Bengals topple Giants for first win of the season
By Fred Sherwin
Orleans Bengals running back Rashari Sommerville-Henry picks up a long gain
in the Bengals' 35-7 win over the North Gloucester Giants on Wednesday.
a long and frustrating season for the Mews Orleans Bengals peewee football
team. Plagued by injuries, the Bengals have had a rough ride through the
first three quarters of the season, losing six straight games before finally
getting into the win column against the North Gloucester Giants Wednesday
Two of their
losses were by less than a touchdown, including their season opener against
the Gloucester South Raiders which they lost on the last play of the game.
Aside from a
24-point blowout against the Cumberland Panthers in Week 3, they've been
in every game they've played thanks, for the most part, to their defence
which came up big again against.the Giants, allowing just seven points.
in the game, however, was the emergence of the Bengals offence and in particular
first year running back Rashari Sommerville-Henry who had a huge game with
three touchdowns, including a 14-yard run up the middle in the third quarter
in which he broke three or four tackles.
got the Bengals on the scoreboard late in the first quarter with a three
year effort to cap a long drive. Quinn Soares added a two point conversion
to give Orleans the early 8-0 lead.
The Bengals took
to the air for their second touchdown which came on a 35-yard pass and run
play from Micheal O'Connor to Justin Ryan. Ryan then made the extra point
to put Orleans up 15-0.
Ryan scored again
in the second quarter on an eight yard run and added the extra point to
make the score 22-0 at the half.
The Giants eventually
got on the scoreboard in the third quarter thanks to a Bengals miscue. After
Orleans failed to pick up a first down on their opening drive in the second
half, they elected to punt the ball from their 40 yard line.
they were called for an illegal man downfield on their first attempt and
had to punt the ball over again from their 30. On the second attempt, the
snap went past the punter resulting in a turnover.
over possession on the Bengals' 24-yard line, the Giants needed just three
plays to get into the end zone. Ross Bitchoka did the honours on a 17-yard
sweep to the left.
then returned the favour to the Bengals when they muffed the ensuing kick-off,
giving Orleans excellent field position inside the 45-yard line. Sommerville-Henry
scored four plays later on a two yard run up the middle.
The rookie running
back's fourth major was set up by a 46-yard pass from O'Connor to Ryan near
the end of the third quarter.
big win, Bengals head coach Dennis Prouse was overjoyed that
his team had finally gotten the monkey off their back.
through some tough times. We've come through some adversity, but now we're
getting better," said Prouse. "And we're going to keep getting
better. We've had eight key players out including five of our second year
guys. The positive part is that it's given a lot of our first year guys
a chance to play and contribute. Paul Hastings had an outstanding game on
defence. I'm not sure how things are going to shake out the rest of the
way in terms of the playoffs. We just have to keep winning."
The Bengals will
hope to do just that when they take on the East Ottawa Generals this Sunday
at Garneau High School.
p.m., Oct. 2)
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