CFC50 Rankings Week 5: Drama at the top as three top 10 programs tumble

You want chaos? You want drama? You want madness?

Well you’ve come to the right place because the CFC50 High School Rankings have gone through a transformation after a wild week of action across the country.

Three top ten teams have tumbled down the rankings including St. Thomas More out of Hamilton, who lost their first regular season game in six years. At this point you’re probably expecting us to announce it was Newman who finally found a way past their rivals, but instead it was their Stoney Creek neighbours at Bishop Ryan who pulled off the upset of the week. It took overtime to decide this barnburner with the Celtics hitting a last minute field goal in regulation, and at that point there would be no stopping the oncoming train as Bishop Ryan prevailed 34-33. The shocking result sets up a juicy matchup this week between the Stoney Creek rivals with Newman putting their 3-0 record on the line at Bishop Ryan on Friday afternoon. Could it finally be the year of the Cardinal? Or can the Celtics make it a three horse race for the coveted Hamilton Catholic title? Stay tuned because things just got very interesting in Steeltown.

Down the highway in London we had another eye-popping result with Catholic Central dropping their first regular season contest to St. Thomas Aquinas by a score of 19-14. The Flames have always been contenders in the tough London District conference, and they’ve now staked their claim as the best team in the region. They’ll likely have to deal with Laurier eventually, who are looking like the class of the TVDSB Central conference, but you truly never know who’s going to rise to the top in London each season.


Our final top ten program to fall this week was G.W. Graham, who took BC by storm last season winning their first provincial title, but Vancouver College were too much to handle taking home a massive 28-23 victory to kickoff their regular season campaign. The Irish have looked dominant throughout the preseason, and will be hungry to flip the script from last year where they looked like the favourites as well, but then ended up collapsing in the playoffs against underdogs Centennial.

The top ten wasn’t the only place for upsets with the Halton public region shaking up the hierarchy as Garth Webb defeated the defending league champions Oakville Trafalgar by a score of 21-20, while Nelson weren’t able to find a way past Iroquois Ridge falling 26-23. You really can’t predict much from these two matchups with each game coming down to the wire, which means we should have an exciting race to the finish line with no clear favourite emerging out of the gates. On the other side of the bracket it’s been status quo in the Halton Catholic region with Holy Trinity and Corpus Christi taking care of business, which is setting up a must-see showdown between the two programs on October 19th. We can’t wait for the GHAC playdowns this year between the Hamilton Catholic and Halton regions. Your guess is as good as ours when it comes to predicting the final four programs.

Another province writing a dramatic script this season is Quebec, where Armand-Corbeil threw a wrench into the storyline defeating Saint-Jean-Eudes by a score of 24-17 to improve their record to 3-2. After cruising through their first four games, Seminaire-Saint-Francois finally found some resistance against College Notre-Dame, but in the end they still found a way to get the job done with a 23-14 victory over the defending champs. Our other top ten program Charles-Lemoyne also found themselves in a hard-fought contest against Academie Saint-Louis, but they were able to keep their undefeated record in tact triumphing 29-14. If you can follow the bouncing ball, Saint-Jean-Eudes have lost to Armand-Corbeil, who lost to College Notre-Dame, who lost to Academie Saint-Louis, who lost to Saint-Jean-Eudes … did you catch all of that? We didn’t even mention Cure-Antoine-Labelle, who currently sit tied in third place with a 3-2 record. It’s razor thin margins between 3rd-6th place in Juvenile DI, and we wouldn’t put it past any of them pulling off an upset over one of our top ten programs down the road. Meanwhile, we’ve got a giant circle around October 15th on the calendar when Seminaire Saint-Francois and Charles Lemoyne finally meet between the lines.


We were highly anticipating the matchup between Miller and Riffel in Regina, but the Marauders weren’t going to get caught up in any drama with an easy 42-9 win over the Royals. They’ve proven they are worthy of the second place ranking on the national list, and at this point it’s looking like the top program out of Saskatoon will have the best chance at ending their reign as the team to beat in Saskatchewan. Will it be Holy Cross or St. Joseph’s? We will have a much better idea next week with the two powerhouse programs ready to faceoff on Friday night.

The rest of our ranked programs found little issues bypassing the competition this week, and we’d like to make a special mention to W.F. Herman out of Windsor, who are back in the thick of things with their victory over L’Essor after having their season cancelled last year. The high school football landscape is a better place when the Windsor region is competing.


