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(Posted 8 a.m., Aug. 30)
Minor football season off to early start

By Fred Sherwin
The Orleans Star

Cumberland 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

It’s 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.

Locally, 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.

The club’s success in recent years has lead to registration levels that most clubs can only dream of.

For 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.

One 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.

Should 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.

Several 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.

Leading 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.

Like 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.

The 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.

Campbell 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.

“Things were starting to get ugly,” explained Dasilva, who joins the Panther organization after a stint with the Orleans Bengals.

Prior 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.

“It was a big message when we were recruiting this year’s team,” says Fletcher. “That loss still stings.”

Leading 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 Brendon Shaw.

Clouthier 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.

After 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 TDs.

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