After winning the 5A provincial championship on Saturday, the Weyburn Comprehensive School Eagles football team was on top of the world. After all, winning their second provincial title in three years, along with three straight league championships, was a huge accomplishment.
Tuesday afternoon, however, one more honour was added to the list for the team this season - ranked first overall in the country. The rankings were released by Canadian Football Chat, the organization that has ranked the top 25 small schools and top 50 large schools across Canada for more than a decade.
"(It's) very exciting for our program, school and community to be recognized for our success and hard work," said head coach Jody Kerr. "It's great to be held in conversations with all of these other great programs from across Canada."
Weyburn had entered the game Saturday as the number two ranked team in the country, behind Dalbe-Viau out of Quebec. The win by Weyburn and a loss by the Quebec school in the semi-finals in that province meant Weyburn leapt to the top spot in Canada.
The Eagles went through the season undefeated, with the closest any team came to defeating them happening in the preseason when they defeated Grant Park from Winnipeg by just 17 points. Their largest margin of victory was a 53-point difference against Swift Current in Week 2 of the season. WCS finished the 2023 campaign by outscoring their opponents 370-91.
While Weyburn is currently ranked number one, there are still a few weeks left of football in other provinces. This could impact the rankings before the end of the year, but for the moment, the players and coaches can take pride that they are currently recognized as the best in the nation.