# Last Week School/Team Mascot City Prov. Conf. Rec. Non-Conf. Rec Week 5
1 1 Huron Heights Warriors Newmarket ON 0-0 4-0 Forfeit vs. St. Mary’s
2 2 Miller Marauders Regina SK 4-0 0-0 W 42-9 vs. Riffel
3 4 Harry Ainlay Titans Edmonton AB 3-0 2-0 W 43-0 vs. Austin O’Brien
4 6 Sém. St-François Blizzard Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaure QC 5-0 0-0 W 23-14 vs. College Notre-Dame
5 8 Salisbury Sabres Sherwood Park AB 3-0 1-0 BYE
6 9 Charles-Lemoyne Dynamique Sainte-Catherine QC 5-0 0-0 W 29-14 vs. Academie Saint-Louis
7 13 Vancouver College Fighting Irish Vancouver BC 1-0 3-0 W 28-23 vs. G.W. Graham
8 10 St. Paul’s Crusaders Winnipeg MB 4-0 0-0 W 44-6 vs. Oak Park
9 11 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Welland ON 1-0 1-1 W 43-3 vs. Denis Morris
10 12 Korah Colts Sault Ste Marie ON 3-0 0-1 W 34-14 vs. Superior Heights
11 5 G.W. Graham Grizzlies Chilliwack BC 0-1 4-0 L 28-23 vs. Vancouver College
12 14 Notre Dame Pride Calgary AB 2-0 1-1 W 27-15 vs. Henry Wise Wood
13 15 St. Roch Ravens Brampton ON 2-0 1-0 W 31-0 vs. David Suzuki
14 16 St. Francis Browns Calgary AB 2-0 0-1 W 21-3 vs. All Saints
15 17 Holy Cross Crusaders Saskatoon SK 3-0 0-1 W 43-0 vs. Tommy Douglas
16 18 Notre Dame Jugglers Burnaby BC 1-0 3-0 W 42-14 vs. Centennial
17 19 Raymond Comets Raymond AB 0-0 3-1- 1 W 58-0 vs. Carston
18 20 Holy Trinity Titans Oakville ON 3-0 0-0 W 30-0 vs. Notre Dame
19 21 Laurier Rams London ON 2-0 0-0 W 40-0 vs. Medway
20 UR St. Thomas Aquinas Flames London ON 1-0 0-0 W 19-14 vs. Catholic Central
21 23 Dakota Collegiate Lancers Winnipeg MB 3-1 0-0 W 24-0 vs. Vincent Massey
22 24 Ernest Manning Griffins Calgary AB 1-0 2-0-1 BYE
23 26 St Joseph Guardians Saskatoon SK 3-1 0-1 W 47-10 vs. Prince Albert Carlton
24 32 Mount Douglas Rams Victoria BC 1-0 2-1 W 21-19 vs. Lord Tweedsmuir
25 33 Terry Fox Ravens Port Coquitlam BC 1-0 2-1 W 27-3 vs. Kelowna
26 29 Jacob Hespeler Hawks Cambridge ON 2-0 0-0 W 35-0 vs. Glenview Park
27 30 St. John Henry Newman Cardinals Stoney Creek ON 2-0 0-0 W 30-6 vs. Bishop Tonnos
28 36 Corpus Christi Longhorns Burlington ON 3-0 0-0 W 46-13 vs. Assumption
29 38 St. Andrew’s College Saints Aurora ON 2-0 1-1 W 38-0 vs. Upper Canada College
30 UR W. F. Herman Green Griffins Windsor ON 1-0 0-0 W 38-0 vs. L’Essor
31 7 Catholic Central Crusaders London ON 0-1 2-0 L 19-14 vs. St. Thomas Aquinas
32 27 Auburn Drive Eagles Westphal NS 3-0 0-0 W 33-14 vs. Parkview
33 28 Saint John Greyhounds Saint John NB 4-0 0-0 W 14-3 vs. Riverview
34 31 Frontenac Falcons Kingston ON 2-0 0-0 W 28-9 vs. LaSalle
35 34 St. Mark Lions Ottawa ON 2-0 0-0 W 35-0 vs. North Grenville
36 35 St. James Lions Guelph ON 1-0 0-0 W 38-3 vs. Guelph Collegiate VI
37 37 Westmount Wildcats Hamilton ON 1-0 0-0 BYE
38 44 A. N. Myer Marauders Niagara Falls ON 2-0 0-0 W 48-0 vs. Eden
39 43 St. Joan of Arc Knights Barrie ON 2-0 0-0 W 47-6 vs. Patrick Fogarty
40 22 Riffel Royals Regina SK 3-1 0-0 L 42-9 vs. Miller
41 41 L.C.I. Rams Lethbridge AB 2-0 2-1 W 35-0 vs. Catholic Central
42 39 Academie Saint-Louis Arsenal Quebec QC 3-2 0-0 L 29-14 vs. Charles-Lemoyne
43 UR Armand-Corbeil Scorpions Terrebonne QC 3-2 0-0 W 24-17 vs. Saint-Jean-Eudes
44 25 Saint-Jean-Eudes Condors Québec QC 2-3 0-0 L 24-17 vs. Armand-Corbeil
45 40 College Notre-Dame Cactus Montreal QC 2-3 0-0 L 23-14 vs. Seminaire Saint-Francois
46 UR Bishop Ryan Celtics Hamilton ON 2-1 0-0 W 34-33 vs. St. Thomas More
47 3 St. Thomas More Knights Hamilton ON 1-1 0-1 L 34-33 vs. Bishop Ryan
48 UR Iroquois Ridge Huskies Oakville ON 2-0 0-0 W 26-23 vs. Nelson
49 46 London South Lions London ON 1-1 1-0 W 15-9 vs. A.B. Lucas
50 50 St. Thomas More Knights Burnaby BC 1-0 1-2 W 38-14 vs. Mt. Boucherie


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