Panthers pound east end rival Bengals in lopsided affair
By Fred Sherwin
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.
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.
Panthers running back Fabrice Mukendi out-sprints
an Orleans Bengals defender during Saturday's
peewee matchup between the two east end rivals.
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.
back Fabrice Mukendi scored on each of the Panthers next
three possessions, the second one set by an interception
by Ben Castonguay.
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.
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.
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
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.
Panthers' final major was scored on a pick six by defensive
back Treyvon Boyce, who ran it in from the 50-yard line.
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
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
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.
now, the Panthers must focus on the Myers Riders who they
play next Sunday in South Barrhaven.
1 p.m., Sept. 25)
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