CFC50 High School Rankings WEEK 9: Who will collapse under the pressure in November?

Buckle up, because it’s going to be a wild ride. Only the best programs survive in November.

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HEADLINES

Saskatchewan

  • Championship day is set in Regina with LeBoldus looking to embrace the underdog label against Miller at Mosaic Stadium. There have been a few bumps along the road, but the Golden Suns look like they’re playing their best football heading into this massive clash on an impressive four game winning streak, and it’s clear they’re no longer the same team who suffered a 23-2 loss to the Marauders in the season opener.  On the other sideline, Miller have a chance to win their third straight 6A Provincial title, which would put them on pace to potentially match LeBoldus’ vaunted record of five straight provincial crowns from 2012-2016. LeBoldus would love nothing more than to bring an end to Miller’s 20 game unbeaten streak, which began back in 2021 after the Marauders suffered their last loss to – you guessed it – the Golden Suns. It’s going to be cold. There might be some snow. Anything can happen in November.
  • On the other side of the province, we’ll get a rubber match between St. Joseph and Holy Cross with the 6A Saskatoon title hanging in the balance. This is the fourth straight season that these two programs will meet in the city finals with Holy Cross winning the first two bouts, and St. Joseph turning the tide last year. This will also be their third meeting in 2023 with the Crusaders taking home a 22-13 victory in the first round, and the Guardians answering back with a 15-12 win in round two. So, what we’re trying to say is there’s a lot of history between these two rivals, and you never know which one will come out on top. The one common theme is that no team from Saskatoon has been able to bring home the 6A Provincial title since 2009 when Aden Bowman defeated Winston Knoll, so whoever prevails will have the weight of any entire city looking to finally reclaim provincial glory.


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Alberta

  • Was there ever any doubt? Harry Ainlay is back in the Edmonton Metro finals where they’ll faceoff against newcomers Paul Kane. The Titans are looking for back-to-back city titles, and more importantly to harness some momentum heading into the Provincial Playdowns where they’ll be looking to reclaim their throne after falling to Raymond in the Tier I finals last year. We don’t want to say Paul Kane is just happy to be here, because we know they’d love nothing more than to shock the nation with a win over Harry Ainlay, but regardless of the outcome it’s been a super successful season for the Blues, who decided to move up to the Tier I Carr Division after winning the Tier II Miles Division championship last season. It’s going to be a tall order to defeat Harry Ainlay, who won their only meeting during the regular season 38-7, but if Paul Kane can hang around in the first half they have a ton of big game experience to draw from that could make this one interesting.
  • Cowtown is running a little bit behind with their semifinals matchups scheduled later today with Ernest Manning taking on All Saints, and St. Francis clashing with Notre Dame. If recent history is any indication, than we should be looking at Ernest Manning squaring off against Notre Dame in the city finals on Saturday – but we all know history takes a backseat in the postseason.

Ontario

  • All good things must come to an end, and that includes Korah’s run of dominance in Northern Ontario. The Colts have transformed themselves into one of the premier programs in Ontario who could do no wrong in the last five years including four straight OFSAA Bowl victories, but their rivals down the road at St. Mary’s have been grinding every day with the motivation that eventually it’ll be the Knights turn back on top in the Soo. All those long hours chasing the Colts success have finally paid off with St. Mary’s defeating Korah 39-22 to reclaim the city title, and now they have a chance to compete for an OFSAA Bowl for the first time since 2012. The Knights will be back in action on Saturday when they faceoff against the champions from North Bay with a spot in the NOSSA finals on the line.
  • It’s one of the best rivalries across Canada, but there was no doubt about who the best team was on the field in this chapter with S.J.H. Newman defeating St. Thomas More on the road 32-9. The win secures second seed in the playoffs for the Cardinals, which means we will get a rematch this week in the semifinals, but now it’ll be the Knights hopping on a bus to play in Stoney Creek with their season on the line. Bishop Tonnos will take on Bishop Ryan in the other semifinal, and the winner of both games will secure a spot in the GHAC playdowns against the champions from the Halton Public and Halton Catholic leagues.
  • We always love a dark horse storyline, and we’ve got one developing in London with Sir Frederick Banting advancing to the semifinals after a triumphant 35-18 win over Catholic Central. It was a tough start to the year for the Broncos after losing their first two games, but they’ve come to life down the stretch rattling off four straight wins including a 26-7 victory over previously ranked A.B. Lucas in their regular season finale. Now it’s time to figure out if that result was a fluke, or if Sir Frederick Banting are true championship contenders with a rematch against A.B. Lucas in the semifinals. On the other side of the bracket we’ve got a juicy battle between Laurier and South, which saw only three points separating the two in the Rams’ 26-23 victory over the Lions earlier in the year.
  • Holy Names kept their undefeated record alive with a convincing 24-1 victory over Sandwich. Both teams entered the game unbeaten, but the Knights proved they are the team to beat heading into the playoffs with only one week left in the regular season to decide the final seeds. Holy Names have one of the best defences in the country allowing just 14 points through five games, and will be tough to topple if they can secure their first berth in an OFSAA Bowl since 2018 – but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
  • Huron Heights have been true road Warriors this year playing against some stiff American competition throughout September and October, but they finally got back on the road in Canada with a 45-11 victory over Holy Trinity in Courtice. The Warriors have been flying under the radar due to their unorthodox schedule and the fact they don’t have a league to call their own, but you know they will be ready to roll in Windsor for the OFSAA Bowl Festival where they’ll be looking to claim their seventh bowl victory.

