By Darryl G. Smart
Tears rolling down Leroy Foster’s face, Kiefer Binkley’s look of being in awe, and Taye Lovell’s confident smile said it all for the Holy Trinity Titans.
The Titans made history on Saturday afternoon, shocking everyone but themselves by defeating the Delhi Raiders 35-7 on the road to claim the school’s first-ever football championship, the newly named Brant-Haldimand-Norfolk Bowl.
“It’s awesome. It’s hard to explain,” said Binkley, who is one of the team’s longest serving players. “Nobody expected this. Nobody has ever expected us to do what we did today. And here we are.”
What the Titans did was dominate both sides of the ball right from the opening possession. And to make the feat even more impressive, was doing it without a number of key players, including Cam Pearson, who broke his arm scoring what became the eventual game-winning touchdown last week in the semifinal.
“We came together and everyone came out to play,” Binkley said. “The best part is to see how we took it to them today. To see how far we’ve come from that first game of the year when they beat us. It’s incredible. I’m still trying to process it. This is my last year. I’m just glad I was able to do this and go out this way.”
Lovell, who played and won a Norfolk Bowl for the Waterford Wolves, led the Titans offensive attack scoring a touchdown on the opening drive of the game, another in the second quarter before adding one more for good measure in the fourth quarter.
“I said I wanted to score the first time I got the ball,” Lovell said. “I was close. It was the second time I got the ball. After that touchdown, all nerves were gone. It was time to play.”
Quarterback Chase Bacher was poised all game, guiding the Titans, while calling his own number for touchdowns on the final play of the first half and again in the fourth quarter.
Rounding out the scoring for the Titans was backup kicker Isaac Andeyontso, who was filling in for Peason. He hit three converts.
Raiders quarterback Adam Leatherland connected with Ty DeJonghe in the second quarter for their only major of the game.
“I love winning. This is amazing. It’s surreal,” Lovell said. “Coming here to a school that has never won before and being part of this is just amazing. I came here to just be part of something. This is my last year and I wanted to give it everything I had. I left it out on the field today. It feels great.”
Lovell and Binkley said the week of preparation was probably the toughest they had all season because of the omissions in their lineup.
“Our ability to come together even without the guys that weren’t able to play was amazing,” Binkley said. “We had some huge pieces of our team out today. Guys like Cam. I’m glad we were able to win this for them. They’ve all been huge parts of this team. It was tough this week trying to get all of these moving parts as one. But we did it.”
Coach Foster told his group after the game that what they had just done is something they will always remember.
“You all wrote history today,” Foster said. “Be proud of what you’ve done. All of the work and sacrifice paid off. We made history. We’re champions.”