Titans trample Black Kats 47-7 to punch their ticket to NB final
Sackville squad to face Riverview in provincial championship
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.
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.
Sackville’s Lucas Cormier drags a trio of Fredericton defenders to pick up extra yardage in Saturday’s home game.
This Fredericton Black Kats player is taken down by a pile of Titans in Saturday’s game on David Jardine Field.
The Titans’ Oliver Longpre has a bevy of blockers in Saturday’s semi-final game against the Fredericton Black Kats.