Bengals put exclamation point on perfect regular season
By Fred Sherwin
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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."
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".
now, Barbeau told his players that they have to put the
blowout and their perfect regular season record behind
playoffs are a whole new season and teams are going to
be gunning for us," Barbeau cautioned.
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.
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.
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."
Playoff schedule won't be made available until the final
games are played out this weekend.
7 a.m., Oct. 14)
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