CFC50 2021 High School RANKINGS (WEEK 9): Massive top 10 shuffle as bragging rights dished out in AB and SK

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There’s so many games that could be the headliner this week after a massive shakeup from top to bottom in the rankings. With that said, we’ve got to start somewhere and there’s no place better than Alberta where we witnessed three championship thrillers, including Salisbury finally edging out their long time foes from Harry Ainlay in a 21-14 contest to take home the Edmonton city title. Harry Ainlay appeared in the last three Alberta provincial finals and won a pair, while Salisbury are on a mission to take home their first provincial banner since 2006. That road will go through Calgary where we saw Notre Dame avenge their regular season loss to St. Francis with a 14-10 victory to add another city trophy to the cabinet, and also jump into the top ten again alongside Salisbury. Meanwhile the real shocker came out of Southern Alberta where Raymond dominated their championship bout with long time rivals Lethbridge walking away with a 31-14 victory.

What’s next you ask? Salisbury will take on St. Francis, while Harry Ainlay will take on Notre Dame, and the winners will face off at Commonwealth Stadium on November 27th for the ultimate bragging rights. Meanwhile Lethbridge and Raymond will have a chance to represent the Southern side of the bracket in the Regional Tier 1 Championship. Hold on to your hats because we feel like there’s still plenty of shakeups incoming.

We skip across the border where we finally got an answer to our questions in Saskatchewan. There was no where to hide, and Miller took full advantage as they breezed past LeBoldus in a 27-9 victory that left no doubt about who’s the best in Regina this season. On the other side of the province, it was Holy Cross that made a statement by shutting down St. Joseph in a masterful 26-0 performance to take home the Saskatoon city title. Now that we’ve settled that debate, it’s time to find out who the best in the entire province is this week as Miller head north to take on Holy Cross in the SHSAA 6A Finals. Miller will be looking to repeat their glory from 2018 when they took home the banner, while Holy Cross are looking to erase a long running narrative after losing seven at this stage since 2011 including 2019 against LeBoldus.

On a normal week this would be at the top of the list, but instead Vancouver College grinding out a huge 9-6 victory over their rivals from Notre Dame is relegated to the third headline. The win means that Vancouver College gets a bye in the Wild Card phase of the AAA B.C. playoffs, while Notre Dame prepares to take on Mount Boucherie. The real fight is about to kickoff in British Columbia so expect plenty of reports incoming next week as CFC50 programs begin to collide in cross division battles for the rest of November.

Next up we land in Quebec where it wasn’t exactly smooth sailing, but top ranked programs College Notre-Dame, Saint-Jean-Eudes, and Charles-Lemoyne all took care of business in their quarterfinal matchups. It was a really close shave for College Notre-Dame and Saint-Jean-Eudes, but we now get the showdown we’ve been waiting for as Seminaire-Saint-Francois await Charles-Lemoyne in the semifinals, while College Notre-Dame will take on Saint-Jean-Eudes one last time. If you’re not excited for these colossal clashes than you need to get your heart checked.

We head back west to catchup with some semifinals action out of Manitoba where Grant Park continued their Cinderella run with a 25-8 victory over the reigning provincial champions St. Paul’s. This will be the first time the Pirates appear in the DI championship since 2003, and it’s going to be a tall task as they need to find a way to defeat Vincent Massey one more time after the Trojans handled Dakota quite easily in their semifinal bout with a 38-7 victory.

Lastly we end in Ontario who’s lagging a little bit behind the majority of the country, but we do have a couple championships to report. Huron Heights played an abbreviated CISAA schedule this season after packing September with exhibition matches to keep the team sharp, and the plan paid off wonderfully as they put together a dominant 43-0 performance over St. Andrew’s College to win the championship for the second time in a row after joining the division in 2019. Then we need to head way up north to talk about St. Ignatius who was able to go on a little run in the playoffs that ultimately ended with a 10-7 victory over Hammarskold in the Thunder Bay finals.

Elsewhere around the province most leagues are either in the midst of playoffs, or just settling the bracket, and it’s that time of year again as St. Thomas More prepare to take on Cardinal Newman in the Hamilton Catholic city finals. It’s been a long time since the Cardinals pulled one over on their rivals, but if there’s anything we learned this season … expect the unexpected.

Keep your eye on another championship matchup in Ottawa as St. Mark look to run the table against St. Joseph in the city finals. Finally end with a noteworthy performance out of the Peel Region as St. Roch had no issues defeating the defending champions out of St. Marcellinus by a score of 30-19, while Bluevale jump on the list as they prepare to put their undefeated record on the line against Jacob Hespeler, and Sir Winston Churchill look to shock the Niagara region as they get ready for a big championship bout against A.N. Myer.


