National High School Previews & Predictions (6): “BIG” one in Calgary, 3 epic #CFC50 clashes & rivalry heat back on in Toronto brings you the National High School Previews and Predictions.  Each week, we will preview the must see games of the week province to province and provide a prediction of the outcome.



Conner McKee


Centennial Centaurs @ CFC#2 Terry Fox Ravens

Friday October 17th, Town Park Centre, 7:00PM

The Centennial Centaurs (0-4) will face off against CFC#2 Terry Fox Ravens (4-0) this Friday in a traditional cross-town rivalry game – one that has gone on for many seasons.

The Centaurs dropped a 20-0 decision to Lord Tweedsmuir last week and will look to bounce back and put points on the board against an undefeated opponent in the Ravens. Although winless this season, the Centaurs will look to leaders in slot back/offensive lineman Josh Taitinger, offensive and defensive tackle Jarrel Pylatuk, and quarterback/safety Jordan Lund to make things happen.

The Ravens, who are undefeated so far this season, are coming off a 38-15 win over St. Thomas More. In a battle of undefeated teams last week, the Ravens were able to utilize hybrid players to help them on both sides of the ball to pull the team to a win against the Saints. Standout running back Mike West will once again be a key player for the Ravens as he finished last week’s game with 25 carries for 160 yards and three touchdowns.

Source:  BC High School

Colton Hunchak 2


CFC#5 St. Francis Browns at CFC#1 Notre Dame Pride

Friday, October 17, 5:00 p.m., Hellard Field at Shouldice Park, Calgary

This one’s been red circled ever since it’s been scheduled.  The exploits of the Notre Dame Pride have been pretty well known in the past few years and as a result sit not only atop the Tier I Top 10 Rankings in Alberta but the overall Top 10 in the nation as well.  Lead by CFC100 Colton Hunchak and Myles Browne the Pride have been unstoppable going on three seasons.  However, coming up hard on the outside are the St. Francis Browns.  Long the power team in Calgary going back to the Eisenhower Administration, the Browns lost a bit of that moxie to their fellow Catholic High School in Northwest Calgary over the past decade, but now have re-built and re-built well. Both teams are undefeated and while the Pride average a startling 52.7 points per game, the Browns come into this game with a league best average of 5.8 points against per game.  Irresistible Force vs. Immovable Object?  We’ll see on Friday

Source:  Alberta Schools Athletic Association

PREDICTION: Notre Dame Pride 30, St Francis Browns 23

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Evan Hardy Souls at Bishop Mahoney Saints

Wednesday October 15th, 5:15pm

A key Saskatoon 3A matchup pits the Bishop Mahoney Saints entertaining the undefeated Evan Hardy Souls.  The Saints have only one loss this season.

The Souls will look to several players to contribute in the game on Wednesday –  slotback Nathan Unruh, running back Layne Yachyshen, pivot Trevar Mann, defensive standout Ryan Melnyk, as well as linebackers Eric Clauson and Creighton Clarke.

Defensive back Adam Lewis will lead the the Saints.

In 2013, the Saints routed the Souls 43-0.  This time around it should be a solid defensive display from both teams.

PREDICTION: Evan Hardy Souls 22, Bishop Mahoney Saints 16

Brady Oliviera


CFC#40 Vincent Massey Trojans at CFC#19 Oak Park Raiders

Friday October 17th, 5:00pm

For the second consecutive week in the WHSFL, two #CFC50 will meet.  On the heels of a disappointing three point loss to CFC#10 St. Paul Crusaders, CFC#19 Oak Park Raiders are fueled to get back on the winning track.  It doesn’t hurt that the Raiders have record breaking CFC100 running back Brady Oliveira.

However, CFC#40 Vincent Massey Trojans should not be underestimated either. They too have a defensive standout in CFC100 Mason Bennett.

Last year, the Raiders cruised to a 28-2 win over the Raiders.  However, the gap will be much smaller this time around.

Two #CFC50 squads with CFC100 talent, it doesn’t get any better than this!

PREDICTION: Oak Park Raiders, 20, Vincent Massey Trojans 18


Paul Henning 3


CFC#30 Resurrection Phoenix at St. Benedict Saints

Thursday October 16th, 7:00pm

Two undefeated squads come highlight this battle royale.  With each wanting to keep their perfect season intact, both teams will come out swinging in this contest.

