SRT Titans win their way into Grade 8 football provincial final

The Samuel Robertson Technical Titans Grade 8 team won a clash of up-and-coming football programs on Tuesday afternoon...

SRT’s Joel McCormick escapes from Pitt Meadows tackler Angelo Chalmers in playoff action.

The Samuel Robertson Technical Titans Grade 8 team won a clash of up-and-coming football programs on Tuesday afternoon, as they beat the crosstown rival Pitt Meadows Marauders 24-6.

It was a provincial semi-final game at the double A level, and they will now host the championship game this Tuesday.

The Titans focus on good fundamental football, with a stiff defence and good running game. They got touchdowns from Mason Hebert, Kayle Crowley and Baiden Balatti, all on the ground.

Good defensive line play by Dillon Hanson and Tyson Smith helped to keep the Pitt offence from marauding.

Coach Mike Jones also praised the steady offensive line play of Evan Kitchener and Justin Shellborn.

“They played a strong game,” he said of the Pitt team. “They were much stronger than they were at the beginning of the season.”

In their first playoff game, the Titans beat Hatzic Middle last week by a score of 44-22, while Pitt advanced by beating the Abbotsford Middle Panthers 24-18.

The Titans will now play Seaquam in the final, and would appear to be heavy favourites. The last time these two teams met on Oct. 31, the Titans won the game 40-0.

However Jones said Seaquam was missing a couple of their best players during that matchup. They are a huge team, with great size on the line and a big, athletic fullback who both carries and lead blocks.

“It will not be even close to the same game (as the first meeting),” he said. “This is not the same team. They’ll be looking for revenge.”

The only loss this year for the Titans has been an exhibition game against triple A Saint Thomas More, by a score of 20-14. STM made the final four at the triple A level.

Game time is 2 p.m..

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