8 a.m., Aug. 30)
Minor football season off to early start
By Fred Sherwin
The Orleans Star
not quite Labour Day yet and the National Capital amatuer
football season is already two weeks old with most teams
having already played a pair of games.
Panthers linebacker Logan Osthoorn carries
the ball after recovering a fumble against
the North Gloucester Giants this past weekend.
The Panthers would go on to win the game 53-6.
Photo courtesy of Patrick Clouthier
the Cumberland Panthers have picked up right where they
left off last season when three of their four teams made
the A-Cup final and two teams won the NCAFA championship.
club’s success in recent years has lead to registration
levels that most clubs can only dream of.
the first time ever the Panthers will field not one, but
two U10 tyke teams, while the clubs other squads were
forced to cut more than a dozen players each to keep their
rosters to the allowable size.
of the Panthers two tyke teams will be looking to defend
the A-Cup championship the club won last year. So far,
the two teams are a collective 3-1 with the Panthers #1
squad going 1-1 and the Panthers #2 tyke team winning
both their games for a 2-0 start.
they continue to achieve success this season, the two
teams could see each other in the post season with a trip
to the A-Cup on the line, which would be a league first.
of the players from last year’s tyke championship squad
have moved up a level to the U12 mosquito team which is
also looking to repeat as A-Cup champions. Coach Mike
Schmidt has a wealth of riches as the squad will also
benefit with the return of several players from last year’s
championship team in-cluding running back Marvyn Larozar
who was nearly impossible to stop in his first year at
mosquito, and Tristan Sabimbona who takes over at quarterback.
the pack of tyke graduates join-ing the team this season
is the sensational Shilo Mukendy who scored 40 of his
team’s 46 points in last year’s A-Cup final, and this
past weekend scored a pair of TDs in a 38-0 win over the
North Gloucester Giants. Larozar also contributed with
a trio of touchdowns and London Perron scored a major
off a punt return.
their mosquito clubmates, the Panthers’ U14 peewee team
has also gotten off to a fast start with wins over the
Giants (58-16) and the Cornwall Wildcats (58-32), thanks
in large part to the running prowess of Khalid Campbell
who is coming off an excellent summer campaign in which
he helped lead the Panthers’ varsity bantam team to the
Ontario Provincial Football League championship game.
Panthers did not win the title, but their run to the final
provided Campbell with a ton of confidence which he’s
carried over to the the NCAFA season.
scored all nine of his team’s touchdowns against the Wildcats
and the first five touchdowns against the Giants before
head coach Julien Dasilva decided to give him a rest.
were starting to get ugly,” explained Dasilva, who joins
the Panther organization after a stint with the Orleans
to the start of the season, Panthers’ bantam head coach
Dave Fletcher came up with the theme “unfinished business”.
The team suffered a disappointing loss in last year’s
A-Cup final and the returning players have only one goal
– get back to the ’ship and win it all.
was a big message when we were recruiting this year’s
team,” says Fletcher. “That loss still stings.”
the list of returnees is Zach Clouthier, who takes over
at quarterback from graduate Christian Veilleux, and Dante
Spadaccini, who will share duties in the backfield with
will be able to throw to a multitude of sure-handed receivers,
including Dominic Gobuyan, Evan Scazighino and Ethan Wilson,
all of whom will give opposing defensive backs fits.
beating the Nepean Eagles 38-7 in their opening game of
the season, the Panthers crushed the Giants 53-6 this
past weekend. Spadacinni and Shaw ran for two touchdowns
each and Clouthier threw for 259 yards, including four
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