GOTW ON: Three major CFC50 playoff matchups

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CFC50 HIGH SCHOOL RANKINGS WEEK 9

CFC50 No. 22 Cardinal Newman Cardinals (5-1) v.s UR Bishop Ryan Celtics (4-2)
November 1st

It’s time for a playoff edition of the Battle of Stoney Creek between Cardinal Newman and Bishop Ryan in the Hamilton Catholic semifinals. There may be a huge discrepancy in their rankings, but the Celtics are looking to finish the job after falling short 23-17 in their comeback effort in the annual Cote Cup earlier in the year. Outside of CFC50 No. 1 St. Thomas More, they’re the only squad to give Newman any issues this season, and are relying on the backbone from their junior championship team that brought home the title in 2017.

Since their last loss to STM, the Cardinals have been on a mission destroying St. Jean Brebeuf, Cathedral and St. Mary’s by a combined score of 137-3, so they’re going to look like a completely different team going into the playoffs with a lot of confidence on both sides. It’s been a long time since Newman and STM didn’t meet in a championship final, which would put the Cardinals in the exact same scenario next week with a chance for redemption against their other hated rivals – of course that’s if Cathedral doesn’t shock the world in the other semifinal.

Cardinal Newman Players to Watch: CFC100 QB Evan Clarke, CFC100 DL Dmitri Duffield, LB Anthony Moretuzzo, LB Dante Schirripa, DL Yunus Larry, REC Marcello da Silva, REC Ryan Ogilvie, OL Joshua Dowsett, DB Marcus Unelli, RB Marcell Phillips, ATH Drake Bodi

Bishop Ryan Players to Watch: CFC100 OL Daniel Hocevar, CFC150 DB Prabdeep Mann, CFC150 J.P. Sardo, CFC150 DB Isaac Sardo, LB Nathan Condello, DT Enric Mburanunwe, REC Luca Jones, RB Dylan Bernardo, QB Nathaniel Krbavac

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CFC50 No. 17 St. Marcellinus Spirit (6-0) v.s CFC50 No. 34 Lorne Park Spartans (4-2)
October 31st

We’ve got an early morning Halloween matchup with St. Marcellinus and Lorne Park looking for the ultimate treat in the ROPSSAA finals. Appropriately, it’s been all about the Spirit in Peel this season after finishing the regular season a perfect 6-0, including two blowout victories over the Spartans. They’ve managed to outscore their three opponents by a combined score of 197-41 across the six matchups, while Lorne Park are second best with a differential off 99-110.

With that all said, Lorne Park are the true owners of the Peel region winning four OFSAA titles in the past six seasons, including back-to-back triumphs entering this year’s campaign. If anybody can manage to shock the province with a surprise trip to the Festival, there’s no better candidate than the Spartans.

St. Marcellinus Players to Watch: QB Chad Owens Jr., RB Jayden Kerr, DB Draven Maiato, DB Doron Butcher, DT Jalen Hylton, REC Deshawn Wright, DT LeanDre Guerra, DE Ezekiel Gray, REC Tyreq Clarke, REC Ryan Francis, OL Cole Provan

Lorne Park Players to Watch: LB Max Henry, RB Liam Bowman, ATH Will Martisek

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CFC50 No 45. Assumption Lions (4-0-1) v.s UR Brantford CI Mustangs (3-2)
November 2nd

Can Brantford CI complete their magical run? Or will Assumption keep their undefeated record intact and live to fight another day? It looked like we were destined for a rematch between Assumption and North Park, who played to a 17-17 tie earlier in the year, but BCI had a different script in hand hammering the Trojans 31-7 in the semifinals. That was one error corrected, now they shift their attention to taking down the Lions, who won their previous matchup 20-14 in a nail biter.

Although they sport different records, they’ve followed a very similar path to the finals with BCI outscoring their opponents 123-44, and Assumption sitting at 143-54. There isn’t much to seperate these two programs, but with North Park out of the way, I can guarantee a new champion out of Brant County this season.

Assumption Players to Watch: DL Emmett Styres, RB Adrian Henry, REC Justin Riley, REC Trevor McDonald, DEF Jabari Ampadu, DEF Kyle Orton and DEF Carter Blad

Brantford CI Players to Watch: RB Seth Cook, QB Ty Easton, Evan Walsh, RB Jeremy Gagne, DB Mehtab Dhesi, LB Stuart McDougall, OL/DL  Zach Dean

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