season off to early start
By Fred Sherwin
football season got off to a flying start on the weekend as kids from seven
to 17 doned their pads and hit the gridiron for another exciting season.
All four Mews
Orleans Bengals teams traveled to Leitrim to take on the South Gloucester
Raiders including the peewee squad which lost 33-32 on the last play of
points would end up being the difference in the game as the Bengals failed
to convert on four of six attempts including all all three opportunities
in the first half.
Even with the
missed extra points, the Bengals had an
18-7 lead at the midway point of the game on touchdowns by Eduardo Beggs,
Rashari Sommerville-Henry and Quentin Soares.
After the two
teams traded touchdowns in the third quarter, the Raiders mounted a spirited
comeback in the fourth and by late in the game they were trailing by just
five points. That's when they managed to manufacture one last drive into
the end zone to pull out the come from behind win.
Bengals quarterback sprints around two South Gloucester
defenders during the teams' opening game on Sunday. Rachelle Ferron/Photo
Despite the fourth
quarter collapse Bengals' head coach Dennis Prouse said there were a lot
of positives the team could take away from the game.
there a lot of positives to take from it. We managed to stand toe to toe
with a very good team and we competed with them right to the end,"
said Prouse. "Our offense scored 32 points against one of the best
defenses in the league."
One of the biggest
positives was the play of 13-year-old rookie Rashari Sommerville-Henry who
managed to score two touchdowns playing in his first ever regular season
Quaterback also had a banner day with three touchdown tosses, two to Beggs
and one to Soares.
The peewee Bengals
will now have a week off to work on their converts and special team play
before taking on the Cumberland Panthers on Sept. 5 at Millennium Park.
The Panthers cruised to a relatively easy opening win against the Cornwall
Wildcats and shouldn't have much trouble against the East Ottawa Lions when
the two teams clash this weekend.
The Bengals tyke
and mosquito squads will no doubt be working on their offense during the
bye week after they were both shutout by their South Gloucester counterparts.
The tyke team lost 24-0 to the Raiders and the mosquito squad was squashed
lone win on the weekend was provided by the bantam team which downed the
In other action
on the weekend, the Panthers' tyke and mosquito teams both rang up lopsided
wins over the Wildcats. The tyke team was especially impressive in shutting
out their opponents 40-0. The Wildcats bantam team prevented a Sunday sweep
by downing Cumberland 19-16 in a hard fought contest.
5:30 p.m., Aug. 26)
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