The Bantam Titans topped Ponoka in their semi-final at home and are ready to take on Olds in the championship on their own turf.
On Saturday, October 28, the Bantam Titans hosted the Ponoka Broncs in the league semifinal. The two teams had met previously this season with the Titans getting the win. This time the Broncs came out much improved, but the Titans battled through to a 42-6 win.
“It was a very solid performance all around,” said coach Brad Iverson. “They were a tougher test this time. They went on a roll and won three games, so they were much tougher, and we knew they would be.”
He said the Titans had a balanced approach with a solid performance on both offence and defensive end.
“It was a well-rounded effort. They (Ponoka ) put up a lot of points in the last few games, and our defence really held them. They were really solid, especially in the second half when we had a decent lead. Defense just shut them down,” said Iverson. “We just kept battling because we had a few penalties and a few turnovers, so the offence wasn’t quite clicking as well as it had all year. In the end, we put up points when we had to and had a really solid victory.”
Iverson says they are grateful the team was challenged because it helps them prepare for adversity, especially going into the finals versus Olds. The two undefeated teams in the league will be meeting at DVSS Field this coming Saturday.
“Olds are a very solid team. They are undefeated as well, and have won very much like we have this year. So it is a battle between the two top teams,” said Iverson. “We haven’t seen them, so we are kind of new to each other. So it will be a battle for sure.”