end teams take care of business in opening playoff games
By Fred Sherwin
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
east end teams are still in the running for the NCAFA
A-Cup championship after winning their opening round playoff
games on Saturday.
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.
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.
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
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.
was asked to rejoin the team for the playoffs after starting
quarterback Christian Veilleux suffered a cracked collar
bone two weeks ago.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
both teams survive their respective semi-fnal games next
weekend, the final will be played on the turf at Millennium
Park on Nov. 6.
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.
tyke squad is just one of four undefeated teams in the
NCAFA. They will try to keep there unblemished record
intact next weekend.
8:30 p.m., Oct. 22)
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