tykes snatch victory from the jaws of defeat
By Fred Sherwin
captains of the Orleans Bengals tyke team
raise the A-Cup championship trophy over their
heads after defeating the Myers Riders on
Sunday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
took an extraordinary individual effort in the dying seconds
of what had been a very tight game for the Orleans Bengals
to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat against the
Cornwall Wildcats on Sunday and lay claim to the NCAFA
U10 A-Cup championship.
1:56 seconds left on the clock, the only thing that separated
the two teams was a single point scored late in the fourth
quarter by the Wildcats on a 35-yard punt that went through
the Bengals end zone for the dreaded rouge.
15-14, the Bengals placed the ball in the hands of Tristan
Johnson who had been kept in check by the Wildcats
defence for most of the second half including the first
two plays of the eventual game-winning drive. But after
only gaining seven yards, Johnson managed to reel off
a seven yard run on third and three to keep the drive
next two plays, however, were for losses of two and three
yards, setting up a third and 15 with 2.4 seconds left
in the game. The Wildcat fans were already celebrating
on the sideline when Johnson took the ball from quarterback
Humzah Rana skipped through a gap in the line and scampered
46 yards for the game-winning touchdown, touching off
a wild celebration among the Bengals players and
Bengals opened the scoring with a 58-yard run by Nathaniel
Assivero on the their second possession of the game. The
Wildcats then tied the score on the last play of the opening
stanza when quarterback Nick Connors executed a textbook
naked bootleg for a six-yard gain.
score remained tied until late in the second quarter when
Johnson scored his first touchdown of the game on a 39-yard
run that was capped by Garcy Rivieres second extra
seven point lead looked like it was going to hold up through
the third quarter and most of the fourth until the Wildcats
manufactured a game-tying drive that included a pair of
passes from Connors to Travis Brisebois for 13 and 28
yards. The final blow was delivered by Noah-Wyatt Campeau
on a three-yard run up the middle.
go-ahead rouge was scored on the Wildcats next possession
after they forced the Bengals to turn the ball over on
single point also meant that the Bengals had to start
their final drive of the game on their own 25 yard line
which is where Johnson put the team on his back and carried
them to victory with a little help from his blockers.
young quarterback finished the game with 142 yards on
20 carries and two touchdowns. Assivero had an excellent
game as well, carrying the ball eight times for 95 yards
and a major.
what he saw when he was handed the ball on the final play,
Johnson said he saw an opening in the line and just ran
through it. From there it was a foot race to the end zone.
just ran as fast as I could, said the game MVP.
quarterback sneak, was actually called by Bengals
offensive coordinator Dany Durand who gave Johnson very
simple instructions before the play.
told him to take the ball and run straight and that was
the end of it, said Durand.
head coach George Zigoumis summed up the feelings of his
coaching staff after the winning drive.
moment as a coach. The kids did great and we love them."
Orleans Bengals reigned victorious in the
NCAFA A-Cup championship on Sunday, downing
the Cornwall Wildcats 15-14 on the last play.
9 p.m., Nov. 9)
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