High School Playoffs Roundup (MB) St. Paul’s Crusaders can’t be stopped on a cold night at IGF

Anavets Bowl (AAA)

St. Paul’s Crusaders (35), Dakota Lancers (0)

It felt almost like a typical January night for the Anavets Bowl on Thursday night at Investors Group Field. During the press conference leading up to the game, Stacy Dainard mentioned that the weather would be like “The Heart of Hockey Season.”

The Crusaders quickly opened the scoring in this one when Brody Lawson found Noah Dornn open in the end zone and then the Crusaders dominated the rest of the game. St. Paul’s defense was in Reid Vankoughnett’s face all night, sacking him many times and making it difficult for Dakota’s offense to get in any kind of rhythm.

Many players that stood out in this game for the Crusaders were on offense. Wide receiver Michael O’Shae made an impact nearly every time he caught the football. At quarterback, Brody Lawson played well and used his legs to be a dual threat on many occasions. Noah Dornn also had a big game at wide receiver. It was tough to name one person on St. Paul’s defense because as a unit they played lights out forcing many second and long situations.

One thing that stood out to me was the camaraderie of St. Paul’s offensive line. I’ve been watching football my whole life but have never seen what the Crusaders line did while walking onto the field. Kyle Wilfer and the rest of the o-line held one hand while making their way from the dressing room. I thought this was pretty neat. It seemed to form kind of an unbreakable bond throughout the game.

With St. Paul’s shutout in the Anavets Bowl, Kyle Wilfer reaches his goal of winning back-to-back championships. St.Paul’s wins their 11th WHSFL title in club history. The last football game the St. Paul’s Crusaders lost was in 2015 in the Anavets Bowl.


CTV Bowl (AA)

Oak Park Raiders (47), Vincent Massey Vikings (14)

The Oak Park Raiders win another WHSFL title after going on a two game win streak into the finals. Oak Park played in the Potter Division all season but dropped down a ranking due to recent changes made to the playoff brackets. In the semi-finals the Raiders defeated the 7-0 Kelvin Clippers and they wouldn’t be stopped in the CTV Bowl either.

CanadInns Bowl (A)

Daniel MacIntyre Maroons (30), Kildonan East Reivers (0)

The Daniel MacIntyre Maroons capped off a perfect season earning their first championship since 1978 when it was called the Centennial Trophy. Leading the 8-0 Maroons was quarterback Kieran Benson who threw a couple a touchdown passes and also added another on the ground.



St. Norbert Celtics (12), West Kildonan Wolverines (13)

The West Kildonan Wolverines won a tight game against the Celtics in the WHSFL Bowl. With the recent changes in the playoff brackets, another championship was added to the Winnipeg High School Football League. The WHSFL Bowl was created to give the teams another chance at winning a title for their school. West Kildonan caps off their 5-3 season with a title.


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