Ti­tans dom­i­nate un­der the lights

Holy Trin­ity foot­ballers notch first-ever win over Delhi

Simcoe Reformer - - SPORTS - MONTE SONNENBERG MSon­nen­berg@post­media.com

DELHI – The Holy Trin­ity Ti­tans knocked a mon­key off their back Fri­day with a 34-7 win over the Delhi Raiders.

The de­ci­sive vic­tory was the first for the Ti­tans over the pow­er­house Raiders in the nearly 15 years since the Holy Trin­ity foot­ball pro­gram was es­tab­lished.

And the win came dur­ing the Fri­day Night Lights foot­ball show­case in Delhi, a ma­jor fundraiser for the Raiders and a mas­sive af­ter­dark event that lines the field at Delhi Dis­trict Sec­ondary School on both sides with spec­ta­tors.

“We’ve been look­ing for­ward to this game all sea­son,” a ju­bi­lant Alec Per­reault said af­ter­wards. “This is even big­ger than win­ning the cham­pi­onship be­cause we beat them here on their own night.”

The Raiders’ sec­ond loss of the sea­son in three games un­der­scores that this edi­tion of the team is a work in progress.

Many key se­niors who car­ried the Raiders to the Haldimand-Nor­folk fi­nal last year have moved on. Many of their re­place­ments have lim­ited ex­pe­ri­ence and are rid­ing a learn­ing curve.

Sev­eral mem­bers of the Raiders cham­pi­onship squad from 2002 ex­pe­ri­enced déjà vu as they watched the Ti­tans dis­man­tle the Raiders. A dozen mem­bers of this team were guests at Fri­day’s game. They were re­minded that dis­ap­point­ment of­ten pre­vails be­fore giv­ing way to suc­cess.

Kevin Cann re­called how the young Raiders of 1999 lost ev­ery game and many more games in 2000. But in 2001 the Raiders made it to the fi­nals and in 2002 they won all the mar­bles.

Those were the days when the Raiders’ uni­forms were gold with blue trim.

“They don’t look as bad as we did in our first year,” Cann said. “The joke then was we looked like big ba­nanas out there the way we were slip-slid­ing around.

“They’re start­ing off the same as we did. You start off with a young team and you end up with a great team.”

Fri­day’s game pro­vided ev­i­dence of yet another great run­ning back emerg­ing in the Haldimand-Nor­folk league in a year of tal­ented ball car­ri­ers.

An­drew Lance of Holy Trin­ity had a break-out game with three touch­downs. Lance had at least half a dozen car­ries from scrimmage in the range of 60 yards or bet­ter.

Lance is a se­nior stu­dent who is play­ing his first full-year of high school foot­ball. He was named Holy Trin­ity’s MVP at the end of Fri­day’s game.

“It’s an un­real feel­ing,” Lance said. “Delhi played great. But we just kept com­ing at them and came out on top.”

Ti­tans coach Steve Pe­trella was thrilled to see his team hit­ting on all cylin­ders. Play so far this year sug­gests a lot of par­ity across the league. Holy Trin­ity’s per­for­mance Fri­day also sug­gests that a berth in this fall’s Haldimand-Nor­folk Bowl is within their grasp.

“We’ve got three re­ally good ath­letes on this team,” Pe­trella said. “We have yet to have all three show up. Tonight, An­drew showed up. He played his heart out.”

Delhi coach Dave Leather­land knows his young team is short on ex­pe­ri­ence in some ar­eas. How­ever, he didn’t su­gar-coat the loss. In­stead, he told his play­ers how they re­spond to this de­feat will be a mea­sure of their char­ac­ter.

“We’re a bet­ter team than we showed tonight,” Leather­land said. “We had an ab­so­lutely hor­rid start. You can’t turn the ball over like we did tonight. We dug our­selves a re­ally deep hole

“I asked them how are you go­ing to re­spond af­ter a game like this? We ab­so­lutely have to come out and do bet­ter against Simcoe next week.”

Per­reault had two touch­downs for Holy Trin­ity. Tris­ten Rodgers scored Delhi’s lone touch­down in the dy­ing min­utes of the fourth quar­ter.

Delhi’s next game is this Fri­day at 2 p.m. at Simcoe Com­pos­ite School. For their part, Holy Trin­ity will be in Val­ley Heights on Fri­day as well. Kick­off there is also 2 p.m.


The speedy An­drew Lance had three touch­downs for Holy Trin­ity in Delhi Fri­day night en route to lead­ing his team to a 34-7 win.

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