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Quebec

  • It’s finally playoff time in Quebec, and Saint-Jean-Eudes will enter as the top seed after completing a perfect regular season run with their 14-7 victory over Saint-Francois. This means that the Condors will get a week to relax on the sidelines with a bye, meanwhile the Blizzard have earned  themselves a tough first round matchup against College Notre-Dame. Despite the Cactus dropping their regular season finale against Cure-Antoine-Labelle, we still think they’re one of the most dangerous teams in the bracket with close losses to Saint-Jean-Eudes, College Bourget, Armand-Corbeil and St-Francois, with the Blizzard only managing to beat them 9-8. Can they figure out how to win in the fourth quarter? They better hope so, because they’ve run out of trial runs.

Manitoba

  • The semifinals are set in Winnipeg with St. Paul’s ready to take on Grant Park, and Dakota locking horns with Oak Park. It’d be surprising if we didn’t end up with a rematch between St. Paul’s and Dakota in the finals, but don’t count out Oak Park just yet, who have been dominant in their seven victories, and never got a chance to faceoff with Dakota during the regular season. They struggled against St. Paul’s in their only loss – but so did Dakota – so it’ll be very interesting to see how the Raiders stack up against the Lancers.

British Columbia

  • Ranking the top teams? No problem. The best of the rest? Absolute chaos. We’ve got two more programs from BC making their first appearance on the list in 2023 after Seaquam handled St. Thomas More 28-14, and Lord Tweedsmuir managed to hang on for a 14-11 victory against Kelowna. The foil in this equation is Rutland, who managed to hammer Lord Tweedsmuir 42-14, and then followed it up the next week with a 20-0 loss to Kelowna. Then you’ve also got Lord Tweedsmuir blowing out Seaquam earlier in the year 34-13 as well. Throw all the names in a hat, because there’s no clear favourite between these five programs. We love the chaos.

Nova Scotia

  • What is going on in Nova Scotia? After dropping their first game of the season, we are no longer sure if Bay View are the true favourites. We’ve now got a three-way tie between Bay View, Auburn Drive and Citadel for first place in the standings, but the odd thing is it was CEC who handed the Sharks their first loss 26-23. Bay View stays on the list for now, but we’ve got four programs who could potentially end up on the list at the end of the year.

