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Innisfail fails as Senior Titans drive home victory

titans.jpgThe Senior Titans finally displayed the spirit and determination of last year’s team, and won their first game of the year against Innisfail.
Innisfail was three and zero coming into the valley, and carried a loss on the way out. On Saturday, September 27 the Titans played Innisfail and beat them 21-15.
“The team is finally getting it... we had a defensively outstanding first half, and our offense has seen an obvious improvement,” said head coach, Jason Rasmussen.
The first half of the period showed complete Titan domination of the field. As soon as Innisfail was on offense, Drumheller shut them down and regained possession. The team left two quarters with a lead of 21-1.
“Our offensive line did good, Braydon Mahon wasn’t called on a lot, but did a great job leading huddles and was a catalyst for running plays,” which ultimately led to running touchdowns.
Daulton Smith scored two touchdowns and Joa Markotic ran one into their zone. “Those two did a great job. They saw lines to run in, and read the other team. Darren Smylie stands out and had a phenomenal game, reacting to the backfield of the other team despite having a sore wrist,” Rasmussen said. “He made a lot of great hits, along with the rest of offense.”
There are of course improvements that need to be made, as the team is in a “rebuilding era.” One watching the game could see that the special teams need practice to have a clear view of their job in certain plays. “With a team with so little experience, we haven’t taught them the subtlety of an on side kick,” Rasmussen said.
The Titan’s next, and last home game is on Saturday, October 4, a double header with the Bantam Titans. The Seniors play the Bow Valley Wolverines at 2:00 at the Drumheller Composite High School field.  Rasmussen said, “they are going to give us a run for our money, it will be a very good game.”

Disappointing opening weekend

dragons-wk-37.jpgThe Drumheller Dragons played their first two games of the season last Friday and Saturday night, September 5 and 6.
The season’s opening night was a tense battle with the Sherwood Park Crusaders, with a crowd of 1273 at home. The Dragons were down in the first period, but evened it out 5-5 by the third. The Dragons fought valiantly, having over a dozen more shots, but Sherwood scored in the last half of the third, resulting in a 6-5 loss.
On Saturday, the Dragons played the St. Albert Steel at home, to a crowd of 723 people. Although there was no scoring in the first period, Sherwood scored five goals in the second, and two more in the third as well did the Dragons. The final score was 7-2 for the Steel. St. Albert’s goals did not come easy though, the Dragons did well in the first and third periods.
The Dragon’s next game is in Calgary, versus the Canucks on Thursday, September 11. The next home game is Saturday, September 13.

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