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NCAFA Football
Mosquito Bengals remain unbeaten in quest for A-Cup title
By Fred Sherwin
OrleansOnline,ca

The Orleans Bengals mosquito team is two games away from a shot at an NCAFA A-Cup championship after shutting out the Bell Warriors 14-0 in their opening round playoff game at Millennium Park on Sunday.

The shutout was the Bengals' sixth clean sheet in nine games this season, which is tops in the National Capital Amateur Football Association, as is the 26 points they've allowed.

(The Cumberland Panthers and the North Gloucester Giants peewee teams have both registered five shututs so far this season, as has the Gloucester South Raiders bantam squad which has given up an a total of 33 points so far this season.)

The Bengals' defence set the tone early on against the Warriors when they forced the visitors to turn the ball over on their frist play from scrimmage.

While the offence wasn't able to take immediate advantage of the turnover, they would score two possessions later on a Khalid Campbell touchdown run on third and goal from the four that was et up by a 47-yard punt return.

When the Warriors failed to convert on third and six on their 38-yard line on their third series of the game, the Bengals took just six plays to post their second touchdown of the game on a two-yard run by Campbell.

The rest of the game turned into a defenisve battle as both teams managed to keep each other other out of the end zone.

The closest the Warriors would get came on a 45-yard punt return near the end of the second quarter that would have given them a first down on the one yard line, if not for an unnecessary roughing penalty against the punt returner for helmet to helmet contact which moved them back to the 30-yard line.

After failing to convert on third down for the third time in the game, the Warriors handed the ball back to the Bengals who moved it down to Bell's 13-yard line before time expired to bring the second quarter to a close.

As good as the Bengals' defence was in the first half they were indomitable in the second half, limiting the Wolverines to just one first down and refusing to allow them past midfield. Even when Bell did pick up a first down, they ended turning the ball over on an interception by Bear Bellefeuille.

The last team standing between the Bengals and a berth in the A-Cup final are the Gloucester South Raiders, who they beat 13-0 in the opening game of the season.

The other A-Cup semifinal will pit the Cumberland Panthers, who were 48-6 winners over the North Gloucester Giants on Saturday, against the Myers Riders, who defeated the Cornwall Wildcats 32-16.in their plaoff opener.

Both games will be played at Millennium Park next weekend,

(Posted 8:30 p.m., Oct. 24)

 

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