Cumberland tykes win third game in eight days, improve record to 5-0
By Fred Sherwin
Panthers running back Daniel Mellon gets hauled down by a Bel-Air defender
during their NCAFA tyke match-up on Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
During the team
huddle after the game, Panthers' head coach Ian Michel praised the defensive
corps for an outstanding effort.
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
will be playing the North Gloucester Giants next week in a battle of the
only two unbeaten teams left in the East Division.
p.m., Sept. 12)
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