Panthers extend record to 3-0 with win over Cornwall Wildcats
By Fred Sherwin
Panthers quarterback Christian Veilleux runs
for one of his three touchdowns against the
Cornwall Wildcats on Saturday. Lynn Gibault/Photo
Cumberland Panthers peewee team was firing on all cylinders
Saturday as they used a lightning quick ground game, spectacular
special teams play and a solid defence to overwhelm the
Cornwall Wildcats at Millennium Park.
Panthers scored a 64-yard rushing TD on Fabrice Mukendi's
second carry of the game and never looked back. When the
defence forced the Wildcats to punt the ball on the ensuing
series, Justice Koradi returned the kick 48 yards to the
Wildcats 11-yard line. A no yards penalty on the return
would ultimately give the Panthers a first down on the
an incomplete pass, Mukendi ran it in for his second major
of the opening quarter. And so the game went.
fumble was the only thing that prevented the Panthers
from scoring on their third series of the game, but it
only served to delay the inevitable as the home team scored
yet again on their next series on a thanks to a 57-yard
run by quarterback Christian Veilleux to open the second
24-0 at this point, the Panthers simply piled on the points
first on a 54-yard touchdown run by Jonathan Aoude on
their next series; then with an 80-yard punt return by
Koradi on the Wildcats next series, and finally on a spectacular
80-yard highlight reel run by Mukendi on the last play
of the half.
the dust had finally settled the Panthers enjoyed a 44-0
halftime lead. Mercifully for the Wildcats and their supporters,
the second half was played entirley on running time. Even
so the Panthers were still able to score two more touchdowns
after back-to-back successful onside kick attempts.
scored his fourth touchdown of the game and eighth in
the last two weeks on a 54-yard run, and Veilleux scored
his second major of the game on a three-yard run.
time running down Veilleux once again called his own number
resulting in a 41-yard major. A two-point convert pass
from Veilleux to Jordan Sirvin would make the final score
64-0 in favour of the defending champions.
ended up carrying the ball three times for 106 yards and
scored on all three carries. He also completed eight of
17 pass attempts for 122 yrads including four two-point
converts to Aoude, Sirvin, Sebastien Pierre, and Ethan
had seven carries for 202 yards, four of them touchdowns,
and Aoude had six carries for 71 yards and a touchdown.
Koradi also had a strong game. Besides his three punt
returns for 119 yards and a touchdown, he also had eight
solo tackles on defence, including a pair of sacks, and
a fumble recovery.
Spadaccini, Phillippe Vigneau and Avery Bent also contributed
a sack each.
Panthers next game is against the Bel-Air Lions at Millennium
Park on Thursday, Dec. 28. Kickoff is at 6 p.m.
4:30 p.m., Sept. 11)
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