Panthers kicked off the 2019 National Capital minor football
season with a trio of wins over the Kanata Knights on Sunday.
Panthers quarterback Shiloh Mukendy bowls over a would-be
Kanata Knight tackler on his way into the end zone during
the opening game of the NCAFA season for both mosquito
teams . FRED SHERWIN PHOTO
club’s tyke, peewee and bantam teams all notched wins over
their west end opponents, while the mosquito squad lost
by just two points in what many observers believe was a
preview of the likely A-Cup final in November.
was a see-saw affair featuring two of the best mosquito-age
players in the city – Panthers’ quarterback Shiloh Mukendy
and Knights running back Nanakjeet Auluk.
ran for two touchdowns and passed for two more in a 26-24
loss to last year’s A-Cup finalists. Auluk countered Mukendy’s
heroics with touchdown runs of 66, 60 and 42 yards.
difference in the game was a pair of runs by Dexter Dunlop.
With the Knights trailing by four points late in the third
quarter and everyone on the sidelines expecting the ball
to be handed off to Auluk on third and 20 play, they gave
it to Dunlop on a misdirection play instead and he scampered
through the Panthers defence for the go ahead major.
second influential play came in the final minute when he
picked up a first down on a third and long play that dashed
any hopes of a Panthers comeback.
the game Panthers head coach Erick Anderson put the loss
fault the kids’ effort. We played the game with maximum
effort we just had a few lapses on both sides of the ball,”
said Anderson. “Every one can play a little better and our
job as coaches is to help get better so that by the time
we see them in the playoffs, the result will be different.”
was different for both the tyke and peewee teams on Sunday.
squad rolled to a decisive 46-24 win over their Knight opponents,
while the peewee team won 51-40.
were led by Elisha Mufuta and Nicolas Charlebois who scored
three touchdowns each. Jacob Pranscke also scored a touchdown
for the Panthers.
peewee game, Hugo Djeumeni ran for 331 yards and scored
six touch-downs in a breakout performance, while Jackson
Plante completed six of eight passes for 80 yards including
an eight yard touchdown toss to receiver Aidan Head.
other touchdown was scored by Marvyn Larozar on a 70-yard
kickoff return. On defence the peewee Panthers were led
by Seth Poirier (eight solo tackles and a sack) and Josh
Moreby (five solo tackles and a sack).
game was a total white-wash as the senior Panthers squad
showed why they are the odds on favourite to defend the
title they won last season.
return team forced the Knights to turn the ball over on
the opening kick-off which the Panthers promptly turned
into six points. It was déja vu all over again on the ensuing
kick-off as the Knights turned the ball over once again
and once again the Panthers made them pay for their mistake
with another quick touchdown run by Campbell.
running back would add another touchdown before the end
of the first quarter to put the Panthers up 21-0. They would
add three more TDs in the second stanza – one each by Jefferson
Bretanys-Desca and Nathaniel Beavais along with Campbell’s
fourth of the game – to increase their advantage to 42-0.
in the fourth quarter by kicker Jake Henderson would make
the final score 43-0. He also converted all six of the Panthers’
start to the season should bode well for the Panthers football
club which is hoping to repeat the success they achieved
last year when they won three of the four A-Cup titles up
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