Tantramar Titans trounce L’odyssée Olympiens 35-0
Sackville squad undefeated with one game remaining in regular season
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.
Titan Riley Estabrooks looks to clear a path as teammate Oliver Longpre runs the ball downfield in Thursday evening’s game in Moncton.
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.
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.