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NCAFA Football
Peewee Panthers pound east end rival Bengals in lopsided affair
By Fred Sherwin

The juggernaut that is the Cumberland Panthers peewee team continued to reap destruction on their NCAFA opponents Saturday, delivering a 66-0 defeat of the Orleans Bengals to extend their record to a perfect 5-0.

It's hard to imagine any team giving the Panthers much of a battle this season. They have far too many weapons on offence and their defence, led by OVFL all-Ontario all-stars Markaedyn Nelson and Justice Koradi has given up just 13 points in five games.

Cumberland Panthers running back Fabrice Mukendi out-sprints an Orleans Bengals defender during Saturday's peewee matchup between the two east end rivals. Lynn Gibault/Photo

In Saturday's game against the Bengals, the Panthers once again got the job done on both sides of the ball. It took just three plays for the defending champions to get on the scoreboard on their opening drive. The telling blow coming on a 50-yard pass from Christian Veilleux to Maxime Déry, the Panthers other two all-Ontario all-stars.

Running back Fabrice Mukendi scored on each of the Panthers next three possessions, the second one set by an interception by Ben Castonguay.

Another Bengals turnover and a 41-yard pass from Veilleux to Déry would set up Mukendi's fourth touchdown of the game and Panthers' fifth major of the half. But they weren't done yet. A successful onside kick would lead to a 10-yard TD pass from Veilleux to Déry on the final play of quarter and put the Panthers up 38-0 at the break.

It was more of the same in the second half. A 38-yard run by Mukendi early in the third quarter would set up a three-yard touchdown pass from Veilleux to Déry who redeemed himself for dropping two earlier passes in the end zone.

Veilluex then did his best impersonation of Mukendi, changing direction and eluding defenders on a 33-yard touchdown run to put the Panthers up 53-0 just as the third stanza came to an end.

Touchdown number nine came on a 23-yard pass over the middle from Veilleux to Jonathan Aooude, who had another strong game sharing backfield duties with Mukendi.

The Panthers' final major was scored on a pick six by defensive back Treyvon Boyce, who ran it in from the 50-yard line.

Mukendi finished the game with 162 yards on 15 carries and four touchdowns while Veilleux carried the ball four times for 62 yards and a pair of TDs. He also completed 10 passes for 193 yards and three touchdowns, two to Dery and one to Aoude.

The only downside in an otherwise near perfect performance was a shoulder injury suffered by receiver Zane Teichroeb in the first half. While the full extent of the injury was not known at the end of the game, his teammates and the Panthers' coaching staff are no doubt hoping for a speedy return.

With the win the Panthers have now assured themselves of a berth in the A-Cup playoffs. They are four games up on the Bengals with three games remaining, and a game up on the Gloucester South Raiders and the North Gloucester Giant. They will meet the later on Thanksgiving weekend in a game with first place likely on the line.

For now, the Panthers must focus on the Myers Riders who they play next Sunday in South Barrhaven.

(Posted 1 p.m., Sept. 25)


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