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NCAFA Football
Panthers post trio of lopsided victories over east end rivals
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Cumberland Panthers running back Daniel Mellon scored three touchdowns in a 40-6 win over the Orleans Bengals tyke team on Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo


The Cumberland 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 football season.

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.

The Panthers jumped out to a 19-0 first quarter lead on a pair of touchdowns by Daymon Williams and a major by Kurt Henneberry.

After scoring 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.

"The first 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."

The Bengals' 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.

On Cumberland's 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.

The Panthers further added to their lead on another long run by Mellon to start the third quarter.

Orleans moved 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.

Another major 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.

"We had 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.

The Panthers 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 win.

Tyrone Pierre 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.

Cumberland 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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(Updated 11:30 p.m., Sept. 8)

 

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