worthy challengers from the GHAC region, but finally they met their match in Huron Heights.

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This story has been written over a long period time for the Warriors who’ve been building a reputation as one of the best programs in Canada for many years. They’ve been a consistent contestant at the OFSAA Bowl Festival appearing in eight since 2012, and have now improved their record to 6-2 at the big dance. The last two seasons in particular have been a special period for the program as they’ve been forced to abandon the YRAA who no longer fields a tier one division, so they joined CISSA where they’ve now gone undefeated across two campaigns on top of scheduling a load of exhibition games to keep the team sharp against programs from both sides of the border. Sadly the Windsor region never got off the ground this year, but W.F. Herman and Holy Names are now the only programs who’ve been able to best Huron Heights at the Festival, so don’t be surprised if we see that matchup setup by OFSAA next season.

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Now that the big ticket item is outta the way, we fly across the country to British Columbia which featured our second top ten matchup contested at B.C. Place on Saturday night between Terry Fox and G.W. Graham. It turned into a Hollywood script as G.W. Graham, who lost earlier in the year to the Ravens 34-0, and are also making their debut at the AAA Varsity level, were able to hold on in a thrilling 36-33 victory that saw Terry Fox nearly complete the comeback. The journey started back in 2006 when G.W. Graham was opened, then their football program took to the field for the first time in 2012 originally competing at the AA level. It’s the type of story that would be laughed out of the writing room for laying it on a bit thick, but welcome to the wild world of sports where anything can happen, and in 2021 … it did for the Grizzlies.

We still have some massive games to cover before we can close another chapter in CFC50 history, so we continue in Ontario which saw four other bowl games contested throughout the week, and unfortunately we had some clear mismatches that shifted the rankings. We start with Notre Dame soundly defeating North Park 50-7 in the Central Bowl to earn their first ever OFSAA banner, proving once again the Niagara region is one of the top dogs in the province who can produce very talented teams, so it’ll be interesting to see who they get matched with next season.

A quirk in the bidding for OFSAA left St. Roch facing St. Michael’s in the Metro Bowl, with the latter losing to Huron Heights in the CISSA finals, but the Warriors still hold the bid for the YRAA so each got a berth. All of that put aside, it was the Ravens day from start to finish as they cruised to a 48-0 victory to earn their second OFSAA title in program history, and first since 2015. It can’t be understated how successful their rivals from ROPSSAA have been at the festival throughout the years, with Lorne Park in particular racking up a perfect 5-0 record, so you can always expect a fight when the Peel Region appears at the big dance as they continue their run as one of the top regions in the province.

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The Eastern Bowl saw a matchup between Frontenac and Centennial with the Falcons able to pull away for a 37-7 victory on the road in Belleville. This marks the eighth OFSAA banner in Frontenac’s history, and it brings some extra meaning after having to wait since 2014 to taste provincial glory again.

Lastly we did have a matchup that went down to the wire in the Golden Horseshoe Bowl, where Westmount was able to hold off their rivals from down the highway at Chaminade College for a 17-7 victory. After waiting many years for moments like this, Westmount are hoping it becomes an annual tradition winning their second straight OFSAA title after defeating Ashbury College during their first appearance in 2019.

We are finished with the OFSAA news, but we had a couple more games to settle in the London, Halton and Tri-City region who did not participate in this year’s modified Festival. It’s a shame we’ll never know what Catholic Central is truly capable of after holding off a charging Laurier 26-18 to claim the TVRA title, but they still deserve kudos for a perfect run through London and we look forward to seeing them back at OFSAA as soon as possible. Another region that didn’t get a chance to compete for a bid was Halton Catholic – aka a chance at St. Thomas More – where Holy Trinity looked like a juggernaut all year before ending it off with a 25-15 victory over their rivals from Corpus Christi. They’ve had chances before, but it would’ve been a lot of fun to see Holy Trinity battle St. Thomas More this season.

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Finally we end off with Jacob Hespeler, who’ve become the dukes of the Tri-City area winning another league title with a 49-14 victory over Bluevale. The Hawks are a program that have steadily improved over the years, and continue to be a benchmark for the region to strive for at the high school level.

So with 13 weeks of football gone in a flash, the only question left to ask is … did you have fun? Hopefully, because we don’t know if we will ever see a season again with so many twists and upsets that turned the rankings into a minefield for any program that stepped into the top ten.

Congratulations to Huron Heights on earning the title of best high school football program in Canada, and to the rest of our title winners from coast to coast. Lastly a massive thank you to every coach, volunteer and prospect who got the show back on the road after a very long year without football in our country.

