Prairie Wrap-Up: CFC50 St. Paul’s reclaim Manitoba crown, CFC50 LeBoldus kings in Saskatchewan

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Manitoba – ANAVATS Bowl

After sitting on the sidelines watching the celebrations last year, the CFC50 St. Paul’s Crusaders reclaimed the Manitoba provincial crown with a convincing a 22-0 shutout over the CFC50 Vincent Massey Trojans at IG Field.

The Crusaders were led under centre by CFC150 Te Jessie all season, who threw for 1341 yards and 16 touchdowns to just three interceptions in nine games. He was also deadly with his feet carrying the ball 55 times for 498 yards and nine more majors, making Jessie the most versatile offensive weapon in Manitoba this season. He couldn’t have done it without the help of his favourite target Zach Wynne, who finished the year off with 36 receptions for 679 yards and 12 touchdowns.

While their offence was impressive, St. Paul’s defence can lay claim to one of the best in the nation led by a trio of CFC Prospect Game alumni in the middle of the field. CFC100s Nathan Carabatsakis, Nic Pereira and Kundanji Sinkala combined for 102 total tackles, eight sacks, five interceptions, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, while another CFC Prospect Game participant CFC100 Zach Lytle made his prescence known with 18 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. CFC100 Trae Tomlinson also shined in the defensive backfield accumulating 21 tackles, one pick-six, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery, then on the defensive line, Liam Macdonald was a force coming off the edge registering a team high five sacks. As a unit they allowed no more than 20 points in a game this season, and in the Crusaders only loss, they still turned in a stellar performance losing 15-13 to CFC50 Dakota.

The Trojans knew they would need to hold onto their title with a tight grip, but were unable to restrain the Crusaders in 2019 dropping their regular season contest 22-2 as well. This marks the third provincial championship in four years for St. Paul’s, and the tenth in the program’s storied history.

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Saskatchewan – 6A 12-Man Championship

After a two year hiatus, the natural order has been restored in Saskatchewan with the CFC50 LeBoldus Golden Suns defeating the CFC50 Holy Cross Crusaders 28-15 at Mosaic Stadium.

It felt like LeBoldus may never lose again after taking home the ultimate prize five years in a row from 2012-2016 against Holy Cross in every contest, but they were bested the past two seasons by eventual champions Campbell and Miller in the semis. The questions started to turn into can the Golden Suns make it back, instead of when they’ll make it back, but any doubters were laid to waste in 2019 as LeBoldus ran the table with a perfect 9-0 record.

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Their offence was led by CFC Prospect Game participant CFC100 Ryker Frank, who went off in the final against Holy Cross registering 25 carries for 138 yards, and six receptions for 103 yards with one major. Christian Fischer delivered a clutch performance as well completing 16 passes for 262 yards and a pair of touchdowns, with his second going to Ethan Marshall.

With six provincial championships in eight years, historians in the future may consider 2017-2018 a minor blemish in the LeBoldus dynasty that nearly stretches a decade already with no end in sight.

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