The Titans have a lot to celebrate this season after heading all the way to he league finals.
The Titans season came to an end Saturday, October 31 in Calgary facing a strong Rundle College squad.
The senior Titans took the field against Rundle at McMahon Stadium on October 31 for the league final and came up against a brick wall. Rundle were on their game as they cruised to a 46-7 win.
“This year’s Rundle team is the best tier 4 team I have ever played against,” said coach Jason Rasmussen. They are extremely well coached, they are very disciplined, they don’t make mistakes and they are very proficient on both offense and defense. On special teams, I thought we outplayed them, and that is a important part of the game, but it wasn’t enough.”
Rundle jumped out to an early lead which left the Titans dazed.
“We did get a little bit shell shocked with a couple bad turn of events and were down, early and quickly,” said Rasmussen.
Rundle had first possession and were able to grind their way into the end zone.
“They had to work for it…it wasn’t an easy drive,” said Rasmussen.
With Drumheller’s possession they drove the ball down the field and were in scoring range. They went for a field goal, but came up short. Rundle took possession, and promptly marched in a second touchdown.
The Titans then mishandled the kick off return and Rundle took it back into the end zone.
“Before we knew it, the score was 21-0 and it felt like we hadn’t gotten started,” said Rasmussen. “We were a little shell shocked it took us until the third quarter before we got going again. That is when we got our touchdown. We did move the ball, but every time we got close they stood up and shut us down.
He said most teams would run into the same road block.
“It boils down to Rundle being physically dominant, as much as the other things I previously mentioned,” said Rasmussen. “You compound the problem for any opponent when you run into their physical domination as well. They have guys in key position who have obviously been lifting for some time now. Their defensive ends and linebackers are very strong, and offensively they have a couple guys in the backfield we were having trouble bringing down.”
Despite the loss Rasmussen said he was happy with how the team performed throughout the season and in the final game.
“The Drumheller team played well. We got a lot of compliments from the referees after the game,” he said. “The coaching staff was complemented for the fight and the desired to compete the Drumheller team showed even though it was obvious we would come out on the losing side of that game. They continued to play hard, and there was no quitting in the second half.”
The Titans are winding up the season with their annual Banquet at the Drumheller Stampede Barn on November 15 at 4:30 p.m.