Now it’s time for recruiting and camp season …

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# LAST WEEK School/Team Mascot City Prov. Conf. Rec. Non-Conf. Rec FINAL
1 2 Huron Heights Warriors Newmarket ON 6-0 0-0 W 14-6 vs. St. Thomas More
2 1 St. Thomas More Knights Hamilton ON 9-1 0-0 L 14-6 vs. Huron Heights
3 4 Miller Marauders Regina SK 8-1 0-0 FINAL
4 5 Harry Ainlay Titans Edmonton AB 10-1 2-0 FINAL
5 9 G.W. Graham Grizzlies Chilliwack BC 10-1 3-0 W 36-33 vs. Terry Fox
6 6 College Notre-Dame Cactus Montreal QC 9-2 0-0 FINAL
7 7 Vincent Massey Trojans Winnipeg MB 5-1 0-0 FINAL
8 8 Catholic Central Crusaders London ON 7-0 0-0 W 26-18 vs. Laurier
9 3 Terry Fox Port Coquitlam BC 8-1 2-0 L 36-33 vs. G.W. Graham
10 10 Charles-Lemoyne Dynamique Sainte-Catherine QC 8-3 0-0 FINAL
11 11 St. Francis Browns Calgary AB 7-2 0-1 FINAL
12 14 St. Roch Ravens Brampton ON 6-0 0-0 W 48-0 vs. St. Michael’s College
13 13 Holy Trinity Titans Oakville ON 9-0 0-0 W 25-15 v.s Corpus Christi
14 17 Holy Cross Crusaders Saskatoon SK 7-2 0-0 FINAL
15 15 Salisbury Sabres Sherwood Park AB 8-2 0-0 FINAL
16 16 Notre Dame Pride Calgary AB 6-2 3-0 FINAL
17 12 Korah Colts Sault Ste Marie ON 7-0 0-0 FINAL
18 21 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Welland ON 7-0 0-0 W 50-7 vs. North Park
19 19 Sém. St-François Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaure QC 6-3 0-0 FINAL
20 20 Saint-Jean-Eudes Condors Québec QC 7-3 0-0 FINAL
21 18 Auburn Drive Eagles Westphal NS 10-0 0-0 FINAL
22 22 Grant Park Pirates Winnipeg MB 5-1 0-0 FINAL
23 23 Leboldus Golden Suns Regina SK 6-2 0-0 FINAL
24 24 St Joseph Guardians Saskatoon SK 6-2 0-0 FINAL
25 25 Notre Dame Jugglers Burnaby BC 8-2 2-0 FINAL
26 26 Centennial Centaurs Coquitlam BC 6-3 0-0 FINAL
27 36 Laurier Rams London ON 6-2 0-0 L 26-18 vs. Catholic Central
28 27 Vancouver College Fighting Irish Vancouver BC 7-1 2-0 FINAL
29 28 Jacob Hespeler Hawks Cambridge ON 8-0 0-0 W 49-14 vs. Bluevale Collegiate
30 29 Westmount Wildcats Hamilton ON 7-0 0-0 W 17-7 vs. Chaminade College
31 30 Raymond Comets Raymond AB 7-4 0-0 FINAL
32 33 Frontenac Falcons Kingston ON 8-0 0-0 W 37-7 vs. Centennial
33 31 St. Mark Lions Ottawa ON 6-0 0-0 FINAL
34 32 Saint John Greyhounds Saint John NB 8-0 0-0 FINAL
35 34 St. James Lions Guelph ON 6-0 0-0 FINAL
36 38 Mount Douglas Rams Victoria BC 6-3 2-0 FINAL
37 39 Cardinal Newman Cardinals Stoney Creek ON 6-2 0-0 FINAL
38 37 London South Lions London ON 5-1 0-0 FINAL
39 40 Oakville Trafalgar Oakville ON 5-2 0-0 FINAL
40 41 Nelson Lords Burlington ON 5-1 0-0 FINAL
41 42 St. Joan of Arc Knights Barrie ON 6-0 0-0 FINAL
42 44 A. N. Myer Marauders Niagara Falls ON 7-1 0-0 FINAL
43 45 L.C.I. Rams Lethbridge AB 6-1 2-1 FINAL
44 43 Chaminade College Gryphons Toronto ON 4-1 0-0 L 17-7 vs. Westmount
45 35 North Park Trojans Brantford ON 7-1 0-0 L 50-7 vs. Notre Dame
46 47 Kennebecasis Crusaders Quispamsis NB 7-1 0-0 FINAL
47 48 Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers Surrey BC 5-3 1-1 FINAL
48 46 Corpus Christi Longhorns Burlington ON 7-2 0-0 L 25-15 v.s Holy Trinity
49 49 Sardis Falcons Chilliwack BC 4-1 1-1 FINAL
50 50 Armand-Corbeil Terrebonne QC 5-4 0-0 FINAL

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Who’s getting ranked?

For the tenth year in a row, Canadafootballchat.com (CFC) is pleased to bring you the national high school football rankings known as the CFC50.

The CFC50 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 CFC50 evaluated?

Leagues included in rankings: British Columbia AAA Varsity, Alberta Tier One, Saskatchewan 12-man rural / 6A / Schwann, Manitoba AAA Varsity, Ontario OFSAA Bowl AAA qualified teams, Quebec Juvenile Division 1, New Brunswick 12-man, Nova Scotia (all teams excluding CFC25 eligible teams).

The CFC50 is a RELATIVE RANKING that considers top tier 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 CFC50 is released every Monday (other than on Holidays) at 12 noon.

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