Titans go for league title
Parksville’s Bantam Titans will be playing for the Mid-Island Co-operative Football League’s championship game in Nanaimo this weekend on the strength of a 33-20 win over the Campbell River Eagles.
Played out at Springwood Park last Sunday, the semifinal match pitted the second seeded Titans (7-2-1) against the number three Eagles (5-4-1).
According to Titans’ coach Brad Burns the locals were ahead 19-0 early in the 2nd quarter and Campbell River scored just before the half to cut it to 19-8 at the break. The Titans scored on the opening drive in the second half to go up 27-8, the Eagles countered, then the Titans scored again, and so did the Eagles.
Parksville opened the scoring on their first play from scrimmage (after recovering the opening kickoff on a surprise onside kick), when Evan Penzel busted it up the middle for a 30-yard TD run. Penzel found paydirt again when he took a handoff down the right side for a 47-yard TD romp, then scored his third major of the half when he took the snap and ran around the left side for a 40-yard TD run.
Ben Robinson busted a 50-yard TD run around the right side for the Titnas’ fourth TD and Travis Pike had the fifth with a 46-yard TD run up the middle.
Other notable performances on defence came from Carson Chambers, Braydon Hemsworth, Austen Hunt and Matt Giroux, while Callum Jasinski “was the stud on special teams,” with an onside recovery, one kicked extra point, and two special teams tackles to go with two solo tackles on D.
“The boys were fired up from the start of the game and they played their hearts out right from kick-off,” coach Burns said of the game, adding “taking a three-TD lead early in the game allowed everyone to loosen up a little bit and just play football. On defence we had four or five players flying to the ball every play, and we dominated the line of scrimmage for most of the game.
“The boys knew that they had to win to play one more game,” said their coach, “and they weren’t going to be denied. All week at practice the focus and intensity was stepped up a notch, and it really showed come game time.”
BIG GAME ON
The Titans take to the field on Saturday (5:30 p.m.) at Merle Logan Field against the #1 seed Barsby Bulldogs.
The Titans’ went 0-2 against the Bulldogs in league play.