The Oceanside Titans regrouped at the half and wrangled themselves a single point up at Springwood Park on Sunday, as they duelled the Fairview Cowboys to a 25-25 draw in junior Bantam football action.
In tough under clear crisp conditions, the local squad of 12 and 13-year-olds were fortunate to only be trailing 19-12 at the half.
Earning props for their play was quarterback Liviano Canil on offence, and defensively, Callum Jasinski, who had a huge game.
“He’s not the biggest (player) on the field but he was making tons of tackles out there,” Titans’ head coach Brad Burns chuckled after, agreeing none bigger than the one he made on the final play of the opening half when he popped through the defensive line and tracked down the ball carrier for a five yard loss, and more importantly stop the Cowboys from adding another score before heading into the break.
“It was a great team effort — they battled back for the tie and it felt like a win,” said Burns.
The win ups the Titans record to 2-2-1 for third place in the Vancouver Island Co-Operative Football League’s four-team Bantam division with three regular season games remaining. The Titans have already secured a spot in the playoffs.
The Titans are back home up at Springwood Park Sunday at 1 p.m. to take on the Ladysmith Steelers.
Oceanside’s Peewee Lions open the double header against Ladysmith with an 11 a.m. kickoff.