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Time clock issues end Titans’ season


The senior Titans’ season ended on a sour note after time clock issues contributed to a loss to Taber on Saturday in the provincial semi-finals.

After a season which saw the squad play “ironman” football with a limited roster, the Titans returned home on November 10 with a 16-13 loss to Taber after they scored in the last two minutes of play. Coach Ken Fournier and spectators reported the time clock was not running at points in the game, giving Taber extra time to get ahead of Drumheller in the last moments of the game.

“This is my 35th season of football and I’ve never seen something like it,” says Fournier, who adds the referees dismissed the team’s concern and would not listen to the coaches or team captain. A complaint has been filed with Football Alberta.

“To have your guys go down there and play a fantastic game – both teams played fantastic – it was hokey and I was not impressed. The stakes are pretty high so it’s disappointing to go in and lose a game in that manner.”

The Titans faced adversity all season, beginning with a small roster which had players filling both offensive and defensive roles as well as special teams. The team finishes with a 6-4 record including playoffs but only had one loss heading into the end of the season.

“Season wise we were limited by what we could do. These guys played ironman football all year, they played very well to come out like they did. It takes an entire solid team effort to get to where they were,” Fournier says. “That’s what being a part of the Titans means.”

The team is hoping their roster grows next year. Six senior Titans will be graduating this year but the success of the bantam Titans and the Terrapins this year means the organization will have some talent coming up in future seasons.

Senior Titans off to provincials to face top seed

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The Titans are still heading to provincials this weekend, but lost home-field advantage after a 0-10 loss to the Canmore Wolverines in the snow on Friday, November 2. The boys will be playing the top seed W.R. Myers Revels in the regional semi-finals. Game time is at 1 p.m. in Taber on Saturday, November 10.


Morrin Mustangs bound for zones


The Morrin Mustangs Junior High volleyball team are on their way to zones, for the first time in a half a decade.

The team, coached by Katie Suntjens and Rachelle Grenville, defeated Delia  School on  Thursday, November 1 in straight games to earn their way to the tournament.

“This year we had a super strong team. We only had two Grade 7s, so we had a super strong core of girls who we worked with last year as well,” Suntjens said.

In league play, the Mustangs went undefeated, except for a single game versus Delia. That game determined which team would host the playoffs to qualify for zones, which were played out last Thursday. The Mustangs bounced back and won 25-20 and 25-10.

“The girls are super excited because this is the first time in five years we have got to zones,” said Suntjens.

    “It is just a great team this year. The Grade 9s have been super helpful with the Grade 7s that have come up. They have been dedicated in coming for practices.”

The team has also fared well in tournament play this season, including in Delia last weekend. The Mustangs defeated Cremona in the final to win the tournament.

The South Central Zone tournament is this Saturday, November 10 at Wheatland Crossing School.

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