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NCAFA Peewee Football
Peewee Panthers prove too much for
over-matched Bengals

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Orleans Bengals running back Justin Ryan gains some valuable yardage against the Cumberland Panthers in their peewee matchup on Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo


The Cumberland Panthers peewee football team showed why they are among the early favourites to challenge for the NCAFA A-Cup on the weekend as they totally dominated a very good Orleans Bengals squad.

Led by quarterback Jake Molinski, tailback Jaylen King and slotback Tyrone Pierre, the Panthers scored almost at will in jumping out to a 43-7 first half lead.

The Panthers scored on their first three possessions of the game including a 40 yard dash by Pierre and a seven yard run by King in which he dragged three would-be tacklers into the end zone.

The Bengals finally got on the scoreboard early in the second quarter. After Paul Hastings recovered a Cumberland fumble on the Panthers' 35 yard line, it took Orleans just two plays to get in the end zone. Denis McGrath capped the drive with a 30 yard run.

The Panthers immediately responded by running back the ensuing kick-off
95 yards to go up 27-7..
After the Bengals went three and out on their next series, King scampered 25 yards up the middle for his third tochdown of the game. A three yard run by Pierre on the two point conversion attempt improved the Panthers' lead to 35-7.

When the Bengals once again turned the ball over on downs on the next series, the Panthers put together a 36-yard scoring drive, culminating in a seven yard pass over the middle from Molinski to James Haggarty. Another two point conversion by Pierre made the score 43-7 in favour of the Panthers at the break.

Cumberland started the second half the same way they began the game with a toiuchdown on their opening drive. A pair of handoffs to King was all that it took as the bruising running back carried the ball 55-yards for the score.

The Bengals responded with their best drive of the game, moving the ball
60 yards in seven plays including a touchdown run by Rashari Sommerville-Henry.

Orleans would add another major in the fourth quarter on a 30-yard run by Justin Ryan, but the damage had already been done as the Panthers cruised to a 50-26 victory to improve their record to 3-0.

After the game, Panthers head coach Chris Molinski praised his team for getting off to a solid start.

"That's one of the most perfect first halfs of football I've ever coached. We came out and we executed and we were hungry. That was amazing," said Molinski.

The hard luck Bengals are now 0-2. They lost their season opener against the Gloucester South Raiders on the last play of the game and then they had a bye in Week 2.

Orleans head coach Denis Prouse said having the week off hurt his team.

"I hate the bye week. The layoff killed us," said Prouse. "But you have to give a lot of credit to the Panthers. They have a smart experienced quarterback dishing the ball off to two of the most special players in the league."

Things will only get slightly easier for the Bengals next week when they take on perennial West Division powerhouse Myers Riders. Meanwhile, the Panthers have just three days to prepare for the Raiders who they host at Millennium Park for a rare night game on Wednesday.

To view more photos of the game click here

(Updated 7:30 p.m., Sept. 7)

 

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