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Titans improve to 4-1 with 46-0 shutout win over Horton


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BY JOHN DECOSTE

Kings County Register

The Northeast Kings Titans continue to roll along in their second season of high school football.

The Horton Griffins, despite showing definite improvement since the start of their first year, continue to take their lumps.

The Titans improved to 4-1 on the season with a 46-0 shutout win over Horton October 7 in Canning.

Led by 188 yards rushing on 25 carries and two touchdowns from Marco Visentin, the Titans took a 36-0 lead to the sidelines at halftime and coasted to the win.

Horton, 1-4 with the loss, played better in the second half, especially on defense, limiting NKEC to just 10 second-half points; but had trouble generating offense.

Visentin scampered for his first touchdown of the afternoon, a long run on a third-down gamble on NKEC’s first offensive series. Alex MacQuarrie’s first of six converts (in six attempts) made the score 7-0.

Josh Porter (62 yards in 14 carries, three touchdowns and yeoman service as a blocking back) made it 13-0 with a one-yard run.

Before the first quarter was over, the Titans scored again, on a short run by Visentin. MacQuarrie’s third convert made it 21-0.

Jordan Tibbetts, who had an outstanding game for NKEC (seven tackles, a blocked punt, an interception and a fumble recovery), blocked a punt, giving the Titans good field position again. NKEC settled for a single point, when MacQuarrie’s field goal attempt went wide.

In the second quarter, Jason Gerritts (96 yards on four receptions) hauled in a long touchdown pass from quarterback Logan VanBlarcom, and the convert made it 29-0.

With 2:38 left in the half, Porter scored on a two-yard run to make it 36-0, the score set up by a Tibbetts interception.

After the intermission, NKEC seemed content to keep possession of the ball, scoring only a single on a blocked field goal attempt, a safety conceded by Horton and Porter’s third rushing touchdown of the game.

The Griffins had a little more success moving the ball in the second half, but their offense was hampered by turnovers, including five fumbles.

Alex Sarsfield led the Titans defensively with 10 tackles, and Alex Pearl was in on eight. Middle linebacker Jordan Davidson had a huge game on defense for Horton, contributing to more than 15 tackles.

NKEC co-head coach Wally Archer was “very pleased with the way our kids are playing right now. “It’s been said we’re winning because we have a soft schedule, but we’re still beating these teams by playing solid fundamental football and limiting our mistakes.”

Archer had high praise for the Titans’ defense, which stifled Horton at every turn and in particular held Rufus Bedell, Horton’s best runner, pretty much in check. He also made note of the play of Porter, who “makes great blocks and is running well with the ball.”

Archer is looking forward to this Saturday’s meeting with Dr. J.H. Gillis, a 2 p.m. start in Canning, that should be a better test for the Titans.

Horton travels to Truro Sunday for a meeting with CEC, which has lost just once this season.

Horton head coach Alec Hyndman acknowledged the Griffins are slowly improving, but termed Sunday’s loss “a step backward” compared to Horton’s performance, albeit in a losing effort, the previous week against Halifax West. “It’s disappointing, but for a first-year team, I guess we can’t really complain. We’ve shown flashes, but we’re still making too many mistakes and turning the ball over too often.”

BY JOHN DECOSTE

Kings County Register

The Northeast Kings Titans continue to roll along in their second season of high school football.

The Horton Griffins, despite showing definite improvement since the start of their first year, continue to take their lumps.

The Titans improved to 4-1 on the season with a 46-0 shutout win over Horton October 7 in Canning.

Led by 188 yards rushing on 25 carries and two touchdowns from Marco Visentin, the Titans took a 36-0 lead to the sidelines at halftime and coasted to the win.

Horton, 1-4 with the loss, played better in the second half, especially on defense, limiting NKEC to just 10 second-half points; but had trouble generating offense.

Visentin scampered for his first touchdown of the afternoon, a long run on a third-down gamble on NKEC’s first offensive series. Alex MacQuarrie’s first of six converts (in six attempts) made the score 7-0.

Josh Porter (62 yards in 14 carries, three touchdowns and yeoman service as a blocking back) made it 13-0 with a one-yard run.

Before the first quarter was over, the Titans scored again, on a short run by Visentin. MacQuarrie’s third convert made it 21-0.

Jordan Tibbetts, who had an outstanding game for NKEC (seven tackles, a blocked punt, an interception and a fumble recovery), blocked a punt, giving the Titans good field position again. NKEC settled for a single point, when MacQuarrie’s field goal attempt went wide.

In the second quarter, Jason Gerritts (96 yards on four receptions) hauled in a long touchdown pass from quarterback Logan VanBlarcom, and the convert made it 29-0.

With 2:38 left in the half, Porter scored on a two-yard run to make it 36-0, the score set up by a Tibbetts interception.

After the intermission, NKEC seemed content to keep possession of the ball, scoring only a single on a blocked field goal attempt, a safety conceded by Horton and Porter’s third rushing touchdown of the game.

The Griffins had a little more success moving the ball in the second half, but their offense was hampered by turnovers, including five fumbles.

Alex Sarsfield led the Titans defensively with 10 tackles, and Alex Pearl was in on eight. Middle linebacker Jordan Davidson had a huge game on defense for Horton, contributing to more than 15 tackles.

NKEC co-head coach Wally Archer was “very pleased with the way our kids are playing right now. “It’s been said we’re winning because we have a soft schedule, but we’re still beating these teams by playing solid fundamental football and limiting our mistakes.”

Archer had high praise for the Titans’ defense, which stifled Horton at every turn and in particular held Rufus Bedell, Horton’s best runner, pretty much in check. He also made note of the play of Porter, who “makes great blocks and is running well with the ball.”

Archer is looking forward to this Saturday’s meeting with Dr. J.H. Gillis, a 2 p.m. start in Canning, that should be a better test for the Titans.

Horton travels to Truro Sunday for a meeting with CEC, which has lost just once this season.

Horton head coach Alec Hyndman acknowledged the Griffins are slowly improving, but termed Sunday’s loss “a step backward” compared to Horton’s performance, albeit in a losing effort, the previous week against Halifax West. “It’s disappointing, but for a first-year team, I guess we can’t really complain. We’ve shown flashes, but we’re still making too many mistakes and turning the ball over too often.”

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