CFC50 Rankings Week 4: Surprising results in Saskatchewan and Alberta shuffle the rankings

Programs across the country continue to jockey for positions as a clearer picture emerges of the top ranked high schools in Canada.

Huron Heights traveled to Sault Ste. Marie for another barnburner against the Korah Colts, and if not for a last minute blocked field goal we’d be having a very different discussion this week. The Colts didn’t back down in a hard-fought defensive battle that ended 14-13, and proved Northern Ontario belongs in the same conversation as the best programs in the province. Despite the final score, there was still plenty of offence with the Warriors’ quarterback Ethan Schwartz completing 6/8 passes for 151 yards and a highlight touchdown to Alex Figen, while Colts’ running back Jesse Burella ran for 151 yards on 20 carries. There’s no rest for the Warriors who will once again travel to Sault Ste. Marie this week to take on St. Mary’s, while Korah will be taking their experience with them the rest of the season as they search for their fourth straight OFSAA banner.

We had a ton of action across Ontario for the first time this year with plenty of leagues kicking off their regular season schedules. The marque matchup to watch was in London between Laurier and South, with the Rams jumping out to a 27-0 lead and holding off the Lions fourth quarter surge to come away on top 27-14. The rest of our ranked programs had little resistance in their week one matchups with St. Roch, Holy Trinity (Oakville), Jacob Hespeler, Cardinal Newman, Frontenac, St. Mark, St. James, Corpus Christi, Westmount, A.N. Myer and St. Joan of Arc all maintaining the status quo. We also see the appearance of two new programs from Ontario making the list with St. Andrew’s College off to an impressive start with a massive 51-0 victory over Trinity College, and they also defeated St. Mary’s out of New York in preseason action 38-9, who were the same program Huron Heights defeated 21-13 earlier in the year. Luckily, we will get the chance to see who the better team is later down the road with St. Andrew’s College set to battle Huron Heights on October 6th. The other team jumping on the radar is St. Patrick’s out of Thunder Bay, who are off to a 2-0 start after defeating perennial contenders St. Ignatius in a tight 23-20 contest. Lastly we will have to wait a little longer to settle the score between Nelson and Oakville Trafalgar with the game being postponed until October.


The big story out of Alberta was Raymond proving a point against Lethbridge. The Rams came into the game as the higher ranked program, but they couldn’t find a way to cope with the Comets running away with a 50-0 victory. Lethbridge will be looking to flip the narrative later in the year when they get a chance for revenge against Raymond on November 3rd. The rest of our ranked programs in Alberta were able to stabilize the rankings with Harry Ainlay, Salisbury, and Notre Dame all winning by 30+ points in their week four games, while we are still waiting for a report out of Ernest Manning in their matchup against Henry Wise Wood.

We had another shocking result in Saskatchewan as Riffel took full advantage of their opportunity against Leboldus. It’s not surprising that the Royals came out on top because we had a feeling they could be the second best team in Regina this year, but nobody saw the Suns falling 42-7, and this now sets up a juicy matchup between defending champions Miller and Riffel this week with a potential top ten reshuffle incoming. Across the province the top two contenders in Saskatoon took care of business as usual with Holy Cross defeating Prince Albert St. Mary by a score of 45-0, and St. Joseph showing no mercy with a 60-13 victory over Bethlehem.

One of the biggest matchups of the week came in Manitoba where St. Paul’s and Dakota both entered with undefeated records and first place in the DI Potter Conference on the line. The game lived up to the hype with neither team blinking in the face of pressure, but St. Paul’s were able to hang on for the key 23-20 victory. By the looks of things, this will be the provincial final in Winnipeg, but don’t count out Grant Park, who played both teams tough in their first two games of the season, and were finally able to chalk up a W with their 23-14 victory over Oak Park last week. If there’s one thing we know about Winnipeg, you can always expect the unexpected come playoff time so make sure you stay tuned for all the drama.


Moving onto Quebec, it’s starting to look like we will have a new champion in the province with Charles-Lemoyne asserting their dominance over the defending champs College Notre-Dame in a breezy 31-0 victory. Their main contender this season should be Seminaire Saint-Francois, who continued to dominate their competition with a 41-0 shutout victory against Cure-Antoine-Labelle. The Blizzard have only allowed 15 points through four games, and all eyes will be on their October 15th matchup against Charles-Lemoyne to decide who truly is the team to beat this year. In other action Saint-Jean-Eudes defeated College de Levis by a score of 21-7 to improve their record to 2-2 with both losses coming to our top ten programs, while Academie Saint-Louis had no issues in their 29-7 victory over Triolet.

We’ve finally gotten through the grueling preseason schedule in BC and are ready for the real competition to commence on the West Coast, but there is a new pecking order heading into the regular season after Vancouver College announced their intentions with a 35-0 blanking against Mt. Douglas. They will be looking to chase down the reigning champions G.W. Graham, who finished off their preseason schedule a perfect 4-0 with a 38-13 win against St. Thomas More. It appears the other program to watch this season will be Notre Dame, who also finished off a flawless exhibition schedule with their 31-7 victory over South Kamloops. We can’t wait to get the party started with a full slate of regular season action this week in BC.

Lastly, we hope everyone on the East Coast is safe after having to cancel their competition this week due to Hurricane Fiona.

