Panthers dominant in conference semifinal win over Durham
By Fred Sherwin
Cumberland Panthers bantam varsity football team is one
win away from a return trip to the OVFL championship game
after downing the Durham Dolphins in dominating fashion
in Saturday's Wettges Conference semi-final contest at
Panthers will play their crosstown rivals, the Myers Riders,
next Saturday in a replay of last year's conference final,
which the Panthers won 28-9, to see who will advance to
the OVFL bantam championship game. The two teams split
their two regular season meetings with the Panthers winning
the first game 18-7 and the Riders taking the second game
Panthers running back Fabrice Mukendi turns
the corner against the Durham Dolphins during
the Wettges Conference semifinal on Saturday.
Photo courtesy of Lynn Guilbault
Saturday's rubber match will take place at Millennium
with the opening kickoff scheduled to take place at noon.
before the Panthers could look forward to a return trip
to the conference final they had to first take care of
business against the Durham Dolphins, and take care of
business they did led by their quarterback Christian Veilleux
who passed for four touchdowns and ran for another.
failing to complete his first few passes, Veilleux took
matters into his own hands and on fourth and 10, he tucked
the ball under his arm and scrambled 49 yards through
the Dolphins' defence to give the Panthers their first
#2 came after the Panthers' defence forced the Dolphins
to turn the ball over on Cumberland's 26-yard line early
in the second quarter.
took the Panthers just four plays to find the end zone
on a 79-yard pass from Veilleux to Maxime Dery,
two young men would hook up again on the Panthers' next
series to give the hometown team a 20-0 lead. The scoring
play came on a slant pass covering 44 yards. Panthers'
running back Fabrice Mukendi successfully ran the ball
in on the two-point convert attempt for the extra two
Dopihins' first touchdown was scored by Jayden Smith who
played five different positions during the game including
linebacker, safety, kick returner, slotback and tailback.
Smith broke through the middle of the line of scrimmage
and bolted 58-yards to get the Dolphins on the board.
Panthers responded as only they know how with a 65-yard
touchdown pass from Veilleux to Zane Teichroeb on the
very next play. Unfortunately, it was called on the account
that Teichroeb left the line of scrimmage too early..
penalty only delayed the inevitable, however, as the Panthers
needed just four more plays to get into the end zone on
an 18-yard pass from Veilleux to Meinzinger with 1.5 seconds
left in the third quarter to make the score 26-7 in favour
Panthers' fifth and final touchdown came on a 10-yard
pass from Veilleux to Jonathan Aoude that was set up by
a Noah Masena interception.
Dolphins did manage to score again with 14 seconds left
in the game to make the score a little more respectable,
but the damage had already been and the Panthers were
by far the more dominating team.
they can turn their attention to the Myers Riders, who
head coach Jeff Koradi expects will present a much greater
going to be great game. Panthers vs Myers is always a
great game, but the road to Hamilton goes through Millennium
and we'll be ready," said Koradi, noting that the
OVFL championship game will be played in the Steel City
on August 6.
3 p.m., July 24)
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