A total of 23 games highlighted a busy weekend play as B.C. high school football entered its second month.
And while one of the two local teams – the Pitt Meadows Marauders – enjoyed sweet victory in a AA varsity football game at Abbotsford Senior Secondary Friday night, the Samuel Robertson Technical Titans tasted bitter defeat.
Pitt Meadows shut out the Abby Panthers 28-0, while SRT went down 35-0 to Robert Bateman Secondary (also of Abbotsford) on their home field.
The new Friday Night Lights were admittedly dampened during Friday night’s game, said Titan’s coach Mark Ogloff.
“The team didn’t perform up to expectations, we needed to execute and we didn’t,” he said.
With a break in the rain clouds, a large crowd from all parts of Maple Ridge descended on Rotary Field to see the Titans’ home opener.
Coming off a competitive last play of the game defeat the previous week, the Titans quickly found out why the Eastern
Coming off a competitive last play of the game defeat the previous week, the Titans quickly found out why the Eastern Conference of BC. high school football is the best division in the province.
Two of the top five ranked AA teams in the province (Mission and Rick Hansen) will be SRT opponents this year. Robert Bateman (ranked as honourable mention in early season polls) took the home crowd out of the game with a first drive of the game touchdown, followed quickly by another.
SRT did hold their own through the first half, Ogloff said, noting they managed to get into scoring position once, but were shutout from any points with a tight Bateman defense.
The half ended 19-0.
In the second half Bateman continued sending balls through the air – 238 yards throwing for quarterback Daniel Mills.
The Ridge team never could contain the attack, the coach explained, noting one positive might have been the fact SRT did hold All-Canadian Ben Cummings to only 138 yards on the ground.
With the 35-0 loss in the books, the first year Titanare focused on the inaugural Varsity Alouette Bowl this Friday, Oct. 4, again starting at 7:30 p.m. with cross-town rival Marauders at Pitt Meadows Secondary.
Friday Night Lights is a new tradition at Albion’s Samuel Robertson Tech.
Samuel Robertson Technical is hosting its first ever varsity game tonight (Friday) against Abbotsford’s Robert Bateman Secondary.
The football program at SRT has been nurtured over the past three years beginning with a junior varsity team and now in 2013, a Varsity team.
Under the guidance and dedication of head coach Mark Ogloff and Chris Hawkes, former school principal Mike Keenan, new school principal Dennis Dickson and an eager SRT athletics department, more than 30 teens are excited to show that their new varsity football team in Maple Ridge can compete at a provincial level.
SRT Titans put other programs on notice after their premier AA game Friday, Sept. 20 in Langley.
Set back only by a final play of the game touchdown by Langley Secondary Saints, the young Titans competed in the toughest conference in BC High School Football’s AA group.
Following the contest Langley head coach Mark Wyse commented, “For a small young team, SRT played very big. Very impressive.”
One of the byproducts of the program is to create a Friday night lights family friendly event tradition in east Maple Ridge that focuses on the youth of the school and community.
Residents are encouraged to bring the family out and enjoy a hotdog or pulled pork sandwich while watching some football under the lights.
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