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NCAFA Football
Minor football season off to early start
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The minor 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 the game.

Missed extra 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.

Mews Orleans 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.

"Of course 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 game.

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 54-0.

The Bengals' lone win on the weekend was provided by the bantam team which downed the Raiders 29-6.

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.

'(Posted 5:30 p.m., Aug. 26)

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