CFC#30 Resurrection Phoenix will have five offensive threats that will make things difficult for St. Benedict Saints – Paul Henning, Domenik Valincic, Ryan MacArthur, Scott Lane and Tyler Woods.

One thing we know for sure is after this game is over, one team’s undefeated “honeymoon” is over.  What we can’t predict is who will emerge as the winner of this one.The last time these two teams played was in 2012.  The Phoenix won that battle 22-7.  Again, the teams are much different from 2012.

PREDICTION: Resurrection Phoenix 23, St. Benedict Saints 20


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Richview Saints at Etobicoke Collegiate Rams

Friday October 17th, 5:30pm has pegged this battle as a “must see” game for quite some time.  Two archrivals will meet in this game.  While the Etobicoke Collegiate Rams are back from a hiatus, they’re desire of beating the Saints hasn’t gone away.

The Rams expect pivot Justice Allin, linebacker Tyler Grymek-Nifo as well as running backs Treshaun Thomas-Wright and Sawyer Howell to lead the way on the field against the Saints.

Rams Head Coach Chivase Bryan shared his sentiments of this rivalry back in September:

“No doubt about it, the Richview Saints will be the team we want to beat they are 10 minutes from us longstanding rivals and the team to beat for us,” expressed the Rams Head Coach.”

The electrifying atmosphere and energy from this renewed rivalry is enough of a reason alone to keep a watch on this battle.

PREDICTION: Richview Saints 27, Etobicoke Collegiate Rams 17

Guillaume Vermette


CFC#41 Academie Les Estacades at CFC#9 Seminaire Saint Francois Blizzard

Saturday October 18th, Seminaire Saint Francois, 1:30pm

A battle of two #CFC50 squads, this will be one of the most intriguing games of the week nationally to watch.  Last year, CFC#41 Academie Les Estacades eked out a 29-28 victory over CFC#9 Seminaire  Saint Francois Blizzard.

For Les Estacades, Alexis Daigneault will be the leader on offense.  He scored a touchdown in last week’s loss to College Notre Dame Cactus.   Uriel-Emmanuel Kalenga is a menace on defense.  In last week’s game against the Cactus, he was in beast mode as he racked up 13 tackles.

There is no question who the offensive catalyst will be for the Blizzard – Guillaume Vermette.  For the Estacades to have any chance of winning this game against the Blizzard, the defense has to find a way to shut down Vermette.  If the Estacades can do that, they have a shot.  If they don’t contain him, it will be a long day at the office.

PREDICTION: Seminaire Saint Francois Blizzard 32, Academie Les Estacades 28

Ben Deturbide 3


Prince Andrew Panthers at Halifax West Warriors

Thursday October 16th, Burnside Turf 5:00pm

A rematch of the 2013 NSSAFFL Tier 2 Championship Final, these two squads are well matched and this makes it a marquee matchup. Both the Prince Andrew Panthers and the Halifax West Warriors are competing in the Nova Division (Tier 1) Division this year.

The Warriors are hungry for redemption after losing the Tier 2 Championship to the Panthers. Also, the Warriors are still in search for their first win of the season. The Panthers on the other hand want to still have the upper hand against the Warriors.

Two players to watch for on the Panthers are defensive standout Ben Deturbide and running back Nick Green

PREDICTION: Prince Andrew Panthers 28, Halifax West Warriors 24

Nevin Becker


Tantramar Titans at Fredericton Black Kats

Friday October 17th, 7:00pm

With playoff positioning becoming more important, these are two teams that are sporting identical 4-2 records.  The last time these two teams met was in 2011 Semi-Final and the Tantramar Titans made quick work of the Fredericton Black Kats and won the game 39-1.

But this is 2014, and the teams are very much different from the ones that played in the semi-final,

One of the top quarterbacks in the province, Pat Mollins will lead the Black Kats offensive unit.  Two-way player Travis Branscombe will be expected to play significant part in any success the Black Kats will have under Friday Night Lights.  Linebacker Alexander Amos will anchor the defensive unit while lineman Travis Carson will be a force to be reckoned with.

As for the Titans, Nevin Becker, wide receiver Dylan Banks and lineman Ross McCormack will be the ones to watch for on Friday.

Overall, this has the makings of being an exciting, edge of your seat kind of batlle.

PREDICTION:  Fredericton Black Kats 30, Tantramar Titans 25

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