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NCAFA Football
East end teams take care of business in opening playoff games
By Fred Sherwin

North Gloucester Giants running back Cyrus Behne-Switzer tries to break away from an Orleans Bengal tackler during the first round of the NCAFA peewee playoffs on Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Four east end teams are still in the running for the NCAFA A-Cup championship after winning their opening round playoff games on Saturday.

The Cumberland Panthers U12 mosquito team avenged a 56-31 loss to the North Gloucester Giants on Oct. 8 with a 48-6 win over the very same Giants at Millennium Park on Saturday.

The Panthers were led by running back Eleijah Zamor who scored six touchdowns despite a steady rain that fell throughout the game. Jefferson Desca scored the Panthers' seventh touchdown and Tai Muller kicked three two-point converts.

Despite the loss, the Giants will still move on to next weekend's B-Cup semi-finals, while the Panthers advance to the A-Cup semis. They will be joined by Cumberland's U14 peewee team, which made short work of the Myers Riders, winning their first round matchup 42-0 with a familiar face at quarterback.

After the Cumberland Panthers bantam varsity team fell a game short in their quest for the OVFL championship, receiving specialist Josh Ruby had decided to sit out the NCAFA season to recharge his competitive battery. Before he did so, however, he had already registered and was technically on the peewee Panther roster.

He was asked to rejoin the team for the playoffs after starting quarterback Christian Veilleux suffered a cracked collar bone two weeks ago.

As the rain continued to fall at Millennium Park, the Panthers stuck to the running game with Ruby at quarterback and the twin tandem of Fabrice Mukendi and Jonathan Aoude joining him in the backfield.

Despite the obvious firepower on offence, the Panthers' first touchdown was scored by defensive back Nicholas Dignard who scooped up a blocked punt by Ezekiah Zamor on the Riders' one-yard line and ran it in for the major.

Mukendi then scored a touchdown on each of the Panthers' next four possessions and Aoude added an exclamation point with a 74-yard TD run near the end of the second quarter to give the Panthers a 42-0 halftime lead.

Rather than play out the rest of the game and risk possible injury, the Riders asked the Panthers to call the contest at the half which they accepted for the same reasons.

The Panthers must now wait for the rest of the weekend action to play out before learning who their opponents will be in next week's A-Cup semifinals

While they will be playing in one of the semifinals, the North Gloucester Giants will be playing in the other semi-fnal after beating the Orleans Bengals 54-0 on a muddy Gil-O-Julien field Saturday morning in a game that saw them score three defensive touchdowns in the second quarter on three straight Bengal possessions..

William Lamarre scored two touchdowns on fumble recoveries in the later stages of the second quarter on the heels of a Joshua Baka touchdown off a Bengals turnover.

The Giants jumped out to a 24-0 lead in the opening stanza on touchdowns by Scott Fulton, Paul Kasemba and René Konga. Fulton also scored a trio of two-point conversion.

The Giants and Panthers have been on a collision course for the NCAFA peewee championship ever since the Giants upset the two-time defending champs at Gil-O-Julien Park on Oct. 8.

Should both teams survive their respective semi-fnal games next weekend, the final will be played on the turf at Millennium Park on Nov. 6.

The peewee squad isn't the only Giants team that has a shot at an A-Cup championship. The club's tyke team easily won their opening round playoff game 43-7 behind a four touchdown performance by running back Eli Masena and a pair of touchdowns by Dylan Kayijuka.

The tyke squad is just one of four undefeated teams in the NCAFA. They will try to keep there unblemished record intact next weekend.

(Posted 8:30 p.m., Oct. 22)


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