High school roundup (ON – SIMCOE) [1]: Marquee matchups aplenty in opening week of Simcoe County season

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Most high school seasons across the country got underway before the school year began. Simcoe County was a little late joining the party, but teams across the region are chomping at the bit to begin their seasons.

The region is divided up into two leagues for its Public and Catholic-board schools. The Simcoe County Athletic Association (SCAA features eight schools from the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB), the County’s public school board. The Catholic School Athletics of Simcoe County (CSASC) showcases five squads from schools in the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board (SMCDSB), which oversees Catholic education in the region.

It was difficult to pick a “Game of the Week” for Week 1 across both leagues. (You’ll see who takes the honours tomorrow on CFC.) There are plenty of Grade A matchups on tap to kick off the Simcoe County season. Here’s a rundown of the schedule for Week one in the SCAA and CSASC, and a look at how things stack up.


Innisdale Invaders @ Collingwood Fighting Owls – Thursday, September 21 (2:30 pm)
The Collingwood Fighting Owls look to begin their season on the right foot after a disappointing 2016 season that saw them finish at 1-5 and lose in the quarter finals. They entertain the Innisdale Invaders, who after finishing 3-3 last season before being ousted in the opening round of the playoffs by Orillia, look to be one of the top teams in the SCAA. Actions begins at 2:30 from Collingwood.

Orillia Nighthawks @ Banting Marauders – Thursday, September 21 (2:30 pm)
The Orillia Nighthawks begin a rebuilding season after losing a couple key pieces to the University ranks. They also have a new head coach in Shawn Johnson and Offensive Coordinator in James Stevenson. These new men at the helm will look to incorporate a brand new offence with some flashy new looks. The Nighthawks travel to Banting Memorial in Alliston to face the Marauders, who have revitalized their senior program after sitting out next season. They welcome many rookies who helped their Juniors capture the county title last year. Kickoff for that one is 2:30.

Bear Creek Kodiaks @ Nantyr Shores Tritons – Friday, September 22 (2:30 pm)
In a rematch of the controversial 2016 SCAA Final, the CFC #45 Bear Creek Kodiaks travel to Nantyr Shores in Innisfil to face the Tritons. The Kodiaks beat the Tritons 10-4 in last year’s final to advance to the OFSAA Simcoe Bowl after being reinstated thanks to their semi-final opponent, the Barrie North Vikings, dressing an ineligible player. That victory also gave them their first ever spot on the CFC 50. The action gets underway from Nantyr at 2:30 on Friday.


St. Theresa’s Thunder @ St. Joan of Arc Knights – Thursday September 21 (3:30 pm)
In what is likely to be the marquee matchup of the season on the Catholic side, the St. Theresa’s Thunder, who will begin a rebuilding year after the graduation of much of their top talent, head to St. Joan of Arc to tangle with the former CFC50 Knights. The Thunder will be running a Varsity program this season, after fielding both a junior and senior team for each of the last three years. The Knights will likely be the team to beat in CSASC once again this year, and in recent years, have been a perennial favourite to appear at the year-end OFSAA Bowl Festival in November. They were upset by an upstart Bear Creek Kodiaks team in the GBSSA championship game (featuring the SCAA Champion and the CSASC Champion) last season. Kickoff from St. Joan of Arc in Barrie is 3:30.

St. Thomas Aquinas Stingers @ St. Joseph’s Jaguars – Friday September 22 (Time unknown)
The St. Joseph’s Jaguars will play host to the St. Thomas Aquinas Stingers on Friday afternoon, wrapping up week one in the CSASC. These two programs have had difficulty, as have most others in the league, keeping up with the big guns of St. Theresa’s and St. Joan of Arc. The Jaguars placed fourth in the six-team league last season, while the Jaguars finished just below them in fifth. Both teams look to start their seasons on a high note Friday afternoon from St. Joseph’s in Barrie. Kickoff time is not yet known.


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