After getting the ball back on their own 35 yard line, the Bengals marched down the field and got as far as the Warriors’ 25 yard line before a bobbled pitch forced them to punt from the 39.
With time becoming a factor the Orleans defence came up with a big stop to give the offence one last chance to get some points on the board.
Thanks to some outstanding play by the offensive line, the Bengals managed to pick up a pair of first downs to set up the winning touchdown by Harris who busted through a trio of Bell defenders on his way into the end zone.
Following the game Bengals head coach Jason Purcell praised his players for a job well done.
“That’s what football is about. You got down and dirty. It was a dogfight, but you came through,” Purcell told his players. “What you experienced today is what it takes to win championships.”
Of special note was the play of left tackle Bassil Soueiti, left guard Kurtis Wagner, centre Julien Michel, right guard Eric Champagne and right tackle Cameron Veck who Purcell credited opening up the holes on the game winning drive.
With the win the Bengals evened their record at 3-3 and are still in contention to make the A-Cup playoffs, but with only two games left in the regular season they have no room for error. They must beat the East Ottawa Generals, who are a game ahead of them, next week and then wrap up the regular season schedule with a win over the Myers Riders who are also 4-2. A loss to either team would relegate them to either the B-Cup or C-Cup semi-finals.
While the peewee Bengals won their game on Saturday, the mosquito team failed to score a point in losing 6-0 to the Warriors in the morning game, but at 3-3 they are already assured of a spot in the A-Cup playoffs.
In other action on Saturday, the Cumberland Panthers tyke squad continued to show improvement in demolishing the Kanata Knights 52-12. After losing their first two games, the Panthers are now tied for third place at 4-2 with the North Gloucester Giants who they play in Week 8.
Finally, the Panthers mosquito team need one more win to clinch the East Division championship after beating Kanata 34-6 on Saturday to improve their record to 6-0.