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(Posted 2:30 p.m., Aug. 15)
Panthers inaugural peewee varsity season deemed a success
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Cumberland Panthers first foray into peewee varsity football has been deemed a success after they managed to make the playoffs despite losing the first three games of the season.

After starting out 0-3 they won their next six games in a row including an exciting 25-23 win over the Toronto Thunder in the divisional wild card game.

Unfortunately for the Panthers, downing the Thunder only earned them a game against the Myers Riders (10-0) who are the odds on favourite to win the league championship. True to form, the Riders beat the Panthers 24-7, On a positive note, the 24 points the Riders scored was the lowest they managed to score in a game all year.

Panthers head coach Chris Molinski says that all things considered the season was a huge success both for the players and the coaching staff.

"I think we did very good considering we didn't know what to expect. We didn't have a whole of time to get ready before the season began and we only had about 50 players come out to try out when a lot of these other teams have 70, 80 players and in some cases as many as 100 players try out," says Molinski who is a coach in the Cumberland Panthers organization.

One of the challenges the team had was in taking players and coaches from four or five NCAFA teams, who are used to totally different systems, and melding them into a cohesive unit. It makes it even more difficult when you only have four weeks to do it.

"Next year we're going to try and start a lot earlier. When you're building an offense and defense around the players you have and their capabilities it takes a lot of time and we didn't have a lot of time," says Molinski.

The team included players and coaches from the Cumberland Panthers, the Mews Orleans Bengals, the North Gloucester Giants, the South Gloucester Raiders and the East Ottawa Lions.

The key Cumberland-area players in the line-up were starting quarterback Jacob Molinski, tailback Jaylen King and wide receiver Tyrone Pierre. Molinski threw 10 touchdown passes in 10 games and averaged 17.2 yards per completion. King ran for over 560 yards and scored four touchdowns, while Pierre had 16 receptions including seven in the end zone. He also had a touchdown rushing the ball.

All three players will be trying to lead the Panthers peewee team to the NCAFA championship this year and exacting some revenge on the Myers Riders who beat them 27-0 in last year's semi-finals.

The National Capital minor football season gets under way the weekend of Aug. 21 with the Cumberland Panthers traveling to Cornwall to face the Wildcats in tyke, mosquito, peewee and bantam action.

The Mews Orleans Bengals, meanwhile, will start their season against the South Gloucester Raiders. The Bengals are hoping to build on the success they enjoyed last season when their mosquito and peewee teams both made it to the B-Cup championship game before losing.

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