Tantra­mar Ti­tans trounce L’odyssée Olympi­ens 35-0

Sackville squad un­de­feated with one game re­main­ing in reg­u­lar sea­son

Sackville Tribune - - SPORTS - Wal­lie Sears Write Call

Scott O’neal and his foot­ball Ti­tans con­tin­ued to weave a path of de­struc­tion through the New Bruns­wick High School Foot­ball League on Thurs­day in Monc­ton.

The Ti­tans hand­ily downed l L’odyssée Olympi­ens 35-0 to run their sea­son record to an un­blem­ished 5-0 with one game re­main­ing on the sched­ule be­fore play­offs.

Dur­ing their streak, the lo­cals have put 223 points on the score­board, while con­ced­ing a mere eight. The only touch­down they’ve al­lowed came early in the first quar­ter against Saint John as they went on to post a 36-7 vic­tory. The only other point al­lowed came on the open­ing kick­off against Riverview, a game in which they scored 58 unan­swered points to win 58-1.

In other matchups, they have shut out Monc­ton 43-0, Fred­er­ic­ton 52-0 and l’odyssey 35-0.

As a mat­ter of fact, the Ti­tans haven’t al­lowed a point for 14 quar­ters – a re­mark­able and un­matched record.

But O’neal de­clined to say this is the strong­est unit he has fielded in the past four sea­sons, sim­ply say­ing each had its strengths and weak­nesses. But he did agree the 2018 squad plays as a to­tal team and no one player con­sid­ers him­self above the team. Although there are three or four play­ers ca­pa­ble of mov­ing up di­rectly to play at the univer­sity level, he says they have adopted the team- first phi­los­o­phy.

“Thurs­day’s game against the Olympi­ens was tougher than it looks,” O’neal said on the week­end. “They have some very good play­ers, some very large ones and with a new coach are play­ing a much bet­ter game than last year. I don’t know why they aren’t even bet­ter, and still don’t have a win.”

Riverview trails the Ti­tans in sec­ond place with a 3-2 mark. Monc­ton is 2-1-1, Leo Hays 2-2, Saint John 1-3, Fred­er­ic­ton 1-3, while L’odyssée has a win a tie and three losses.

On Thurs­day, the Ti­tans danced to a 28-0 lead by half time, scored an­other TD early in the sec­ond and then sub­sti­tuted freely as the game was played straight time with no time outs.

O’neal ad­mit­ted the Ti­tans came out a bit flat as they ap­par­ently took the game lightly and soon found them­selves in a bat­tle. But with more and louder fans be­hind them, they set­tled down and grad­u­ally gained the up­per hand.

With the hosts play­ing ag­gres­sively the Ti­tans’ de­fence came up big, forc­ing turnovers and lim­it­ing the losers to a mere hand­ful of first downs.

Many “young guns” – the fu­ture of the Ti­tans – were pressed into ac­tion dur­ing the fi­nal go­ing but O’neal said he was re­luc­tant to in­sert some, be­cause of the size of the l’odyssey play­ers and the po­ten­tial for in­jury.

Some late high­lights came when grade 10 QB Jesse Estabrooks com­pleted a pair of passes to grade-nin­ers Con­rad Allen and Ben Weir, names that will be­come fa­mil­iar in fu­ture years.

O’neal said he was proud of Jesse, who he be­lieves will be a fine re­place­ment when Justin Vo­gels grad­u­ates.

Oliver Long­pre con­tin­ued his scor­ing on­slaught with a trio of touch­downs while hav­ing a long punt re­turn for a ma­jor called back due to a hold­ing call. Ver­sa­tile Lu­cas Cormier, while prowl­ing the de­fen­sive back­field shifted to the other side of the ball to score a pair of ma­jors. Joe Car­pen­ter con­tin­ued his un­bro­ken skein of con­verts with five more.

With a bye week the Ti­tans will en­joy a 17-day break be­fore their next and fi­nal game at Leo Hayes on Oct. 19. O’neal’s goal is to keep the team fo­cused on the task at hand stay­ing hot as they gun for their fourth pro­vin­cial ti­tle and an­other un­de­feated sea­son.

PAMELA SCHNIEDER PHOTO

Ti­tan Ri­ley Estabrooks looks to clear a path as team­mate Oliver Long­pre runs the ball down­field in Thurs­day evening’s game in Monc­ton.

SCOTT DO­HERTY – SACKVILLE TRI­BUNE- POST

Star Ti­tan player Lu­cas Cormier sweeps to the out­side in Thurs­day night’s game against the Olympi­ens. Cormier notched a pair of ma­jors in the game, which ended with a score of 35-0 for the Sackville squad.

PAMELA SCHNIEDER PHOTO

The Ti­tans’ Trevor Du­lenty goes down hard in Thurs­day’s game against the Olympi­ens on Rocky Stone Field in Monc­ton. The Ti­tans blanked L’odyssée 35-0.

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