Panthers post trio of lopsided victories over east end rivals
By Fred Sherwin
Panthers running back Daniel Mellon scored three touchdowns in a 40-6 win
over the Orleans Bengals tyke team on Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Panthers were firing on all cylinders Saturday as they posted a trio of
lopsided victories over the Orleans Bengals during Week 3 of the NCAFA minor
The day got off
to a rather inauspicious start for the visiting Bengals when their mosquito
team failed to pick up a single first down in losing the opening game 43-0.
jumped out to a 19-0 first quarter lead on a pair of touchdowns by Daymon
Williams and a major by Kurt Henneberry.
a safety early in the second quarter, the Panthers added two more touchdowns
and a two point convert to take a 35-0 lead into halftime.
A 65-yard kick
return by Williams to open the second half emptied what little wind was
left in the Bengals' sails.
The score could
have been a lot worse had the Panthers not decided to work on their passing
game in the second half.
half was incredible," Panthers head coach Mike Earle said after the
game. "In the third quarter we switched things up a bit and then in
the fourth quarter we blew them out of the water."
tyke team didn't fare much better. After they turned the ball over on the
opening kick-off, the Panthers scored on their first play from scrimmage
on a 24 yard run by Daniel Mellon. A Mathieu Kelly convert would give the
Panthers the early 8-0 lead.
next series, Mathieu Franche hit a wide open Abdul-Ismail Karim for a seven
yard touchdown pass to put the Panthers up 14-0. They went up 20-0 when
Mellon ran the ball 42 yards on the opening play of their third series.
Another two-point convert by Kelly made the score 22-0 Panthers.
The Bengals finally
got on the scoreboard midway through the second quarter on a 29 yard pass
down the middle of the field. Unfazed, the Panthers responded on the very
next series with a 46-yard touchdown run by Bryson Michel to go up 28-6
at the half.
further added to their lead on another long run by Mellon to start the third
the ball deep into Cumberland territory later in the quarter, but the Panthers
defence was able to stand their ground stopping the Bengals three times
inside the 10, including on third and goal from the two yard line.
by Michel in the fourth quarter would make the final score 40-6 in favour
of the Panthers.
After the game,
Panthers head coach Ian Michel praised his players for showing up for practice
and working hard.
a great practice coming into the game and it showed. We executed well on
offensive and we only gave up one touchdown on defense. I'll go with that
any day," said Michel.
third blowout was delivered by their peewee team which built up a 43-6 halftime
lead before taking their foot off the gas and cruising to a convincing 50-26
had three touchdowns for Cumberland, Jaylen King scored twice and James
Haggarty caught a pass from Jake Molinski for a major. The Bengals touchdowns
wre scored by Denis McGrath, Rashari Sommerville-Henry and Justin Ryan.
Panthers running back Bryson Michel gets taken down by a pair of Orleans
Bengals defenders during a tyke match-up between the two east end fottball
clubs on Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
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