High school roundup PLAYOFFS (NB) [10]: Titans find the chink in Purple Knights armour to win 3rd straight title

12 Man New Brunswick Provincial Final

Tantramar Titans 24-14 Moncton Purple Knights

Football games are hour long glimpses of what a team is made of. It’s rare the fans see, or know what goes on to field a team, let alone compete against other programs. This past Saturday, with the temperature finally below zero and a wind that never slept,  the Moncton Purple Knights and the Tantramar Titans clashed for the right to hoist the Provincial Jewel, the Ed Skiffington Trophy.

Moncton High Head Coach: John Allenach

Both teams have won this prize before, the Titans had done so the past two years, Moncton’s last turn to kiss the trophy was just three years before. For both programs, this season began the day last years ended. Each has high calibre off season weight training programs, and athletes who absorb themselves with studying film and increasing their capacity to get better at the game. Each team has coaches obsessed with not only winning at a game they love, but by impacting the young men they mentor.

The first half was a defensive clinic by both teams, featuring a Knights defence that kept finding ways to stop the Titans ground assault, while TRHS gave the Knights nothing on the ground or in the air.  Both teams punters were kept busy as the game became a strategic matter of real estate, which led MHS to take a safety late in the first quarter.

The Titans, up 2-0 started with the ball at centre field, and with MHS crowding the box, QB Vogler connected with WR/S Lucas Cormier on a 55 yard TD pass. The second quarter was more back and forth with Moncton’s defence shutting down everything that came their way, sending them into half behind the incumbent champs 9-0.

The Knights came out of half somehow warmed up and began their come back, managing to keep TRHS’ offence on the sideline, while RB Kyle Lewis scored two unanswered TD’s, putting his team ahead 14-9 at the start of the fourth.

#34 RB Kyle Lewis scored both Knight’s TD’s

The last, and only other time the Titans were behind in a game this year was also on Mt. Alisons field. But unlike their loss to Riverview TRHS dug down and fought back with the entire fourth quarter to work with. With both their RB’s Prescott and Longpre  having difficulty moving the ball against MHS the Titans sent in a reliever of a RB in Jack Estabrooks, who often times carried multiple tacklers before being brought down. Estabrooks, who is also the teams MLB, scored twice in the fourth.

RB/LB Jack Estabrooks

The rest of the game the Titans defence, who intercepted Kogler twice on the day, turned up the heat snuffing out the Knights season giving the Titans their third straight Provincial championship.

Coach Lafford rushes the field to celebrate his teams third straight provincial championship with Coach Scott O’Neal

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