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NCAFA Football
Cumberland Panther tykes down Raiders, improve record to 4-0
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Running back Bryson Michel eludes a would-be tackler during the Cumberland Panthers 12-8 win over the Gloucester South Raiders on Wednesday. Fred Sherwin/Photo


The Cumberland Panther tyke team improved its record to 4-0 on Wednesday with a 12-8 win over the Gloucster South Raiders.

The Panthers completely dominated the first half except for one series in the second quarter in which the Raiders managed to move the ball inside Cumberland's 10-yard line before the Panthers finally stopped them.

After the change of possession, the Panthers moved the ball to midfield where Matthieu Franche connected with a wide open Abdul-Karim Ismail for a 43-yard touchdcown pass down the middle to take a 12-0 lead into halftime.

The Panthers scored their first touchdown in the opening quarter on a six yard run by Daniel Mellon on third down.

The Raiders narrowed the Panthers lead to 12-6 with an impressive drive at the start of the second half that included a pair of third down conversions.

Cole Dumelie hit Alex Beauchamp with a 15 yard pass on third and five to move the ball down to the 22 yard line. Dumelie then ran the ball 13 yards to give the Raiders a first down on the nine. Two plays later they faced a third and goal situation on the twoin which Dumelie handed the ball off to Beauchamp who ran up the middle for the touchddown.

The Raiders threatened again early in the fourth quarter after the Panthers turned the ball over on downs on their 16 yard line.

A 10-yard reception from Dumelie to Bailey Brant would give the Raiders a first down on the three yard line.

After getting hit for a two yard loss on the first play, the Raiders tried to throw the ball into the end zone on second and goal from the five, but the pass fell incomplete. The Raiders tried to pass the ball again on third down, but Panthers linebacker Olivier Papillon had the play read all the way and chased Dumelie down from behind for the sack.

After the change of possession, the Raiders kept the Panthers pinned inside the five yard line. Rather than risk punting the ball from inside their end zone and risk potential disaster, the Panthers gave up a safety and kicked the ball from the 25-yard line.

The Raiders had two more series to try and make something happen, but Panthers defensive end Jason Horvath made something happen instead. He broke up a third down play to end the first series, and then sacked Dumelie on the second series to end the game.

With the win the Panthers improved their record to 4-0, which is one win better than the North Gloucester Giants who are 3-0. Things won't get any easier for Cumberland this weekend when they take on the Bel-Air Lions who are one of three undefeated teams in the West Division. Game time is 11 a.m. at Millenium Park.

To view more photos of the game click here

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

 

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