The old cliché “take it one game at a time” may hold true in professional sport, but when it comes to high school sports, those emotional “grudge” matches are circled on the schedule as soon as it comes out.
The annual Alouette Cup between cross-town rivals Samuel Robertson Technical and Pitt Meadows Secondary took place at Rotary Turf on Wednesday.
The Titans having just come off a tough last quarter loss to Seaquam Secondary last week, were looking for redemption on their home field.
A focused group of young men took the field and after four hard fought quarters, the brand new Rotary scoreboard read Titans 48, Maruauders 28.
This marked the third straight year the Titans have defeated the Marauders in junior varsity football. SRT claimed victory with a dominating ground game.
When asked about his offense’s success versus Pitt, Coach Chris Hawkes explained, “the players executed their blocks and opened the corridors giving us the scoring ability we took advantage of.”
Titan rushers took advantage of the great work of the offensive line to the tune of 300-plus yards on the ground.
The one, two punch of Tyrel Ogloff and Emerson Kot rushed for 227 and 80 yards respectively. The Titans defence dominated the second half holding the Marauders to just eight points.
Scotty Murdoch was a stand out on defense leading the way with 22 tackles and two fumble recoveries.
When asked about the key to their big victory over the Marauders, the coach said that “the kids worked hard, bared down, and performed their jobs admirably. Mistakes were made but working together prevented anything serious from arising.”
When asked what this victory means to Titans football, teacher coach Scott Tomlin was pleased to see these kids and coaches rewarded for all of the hard work that they have been putting in since the middle of August.
“These guys were here working their tails off while most of us were still on summer holidays. In a town with only two JV teams, it’s nice to get this win and the bragging rights that go along with it,” he said.
The key now is for the Titans to use this momentum and continue their preparation for the rest of the games on their schedule. The Titans are back in action at home versus G.W. Graham from Chilliwack on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 3 p.m.