Ban­tam Ti­tans un­der bright lights

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The Ban­tam Ti­tans had the op­por­tu­nity to play un­der the bright lights at Cal­gary's McMa­hon Sta­dium on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 22. It was a unique ex­pe­ri­ence that the ath­letes will carry with them the rest of the sea­son. The play­ers learned what it was like to play on a CFL field and saw the dif­fer­ence be­tween the mi­nor leagues and the big leagues.

On Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 22 Drumheller’s Ban­tam foot­ball team, the Ti­tans went head to head with Strath­more in Cal­gary at McMa­hon Sta­dium.

The Ti­tans held on un­til the very end when Strath­more got their fi­nal touch­down to so­lid­ify their win. With only one minute left on the clock, Strath­more’s touch­down brought the fi­nal score to 1222.

Heather Jones, mother of quar­ter­back Ethan Jones, said that the Ti­tan’s touch­downs were made by Con­nor Enns and Braden Maz­ereeuw. Maz­ereeuw was able to push through from the 1 yard line to get a touch­down. With Ry­lan Trodd play­ing strong with some great tack­les, the Ban­tams put up a good fight.

Justin Sowerby, a grade 9 stu­dent who is in his fourth year with the Ti­tans, said, “We were slow in the first half, then we moved up in the se­cond but fell apart in the last bit when they got the touch­down.”

Satur­day’s game made a strong im­pact on the Ti­tans. The op­por­tu­nity to gain the ex­pe­ri­ence of play­ing at a CFL sta­dium was some­thing the ath­letes will carry with them into the play­offs.

Braden Maz­ereeuw, one of the older ath­letes on the team, said, “One of the great­est ex­pe­ri­ences of my life. We were all re­ally hyped for this game. The sta­dium was a lot big­ger so it takes more en­ergy. The field there was more even, softer and a lot nicer to play on.”

Sowerby said, “Most of us were ex­cited to play there. It was awe­some to play at an ac­tual CFL sta­dium. The field was longer and wider so there was more room to do more sweeps. I learned to stay on the de­fender and watch for sweeps more. It was a lot more tir­ing be­cause we had to run a lot more on the big­ger field.”

This was the last reg­u­lar game be­fore the play­offs. The first play­off game is a home game against Stet­tler on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 29 at 5:00.

Maz­ereeuw said, “The game on Satur­day should be good. We are pretty evenly matched but we do have a bet­ter stand­ing at this point than them.”

Ban­tam Ti­tans play in the big leagues at McMa­hon Sta­dium Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 22. The ex­pe­ri­ence was the per­fect way to end the reg­u­lar sea­son and send them into the play­offs, which Oc­to­ber 29. start next Satur­day,

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