CFCs “Top 25” High School poll – week 14 (FINAL) – “Lords, Cactus, Titans top 3 teams in Canada”


This is the FINAL installment of the 2011 CFC ‘top 25’ high school football poll. Congratulations to the nearly 800 senior/varsity high school football teams competing from Nanaimo, British Columbia to Antigonish, Nova Scotia. The Nelson Lords from Burlington, Ontario are the number one team in the country. Competing in one of the top high school conferences (Halton), the Lords averaged 39 points for and 7 points against in 12 regular season & playoff games. Collège Notre-Dame Cactus are the number two team in the country after dominating in the juvenile AAA division 1A final. Many stars from this game will be representing Quebec at the 2012 Football Canada Cup. The Harry Ainlay Titans from Edmonton come in at number 3 after winning the Alberta provincial final in overtime over last years CFC #1 team the Raymond Comets.

A special shout out to the Grande Prairie Warriors who showed us all what champions are all about.

Again for the 137th year in a row the overall record of football competition in Canada was .500. We will try to do better next year.

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2010 TOP 25

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TOP 25

1 (1) Nelson Lords – Burlington, ON (12-0, 1-0)

Dominated the St. Paul Patriots in the Golden Horseshoe Bow, winning 37 to 0. The Lords special teams gave the offense great field position early in the game and the Offense responded by scoring, going out to an early lead they never relinquished. QB Will Finch and his receiving core, led by Doug Corby and Josh Vandeweerd had another productive playoff game. Finch finished the game with 3 touchdown passes and one on the ground. Corby had a touchdown on 74 yards receiving while Vandeweerd had 2 touchdowns on 49 yards receiving. A spectacular one-handed INT by Brett Rideout put the icing on the cake for the Lords.

Scored 468 points in 12 regular season / playoff games for average of 39 per game. Gave up 89 points for average of 7.41 per game.

2 (2) Collège Notre-Dame Cactus – Montreal (11-1)

Louis-Philippe Normandin, Francis Baikie, and Mathieu-Louis Normandin were important in the Cactus’ Bol d’or victory over former CFC #1 Séminaire Saint-François Blizzard. The Cactus came away with a 17 to 0 victory in snowy conditions in Quebec city. Takeaways by the Cactus defense were the key to the game.

3 (3) Harry Ainlay Titans – Edmonton (14-0)

The Harry Ainlay Titans beat the Raymond Comets 21-16 in overtime to claim the Tier 1 Alberta high school provincial football final. The teams went into halftime tied 7-7, as Ainlay’s Tak Landry recovered a fumble in the Raymond endzone. A 66-yard touchdown run by the Titans’ Aundrey Webster on the first play from scrimmage of the second half restored the Harry Ainlay lead. Ainlay was unable to score late as regulation ended with the score tied 15-15. Raymond was held to a rouge on their overtime possession, before Webster finished off Ainlay’s possession with a five-yard run and claimed the Titans’ first Tier 1 title in 24 years.

4 (6) Mount Douglas Rams – Victoria, B.C. (7-1, 2-2)

Won the BC high school final, Subway Bowl, 42 to 35. Came back from deficits of 21 to 0 and 28 to 6. It was the 2nd highest AAA scoring game in 77-year history. Rams scored on ‘hail mary’ on last play of 1st half. Mason Swift was game MVP gaining 158 yards rushing / receiving for 3 TDs and QB Jordan Deverill had his best game of the year throwing for 362 yards passing on 23 of 30 attempts and 3 TDs.

5 (4) St. Paul’s Crusaders – Winnipeg (11-0)

Defeated last year’s Manitoba high school champions, Oak Park, 32 to 12 in the Manitoba final. RB Blair Mattes was a workhorse (game MVP) and defensive lineman Lucas Machado had a ‘pick six’ in the win. QB Theo Deezar had a solid game as well as placekicker/receiver Rhys Hansen who had field goals of 21, , 17, 17, and 15 yards.

6 (7) Séminaire Saint-François Blizzard – Saint-Augustin, Quebec (10-1)

The Blizzard lost the Bol d’or to Collège Notre-Dame Cactus 17 to 0 in Quebec City this weekend. Turnovers were the ultimate demise for the former CFC #1.

7 (5) W.J. Mouat Hawks – Abbotsford, B.C. (6-2, 3-1)

Lost heartbreaker to the Mount Douglas Rams in the Subway Bowl, BC high school final, 42 to 35. Led by scores of 21 to 0 and 28 to 6. Devin Logan had 155 yards on 18 carries and Deon Bain had 6 catches for 98 yards. Jake Heathcote was all over the field on defense, finishing with 17 tackles.

8 (8) Riffel Royals – Regina, SK (10-0)

Trailing 10 to 9 in the fourth quarter, Royals Lance Pitza’s 95-yard ‘pick six’ gave the points and momentum necessary for the Royals to win the Saskatchewan 4A provincial crown. The final score of 20 to 10 gave the Royals their first provincial crown since 2005.

