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Former Titans vie for national junior football

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    The Westshore Rebels of Langford British Columbia are on their way to the National Junior Football Championship, and two former Drumheller Titans bolster their roster.
    Aiden Enns and Eric Seiller joined the Rebels for their first season of Junior Football and they find themselves in the winner’s circle. The team plays in the Junior British Columbia Football Conference.  On Saturday, October 29, the team squared off versus the Okanagan Sun in the league championship.
    The Rebels ran up a 32-point lead. A late rally by the Suns put 21-points on the board but it wasn’t enough as the Rebels won the Cullen Cup 32-21.
    While Seiller did not dress for the final, Enns saw quite a bit of action.
    “I am all over the place on special teams so I played the whole game,” said Enns.
    This win put them into the Canadian Bowl, the national championship, and the road doesn’t get any easier. On October 30, the Saskatoon Hilltops defeated the Calgary Colts 43-31 for a berth into the final. The Hilltops are no strangers to the championship, winning the last two.
    “We’ve watched as much film as we can on them from previous games, but we don’t know too much,” said Enns.
    It  has been a great year for the team, and the two new players, who, in their first season were part of a Cinderella story team that reinvented itself.
    “I am most proud of the fact that we were able to turn a 2-8 team into a national championship contender. That is the biggest thing,” said Enns. “Last season the only won two games, but then this season we kind of took the league by storm, and no one really expected us to do that.”
   The Championship is this Saturday, November 12 at 1 p.m., Pacific Time, hosted by the Rebels.


Titans qualify for provincial playoffs

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The Senior Titans are on their way to the post season following a convincing victory over Highwood High. 

The Titans were in High River Saturday afternoon, November 5 for a play-in round to qualify for the provincial playoffs. The team was firing on offence and defence and walked off the field with a 49-14 victory. 
 
With this win, the Titans qualify for the quarterfinals and will face Taber next Saturday afternoon, November 12, at home. 
 
Photo courtesy Fred Makowecki

Do or die for Senior Titans

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    A season on the gridiron comes to a head this Saturday as they hit the field for their provincial play-in game.
    The postseason begins this Saturday as the Titans take on the Highwood Mustangs in High River.
    Coach Ken Fournier says Highwood plays in a tough league and have strong coaching.
    “They haven’t had a great season this year in terms of scores, but I haven’t seen them play,” he said.
    The Titans are riding a wave of momentum going into the playoffs after beating Forest Lawn of Calgary with a convincing 42-6 win.  While the score was lopsided, coach Fournier says it was a battle.
    “They (Forest Lawn) definitely had some guys that could cause a ruckus, they had a running back we couldn’t get a hand on. He was sneaky, there would be a bunch of traffic, and you thought the play was over, and then he would be barreling down the sideline,” said Fournier.
    He said the Titans rose to the occasion. “We played well, we didn’t take a lot of penalties, he said.
    Noah Miles had a great game with two touchdowns, Louis Arida had one and Derek Carriere ran in three.
    “We have been waiting for Derek to get there, he was just coming back from injuries at the beginning of the season, it has taken him a while to get to where we think he could be,” said Fournier.
    The defense also stood tall holding Forest Lawn to just one touchdown.
    “That is the story of our defense this year, every week another guy or two are making the big plays, and this week it was Malcolm Kimmel. He hit the quarterback and caused a fumble which we recovered, and then Mike Peters hit the quarterback and caused a fumble which we also recovered,” said Fournier.
    Coach Fournier says his team is excited for the playoffs coming off the win. “It’s good to have a bit of momentum,” he said.
    Defense is picking up where we had holes earlier in the year, Offense is getting the total package together, special teams are executing at a higher level, so we are getting to where we need to be going down the stretch.”