Titans claim their fourth consecutive provincial title
Sackville squad dominates Royals in 2018 final taking decisive 42-0 victory
The Titans kept it simple and in workman-like fashion, waltzed to a one-sided 42-0 victory over the Riverview Royals to clinch their fourth consecutive New Brunswick High School football championship.
There had been considerable hype leading up to Saturday’s game but it didn’t take long for the season-long undefeated Sackville school to exert its superiority. By the end of the opening quarter the Titans were up by 14 and took a 28-0 lead into the break.
An early third quarter touchdown sent the game into straight time and they notched another major in the final quarter.
It turned into a “picnic” for speedster Oliver Longpre as he put another five touchdowns on the board while rattling off 181 yards from the line of scrimmage, in addition to more than another 100 on punt returns. For this he was named Titan player of the game.
Versatile Lucas Cormier put one touchdown on the score sheet, while Joe Carpenter continued his consistency by converting on all six majors; he has missed just once in more than 50 attempts during the season.
Meanwhile, the Riverview team was unable to get untracked on a rainy afternoon as quarterback Logan Grossman committed five fumbles, threw a pair of interceptions and, overall, was ineffective.
On the other hand, Titans quarterback Justin Vogels kept it simple as he threw just two passes – both completed – while utilizing Longpre and Cormier to constantly hammer up the middle to gain huge yardage on the outside.
The Titans offensive line brought a huge smile to the face of coach Joe Lafford.
“Did you see the way the guys just moved the pack and gave Vogels plenty of time?” he beamed.
Meanwhile, head coach Scott O’neal was elated and unprepared to make too many comments. However, he did say that he has savored all four championships but he refused to even discuss going for a fifth title next year.
Veteran defensive coordinator Peter Estabrooks said this was a very special team.
“We probably have more skilled players for skilled positions than ever before,” he said, “but in the past we have had bigger and stronger linemen, which made things easier.”
Riverview coach Guy Messervier, a former Mounties teammate of O’neal, said he had to admit the Titans have an outstanding team.
“We have had some great games with the Titans - actually the Titans hold an 11-9 advantage in recent times but their one loss in four seasons came last year to the Royals,” he said. “Their last blowout loss came in 2007 to Riverview to the tune of 78-0. So it is understood why the Titans coaches relish victories over the Royals.”
The win marked a new record for the locals. The fourth championship surpasses the three run up from 1980 to 82 and gives them number nine in the past 49 years.
The Fredericton Black Kats lead in that department with 14 titles, followed by the Harrison Trimble Trojans with 13. Saturday’s victory for the Titans breaks a tie with Moncton Purple Knights, who have taken the Ed Skeffington trophy eight times.
Riverview was limited to just four first downs on the day, while the winners racked up 10. While the visitors completed a couple of long passes there was little along the ground as the Titan defensive line shut the door.
Taking the opening kickoff on their own 11, they marched down the field with smash mouth football to place the ball in the opposing end zone in 10 rushing plays and less than two minutes later Riley Estabrooks intercepted an errant pass and the home team took it to the house as Longpre collected his first major on three rushes.
The game continued in this fashion with Cormier and Longpre reeling off huge gains, either off tackle or on sweeps, and officials allowed the clock to run straight time following Longpre’s fourth score at the 3:30 mark of the third quarter.
Due to weather conditions – at game time there was heavy rain and wind – the venue was changed from the David Jardine Field to the all-weather Alumni Field at Mount Allison University. By keeping their game simple, the winners prevented any turnovers while capitalizing on a series of Riverview miscues.
Close to 1,000 fans, many parked under umbrellas, braved the elements to watch a polished Titans machine rack up victory number eight on the season, including two playoff decisions – the first by a 47-7 count over Fredericton.
Sackville’s Tantramar football Titans claimed their fourth consecutive provincial title Saturday afternoon on Mount Allison’s Alumni Field, downing the visiting Riverview Royals 42-0. Here, Titan Thomas Allen takes down a Riverview player in the championship game. For more photos from Saturday’s game, visit www. sackvilletribunepost.com.
The Titans and Royals had to battle the weather elements in Saturday’s game at Alumni Field on the Mount Allison campus.
Fans donned raincoats and huddled under umbrellas and even tarps due to heavy rain and high winds in the 2018 championship game.
Titan Lucas Cormier dives for extra yardage in the game against the Royals in Sackville, which saw The Titans claim their fourth consecutive provincial title.
Titan Oliver Longpre heads up the sidelines.