# LAST WEEK School/Team Mascot City Prov. Conf. Rec. Non-Conf. Rec Week 9
1 1 St. Thomas More Knights Hamilton ON 7-0 0-0 W 31-0 v.s Bishop Ryan
2 3 Vancouver College Fighting Irish Vancouver BC 7-0 2-0 W 9-6 v.s Notre Dame
3 4 Huron Heights Warriors Newmarket ON 5-0 1-0 W 43-0 v.s St. Andrew’s College
4 7 Grant Park Pirates Winnipeg MB 5-0 0-0 W 25-8 v.s St. Paul’s
5 12 Salisbury Sabres Sherwood Park AB 8-1 0-0 W 21-14 v.s Harry Ainlay
6 25 Notre Dame Pride Calgary AB 6-1 3-0 W 14-10 v.s St. Francis
7 14 Miller Marauders Regina SK 7-1 0-0 W 27-9 v.s Leboldus
8 15 Holy Cross Crusaders Saskatoon SK 7-1 0-0 W 26-0 v.s St. Joseph
9 8 Sém. St-François Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaure QC 6-2 0-0 BYE
10 9 College Notre-Dame Cactus Montreal QC 7-2 0-0 OTW 35-28 v.s Cure-Antoine-Labelle
11 10 Saint-Jean-Eudes Condors Québec QC 7-2 0-0 W 6-5 v.s Academie Saint-Louis
12 11 Charles-Lemoyne Dynamique Sainte-Catherine QC 7-2 0-0 W 31-15 v.s Armand-Corbeil
13 17 Terry Fox Port Coquitlam BC 7-0 2-0 W 28-24 v.s Centennial
14 2 Harry Ainlay Titans Edmonton AB 8-1 2-0 L 21-14 v.s Salisbury
15 6 Notre Dame Jugglers Burnaby BC 6-1 2-0 L 9-6 v.s Vancouver College
16 18 Nelson Lords Burlington ON 4-0 0-0 W 42-1 v.s Iroquois Ridge
17 19 Catholic Central Crusaders London ON 4-0 0-0 W 36-2 v.s Mother Theresa
18 22 Korah Colts Sault Ste Marie ON 5-0 0-0 BYE
19 23 London South Lions London ON 4-0 0-0 W 19-16 v.s Oakridge
20 24 Holy Trinity Titans Oakville ON 6-0 0-0 W 37-8 v.s Bishop Reding
21 37 St. Roch Ravens Brampton ON 3-0 0-0 W 30-19 v.s St. Marcellinus
22 5 St. Francis Browns Calgary AB 6-1 0-1 L 14-10 v.s Notre Dame
23 26 Auburn Drive Eagles Westphal NS 6-0 0-0 v.s Charles P. Allen on Monday
24 27 Vincent Massey Trojans Winnipeg MB 4-1 0-0 W 38-7 v.s Dakota
25 28 Mount Douglas Rams Victoria BC 5-2 2-0 W 35-6 v.s St. Thomas More
26 13 Leboldus Golden Suns Regina SK 6-2 0-0 L 27-9 v.s Miller
27 16 St Joseph Guardians Saskatoon SK 6-2 0-0 L 26-0 v.s Holy Cross
28 39 G.W. Graham Grizzlies Chilliwack BC 6-1 3-0 W 18-12 v.s Lord Tweedsmuir
29 29 Cardinal Newman Cardinals Stoney Creek ON 6-1 0-0 W 42-0 v.s Bishop Tonnos
30 30 Jacob Hespeler Hawks Cambridge ON 4-0 0-0 W 41-3 v.s Preston
31 31 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Welland ON 4-0 0-0 W 55-0 v.s Denis Morris
32 32 A. N. Myer Marauders Niagara Falls ON 6-0 0-0 W 35-0 v.s Westlane
33 33 Westmount Wildcats Hamilton ON 5-0 0-0 W 46-0 v.s Saltfleet
34 34 St. Mark Lions Ottawa ON 5-0 0-0 W 21-14 v.s Ashbury College
35 UR Raymond Comets Raymond AB 5-4 0-0 W 31-14 v.s Lethbridge
36 20 L.C.I. Rams Lethbridge AB 5-1 2-1 L 31-14 v.s Raymond
37 36 Kennebecasis Crusaders Quispamsis NB 7-0 0-0 W 50-0 v.s Riverview
38 40 Frontenac Falcons Kingston ON 6-0 0-0 W 35-6 v.s Ernestown
39 41 St. James Lions Guelph ON 3-0 0-0 BYE
40 43 North Park Trojans Brantford ON 6-0 0-0 W 28-26 v.s Paris
41 44 Sardis Falcons Chilliwack BC 4-0 1-1 W 27-14 v.s Handsworth
42 45 St. Joan of Arc Knights Barrie ON 3-0 0-0 BYE
43 21 St. Marcellinus Spirit Mississauga ON 2-1 0-0 L 30-19 v.s St. Roch
44 46 Corpus Christi Longhorns Burlington ON 5-1 0-0 W 26-18 v.s St. Francis Xavier
45 49 Citadel Phoenix Halifax NS 5-1 0-0 Waiting v.s Sir John A. MacDonald
46 42 Armand-Corbeil Terrebonne QC 5-4 0-0 L 31-15 v.s Charles-Lemoyne
47 38 Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers Surrey BC 4-2 1-1 L 18-12 v.s G.W. Graham
48 UR Bluevale Knights Waterloo ON 4-0 0-0 W 23-0 v.s Grand River
49 UR Sir Winston Churchill Bulldogs St. Catherines ON 5-1 0-0 W 49-13 v.s Eden
50 UR St. Ignatius Falcons Thunder Bay ON 5-2 0-0 W 10-7 v.s Hammarskold

Who’s getting ranked?

For the tenth year in a row, (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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