District 10 Season Preview

The Guelph centered District 10 football league kicked off with Orangeville visiting Centennial in a match up featuring two programs attempting to become relevant in the league.

The seven team District 10 league is comprised of Orangeville District Secondary School, Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute, John F. Ross Collegiate Vocational Institute, Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute, St, James Catholic High School, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High School, and Bishop Macdonell Catholic High School.

Entering the season, the two time defending champion Ross Royals are likely the front runners to capture a third straight District 10 championship. The school that also holds the most titles of all time (19) has consistently put contenders on the field, a testament to an established coaching staff and flourishing culture of football at the school. Other teams to watch based on recent success will be the Lourdes Crusaders, Guelph Gaels, and the St. James Lions.

Bishop Macdonell made some strides last year, winning two games after several seasons of disappointing results. The Centennial Spartans are attempting to return to former glory after some recent lackluster seasons. Coach Josh Ferguson recognizes the need to establish a new climate in the program, saying, “This year our players have made a commitment to the program and have bought into the idea that games are won Monday to Thursday from 330 until 6.” The most recent addition to the league, the Orangeville bears, are still acclimating to District 10 play.

This year the league will play two night games under the lights at the University of Guelph’s recently refurbished Alumni Stadium. On Thursday October 10 St. James will play Guelph Collegiate at 7pm, and on Friday October 18th Centennial will play Guelph Collegiate to close out the season at 7pm.

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