leads JV Panthers to win over Essex Ravens
By Fred Sherwin
Panthers running back Fabrice Mukendi, shown
here in an earlier game against Mississauga,
ran for 400 yards and five TDs in a 57-26
win over the Essex Ravens on June 9. Photo
courtesy of Richard Goulet
Mukendi is a young man on a mission. After choosing to
sit out last season and watch many of his former Cumberland
Panther teammates win the Ontario Provincial Football
League junior varsity championship, the 16-year-old was
chomping at the bit to put the pads back on and lead the
team to a possible repeat performance.
his first two games, Mukendi averaged 167 yards per game
and scored three touchdowns. This past Saturday he went
off, running for 400 yards and five touchdowns on 19 carries
in a 57-26 win over the Essex Ravens. He also kicked four
of five extra point attempts doing doubkle duty as a placekicker
as well as running back, giving him a total of 43 points.
Not a bad day’s work.
head coach Jeff Koradi heaped nothing but praise on his
star running back and he couldn’t be more thrilled that
he’s back in the line up.
time he gets the ball he scores a touchdown. The kid’s
a thoroughbred,” says Koradi. “I think his best quality
is his work ethic. He just practices so hard. He just
wants to be the best. He’s relentless.”
Panthers’ other touchdowns were scored by Scott Fulton,
who ran one in on the ground and caught another on pass
from quarterback Nick Rico who also ran one in on the
ground to round out the scoring.
terms of total offense, the Panthers finished with 542
yards compared to 299 yards for the Ravens
was an awesome offensive display from a team that has
been totally retooled from last year’s championship squad
after a majority of the players graduated to the senior
player who remained behind is defensive captain and punt
return specialist Justice Koradi who had four solo tackles
and ran back a pair of punts for 21 yards against the
standouts on defence included Eric Cumberbatch and Nathan
Marley who had five solo tackles each.
win improves the Panthers’ record to 2-1. Their next opponent
will be the Ottawa Sooners. The two rivals will meet at
Millennium Park this Sunday, Jan. 20 at 3:30 p.m.
other games involving the Panthers, the bantam varsity
team lost 36-0 to the Ravens, and the senior team also
failed to get on board, losing 35-0 to the Essex team.
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