Peewee Panthers prove too much for
By Fred Sherwin
Bengals running back Justin Ryan gains some valuable yardage against the
Cumberland Panthers in their peewee matchup on Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Panthers peewee football team showed why they are among the early favourites
to challenge for the NCAFA A-Cup on the weekend as they totally dominated
a very good Orleans Bengals squad.
Led by quarterback
Jake Molinski, tailback Jaylen King and slotback Tyrone Pierre, the Panthers
scored almost at will in jumping out to a 43-7 first half lead.
scored on their first three possessions of the game including a 40 yard
dash by Pierre and a seven yard run by King in which he dragged three would-be
tacklers into the end zone.
The Bengals finally
got on the scoreboard early in the second quarter. After Paul Hastings recovered
a Cumberland fumble on the Panthers' 35 yard line, it took Orleans just
two plays to get in the end zone. Denis McGrath capped the drive with a
30 yard run.
immediately responded by running back the ensuing kick-off
95 yards to go up 27-7..After
the Bengals went three and out on their next series, King scampered 25 yards
up the middle for his third tochdown of the game. A three yard run by Pierre
on the two point conversion attempt improved the Panthers' lead to 35-7.
When the Bengals
once again turned the ball over on downs on the next series, the Panthers
put together a 36-yard scoring drive, culminating in a seven yard pass over
the middle from Molinski to James Haggarty. Another two point conversion
by Pierre made the score 43-7 in favour of the Panthers at the break.
the second half the same way they began the game with a toiuchdown on their
opening drive. A pair of handoffs to King was all that it took as the bruising
running back carried the ball 55-yards for the score.
The Bengals responded
with their best drive of the game, moving the ball
60 yards in seven plays including a touchdown run by Rashari Sommerville-Henry.
add another major in the fourth quarter on a 30-yard run by Justin Ryan,
but the damage had already been done as the Panthers cruised to a 50-26
victory to improve their record to 3-0.
After the game,
Panthers head coach Chris Molinski praised his team for getting off to a
one of the most perfect first halfs of football I've ever coached. We came
out and we executed and we were hungry. That was amazing," said Molinski.
The hard luck
Bengals are now 0-2. They lost their season opener against the Gloucester
South Raiders on the last play of the game and then they had a bye in Week
coach Denis Prouse said having the week off hurt his team.
the bye week. The layoff killed us," said Prouse. "But you have
to give a lot of credit to the Panthers. They have a smart experienced quarterback
dishing the ball off to two of the most special players in the league."
Things will only
get slightly easier for the Bengals next week when they take on perennial
West Division powerhouse Myers Riders. Meanwhile, the Panthers have just
three days to prepare for the Raiders who they host at Millennium Park for
a rare night game on Wednesday.
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