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NCAFA Football
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Mosquito Bengals thrilled to win NCAFA B-Cup title
By Fred Sherwin
The Orleans Star

It’s often said that sports builds character. That’s especially true in the aftermath of a disappointing loss. Most athletes have to wait an entire off season before they get a chance to get back into the winning column.

The Panthers were once again led by all-star running back Khalid Campbell who rushed for 196 yards and all four of his team’s touchdowns on 23 carries to earn MVP honours If you happen to lose in the first round of the National Capital Amateur Football Association playoffs, you get a second chance to finish the season on the high note by playing for the NCAFA B-Cup.

The Orléans Bengals pose for a post game photo after beating the Gatineau Vikings 18-8 in the NCAFA B-Cup final on Saturday, Nov. 3. CARINA DAVIDA/PHOTO

After losing to the Cornwall Wildcats in the first round of the playoffs, the Orléans Bengals showed what they are made of by bouncing back to beat the North Gloucester Giants in the B-Cup semi-finals on Oct. 26, earning themselves a berth in the B-Cup championship game held at Millennium Park on the weekend.

The final pitted the Bengals against a well-rested Gatineau Vikings team which had won their scheduled semi-final against the Myers Riders by forfeit.

In the days leading up to the game, the Bengals coaching staff wasn’t taking anything for granted despite the fact they had beaten the Vikings 15-0 in Week 3 of the regular season.

“You never know what came happen,” said Bengals head coach Mike Assivero. “The important thing is that we wanted the kids to just go out and have fun. It’s the same message we’ve been preaching to them all year. Just go out and have fun and the score will take care of itself.”

One big difference between the final and the other two playoff games was the presence of Assivero’s son Nathaniel who is the team’s starting quarterback. The 11-year-old suffered a concussion in the final regular season game against the Bell Warriors and had to sit out the first two playoff games.

With Nathaniel back in the line-up, the Bengals’ confidence was sky high heading into the championship game. It was even higher after he scored the first touchdown of the game off a fake punt in the first quarter. The play covered 50 yards with Nathaniel avoiding at least a half dozen would-be tacklers.

The young Assivero would add a second touchdown off a play action pass in the second quarter to give his team a 12-0 lead at the end of the first half.

The Bengals would extend their lead to 18-0 in the third quarter on a touchdown run by Garlancy Rivière. By the time the Vikings got on the scoreboard with a converted touchdown in the fourth quarter the game was all but over. A few minutes later the result was official and the Bengals were presented with the B-Cup.

It wasn’t the A-Cup, but judging by the smiles on the faces of the players as they posed for the traditional post-game picture with B-Cup trophy, they were just as excited and just happy as any other team that played and won the following day.

“Our whole goal at the start of the season was to create a great football environment,” said Assivero. “Our job was to get them to be the best that they could be and just stand back and see what they could accomplish together which turned out to be a B-Cup championship. I couldn’t be prouder.”

(Posted Nov. 6, 2018.)

 

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