come out on top in defensive battle with Bengals
Cumberland Panthers improved their record to 2-0 on Saturday
with a 14-0 win over an Orleans Bengals team that is missing
three important components from the squad that made it
all the way to last year's bantam B-Cup final.
an early season test for both teams, the Panthers managed
to find the end zone twice while the Bengals were kept
off the scoreboard by a determined Cumberland defence
which has yet to allow a single point this season.
Michael O'Connor and Quinton Soares both having moved
on, the Bengals knew it would take a few weeks to implement
a new, more balanced offence with former Panther Javontae
Nelson at the helm.
difference in the game came down to the Panthers' opening
drive which ended in a one yard run by quarterback Jackson
Bennett and a 72-yard run by Bennett on the opening play
of the second half.
than those two instances, the Bengals defence did an admirable
job especially in the second quarter when they had to
stop the Panthers twice on the one yard line.
kept the Panthers from scoring again in the third quarter
when they batted down a pass on the goal line and they
made a couple of well-timed interceptions.
to be outdone by their east end rivals, the Panthers defence
kept the Bengals offence in check the entire game and
they never really threatened.
will try to keep extend their run of shutouts to three
when they face the Cornwall Wildcats next weekend.
12:30 p.m., Sept. 3)
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