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NCAFA Football
Panther tykes fall from ranks of the unbeaten: peewee, mosquito records still perfect
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Cumberland Panthers peewee and mosquito teams remain unbeaten after a weekend that saw the club's tyke squad get steamrolled by North Gloucester Giants running back Willie Pierre.

Pierre scored all six touchdown in the Giants 37-22 win over the Panthers whose record now stands at 5-1. Cumberland actually scored on the first series of the game after the Giants coughed the ball up on the opening kickoff.

The Panthers then managed to force the Giants into a third and long situation when Pierre took off for a 60 yard romp for his first touchdown of the game.

The Panthers defence actually played well in the first half, limiting the Giants to just three plays over 10 yards. Unfortunately, they were all for touchdowns. The Panthers, on the other hand, managed to get into the end zone on each of their first three series and were two -for-three on their two-point convert attempts to give themselves a 22-19 lead at the half.

The wheels didn't start to come off for the Panthers until the thrid quarter when they repeatedly shot themselves in the foot with ill-timed penalties. Every time they turned the ball over to the Giants, Pierre was waiting to make them pay for their transgressions, scoring three more touchdowns to put the game away.

The Panthers mosquito team came within 14 seconds of suffering the same fate as the tykes. With the score tied 6-6, the Giants were trying to move into position to kick a game winning single when Aidan Aylward picked off an errant pass and ran it back 83 yards for the game winning touchdown. He then kicked the two point convert to make the final score 14-6.

The surprising turnaround capped a well-played game that was scoreless through the first three quarters. The Panthers managed to break the 0-0 tie early in the fourth quarter on a nine-yard pass from Kurt Henneberry to Daymon Williams. The Giants then blocked the two point convert attempt to give themselves a chance to win the game with a converted touchdown.

Eager to post their first shutout of the season, the Panthers defence stopped the Giants yet again on the next series. After the change of possession, the Panthers were looking to run some time off the clock when the Giants stripped them of the ball and ran it 41 yards in the opposite direction to tie the score at 6-6. With the outcome of the game hanging in the balance, the North Gloucester kicker hit the crossbar on the convert attempt to set up the dramatic finish.

There were no dramartics necessary in the Panthers peewee game against Noirth Gloucester, unless, of course, you like pizza.

Prior to the start of the game, defensive co-ordinator Eugenio Mannarino promised to buy the team pizza if the defensive unit was able to post a shutout and score a defensive touchdown in the process.

His bet appeared to be safe midway through the fourth quarter when the improbable happened. With the Panthers already ahead 35-0, Brendan Sheppard managed to pick off a pass and run it back into the Giants' end zone sending Mannarino scrambling to the nearest pizzeria.

The Panthers' offense was once again provided by the triumverate of Tyrone Pierre, Jaylen King and Jake Molinski.

The Panthers bantam team was also headiing to victory against the Giants Friiday night when the lights at Gil-O-Julien Field suddenly went off at
10 p.m. The game was called for darkness with Panthers leading 27-20 and 4:27 left in the fourth quarter.

The game will be completed on Friday, Nov. 17.

(Posted 8:30 a.m., Sept. 22)

 

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