# Last Week School/Team Mascot City Prov. Conf. Rec. Non-Conf. Rec Week 4
1 1 Huron Heights Warriors Newmarket ON 0-0 3-0 W 14-13 vs. Korah
2 2 Miller Marauders Regina SK 3-0 0-0 W 45-0 vs. Campbell
3 3 St. Thomas More Knights Hamilton ON 1-0 0-1 BYE
4 4 Harry Ainlay Titans Edmonton AB 2-0 2-0 W 59-21 vs. Spruce Grove
5 5 G.W. Graham Grizzlies Chilliwack BC 0-0 4-0 W 38-13 vs. St. Thomas More
6 6 Sém. St-François Blizzard Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaure QC 4-0 0-0 W 41-0 vs. Cure-Antoine-Labelle
7 7 Catholic Central Crusaders London ON 0-0 2-0 BYE
8 8 Salisbury Sabres Sherwood Park AB 3-0 1-0 W 49-6 vs. Bellerose
9 9 Charles-Lemoyne Dynamique Sainte-Catherine QC 4-0 0-0 W 31-0 vs. College Notre-Dame
10 11 St. Paul’s Crusaders Winnipeg MB 3-0 0-0 W 23-20 vs. Dakota
11 10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Welland ON 0-0 1-1 BYE
12 14 Korah Colts Sault Ste Marie ON 2-0 0-1 L 14-13 vs. Huron Heights
13 19 Vancouver College Fighting Irish Vancouver BC 0-0 3-0 W 35-0 vs. Mt. Douglas
14 13 Notre Dame Pride Calgary AB 1-0 1-1 W 49-7 vs. All Saints
15 12 St. Roch Ravens Brampton ON 1-0 1-0 W 21-0 vs. Lorne Park
16 15 St. Francis Browns Calgary AB 1-0 0-1 BYE
17 16 Holy Cross Crusaders Saskatoon SK 2-0 0-1 W 45-0 vs. Prince Albert St. Mary
18 18 Notre Dame Jugglers Burnaby BC 0-0 3-0 W 31-7 vs. South Kamloops
19 26 Raymond Comets Raymond AB 0-0 2-1–1 W 50-0 vs. LCI
20 17 Holy Trinity Titans Oakville ON 2-0 0-0 W 17-0 vs. St. Ignatius of Loyola
21 24 Laurier Rams London ON 1-0 0-0 W 27-14 vs. South
22 42 Riffel Royals Regina SK 3-0 0-0 W 42-7 vs. Leboldus
23 21 Dakota Collegiate Lancers Winnipeg MB 2-1 0-0 L 23-20 vs. St. Paul’s
24 27 Ernest Manning Griffins Calgary AB 1-0 2-0-1 W 42-2 vs. Henry Wise Wood
25 28 Saint-Jean-Eudes Condors Québec QC 2-2 0-0 W 21-7 vs. College de Levis
26 31 St Joseph Guardians Saskatoon SK 2-1 0-1 W 60-13 vs. Bethlehem
27 32 Auburn Drive Eagles Westphal NS 2-0 0-0 BYE
28 33 Saint John Greyhounds Saint John NB 2-0 0-0 W 42-0 vs. Fredricton
29 34 Jacob Hespeler Hawks Cambridge ON 1-0 0-0 W 51-0 vs. Preston
30 39 Cardinal Newman Cardinals Stoney Creek ON 1-0 0-0 W 61-0 vs. St. Mary’s
31 36 Frontenac Falcons Kingston ON 1-0 0-0 W 56-0 vs. Ernestown
32 20 Mount Douglas Rams Victoria BC 0-0 2-1 L 35-0 vs. Vancouver College
33 22 Terry Fox Ravens Port Coquitlam BC 0-0 2-1 BYE
34 37 St. Mark Lions Ottawa ON 1-0 0-0 W 35-6 vs. Arnprior
35 38 St. James Lions Guelph ON 1-0 0-0 W 27-2 vs. John F. Ross
36 43 Corpus Christi Longhorns Burlington ON 2-0 0-0 W 35-9 vs. Bishop Reding
37 35 Westmount Wildcats Hamilton ON 1-0 0-0 W 28-6 vs. Sir Winston Churchill
38 UR St. Andrew’s College Saints Aurora ON 1-0 1-1 W 51-0 vs. Trinity College
39 29 Academie Saint-Louis Arsenal Quebec QC 3-1 0-0 W 29-7 vs. Triolet
40 30 College Notre-Dame Cactus Montreal QC 2-2 0-0 L 31-0 vs. Charles-Lemoyne
41 23 L.C.I. Rams Lethbridge AB 1-0 2-1 L 50-0 vs. Raymond
42 41 Oakville Trafalgar Oakville ON 0-0 0-0 BYE
43 44 St. Joan of Arc Knights Barrie ON 1-0 0-0 W 30-0 vs. St. Theresa’s
44 45 A. N. Myer Marauders Niagara Falls ON 1-0 0-0 W 56-0 vs. Centennial
45 46 Nelson Lords Burlington ON 0-0 0-1 BYE
46 40 London South Lions London ON 0-1 1-0 L 27-14 vs. Laurier
47 49 Grant Park Pirates Winnipeg MB 1-2 1-0 W 23-14 vs. Oak Park
48 50 Kennebecasis Crusaders Quispamsis NB 3-0 0-0 W 35-6 vs. Harrison Trimble
49 UR St. Patrick Saints Thunder Bay ON 2-0 0-0 W 26-23 vs. St. Ignatius
50 50 St. Thomas More Knights Burnaby BC 0-0 1-2 L 38-13 vs. G.W. Graham

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