Panthers win battle of the unbeatens in impressive fashion
By Fred Sherwin
NCAFA peewee match up between the East Conference leading
Cumberland Panthers and West Conference table-toppers
Bel-Air was supposed to be the feature game of the day.
the Lions had started the season 3-0 with impressive wins
over Rideau, Gatineau and Orleans. As it turned out, they
were no match for the defending champion Panthers who
are now 4-0 after rolling to a 46-7 win in a steady rain
at Millennium Park.
game was over almost as soon as it started as the Panthers
scored two touchdowns within the first two minutes. The
first touchdown was scored on the opening drive of the
game and took just six plays including a four-yard run
by Fabrice Mukendi for the major.
catching the Lions off guard with a successful onside
kick, the Panthers took just four plays to score their
second touchdown on a short pass from Christian Veilleux
to Jonathan Aoude that was set up by three straight carries
by Mukendi. The Panthers star running back capped the
TD with a five yard run for the two-point conversion,
and just like that the Panthers were up 14-0.
extended their lead to 22-0 on a two-yard touchdown run
by Veilleux that capped a six-play, 64yard drive near
the end of the first quarter. Two key plays during the
drive were a 27-yard pass from Veilleux to Maxime Dery
and a 28-yard run by Mukendi.
Panthers' fourth touchdown of the game was scored midway
through the second quarter on another quarterback keeper
by Veilleux that capped a 10 play, 78-yard drive.
Lions finally got on the scoreboard late in the second
quarter on a 21-yard touchdown run to make the score 30-7
in favour of the Panthers heading into the half-time break.
neither team scored in the third quarter, the Panthers
capped a nine-play, 72-yard drive with Veilleux's third
rushing touchdown of the game early in the fourth stanza
to put Cumberland up 38-7.
Panthers then turned a fumble recovery by Avery Bent on
the Lions' 40-yard line into yet another touchdown, this
time by Zane Teichroeb, to increase their lead to 46-7
which is how the game ended.
ended up carrying the ball nine time for 39 yards and
three TDs. He also threw the ball seven times for 77 yards.
Mukendi had 14 carries for 167 yards and one touchdown
and ran in a pair of two point conversions.
had an excellent game as well with eight carries for 42
yards and two receptions for 17 yards including a TD.
He also ran in a pair of two-point conversions. Lastly,
Teichroeb had six carries for 22 yards and a touchdown
to go along with a 22-yard pass reception in the first
the game, Panthers head coach Jeff Koradi commended his
players for running the ball effectively and playing a
great all-round game against a v ery good opponent..
ran the ball hard. We did a great job up front. Our defense
played lights out and special teams were very very good,"
Koradi told he players in their post-game huddle. "That
was the best team we played to date. They're a well-coached
team. They have some very good players and we just did
what we do. Great job guys."
up for the Panthers are the Orleans Bengals who are off
to a rough start after losing three of their first four
games. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. at Millennium Park.
Cumberland Panthers peewee team knocked off
the Bel-Air Lions 46-7 on Saturday to extend
their record to 4-0 .. Lynn GibaultPhoto
5 p.m., Sept. 18)
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