2:30 p.m., Nov. 7)
Peewee Bengals masters of their own demise in NCAFA final
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Bengals peewee team went into the NCAFA A-Cup
championship game against the Myers Riders on Sunday with
high hopes of winning the title and earning the right
to represent the league in the upcoming Interprovincial
Bowl against the Québec representative from Montréal.
Eagles were in large part masters of their own demise
thanks to a decision to move their star offensive player
to defence in an effort to stop the Panthers' quarterback
Shilo Mukendy who was averaging five TDs per game heading
into the contest.
Bengals running back Khalid Campbell runs
for a long gain against during the NCAFA A-Cup
bantam final on Sunday.. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Bengals turned the ball over a mind-boggling eight times
including a pair of fumbles on the threshold of the Riders’
end zone. They also had two touchdowns called back on
craziest turnover occurred in the second quarter when
Bengals’ running back Khalid Campbell lost his grip on
the ball as he was about to cross the goal line.
all the miscues, the Bengals still had a chance to at
least tie the game while trailing 20-13 late in the fourth
3:12 left on the clock, the Bengals took over possession
of the ball on their own 49-yard line. A 25-yard run by
Jeremy Eneyka and a 13-yard effort by Campbell would move
the Bengals deep inside Riders’ territory.
almost struck when they fumbled a ninth time, but they
managed to recover the ball to keep their slim hopes alive.
Unfortunately. it left them in a second and 12 situation.
picking up seven yards on second down, Campbell bulled
his way for six more yards on the third down play to keep
the drive alive inside the Riders 10-yard line. Two more
runs would move the ball inside the five.
third and two, the Bengals once again handed the ball
off to Campbell who was stopped at the line of scrimmage
by a desperate Myers defence. From there, the Riders simply
ran out the clock.
Bengals started the game well enough, stringing together
a series of first downs on four consecutive running plays
to move the ball down to the Myers’ three-yard line.
the ensuing play, the arm of the Bengals’ running back
carrying the ball hit a Rider defender’s shoulder pad
and it popped loose resulting in Orleans first turnover
of the contest.
taking over possession on their five-yard line, the Riders
failed to pick up a first down and had to punt the ball
away from the eight, resulting in the Bengals gaining
possession on the 33.
losing five yards on their first two plays, Orleans fumbled
the hand-off for their second turnover of the game.
Bengals would eventually score on a 27-yard run by Enyeka
to take a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Riders later tied the score on a spectacular 109-yard
run by Elijah St. John with 1:15 left in the second half.
Bengals regained the lead on a 56-yard run by Enyeka after
a successful onside kick to open the second half, but
it was shortlived as the Riders scored twice in the third
quarter to take the lead for good.
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