Ti­tans earn home field ad­van­tage for league fi­nal

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail

The Se­nior Ti­tans lost an ex­hi­bi­tion game against Taber on the week­end but now have their sights set on league fi­nals in early Novem­ber.

Drumheller hosted the tier’s num­ber one team W.R. Mey­ers High School on Oc­to­ber 20, but fell 20-0 to the Rebels in what was ac­tu­ally a close game with too many missed op­por­tu­ni­ties, ac­cord­ing to their coach.

“We knew they were go­ing to be a very strong op­po­nent,” says Ken Fournier, adding the Ti­tans came within 10 yards twice be­fore half time. “We just didn’t com­plete those drives and made some men­tal er­rors, but it was just about play­ing a good game and hav­ing a fun night en­joy­ing some fall foot­ball.”

The Ti­tans head into a bye week with a reg­u­lar sea­son record of 6-2 in their league and rank­ing fourth in their tier ac­cord­ing to Foot­ball Al­berta. The team had a strong sea­son de­spite their bench be­ing thin, with only around 15 play­ers suit­ing up Satur­day.

The is­sue has had some play­ers on both of­fence and de­fence shifts and has caused the team to try some “cre­ative ways to hang in the game,” how­ever, two play­ers are ex­pected to re­turn be­fore league fi­nals on Novem­ber 3.

Drumheller earned top seed in the league and will play at home against the win­ner of Olds ver­sus Can­more in the Big Sky Fi­nals, with Olds be­ing favoured af­ter beat­ing Can­more 51-7 this week­end. The re­sult of the fi­nal will de­cide whether the Ti­tans play at home or away in the first round of provin­cials, which they are guar­an­teed a spot.

Look­ing back on the reg­u­lar sea­son, coach Fournier says the team should be proud of them­selves, and men­tions the strong play from Raiden Ki­pling, Michael Mar­shall, Ethan Dun­calf, and Braden Maz­ereeuw.

“We have a lot of young guys con­tribut­ing. And to be out there and play with only 15 or 16 guys we have a pretty good record.”

Game time for the Satur­day, Novem­ber 3 fi­nal is cur­rently un­de­ter­mined.

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