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(Posted 8:30 a.m., Oct. 16)
Peewee Panthers post dominating win over rival Myers Riders

By Fred Sherwin
The Orleans Star

It was a game that had been circled on the minor football calendar since the opening week of the season. NCAFA peewee rivals the Cumberland Panthers and the Myers Riders were co-favourites to finish the season in first place.

Both teams ran roughshod through their competition through the first eight weeks of the season, amassing identical 7-0 records. Exactly which of the rivals would finish at the top of the ladder with an undefeated record would boil down to Saturday`s game at Millennium Park.

Cumberland Panthers quarterback Kordel Epale takes on half of the Myers Riders defence during their peewee matchup on Oct. 13. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The Riders got off to a fast start scoring a touchdown on their opening drive to take an early 7-0 lead.

It would take the better part of the first quarter for the Panthers to get their own offence untracked, but they eventually did thanks in large part to running back Khalid Campbell, who would have another big day along with quarterback Kordel Epale. The two young men both scored before the quarter expired giving the Panthers a 13-7 lead heading into the second stanza.

The Riders defence did a good job keeping the Panthers out of the end zone for much of the second quarter, that is until Epale and Campbell hooked up for a 58-yard TD reception with a little over a minute left in the half to extend Cumberland`s lead to 19-7.

The second half turned out to be all Panthers as the team added three more touchdowns in the third quarter, all by Epale, and one in the fourth by Campbell. while their defence complete shutdown the hapless Rider offence.

In the end, the final score was 46-7 in favour of the Cumberland Panthers who end the regular season as the top seed heading into the playoffs with a perfect 8-0 record.

After the game Panthers head coach Julien DaSilva said the key to the team's success has been preparation starting with their practices.

"We practice hard we're prepared for whatever situation comes up. Today was a perfect example where we had to make some adjustments at the half and they worked out," said DaSilva, who expects to see the Riders again in the post season. "They're a great team, well coached, so I wouldn't be surprised if we see them again possibly in the A-Cup final."

The Cumberland Panthers bantam team also finished the season undefeated with a 52-18 win over the Riders on Saturday.

Dante Spadaccini ran for two touchdowns and caught another on a pass from Zach Clouthier to lead the Panthers with three TDs, while Brendon Shaw scored twice on the ground and Thomas Lortie scored twice as well with a running TD and a touchdown catch.

Clouthier finished the game with 11 completions for 190 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran the ball once for six yards.

Earlier in the week, the Panthers mosquito team ended their regular season campaign with a 47-0 win over the North Gloucester Giants and remained tied atop the NCAFA standings with the Nepean Eagles. Both teams have identical 7-0-1 records. The one tie being their game against each other on Oct. 3 which ended in a 13-13 deadlock.

The Cumberland Panthers silver tyke team also won on the weekend. They posted a 66-34 win over the Riders to finish the regular season with a 7-1 record. The only blemish on their record is a 72-20 loss to South Ottawa that occured on Sept. 22.

Heading into the playoffs they have yet to play their two biggest rivals, the Cornwall Wildcats number one team, which is 8-0, and the Kanata Knights who are 7-1 which means the tyke division is wide open.

The NCAFA playoffs get underway this weekend with quarterfinal action.

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