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NCAFA Minor Football
Cumberland Panthers open season with sweep of East Ottawa Generals
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Cumberland Panthers running back Fabrice Mukendi runs for one of his three touchdowns against the East Ottawa Generals on Saturday. Lynn Guibault/Photo

The Cumberland Panthers kicked off the 2016 NCAFA season on Saturday with a four-game sweep of the East Ottawa Generals including three shutouts.

The Panthers tyke team got things started with a 31-0 win over their General counterparts, and then the mosquito squad followed up with 31-0 result of their own. And then it was the peewee Panthers turn.

The defending NCAFA A-Cup champions scored early and often in rolling to a decisive 74-0 win. Second year running back Fabrice Mukendi touched the ball four times and scored all four times -- three times on the ground and once through the air on a pass from Christian Veilleux who finished the game wirth 15 completions for 269 yards and three touchdowns.

Running back Markaedyn Nelson scored twice on four carries and Maxime Dery scored a touchdown on one of two passes he caught for 85 yards.

All four players, along with several of their teammates, are attempting to win their fifth NCAFA A-Cup championship in the last six years and, in fact, Saturday's win over the Generals improved their record to 54-1 dating back to the opening game of the 2011 season. The lone loss came in the semi-finals of the mosquito A-Cup playoffs in 2014.

With several of the key players who led the team to last year's A-Cup win still in the lineup as second team players, the Panthers are prohibitve favourites to defend their title and imrpove their win-loss record to 64-1 in the process.

The Panthers bantam team is hoping to get back to the playoffs and redeem last season's first round loss to the Myers Riders. They started their quest with a 24-18 win over the Generals in Saturday's fourth and final game.

All four teams will welcome the Nepean Eagles to Millennium Park for their first home game of the season this Saturday and try to extend their records to 2-0.

(Posted 8:30 p.m., Aug. 31)

 

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