Drumheller Ti­tans end sea­son ver­sus Can­more

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The Dr umheller S enior Ti­tans had a chilly end t o the s ea­son f alling t o t he Can­more Wolver­ines in the league fi­nal.

The T itans b at­tled t heir way t o t he fi­nal and e ven earned home-fie ld adv an­tage. The two t eams split in league pla y, but t he T itans led in t otal p oints t o ho st the fi­nal on F ri­day, Novem­ber 3.

Vol­un­teers worked all day Fri­day t o cle ar t he r ecord­break­ing snow fall and pr ep the field for the matchup.

The Wolver­ines jumped out in f ront and wer e up 12-0 by half time. The T itans scored one touch­down, how­ever, C an­more ke pt up the pres­sure and won 20-7.

Coach K en F ournier sa ys turnovers pl ayed a ke y role in the loss.

“We had a r eally cr isp week in prac tice, e very­thing w as go­ing up, but when it c ame dow n t o it , we dr opped t he b all s even times,” said Co ach F ourier. “That’s seven times we were un­able to run a play to con­tinue our s eries. U nder those con­di­tions, that is r eally the story.”

He said t he t eam w as able to move t he ball, how­ever, p enal­ties c on­tin­ued to plague the team. He was hop­ing f or c on­sis­tency. Can­more did pl ay a cle an game and pro­tected the ball.

He adds t hat the we ather was not a fac­tor.

“If one t eam c an pla y in the snow , t he ot her t eam can,” said F ournier. “We prac­ticed f or it , we pla yed in it , we an tic­i­pated it , and we just didn ’t ex­e­cute. That seems to be our bigge st is­sue, t hat is lack of e xe­cu­tion.”

“We didn’t have the same push. It seems like that was on and off t his ye ar. W e would have it one g ame, we wouldn’t ha ve it t he ne xt,” said Fournier.

It was a ye ar of c hal­lenges for the team. The T itans be­gan t he ye ar w ith har dly enough pla yers t o fill t he bench. They did s ee the in­ter­est pick up and t hat was help­ful in field­ing the team.

“A lot of it i s t hat it w as just a t ough year. We had a lot of young g uys come in,” he said.

“It almo st f elt like we had t hree diff er­ent t eams out t here. If we c ould find a way to put it all t ogether; of­fense, de­fense and sp ecial teams, we would b e a go od foot­ball team, but in games, we would just le ave one be­hind.”

He has a pos­i­tive out­look for next sea­son. While t hey are lo sing a n um­ber of s enior pl ay­ers, e spe­cially on the of­fen­sive line, t here are some str ong pl ay­ers c om­ing up from ban­tam. In fact, the whole pro­gram from the ground up is p ay­ing div idends. “We ar e st art­ing t o ge t those k ids who ha ve b een play­ing sinc e t he p ee­wee pro­gram, and they are mak­ing a ma ssive diff er­ence,” said Fournier.

The se­nior Ti­tans bat­tled the el­e­ments and the Can­more Wolver­ines Fri­day night, but fell 20-7 in the league cham­pi­onship.

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