Bantam Panthers win battle of the unbeateans
By Fred Sherwin
Cumberland Panthers are the number one bantam team in
the National Capital Amateur Football Association after
downing the Kanata Knights at Millennium Park last Friday
Panthers opened the scoring in the first quarter with a
21-yard run by Dante Spadaccini.
Panthers quarterback Christian Veilleux ran for two touchdowns and threw
for another in his team’s 34-14 win over the Kanata Knights at Millennium
Park last Firday night. Patrick Clouthier/Photo
would open up some daylight over the opponents with a
pair of majors in the second stanza. Quarterback Christian
Veilleux scored on an 11 yard bootleg to make the score
14-7 and then he hooked up with receiver Zane Teichroeb
on a five-yard touchdown pass to give them a 21-7 lead
at the half.
ran for another TD in the third and Maraedyn Nelson added
a pair of field goals to go along with his four successful
Panthers’ defence did an outstand-ing job in limiting
the Knights – a team that had scored 132 points in three
games heading into their showdown – to just two touchdowns.
was 13-for-23 through the air for 217 yards and one touchdown.
He also ran for 46 yards on eight carries, two of which
were for majors.
ran for 70 yards on nine carries and a touchdown, and
Jeremy Hartle carried the ball four times for 31 yards.
favourite receiver was Markaedyn Nelson who caught the
ball five times for 120 yards, while Teichroeb had three
receptions for 47 yards including a second quarter TD.
Ethan Wilson, Yannick Belair and Hartle were also on the
receiving end of Veilleux’s passes.
leading tackler on defence was Schneider Jean-Baptiste
who had four solo tackles and three assists. The defence
also forced an interception and a fumble.
win improves the Panthers record to 5-0 with a date against
the 6-0 Bell Warriors this weekend. A win over the west
end team would assure the Panthers homefield advantage
throughout the playoffs. Many NCAFA observers are predicting
the Panthers will cruise to the league championship.
of the players, including the Veillieux, Spadacinni, Teichroeb,
and Justice Koradi have been on champiosnhip teams in
the past. Koradi was on the Panthers Junior Varsity team
that won the Ontario Provincial Football League championship
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