Drumheller Titans end season versus Canmore
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.