CFC50 Weekend Watch (11): Head-to-head matchups make for a wild week of playoff football

Around the country, there are some great matchups happening between CFC50 high school teams. Here is a look at what you can expect this weekend.

What a terrific week! Almost all games are head-to-head matchups that lead either to a provincial final, or to advance one step closer to that championship game.

A few of the games we are watching closely, however, are St. Thomas More against Cardinal Newman. Everyone holds their breath when the No. 1 team in country plays a tough opponent. There have been some other surprising upsets this season already, who’s to say the Cardinals couldn’t join the others with unseating the Knights. We don’t predict that will happen, but it would make for a wild ride.

In Alberta, the No. 2 Titans take on No. 24 Salisbury. This was a epic matchup back in week 7 when Harry Ainlay beat the Sabres 26-10. The Sabres will have a second shot – and with more on the line. The Edmonton city championship is the goal and whoever wins this one gets to advance to the Alberta T1 provincial championship.

Also happening in Alberta is an unexpected matchup for the Calgary city championship. Current No. 13, St. Francis, was upset by No. 48 Henry Wise Wood on Monday, 12-11 in OT. The Warriors advance to play No. 9 Notre Dame for the keys to the city. They’ll have a tough go as the Pride pounded the Warriors 41-9 back in week 5 of regular season play.  The winner will advance to play the winner of the North T1 final.

Further in the prairies, the Saskatchewan provincial banner is on the line with No. 11 Miller advancing to play No. 31 Centennial. Miller recently upset Leboldus in the Regina city final and Centennial became the Saskatoon city champion for the first time in their history. CFCs prediction is that Miller will take this one and hoist the provincial champion trophy over their heads this weekend.

As we make our way to central Canada, Manitoba once again sees No. 10 Vincent Massey and No. 16 St. Paul’s in the Anavets Bowl division 1 provincial final. In week 4, the Trojans pulled the upset, 14-10 over the Crusaders and worked their way up into the top 10 of the CFC50 rankings. Both teams have a multitude of talent – CFC100s included. We always enjoy watching these two perennial powerhouses go up against each other each year. Massey won the championship back in 2015 and since then, St. Paul’s has been the awarded winner. Does Massey have enough fuel in the tank to once again hold that provincial trophy over their heads? We are going to say Massey takes this one with the year they have been having, but it won’t be by a lot and maybe not at all.

Back in Ontario, we see last year’s No. 1 (up until OFSAA), London South (No. 21) take on No. 7 A. B Lucas who has just been the steady-as-she-goes team this year and remains undefeated. These two teams met back in week 5 where Lucas delivered South’s only loss of the season, 34-7. There’s a whole lot of football that has been played since then and we are sure South is hungry for this one and to win the TVRA championship title.

Lastly, shoutout to the 2018 New Brunswick provincial champions, the No. 27 Tantramar Titans who defeated Riverview 42-0 last weekend. They went undefeated, 8-0, and only allowed 15 points against them all season. This makes four in a row for the Titans. Congratulations on another successful season.

While these games are highlighted, all the matchups below should be good ones to watch. Good luck to all teams!

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  1. St. Thomas More (Hamilton) v. CFC50 Cardinal Newman (HWCD T1 final)
  2. Harry Ainlay v. CFC50 Salisbury(north regional semifinal T1 / EDM city final)
  3. Saint-Jean-Eudes v. CFC50 College Jean-Eudes (semifinal)
  4. Catholic Central (London) v. St. Joseph’s (London Dis. final)
  5. W. F. Herman v. Sandwich (semifinal)
  6. Seminaire Saint-Francois v. CFC50 Cure-Antoine-Labelle (semifinal)
  7. A.B Lucas v. CFC50 London South (TVRA final)
  8. Lord Tweedsmuir – BYE
  9. Notre Dame CGY v. CFC50 Henry Wise Wood (south regional semifinal T1 / CGY city final)
  10. Vincent Massey WPG v. CFC50 St. Paul’s (Anavets Bowl Div 1 final)
  11. Miller v. CFC50 Centennial (SK provincial final)
  12. Vancouver College – BYE
  13. St. Francis Browns v. CFC50 LCI (south regional semifinal T1)
  14. Holy Names v. Villanova (semifinal)
  15. Holy Trinity (Oakville) v. Corpus Christi (HCAA final)
  16. St. Paul’s v. CFC50 Vincent Massey WPG (Anavets Bowl Div 1 final)
  17. Huron Heights – DNP until Nov. 17
  18. Cardinal Newman v. CFC50 St. Thomas More (Hamilton) (HWCD T1 final)
  19. Holy Trinity (Courtice) v. Donald A. Wilson (semifinal)
  20.  St. Thomas More (Burnaby) v. Nanaimo (wild card)
  21. London South v. CFC50 A.B Lucas (TVRA final)
  22. Nelson – won 37-12 v. Garth Webb (HSSAA final) next – TBD
  23. Jacob Hespeler – won 35-7 v. SJA (semifinal), next TBD
  24. Salisbury v. CFC50 Harry Ainlay (north regional semifinal T1 / EDM city final)
  25. Terry Fox v. Carson Graham (wild card)
  26. L.C.I v. CFC50 St. Francis Browns (south regional semifinal T1)
  27. Tantramar – 2018 New Brunswick Provincial Champions
  28. St. Marcellinus v. Lorne Park (ROPSSA T1 final)
  29. A. N Myer – BYE
  30. Notre Dame (Welland) v. Saint Paul (NCAA final)
  31. Centennial v. CFC50 Miller (SK provincial final)
  32. St. Peter’s v. St. Mark (semifinal)
  33. Leboldus – season finished
  34. Holy Cross – season finished
  35. Mount Doug v. Kelowna (wild card)
  36. College Jean-Eudes v. Saint-Jean-Eudes (semifinal)
  37. Barrie North v. Eastview (SCAA final)
  38. Citadel v. SJA (semifinal)
  39. Raymond – season finished
  40. Cure-Antoine-Labelle v. CFC50 Sem. Saint-Francois (semifinal)
  41. Korah v. West Ferris (NOSSA final)
  42. South Delta v. Mission (wild card)
  43. St. Joan of Arc v. St. Thomas Aquinas (CSACS final)
  44. Notre Dame (Burnaby) v. WJ Mouat (wild card)
  45. Etobicoke v. Birchmount Park (quarterfinal)
  46. La Salle v. Holy Cross (KASSAA final)
  47. College Charles-Lemoyne – season finished
  48. Henry Wise Wood v. CFC50 Notre Dame (south regional semifinal T1 / CGY city final)
  49. College Notre-Dame – season finished
  50. Almonte v. Arnprior (LRFL final)

 

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