9 (10) Raymond Comets – Raymond, AB (7-3)

The Harry Ainlay Titans beat the Raymond Comets 21-16 in overtime to claim the Tier 1 Alberta high school provincial football final. The teams went into halftime tied 7-7, as Raymond quarterback Brad Baker ran in a touchdown for the half’s only score. In the second half Baker evened the game with 3: 58 to go as he carried the ball on six of seven plays before running in his second touchdown of the game. Ainlay was unable to counter as regulation ended with the score tied 15-15. Raymond was held to a rouge on their overtime possession, before Webster finished off Ainlay’s possession with a five-yard run and claimed the Titans’ first Tier 1 title in 24 years.

10-tie (22) A B Lucas Vikings – London, ON (10-1)

Defeated the Northern Vikings (Sarnia) in the Western Bowl 24 to 6. Lucas dominated the first half with 295 yards of offense versus Northern’s paltry 5 yards. The halftime score of 17 to 0 could have been higher but the Northern defense stopped the Lucas offense when needed. Jimmy Ro scored the first Lucas touchdown on a touchdown pass from Colin Drennan. Lucas extended its lead in the 2nd quarter on a 27 yard TD run by Eric Guiltinan. Jimmy Ro rounded out the scoring on a 17 yard field goad mid way through the 2nd frame. The 3rd quarter saw some longer drives but nothing in the way of scoring. Lucas scored their 3rd TD of the game with 4:19 left in the game; scoring on the play was Curtis Newton.

10-tie (18) Donald A. Wilson Gators – Whitby, ON (8-0)

Outlasted St. Andrew’s College Saints in an overtime classic in the Metro Bowl. Mr. Everything Chivon Gallagher had his usual outstanding game as did QB George Papadakos, who showed great poise when it counted. The Gator defense was led by Nikita Starchencko, who was assigned to Yanick Harou, and did an impressive job minimizing the star RB. The pressure defense / soft cover 0 coverage worked for the Gators.

12 (12) Bev Facey Falcons – Sherwood Park, AB (8-1-2)

Lost to Harry Ainlay Titans 17 to 16 in Alberta Tier 1 semi-finals.

13 (13) Vancouver College Fighting Irish – Vancouver (5-2, 2-3)

Heartbreaking loss to WJ Mouat 14 to 13 in BC semi-final action. A missed extra point will be remembered but a great game will be remembered more. It was the third straight season these teams met in the Subway Bowl semi-finals.

14 (19) Corpus Christi Longhorns – Burlington, ON (7-2)

Lost hard fought game to CFC #1 Nelson Lords (for the 2nd time this year). The Longhorns actually had more offensive production then the Lords but dug too big a hole to come back in the end. Aaron Veltri had 114 yards rushing in the loss. Connor Cooke chipped in with 116 yards receiving on 8 catches. Two scores in losses to Nelson were 22-3 (week 1) and 28-15 (halton finals). Only other team within 3 touchdowns of Nelson was Halton’s Holy Trinity (in the rain).

15 (15) Citadel Phoenix – Halifax (11-0)

Defeated Horton Griffins in Nova Scotia finals 29 to 17. It was the 36th win in a row for Citadel and their 4th Nova Scotia title in a row. A key late 2nd quarter defensive stand may have been the turning point in the game.

16 (16) Oak Park Raiders – Winnipeg (9-2)

Lost to St. Paul’s in Manitoba finals 32 to 12. RB Kedon Sweetney was Oak Park’s player of the game, scoring on an electrifying 59-yard touchdown run.

17 (11) St. Andrew’s Saints – Aurora, ON (7-2, 2-0)

Lost to Donald Wilson in overtime in the Metro Bowl. Jamal Kett again showed why he is one of the best prospects in the country, making countless plays on offense and defense.

18 (17) St Thomas More Knights – Vancouver, BC (6-1, 3-0)

Disappointing semi-final loss to Mount Douglas by a score of 54 to 7. QB Mike Careny scored the teams only touchdown on the day.

19 (HM) Frontenac – Kingston, ON (10-1)

Defeated Crestwood Mustangs (Peterborough) in the National Capital Bowl 49 to 11. The Falcons dominated, passing and running effectively all game. Rob Carnegie ran the ball well for the Falcons and QB Tyler Filson spread around the ball to receivers Mitch O’Connor, Jack Bagg, and Jacob Riha. RB Matt Clarkson showed some flashes for the Mustangs. Frontenac is 5 and 1 in National Capital bowl history.

20 (9) Northern Vikings- Sarnia, ON (10-1, 1-0)

Lost to AB Lucas Vikings (London) in the Western Bowl 24 to 6. Lucas dominated the first half with 295 yards of offense versus Northern’s paltry 5 yards. The halftime score of 17 to 0 could have been higher but the Northern defense stopped the Lucas offense when needed. Northern scored a late TD – Paul Kaija.

21 (21) Bishop O’Byrne Bobcats – Calgary (7-3-1)

Lost to the Raymond Comets in Alberta Tier 1 semi-finals 27 to 21. Late comeback was not enough.

