Back-to-back ban­ners

North­east Kings Ti­tans blank Sackville to win pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship

Annapolis Valley Register - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY ASH­LEY THOMP­SON KINGSCOUN­TYNEWS.CA WOLFVILLE, N.S. Ash­ley.Thomp­[email protected]­tynews.ca

They started the game as de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons and left the sta­dium with gold medals around their necks.

The North­east Kings Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre (NKEC) Ti­tans stepped foot on the crunchy snow cover­ing parts of Aca­dia’s Raymond Field Nov. 17 with a goal of win­ning back-to-back D2 pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship ti­tles.

And they did just that.

Head coach Reg Ogilvie threw his arms in the air, hold­ing two fin­gers up on hand, as the fourth quar­ter con­cluded with the scoreboard show­ing that NKEC not only won, but shutout the Sackville High King­fish­ers 38-0.

“They’re an un­be­liev­able team,” said Ogilvie, who added he’s ex­tremely proud.

The Ti­tans ad­vanced to provin­cials af­ter be­ing un­de­feated in reg­u­lar sea­son play. They breezed through semi­fi­nals to host Sackville in the cham­pi­onship match at Aca­dia.

“We won the cham­pi­onship last year and we came in here with the same de­meanor, and we got the win,” said in­flu­en­tial Grade 12 player Lo­gan Scott.

“It feels great. We’ve been pro­duc­ing all year and luck­ily we got to do it again to­day.”

Lo­gan Potter had three touch­downs in the fi­nal.

“I couldn’t do that with­out blocks from Lo­gan and all the oth­ers. It was just a good team ex­pe­ri­ence that we had,” the grad­u­at­ing de­fen­sive line and run­ning back said.

The team fought through cold snaps of wind and slip­pery field con­di­tions in their bat­tle for the ban­ner.

“I think it’s awe­some. This is our third cham­pi­onship, me and Lo­gan, in four years,” said Potter.

“The team played great all year, and es­pe­cially had great blocks.”

De­fen­sive co-or­di­na­tor An­drew Hart­nett con­curs.

“We had 10 points against all year, so that’s a point a game and we had seven shutouts,” he said.

“They just came to­gether. They bought into the scheme that we put in and they just played their game. They were in po­si­tion ev­ery time the of­fence lined up.”

Hart­nett said foot­ball IQ had a lot to do with NKEC’s suc­cess this sea­son.

“I’ve got some ex­cep­tion­ally smart foot­ball play­ers on this team that can read of­fences and they know what th­ese guys are go­ing to throw at them,” he said.

“It’s fan­tas­tic. To go back-to-back is one thing but to do it in the fash­ion that we did it was some­thing else. This is prob­a­bly the best foot­ball team that I’ve ever coached.”

ASH­LEY THOMP­SON PHO­TOS

The North­east Kings Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre (NKEC) Ti­tans blanked the Sackville High King­fish­ers 38-0 in the D2 pro­vin­cial foot­ball cham­pi­onship match hosted at Aca­dia Univer­sity Nov. 17.

There was no short­age of fans in the stands for the pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship.

The Ti­tans cel­e­brate win­ning back-to-back pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship ti­tles.

Owen MacRae makes a run for the Ti­tans.

Lo­gan Potter proudly dis­plays the Ti­tans’ new pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship ban­ner.

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