Atom Titans enjoy perfect season
It’s no secret that a major reason for the ongoing football success by the Tantramar Titans is the contribution being made each year by the Sackville Minor Football program.
And guess what? The Atom Titans recently completed a perfect 6-0 season, competing in the Greater Moncton Conference. And like their big brothers, they also dominated their opponents to the tune of a total score of 268-7.
Actually, the atoms outdid the work of Tantramar, which also went 6-0 but gave up more points – eight – while scoring 275 during regular-season play.
And Isaac Cormier, the head coach of the Atoms, says fans should expect players like Oliver Hicks, Ashley Beckley, John O’neal and Gil Allen to become leading forces for the high school team in 2021 and beyond. Each is due to graduate at the end of this year and join the peewee Titans for further seasoning next season.
The atom team consists of boys in the 10-11 age bracket and while they may be playing six-man football, each player is committed to improvement and to following a standard system that will best prepare them for high school football.
From an early age the players learn “football vocabulary,” which makes them better prepared to move up through the ranks,” said Cormier, during a recent discussion. “We teach them such things as footwork and how to properly tackle.”
Two years ago, the Moncton league banned tackling and the local team played its season in Saint John. However, Cormier says officials in Moncton saw the error of their ways and now the youngsters learn how to properly tackle so when they move up a level they are not at such a disadvantage and more likely to sustain injuries.
Coach Cormier is typical of most men teaching fundamentals in the Sackville system. He was a member of the Tantramar Titans from 1989 to 1991, first as a fullback and later as tailback.
He has a strong supporting cast, which may be responsible for the development of the young athletes more quickly here than in some other communities – it allows time for special attention to be given to each youngster.
Working with Cormier are Ian Hicks, Andy Phinney, Tim Wilson and Spencer Deckley.
While there are no medals awarded in the atom division, the Sackville team can legitimately lay claim to the unofficial crown; no playoff is held but six victories by such overwhelmingly scores definitely shows where they stand.
“One of the main reasons we can enjoy such success is because we have such dedicated kids, dedicated parents and dedicated coaches,” says Cormier.
While he did not mention the support of his brother Tim, who heads the peewee program, it was he who has continued to encourage others to be involved, demonstrating what success looks like.
Every kid on the team gets a fair share of playing time and all Isaac Cormier asks is that parents leave the coaches alone to do their job – and, for the most part, this is exactly what happens.
And while he says it would be difficult to name which class has been the best, he feels this year’s crop is one of the most talented with lots of speed and smarts.
So, Scott O’neal, your work may be made just a little lighter when these young men reach Grade 9 and join one of the most winningest high school football programs in the country.
Sackville’s Atom Titans, under the leadership of head coach Isaac Cormier, went undefeated this season.