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NCAFA Football
Peewee Panthers win battle of the unbeatens in impressive fashion
By Fred Sherwin

Saturday's 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.

Afterall, 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.

The 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.

After 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.

Cumberland 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.

The 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.

The 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.

After 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.

The 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.

Veilleux 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.

Aoude 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 quarter.

After 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..

"We 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."

Next 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.

The Cumberland Panthers peewee team knocked off the Bel-Air Lions 46-7 on Saturday to extend their record to 4-0 .. Lynn GibaultPhoto

(Posted 5 p.m., Sept. 18)


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