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# Last School City Prov. Conf. Rec Non-Conf. Rec Results
1 1 Miller Marauders Regina SK 7-0 0-0-1 W 37-0 vs. Campbell
2 2 Harry Ainlay Titans Edmonton AB 8-0 1-0-1 W 42-6 vs. Austin O’Brien
3 3 Vancouver College Fighting Irish Vancouver BC 5-0 4-0 W 34-6 vs. Mt. Douglas
4 4 Saint-Jean-Eudes Condors Québec QC 9-0 0-0 W 14-7 vs. Saint-Francois
5 7 Huron Heights Warriors Newmarket ON 0-0 5-0 W 45-11 vs. Holy Trinity
6 5 Raymond Comets Raymond AB 0-0 4-0 W 49-0 vs. Foothills
7 6 St. Paul’s Crusaders Winnipeg MB 8-0 0-1 W 35-8 vs. Miles Mac
8 8 Ernest Manning Griffins Calgary AB 6-0 1-0 BYE
9 9 Bishop Tonnos Titans Ancaster ON 6-0 0-0 W 43-6 vs. St. Jean de Brebeuf
10 10 Carson Graham Eagles North Vancouver BC 4-1 2-0 W 42-6 vs. Notre Dame
11 11 Collège Bourget Voltigeurs Rigaud QC 7-2 0-0 W 52-21 vs. College Jean-Eudes
12 12 Corpus Christi Longhorns Burlington ON 7-0 0-0 W 35-0 vs. St. Ignatius of Loyola
13 13 Dakota Collegiate Lancers Winnipeg MB 7-1 0-0 W 69-0 vs. Steinbach
14 15 Laurier Rams London ON 4-2 0-0 W 37-7 vs. St. Thomas Aquinas
15 14 Sém. St-François Blizzard Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaure QC 7-2 0-0 L 14-7 vs. Saint-Jean-Eudes
16 17 St. John Henry Newman Cardinals Stoney Creek ON 5-1 0-0 W 32-9 vs. St. Thomas More
17 16 G.W. Graham Grizzlies Chilliwack BC 4-1 2-0 W 41-10 vs. W.J. Mouat
18 18 Nelson Lords Burlington ON 5-0 2-0 W 56-0 vs. Craig Kielburger
19 19 London South Lions London ON 5-1 0-0 W 42-7 vs. Saunders
20 20 St Joseph Guardians Saskatoon SK 5-1 1-1 W 47-0 vs. Centennial
21 21 Armand-Corbeil Scorpions Terrebonne QC 6-3 0-0 W 24-19 vs. Charles-Lemoyne
22 22 Frontenac Falcons Kingston ON 6-0 0-0 W 32-16 vs. Regiopolis-Notre Dame
23 23 Westmount Wildcats Hamilton ON 6-0 0-0 W 47-0 vs. Waterdown
24 27 Holy Names Knights Windsor ON 5-0 0-0 W 24-1 vs. Sandwich
25 24 A. N. Myer Marauders Niagara Falls ON 6-0 0-0 W 49-0 vs. Sir Winston Churchill
26 32 St. Mary’s Knights Sault Ste Marie ON 7-1 0-0 W 39-22 vs. Korah
27 28 Oak Park Raiders Winnipeg MB 7-1 0-0 W 49-0 vs. Maples
28 26 St. Matthew Tigers Ottawa ON 4-0 0-1 BYE
29 25 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Welland ON 6-0 1-0 W 15-6 vs. Saint Michael
30 34 Holy Cross Crusaders Saskatoon SK 5-2 0-0 W 46-1 vs. Walter Murray
31 36 St. Joseph Jaguars Ottawa ON 5-0 0-0 W 20-17 vs. St. Peter
32 44 Leboldus Golden Suns Regina SK 5-2 0-0 W 51-29 vs. Riffel
33 37 Notre Dame Pride Calgary AB 5-1 0-2 BYE
34 UR Sir Frederick Banting Broncos London ON 4-2 0-0 W 35-18 vs. Catholic Central
35 39 St. Andrew’s College Saints Aurora ON 3-0 1-0 L 49-16 vs. Long Island Lutheran
36 41 Kennebecasis Crusaders Quispamsis NB 7-0 0-0 W 42-7 vs. Leo Hayes
37 43 St. Francis Browns Calgary AB 5-2 1-0 W 35-3 vs. Centennial
38 30 College Notre-Dame Cactus Montreal QC 4-5 0-0 L 21-14 vs. Cure-Antoine-Labelle
39 45 Jacob Hespeler Hawks Cambridge ON 5-0 0-1 W 37-7 vs. Glenview Park
40 UR Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers Surrey BC 4-1 2-1 W 14-11 vs. Kelowna
41 UR Seaquam Seahawks Delta BC 4-1 2-0 W 28-14 vs. St. Thomas More
42 35 Kelowna Owls Kelowna BC 3-2 1-2 L 14-11 vs. Lord Tweedsmuir
43 UR Rutland Voodoo Kelowna BC 3-2 2-1 W 45-14 vs. Mt. Boucherie
44 31 St. Thomas More Knights Burnaby BC 3-2 2-1 L 28-14 vs. Seaquam
45 48 Paul Kane Blues St. Albert AB 6-2 0-1 W 7-0 vs. Bev Facey
46 38 Bay View Sharks Upper Tantallon NS 4-1 0-0 Waiting vs. Charles P. Allen
47 47 Hammarskjold Vikings Thunder Bay ON 6-0-1 0-0 17-10 vs. St. Patrick
48 49 Bear Creek Kodiaks Barrie ON 5-0 0-0 W 43-0 vs. Maple Ridge
49 40 Holy Trinity Titans Courtice ON 4-0 0-1 L 45-11 vs. Huron Heights
50 UR Northern Red Knights Toronto ON 4-1 0-0 W 42-7 vs. Richview

 

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