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Bantam Panthers christen new field with 26-10 win over West Durham
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Cumberland Panthers' quarterback Christian Veilleux ran for three of his team's four touchdowns in their 26-10 win over the West Durham Dolphins on the weekend. Photo coutesy of Lynn Gibault

The Cumberalnd Panthers bantam varsity football team improved their record to 4-0 on Saturday with a win over the West Durham Dolphins in the first game ever played on the new artificial turf field at Millennium Park.

During a ceremony christening the new field, former Panther and current member of the Ottawa Redblacks, Brendan Gillanders, was inducted into the Panthers' Hall of Fame.

As Gillanders received his Hall of Fame ring, the club's future Hall of Fame players looked on from the sidelines before taking to the field to take on the Dolphins in a rematch of their season opener.

Unlike their first meeting which the Panthers easily won 50-24, the Dolphins put up a much stiffer fight, limiting Cumberland to just 158 yards on the ground and 161 yards through the air.

Despite their lowest offensive output of the young season, the Panthers still found a way to win thanks mainly to their stellar defence which forced three turnovers and an opportunistic offence which was able to punch the ball into the end zone four times.

Three of the four touchdowns were scored by quarterback Christian Veilleux who used Panthers' running back Fabrice Mukendi as a decoy in calling his own number.

Veilleux ended the game with 91 yards on seven carries. He also passed the ball seven times for 161 yards, including a two-point conversion toss to Zane Teichroeb.

When he wasn't blocking for his quarterback, Mukendi ran the ball 14 times for 52 yards and a touchdown. He also caught a ball for a 15-yard pick up.

On defence, linebackers Scott Fulton and Noah Masena caused the Dolphins fits all game long. Fulton was in on 12 tackles, including five solo efforts, and Masena had four solo tackles including a sack and a fumble recovery.

Lineman Avery Bent had the Panthers' other sack, and Ezekiah Zamor and Joshua Baka each had a fumble recovery.

The win essentially enables the Panthers to remain atop the Wettges Conference. Technically they are tied with the Myers Riders at eight points apiece, but the Panthers have a game in hand and they won their first of two head-to-head meetings a fortnight ago.

The Panthers and the Riders will meet again at Millennium Park on July 2, but not before the Panthers host the 1-3 York Region Lions this Saturday. Game time is 2:30 p.m

(Posted 6:30 a.m., June 20)

 

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