tykes open season with dominating win over east end rivals
Cumberland Panthers running back Markaedyn
Nelson busts through a tackle during Saturday's
game against the Orleans Bengals. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Cumberland Panthers tyke team opened their 2012 campaign
with an impressive 53-0 win over the Orleans Bengals on
Sunday, giving notice to the rest of the league that they
don't intend to give up their A-Cup title without a fight.
Panthers didn't waste any time getting on the scoreboard.
First year player Carter Bennett returned the opening
kick-off for a touchdown, and after the Bengals misplayed
the ensuing kick-off, thrid-year Pamthers running back
Markaedyn Nelson broke off a long run for the Panthers'
second major in as many plays.
the Bengals misplayed their second kick-off in a row,
Nelson scampered 50 yards on first down to briefly put
the Panthers up 18-0, before the touchdown was negated
by an illegal block.
Bengals' defence was able to keep the Panthers in check
on the next two plays forcing the Panthers into a third
and five situation, which is when Zachary Buckley broke
off a 25-yard run to set up 12-yard quaterback keeper
and just like that the score was 19-0 in favour of the
Panthers before the Bengals offence had even touched the
situation went from bad to worse for the home side when
the Bengals misplayed yet another kick-off to set up the
Panthers' fourth touchdown of the opening quarter when
Fabrice Mukendi ran it in from 25 yards out.
the time the Bengals offence finally got their hands on
the ball they were looking at the wrong end of a 27-0
deficit. The horror show continued when the Bengals coughed
up the ball yet again allowing the Panthers to extend
their lead to 35-0 on an eight yard run by Nelson.
would add three more touchdowns in the second quarter,
two by Nelson and one by Mukendi, to take an insurmountable
53-0 lead into halftime.
to Natioanl Capital Amateur Football Association rules,
the game is played in running time if a team has a lead
of 28 points or more. With the rule in place for the second
half, the rest of the game went by very quickly with neither
team managing to find the end zone and the final score
Bengals must regroup quickly. They have a date with the
South Ottawa Riaders next weekend who are 2-0 following
wins over the North Gloucester Giants and the Cornwall
Wildcats who must take on the Panthers.
11:30 a.m., Sept. 2)
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