Ti­tans tram­ple Black Kats 47-7 to punch their ticket to NB fi­nal

Sackville squad to face Riverview in pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship

Sackville Tribune - - TANTRAMAR - Wal­lie Sears Write Call

It was a re­sound­ing vic­tory but that doesn’t mean Tantra­mar Ti­tans coach Scott O’neal is tak­ing any­thing for granted.

“We played well enough to win,” Scott O’neal said, fol­low­ing the Ti­tans’ 47-7 de­feat of Fred­er­ic­ton Black Kats in high school foot­ball semi­fi­nal play­off ac­tion here Satur­day.

“Over­all, I was happy with the way we played at the be­gin­ning and the end of the game against Fred­er­ic­ton but not at all with the mid­dle, as we sim­ply checked out and gave up too much. Next week we are go­ing to have to put in 48 min­utes of se­ri­ous foot­ball if we are to tack up our fourth pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship.”

The New Brunswick High School foot­ball cham­pi­onship between the Ti­tans and Riverview Roy­als is this Satur­day, Nov. 3. Game time is 1 p.m. at David Jar­dine Field.

The de­fend­ing champs quickly put up a dozen points Satur­day and looked headed for a rout. But Fred­er­ic­ton had other thoughts and struck quickly in the sec­ond ses­sion as Will Hicks hit Tom Pat­ter­son over the mid­dle and he scooted 53 yards to pay­dirt.

An­other Ti­tan score left the home team up 28-7 at half time. But the vis­i­tors found a chink in the Ti­tans’ ar­mour and uti­lized the pass to keep the win­ners off their game.

A third-quar­ter field goal and then a pair of ma­jors, a safety and a sin­gle in the fourth rounded out the scor­ing.

On the day, Oliver Long­pre and Lucas Cormier each notched a pair of ma­jors and Ja­cob Estabrooks and Owen O’neal had one apiece, while Joe Car­pen­ter kicked a field goal and five con­ver­sions. Adryon Thomp- son con­nected on a long sin­gle.

Car­pen­ter missed a con­vert at­tempt, his first this sea­son, as he had con­verted ev­ery pre­vi­ous at­tempt; his team ran up 375 points, with him con­tribut­ing 49.

Long­pre ran for 108 yards and added huge num­bers on punt re­turns only to have two touch­downs nul­li­fied by hold­ing calls. Over­all, the win­ners had three touch­downs called back.

On an­other note, af­ter play­ing shutout foot­ball for 19 con­sec­u­tive quar­ters they failed to make it 20 as the Kats got their one TD early in the game. In a pre­vi­ous meet­ing this year, The Ti­tans won 35-0.

Tak­ing the open­ing kick­off on the 42, the ball was given to Lucas Cormier on three con­sec­u­tive car­ries be­fore Long­pre crossed the Kats’ goal line from the eight af­ter just three min­utes of play; shortly af­ter Owen O’neal ran five yards to set the ta­ble for the fi­nal re­sults.

Re­view­ing the game, O’neal said his de­fen­sive zone cov­er­age must im­prove im­mensely and that will be one area the boys will con­cen­trate on this week. Ob­vi­ously, he an­tic­i­pates that Cross­man, the QB for Riverview will at­tempt to hand the Ti­tans their first loss af­ter rack­ing up 13 con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries. The Roy­als are the only team to have de­feated the Ti­tans in the past four years when they hung on for a 27-26 de­ci­sion on Oct. 6 last sea­son.

Even with a strong record against Guy Messervier’s Roy­als, in­clud­ing a 35-0 white­wash­ing in the league semi-fi­nals last sea­son, O’neal is leav­ing noth­ing to chance and will have his charges on the field each day dur­ing the week.

Ob­servers be­lieve the Roy­als have come “light miles” since they were ham­mered 58-1 back on Sept. 15 and are an­tic­i­pat­ing a tightly fought bat­tle with ev­ery­thing on the line this Satur­day.

SCOTT DO­HERTY – SACKVILLE TRI­BUNE- POST

Ti­tan Lucas Cormier takes to the air in the end zone to reel in a pass from quar­ter­back Justin Vo­gels in the week­end game against the Fred­er­ic­ton Black Kats. The Ti­tans won 47-7.

SCOTT DO­HERTY – SACKVILLE TRI­BUNE- POST

Sackville’s Lucas Cormier drags a trio of Fred­er­ic­ton de­fend­ers to pick up ex­tra yardage in Satur­day’s home game.

SCOTT DO­HERTY – SACKVILLE TRI­BUNE- POST

This Fred­er­ic­ton Black Kats player is taken down by a pile of Ti­tans in Satur­day’s game on David Jar­dine Field.

SCOTT DO­HERTY – SACKVILLE TRI­BUNE- POST

The Ti­tans’ Oliver Long­pre has a bevy of block­ers in Satur­day’s semi-fi­nal game against the Fred­er­ic­ton Black Kats.

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