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NCAFA Tyke Football
Cumberland Panthers outlast East Ottawa Generals to improve record to 2-0
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

A member of the Cumberland Panthers braces himself for a tackle against the East Ottawa Generals during tyke Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo


On paper Saturday's tyke match-up between the Cumberland Panthers and the East Ottawa Generals had all the makings of a potential blowout.

The Panthers were 7-1 during the regular season last year, including a 28-13 win over the Generals in Week 6, and if not for a heartbreaking 7-6 overtime loss to the Myers Riders in the A-Cup semi-finals they could have won it all.

The Generals, meanwhile, managed to win three games last year after going 1-7 the previous two seasons.

The two teams were also coming into Saturday's game having experienced vastly different fates in their season openers. The Panthers blew out the Cornwall Colts 40-0 last weekend, while the Generals were blanked 32-0 by the North Gloucester Giants.

But what should have been a blowout turned into a defensive battle as the Generals gave the Panthers all they could handle and then some.

After neither team could move the ball on their opening series, Cumberland struck paydirt on the opening play of their second series of downs when Daniel Mellon scampered 18 yards for the score.

The Generals responded with a spectacular 59-yard kickoff return by Luke Korte-Moore to tie the game at 6-6. Two plays later the Panthers struck again, this time on a 49-yard run by Mellon to go up 12-6..

The ease with which the Panthers scored their first two touchdowns did not bode well for the Generals who just don't have the same big play capabilities. The only way they could keep the score close was to tighten up on defence which they did thanks to the play of safety Bob Doherty who made big tackle after big tackle. At one point he made four third down stops in a row. As a result what could have easily been a lopsided contest in favour of the home team, turned into a titanic defensive struggle.

The Generals eventually tied the game on a quarterback keeper that covered 59 yards late in the third quarter. East Ottawa's euphoria didn't last very long, however, as the Panthers managed to respond two series later with Mellon's third touchdown of the game to make the final score 18-12.

Despite the loss the Generals could walk off the field with their heads held high having given one of the top teams in the city a real run for their money.

The Panthers must now prepare for their next game against their east end rivals the Orleans Bengals who enjoyed a bye this weekend after losing their opening game 24-0 to the Gloucester South Raiders. The two teams will hook up at Millennium Park at 11 a.m.

In other Week 2 action involving the Cumberland Panthers and the East Ottawa Generals, the Panthers mosquito and peewee teams both improved their record to 2-0 with wins, while the bantam squad won by default to even their record at 1-1.

To see additional game pictures click here

(Updated 10:30 a.m., Aug. 30)

 

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