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Truro Freightliners playing for N.S. bantam football title

The Truro Freightliners won a tough semifinal under the lights at the TAAC Grounds last Friday over the Timberlea Titans. On Saturday, the Truro squad will travel to the city to meet the Dartmouth Destroyers at Saint Mary’s University with a provincial Tier 1 bantam title up for grabs. Members of Freightliners who are heading into battle are, front, Levi Spence; first row, from left, Ryan Hennessey, Gavin Mingo, James Seaton, Jake McDonald, Matt Benvie, Owen Plugiers, Wyatt Higgins and Jonathan Seaton; second row, Ashton Benoit, Erik Hayden, Thomas Giffen, Ryland Phillips, Dante Gabrielli, Caleb Wolthers, Patrick Lambourne, Payton Matthews, James McCabe, Alex Patterson, Josh Hayward, Marcus Flemming, Kaiden MacLean, Eli Dykeman, Rocco Richard, Cameron Hunt, Matt Shannon, Eric Fields and Russell Malally.
The Truro Freightliners won a tough semifinal under the lights at the TAAC Grounds last Friday over the Timberlea Titans. On Saturday, the Truro squad will travel to the city to meet the Dartmouth Destroyers at Saint Mary’s University with a provincial Tier 1 bantam title up for grabs. Members of Freightliners who are heading into battle are, front, Levi Spence; first row, from left, Ryan Hennessey, Gavin Mingo, James Seaton, Jake McDonald, Matt Benvie, Owen Plugiers, Wyatt Higgins and Jonathan Seaton; second row, Ashton Benoit, Erik Hayden, Thomas Giffen, Ryland Phillips, Dante Gabrielli, Caleb Wolthers, Patrick Lambourne, Payton Matthews, James McCabe, Alex Patterson, Josh Hayward, Marcus Flemming, Kaiden MacLean, Eli Dykeman, Rocco Richard, Cameron Hunt, Matt Shannon, Eric Fields and Russell Malally. - Contributed

TRURO, N.S. – The Truro Freightliners will play for a Nova Scotia Tier 1 bantam football crown on Saturday.

The Freightliners will meet the undefeated Dartmouth Destroyers in the title game on the turf at Saint Mary’s University, with opening kickoff scheduled for 8 p.m.

“They’re having a lot of fun and they’re in it to win it,” Freightliners coach Brian Wood said of his group. “They’re going to Saint Mary’s to come back champions, no doubt about it.”

The Freightliners booked their spot in the provincial championship game last weekend after a thrilling 28-27 overtime victory over the Timberlea Titans under the lights at the TAAC Grounds.

Leading the charge for the Freightliners in that contest was quarterback and linebacker Matt Shannon. It was a gruelling back-and-forth match that saw the teams tied 21-21 at the end of regular play. Erik Hayden had two touchdowns for Truro, including one in overtime, while Cameron Hunt and Dante Gabrielli scored other majors.

On defense, super duo defensive ends Caleb Wolthers and Eli Dykeman kept the Titans run game in check.

“It was a hard-fought  battle,” said Wood.

The Freightliners and Destroyers met once in the regular season with Dartmouth earning a 31-12 victory on Sept. 9 in the first game of the season for both teams.

“We’re a different team than we were in the first game; I’m sure they’ve gotten better too, but it’s a game we can win,” said Wood.

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