Cumberland Panthers outlast East Ottawa Generals to improve record to 2-0
By Fred Sherwin
member of the Cumberland Panthers braces himself for a tackle against the
East Ottawa Generals during tyke Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
On paper Saturday's
tyke match-up between the Cumberland Panthers and the East Ottawa Generals
had all the makings of a potential blowout.
were 7-1 during the regular season last year, including a 28-13 win over
the Generals in Week 6, and if not for a heartbreaking 7-6 overtime loss
to the Myers Riders in the A-Cup semi-finals they could have won it all.
meanwhile, managed to win three games last year after going 1-7 the previous
The two teams
were also coming into Saturday's game having experienced vastly different
fates in their season openers. The Panthers blew out the Cornwall Colts
40-0 last weekend, while the Generals were blanked 32-0 by the North Gloucester
But what should
have been a blowout turned into a defensive battle as the Generals gave
the Panthers all they could handle and then some.
team could move the ball on their opening series, Cumberland struck paydirt
on the opening play of their second series of downs when Daniel Mellon scampered
18 yards for the score.
responded with a spectacular 59-yard kickoff return by Luke Korte-Moore
to tie the game at 6-6. Two plays later the Panthers struck again, this
time on a 49-yard run by Mellon to go up 12-6..
The ease with
which the Panthers scored their first two touchdowns did not bode well for
the Generals who just don't have the same big play capabilities. The only
way they could keep the score close was to tighten up on defence which they
did thanks to the play of safety Bob Doherty who made big tackle after big
tackle. At one point he made four third down stops in a row. As a result
what could have easily been a lopsided contest in favour of the home team,
turned into a titanic defensive struggle.
eventually tied the game on a quarterback keeper that covered 59 yards late
in the third quarter. East Ottawa's euphoria didn't last very long, however,
as the Panthers managed to respond two series later with Mellon's third
touchdown of the game to make the final score 18-12.
Despite the loss
the Generals could walk off the field with their heads held high having
given one of the top teams in the city a real run for their money.
must now prepare for their next game against their east end rivals the Orleans
Bengals who enjoyed a bye this weekend after losing their opening game 24-0
to the Gloucester South Raiders. The two teams will hook up at Millennium
Park at 11 a.m.
In other Week
2 action involving the Cumberland Panthers and the East Ottawa Generals,
the Panthers mosquito and peewee teams both improved their record to 2-0
with wins, while the bantam squad won by default to even their record at
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a.m., Aug. 30)
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