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NCAFA Football
Cumberland tykes win third game in eight days, improve record to 5-0
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Cumberland Panthers running back Daniel Mellon gets hauled down by a Bel-Air defender during their NCAFA tyke match-up on Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The Cumberland Panther tyke team continued their winning ways on Saturday, downing the Bel-Air Lions 34-0 for their third victory in a little over a week.

Fresh off their 12-8 win over the Gloucester South Raiders on Wednesday, the Panthers wasted little time getting on the scoreboard against the Lions, marching the ball downfield on their opening series for the first major scoire of the game.

The drive was sparked by a long throw from Matthieu Franche to Abdul-Karim Ismail followed by a 23-yard run by Daniel Mellon which set up a one yard touchdown plunge by Franche. Mellon then ran the ball in for the one point convert to give Cumberland the early 7-0 lead.

Both teams' defences stiffened up after the opening touchdown and the score remained 7-0 until midway through the second quarter when the Panthers managed to put a few plays together culminating in an eight yard run by Mellon who was sprung by fellow running back Bryson Michel on the play with a great lead block. Michel was then given the honours of running in the the one point convert to give the Panthers a 14-0 lead.

Later on in the quarter, Franche hooked up with Ismail for another long pas to set up Mellon's second touchdown run of the game..After the Panthers misfired on the two-point conversion attempt, the score was 20-0 in favour of Cumberland heading into the second half.

As the third quarter unfolded, the Lions offence finally started to roar. A couple of big runs by #31 would give the west end team a first down on the two and a half yard line, but that would be as close as they would get.

The Panthers defence led by Shayne Bailey, Jason Horvath and Nathaniel Brady, stopped the Lions on three straight attempts, forcing them to turn over the ball over on downs.

The Lions were knocking at the door again on their next series, but the Panthers defence managed to come up big again, stopping Bel-Air an inch short of the first down on a third and long play.

Cumberland's fouth thouchdown of the game was scored by Michel on a 16-yard run. During the drive, the Lions took a 10-yard face mask penalty and a 10-yard objectionable conduct penalty on the same play.

The Panthers final touchdown came on a 65-yard drive in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. Michel had two nice runs during the series which was capped by a 15-yard run by Mellon who finished with three touchdowns and a one point conversion.

During the team huddle after the game, Panthers' head coach Ian Michel praised the defensive corps for an outstanding effort.

"Defence well done. You put up a goose egg," said Michel. "Offense we did well. We simplified things and we took care of business up front, so congratulations as well. Next week we have another pretty tough game against another team that might be undefeated so we need to have a good week of practice to get ready."

The Panthers will be playing the North Gloucester Giants next week in a battle of the only two unbeaten teams left in the East Division.

(Updated 8:30 p.m., Sept. 12)


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