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NCAFA Football
Mosquito Bengals put exclamation point on perfect regular season
By Fred Sherwin

The Orleans Bengals mosquito football team ended their regular season schedule with an impressive 54-0 win over the Cumberland Panthers on Thursday night to finish at the top of the East Division standings with an 8-0 record.

The highly-anticipated game between the top two teams in the east was supposed to be a close, hard-fought affair. Instead it was a lopsided blowout lead by Bengals' running back Charles Asselin and middle linebacker Matthew-Michael Assivero.

Asselin shredded the Panthers' defence, scoring five of the Bengals' eight touchdowns on runs of 80, 57, 74, 25 and 60 yards, while Assivero almost single-handedly shut down the Panthers' vaunted running game on defence and scored a touchdown of his own on a 65-yard punt return in the third quarter. Running back Khalid Campbell added a pair of TDs on runs of 80 and 60 yards and kicker Ty McRae added three two-point converts.

It didn't help Cumberland's cause that their starting quarterback hurt himself earlier in the day and had to be taken out of the lineup. As a result the Panthers were forced to put one of their most productive running backs under centre.

After the game, Bengals head coach Ron Barbeau was asked about Assivero who he compared to Bengals alum Michael O'Connor who led the UBC Thunderbirds to the Vanier Cup last year as a freshman.

"I've coached him for a few years now and he's just an all-round good kid," said Barbeau. "I wouldn't be surprised if like O'Connor, he ends up being one of those guys we see at the next level."

As for the playoffs, Barbeau said he wouldn't be surprised if the Bengals end up facing the Panthers in the A-Cup final where he predicted "they'll be ready for us".

For now, Barbeau told his players that they have to put the blowout and their perfect regular season record behind them.

"The playoffs are a whole new season and teams are going to be gunning for us," Barbeau cautioned.

Despite finishing the season as the number two seed in the east, the Panthers are limping into the playoffs having suffered two crushing losses in a row.

Despite their recent setbacks, Panthers head coach Sean Baptiste is confident they will be able to boucne back in the post season with the return of Jacob Coulombe at quarterback.

"We had a good season finishing 6-2 and we'll be hosting that first playoff game so I feel good about our chances," said Baptiste. "We'll see who our opponent is and take it from there."

The Playoff schedule won't be made available until the final games are played out this weekend.

(Posted 7 a.m., Oct. 14)


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