tykes fall from ranks of the unbeaten: peewee, mosquito records still perfect
By Fred Sherwin
Panthers peewee and mosquito teams remain unbeaten after a weekend that
saw the club's tyke squad get steamrolled by North Gloucester Giants running
back Willie Pierre.
all six touchdown in the Giants 37-22 win over the Panthers whose record
now stands at 5-1. Cumberland actually scored on the first series of the
game after the Giants coughed the ball up on the opening kickoff.
then managed to force the Giants into a third and long situation when Pierre
took off for a 60 yard romp for his first touchdown of the game.
defence actually played well in the first half, limiting the Giants to just
three plays over 10 yards. Unfortunately, they were all for touchdowns.
The Panthers, on the other hand, managed to get into the end zone on each
of their first three series and were two -for-three on their two-point convert
attempts to give themselves a 22-19 lead at the half.
The wheels didn't
start to come off for the Panthers until the thrid quarter when they repeatedly
shot themselves in the foot with ill-timed penalties. Every time they turned
the ball over to the Giants, Pierre was waiting to make them pay for their
transgressions, scoring three more touchdowns to put the game away.
mosquito team came within 14 seconds of suffering the same fate as the tykes.
With the score tied 6-6, the Giants were trying to move into position to
kick a game winning single when Aidan Aylward picked off an errant pass
and ran it back 83 yards for the game winning touchdown. He then kicked
the two point convert to make the final score 14-6.
turnaround capped a well-played game that was scoreless through the first
three quarters. The Panthers managed to break the 0-0 tie early in the fourth
quarter on a nine-yard pass from Kurt Henneberry to Daymon Williams. The
Giants then blocked the two point convert attempt to give themselves a chance
to win the game with a converted touchdown.
Eager to post
their first shutout of the season, the Panthers defence stopped the Giants
yet again on the next series. After the change of possession, the Panthers
were looking to run some time off the clock when the Giants stripped them
of the ball and ran it 41 yards in the opposite direction to tie the score
at 6-6. With the outcome of the game hanging in the balance, the North Gloucester
kicker hit the crossbar on the convert attempt to set up the dramatic finish.
There were no
dramartics necessary in the Panthers peewee game against Noirth Gloucester,
unless, of course, you like pizza.
Prior to the
start of the game, defensive co-ordinator Eugenio Mannarino promised to
buy the team pizza if the defensive unit was able to post a shutout and
score a defensive touchdown in the process.
His bet appeared
to be safe midway through the fourth quarter when the improbable happened.
With the Panthers already ahead 35-0, Brendan Sheppard managed to pick off
a pass and run it back into the Giants' end zone sending Mannarino scrambling
to the nearest pizzeria.
offense was once again provided by the triumverate of Tyrone Pierre, Jaylen
King and Jake Molinski.
bantam team was also headiing to victory against the Giants Friiday night
when the lights at Gil-O-Julien Field suddenly went off at
10 p.m. The game was called for darkness with Panthers leading 27-20 and
4:27 left in the fourth quarter.
The game will
be completed on Saturday, March 25 .
a.m., Sept. 22)
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