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Titans top Catholic Central in Lethbridge game

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The Senior Titans are on the march through the season and won a close one against a tough opponent.
The Titans were in Lethbridge on Friday night to take on Catholic Central. This is a Tier II team with a championship pedigree.
“It is a pretty good win. We had some frustrating moments with the game, we were making a lot of mental errors,” said Coach Ken Fournier. “We wanted to stick to our game plan too, so we forced ourselves to not rely on some of the things we could have to make sure we were trying our best to spread the ball around. We were moving the ball well on the ground, but in the air, uncharacteristically, we were having one of those nights where we had a lot of drops.”
It was a close game, with both teams making progress,… and errors.
“There were points in that game where either team could have taken it away. It turned into a special teams defensive battle,” he said.
The Cougars scored an 80-yard touchdown on the first play of the game. The Titans were able to shut that down, and the only scoring for the Cougars came from field goals.
“We knew we had to have a bend but don’t break mentality,” he said.
The Titans pulled out a rouge, in the last minutes of the game, the same play they made at provincials.
“We were behind with about 1:30 left on the clock. We completed a few deep passes with a couple of really clutch catches,” explains Fournier. “We got up to the 35-yard-line and kicked a punt towards the corner of the endzone. It took a really fortuitous bounce for us and rolled all the way to a foot in the endzone, we tackled them and got a second point.”
The defense stood tall, and in the last minute of play an interception sealed Catholic Central’s fate. The Titans won 21-20.
He notes that for most of the game, there were only a few points separating the teams, so a big play by either side could have blown the game wide open. The crowd was in it.
“These are good football games, those are the games you want to play,” he said. “It was good all around for veterans and rookies to experience. They’re fun… those are games they will always remember.”
This Saturday, the Titans are heading to Olds.


Dragons win season opener on road

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The Dragons split their first weekend of the regular season on a road trip north to play the Bonnyville Pontiacs and the Lloydminster Bobcats.
The Dragons were in Bonnyville on Friday, September 15, to open the season versus the Pontiacs. Drumheller had the jump and was up two goals before the midpoint of the first period, coming from Coy Pighin and Cyle Clayton. The Pontiacs added one but the Dragons were up 3-1 by the end of the first period when Ryan Henderson added one more.
The second period was back and forth until Pighin put one in for the Dragons with 1:11 left in the period. He finished his hat trick in the third period and took the Dragons along for a 5-1 win.
On Saturday, September 16, the Dragons were in Lloydminster to take on the Bobcats. Henderson opened the scoring 1:10 in, but the Bobcats answered back with two. Jacob Goudreau added one at the midway point and Pighin added another with six minutes left in the period, but the Bobcats also added two and led 4-3 after one. Adam Raesler tied the game in the second and put the Dragons up a minute into the third, but Lloydminster added three more to go on to a 7-5 win. Dragons outshot the Bobcats 48-30.
The Dragons were in Blackfalds on Tuesday, September 19, but results were not available at press time. Their season home opener is this Friday, September 22, when they take on the Whitecourt Wolverines and on Saturday, September 23, they host the Sherwood Park Crusaders.

Dragons head into regular season with road trip

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The regular season begins this week for the Dragons after wrapping up the exhibition season against South Conference teams.
On Wednesday, September 6, the Dragons were in Calgary to take on the Canucks. Calgary started strong and was up by three goals before Jacob Padgett scored his first as a Dragon. The Canucks scored again and were up 4-1 after two. Connor Poffenroth added a goal to open the third period, but Calgary answered back with three more goals to go on to a 7-2 win.
The Dragons were in Olds on Friday, September 9 to take on the Grizzlys. This time, the Dragons had the jump out of the gate and were up two after one period with goals from Poffenroth and Adam Raesler. In the second period, Van Yuhas, Jordan Luk, Spencer Claerhout and Austin Osiowy all added to the tally, going up 6-0. Ryan Henderson added one early in the third before the Grizzlys got on the scoreboard. Luke McPhee added one more, and Yuhas put in his second to go on to a 9-1 win. The Dragons outshot the Grizzlys 36-22.
On Saturday night, the Dragons wrapped up the pre-season with a home stand against the Grizzlys. It was a back-and-forth game, but the only scoring came from the Grizzlys, who scored with 57 seconds left in the first period.
The Dragons open the regular season with a road trip this Friday, September 15, when they go to Bonnyville to play the Pontiacs. The next night they are in Lloydminster, and on Tuesday, September 19, they face off against Blackfalds. Their home opener is Friday, September 22, when they host the Whitecourt Wolverines.


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