Ti­tans claim their fourth con­sec­u­tive provin­cial ti­tle

Sackville squad dom­i­nates Roy­als in 2018 fi­nal tak­ing de­ci­sive 42-0 vic­tory

Sackville Tribune - - SPORTS - Wal­lie Sears Write Call

The Ti­tans kept it sim­ple and in work­man-like fash­ion, waltzed to a one-sided 42-0 vic­tory over the Riverview Roy­als to clinch their fourth con­sec­u­tive New Brunswick High School foot­ball cham­pi­onship.

There had been con­sid­er­able hype lead­ing up to Satur­day’s game but it didn’t take long for the sea­son-long un­de­feated Sackville school to ex­ert its su­pe­ri­or­ity. By the end of the open­ing quar­ter the Ti­tans were up by 14 and took a 28-0 lead into the break.

An early third quar­ter touch­down sent the game into straight time and they notched an­other ma­jor in the fi­nal quar­ter.

It turned into a “pic­nic” for speed­ster Oliver Long­pre as he put an­other five touch­downs on the board while rat­tling off 181 yards from the line of scrim­mage, in ad­di­tion to more than an­other 100 on punt re­turns. For this he was named Ti­tan player of the game.

Ver­sa­tile Lu­cas Cormier put one touch­down on the score sheet, while Joe Car­pen­ter con­tin­ued his con­sis­tency by con­vert­ing on all six ma­jors; he has missed just once in more than 50 at­tempts dur­ing the sea­son.

Mean­while, the Riverview team was un­able to get un­tracked on a rainy af­ter­noon as quar­ter­back Lo­gan Gross­man com­mit­ted five fum­bles, threw a pair of in­ter­cep­tions and, over­all, was in­ef­fec­tive.

On the other hand, Ti­tans quar­ter­back Justin Vo­gels kept it sim­ple as he threw just two passes – both com­pleted – while uti­liz­ing Long­pre and Cormier to con­stantly ham­mer up the mid­dle to gain huge yardage on the out­side.

The Ti­tans of­fen­sive line brought a huge smile to the face of coach Joe Laf­ford.

“Did you see the way the guys just moved the pack and gave Vo­gels plenty of time?” he beamed.

Mean­while, head coach Scott O’neal was elated and un­pre­pared to make too many com­ments. How­ever, he did say that he has sa­vored all four cham­pi­onships but he re­fused to even dis­cuss go­ing for a fifth ti­tle next year.

Vet­eran de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Peter Estabrooks said this was a very spe­cial team.

“We prob­a­bly have more skilled play­ers for skilled po­si­tions than ever be­fore,” he said, “but in the past we have had big­ger and stronger line­men, which made things eas­ier.”

Riverview coach Guy Messervier, a for­mer Moun­ties team­mate of O’neal, said he had to ad­mit the Ti­tans have an out­stand­ing team.

“We have had some great games with the Ti­tans - ac­tu­ally the Ti­tans hold an 11-9 ad­van­tage in re­cent times but their one loss in four sea­sons came last year to the Roy­als,” he said. “Their last blowout loss came in 2007 to Riverview to the tune of 78-0. So it is un­der­stood why the Ti­tans coaches rel­ish vic­to­ries over the Roy­als.”

The win marked a new record for the lo­cals. The fourth cham­pi­onship surpasses the three run up from 1980 to 82 and gives them num­ber nine in the past 49 years.

The Fred­er­ic­ton Black Kats lead in that depart­ment with 14 ti­tles, fol­lowed by the Har­ri­son Trim­ble Tro­jans with 13. Satur­day’s vic­tory for the Ti­tans breaks a tie with Monc­ton Pur­ple Knights, who have taken the Ed Sk­eff­in­g­ton tro­phy eight times.

Riverview was lim­ited to just four first downs on the day, while the win­ners racked up 10. While the vis­i­tors com­pleted a cou­ple of long passes there was lit­tle along the ground as the Ti­tan de­fen­sive line shut the door.

Tak­ing the open­ing kick­off on their own 11, they marched down the field with smash mouth foot­ball to place the ball in the op­pos­ing end zone in 10 rush­ing plays and less than two min­utes later Ri­ley Estabrooks in­ter­cepted an er­rant pass and the home team took it to the house as Long­pre col­lected his first ma­jor on three rushes.

The game con­tin­ued in this fash­ion with Cormier and Long­pre reel­ing off huge gains, ei­ther off tackle or on sweeps, and of­fi­cials al­lowed the clock to run straight time fol­low­ing Long­pre’s fourth score at the 3:30 mark of the third quar­ter.

Due to weather con­di­tions – at game time there was heavy rain and wind – the venue was changed from the David Jar­dine Field to the all-weather Alumni Field at Mount Al­li­son Univer­sity. By keep­ing their game sim­ple, the win­ners pre­vented any turnovers while cap­i­tal­iz­ing on a se­ries of Riverview mis­cues.

Close to 1,000 fans, many parked un­der um­brel­las, braved the el­e­ments to watch a pol­ished Ti­tans ma­chine rack up vic­tory num­ber eight on the sea­son, in­clud­ing two play­off de­ci­sions – the first by a 47-7 count over Fred­er­ic­ton.

PHO­TOS BY SCOTT DO­HERTY/SACKVILLE TRI­BUNE- POST

Sackville’s Tantra­mar foot­ball Ti­tans claimed their fourth con­sec­u­tive provin­cial ti­tle Satur­day af­ter­noon on Mount Al­li­son’s Alumni Field, down­ing the vis­it­ing Riverview Roy­als 42-0. Here, Ti­tan Thomas Allen takes down a Riverview player in the cham­pi­onship game. For more pho­tos from Satur­day’s game, visit www. sackvil­letri­bunepost.com.

The Ti­tans and Roy­als had to bat­tle the weather el­e­ments in Satur­day’s game at Alumni Field on the Mount Al­li­son cam­pus.

Fans donned rain­coats and hud­dled un­der um­brel­las and even tarps due to heavy rain and high winds in the 2018 cham­pi­onship game.

Ti­tan Lu­cas Cormier dives for ex­tra yardage in the game against the Roy­als in Sackville, which saw The Ti­tans claim their fourth con­sec­u­tive provin­cial ti­tle.

Ti­tan Oliver Long­pre heads up the side­lines.

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