22 (23) King City Lions – King City, ON (8-1, 0-1)

Lost to St. Andrew’s in Metro Bowl semi-finals 22 to 15 in triple overtime. Led at halftime by a score of 1 to 0.

23 (20) Cardinal Newman Cardinals – Stoney Creek, ON (8-1)

Lost handily to Nelson Lords in the GHAC final 43 to 20. Nonetheless, great season for the Cardinals.

24 (24) Superior Heights Steelhawks – Sault Ste Marie, ON (8-2)

Held on to a 31-0 halftime lead (barely) in the Northern Bowl to defeat Sir Winston Churchill (Thunder Bay) 34 to 28. QB Casey Wright rushed for 96 yards and passed for 135 yards. He had 1 rushing TD and 2 passing TDs. Rhys Mahler led the way on defense with 5 tackles.

25 tie (25) Académie Saint-Louis Arsenal – Quebec (7-4)

Lost to Séminaire Saint-François 31 to 10 in the semi-finals.

25 tie (25) Bernice MacNaughton Highlanders – Moncton, NB (6-3)

The comeback kids won the New Brunswick high school final in front of 4000 fans (1000 more than the AUS final). The Highlanders scored 2 fourth quarter touchdowns to win the final 14 to 13 over the Tantramar Titans. The defense caused the turnovers that allowed the offense to score the winning TDs. After a 3 and 3 regular season, the Highlanders got hot at the right time. This is the Highlanders fifth provincial title since 2004.


Honorable mentions (the next 25):
NOTE: We have included 6 ‘tier 2’ teams to the honourable mention list to high light the great seasons they are having. They are not eligible for ‘top 25’ rankings. In most cases they can chose to play in top tier.

British Columbia

Notre Dame Jugglers – Vancouver (4-3, 1-2)
Mission Roadrunners – Mission (10-0) **Double A

Alberta

Notre Dame – Calgary (8-1) FINAL
Salisbury Sabres – Sherwood Park (8-3-1)
Grande Prairie Warriors – Grand Prairie (8-3)
Austin O’Brien – Edmonton (11-1-1) **TIER 2 SPECIAL – CHAMPS

Saskatchewan

Campbell Tartans – Regina (7-2)
Holy Cross Crusaders – Saskatoon (9-2)
Bishop James Mahoney Saints – Saskatoon (9-0) **TIER 2 SPECIAL – 3a PROV CHAMPS

Manitoba

Vincent Massey Trojans – Winnipeg (6-3)

Ontario

WESTERN
Assumption Lions – Brantford (10-1, 0-1)
Herman – Windsor (7-3)
Holy Names – Windsor (7-1)

GOLDEN HORSESHOE
Notre Dame Knights – Brampton (8-1)
St. Thomas More – Hamilton (8-2)
St. Paul’s – Niagara Falls (7-3)

METRO
Northern – Toronto (8-2)

NATIONAL CAPITAL
Sydenham – Sydenham (7-1)
St. Peter’s – Ottawa (7-1-1)
Arnprior – Arnprior (12-0) **TIER 2 SPECIAL –

NORTHERN
Sir Winston Churchill – Thunder Bay (7-3)

Quebec

É. sec. Curé-Antoine-Labelle les Loups – Laval (6-4)
Externat St-Jean-Eudes Condors – Quebec City (6-5)
É. sec. Roger-Comtois – Quebec City (11-0) **TIER 2 SPECIAL (1B)
Philemon Wright Falcons – Gatineau (11-0) **TIER 2 SPECIAL (Div 2)

New Brunswick

Tantramar Titans – Sackville (7-2)

Nova Scotia

Horton Griffins – Wolfville (8-1-1)

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NOTES:
1) Teams eligible are in the below listing.
2) At least one team per province will be represented always.
3) We encourage your participation, feedback, and criticism.
4) All leagues go to grade 12 except for quebec which are grade 10’s and 11’s. Ontario allows grade 13 players to play. Some provinces limit the total amount of years you can participate in high school football (i.e. Nova Scotia has 3 year maximum). Most provinces are January school years with the exception of Alberta (and Nova Scotia use to be so this class is still on that schedule).
5) List is compiled by CFC high school ranking group. CFC group numbers 20 people from across Canada.
6) In brackets is last weeks ranking. NR = not ranked, HM = honarable mention, NC = No change


LEAGUES IN THE POLL

NOTE: Most provinces have more than 1 tier and therefore there are more teams in each province then what is considered in this poll.

BRITISH COLUMBIA
1) AAA Varsity – 11 man – (18 teams)

ALBERTA
1) TIER 1 (TBD)

SASKATCHEWAN
1) 4A (16 teams)

MANITOBA
1) AAA (8 teams)

ONTARIO
1) Senior / Varsity Tier 1 (TBD)

QUEBEC
1) JUVENILE AAA – DIVISION 1 (10 teams)

NEW BRUNSWICK
1) 12 MAN (9 teams)

NOVA SCOTIA
1) VARSITY (17 teams)

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