Peewee Bengals end season on a winning note
By Fred Sherwin
Orleans Bengals captains Justin Ryan, Bernie Murdock and
accept the Sullivan Trophy after winning the peewee C-Cup championship on
Wednesday. Photo supplied
a tough year for the Mews Orleans Bengals peewee football team. Injuries
and illness wrecked havoc on the team's defensive corps and the offensive
line went through a number of changes as well.
in fifth place in the East Division with a record of 2-6, the banged up
Bengals sought to salvage their season by knocking off the North Gloucester
Giants 34-24 in the C-Cup semi-finals and earning a berth in the C-Cup championship
game in the process.
in the final were the Bel-Air Lions who were 4-4 in the extremely competitive
Besides the injuries
and the flu-bug, the Bengals also had to contend with history. None of the
players on the team head ever won a post-season game at Minto Field, dating
back to their second year at tyke.
coach Dennis Prouse knew coming into the game that his team would have to
play at their very best if they wanted to win/
going in that it was going to be a dog fight. We had four or five kids that
were battling the flu, including Josh Rector who was so sick we had to keep
out of the game a couple of times," says Prouse.
The tone of the
game was set in the opening quarter with the two teams each scoring a pair
of touchdowns. By half-time the score was tied 22-22.
one of those games that you figured whoever had the ball last would win
the game," says Prouse. "But the funny is it was our defence that
won the game for us."
The Bengals were
actually trailing 41-37 late in the game when Rector made a diving catch
for his second touchdown of the game. Moments earlier he had to search out
an isolated area away from the bench to be physically ill.
incredible. To be physically ill and come back into the game and make score
the winning touchdown, that's how legends are made. That was insane,"
late game heroics, there was still enough time left on the clock for the
Lions to put together a last minute drive. They got as far as the Bengals'
15-yard line, before the Orleans defensive unit finally stiffened and stopped
stopped them on a third down and two to cement the win.
I was on the sideline thinking if they're going to score let them score
quick so we'll have a chance to respond, but as it turned out we didn't
have to because our defensive guys did the job. They were fantastic,"
two touchdowns. Justin Ryan and Rashari Sommerville-Henry also scored for
the Bengals, while pivot Michael O'Conner scored on a quarterback keeper
and threw both touchdown passes to Rector. Jacob Fox and Quinton Soares
also made several key catches on offense.
sixth touchdown was scored by Bernie /.Murdock who recovered a fumble in
the third quarter and returned it 60 yards.
was ever a group of kids who deserved to win their last game of the year
it's these kids. They played through so much adversity and never got down
on themselves or each other. I'm so proud of them," says Prouse.
While the Bengals
peewee squad ended their season on a winning note, the club's mosquito team
was not quite as fortunate.
off an exciting double overtime win over the West Carleton Wolverines n
the semifinals, the mosquito squad was unable to match-up against the North
Gloucester Giants in the C-Cup championship. The end result was a 44-8 win
for the Giants with Kundera Provost-Yombo scoring the Bengals lone touchdown.
Despite the losing
their final game, mosquito head coach Jason Purcell said the team could
still hold their heads high for simply making it to the C-Cup championship.
game was our championship. No one expected us to win that game. We hadn't
won a game all season and Bel-Air was 3-5, so to beat them in overtime and
make it to the championship was a huge accomplishment," says Prouse.
The Mews Orleans
Bengals still have two teams vying for post season hardware. The Mew Orleans
Dukes are playing the Canterbury Mustangs for the midget championship on
Friday night and the bantam Bengals will take in the Kanata Knights in the
A-Cup championship on Sunday.
Mews Orleans Bengals pose with the Sullivan Trophy after downing the
Bel-Air Lions 43-41 in the NCAFA C-Cup Championship on Wednesday. Photo
p.m., Oct. 29)
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