turnover ends mosquito Bengals unbeaten streak
Orleans Bengals running back Kobe Armstong
had two touchdowns against the Gatineau Vikings
on Saturday, but it was not enough as the
Bengals ended up losing the game 18-14. Fred
A bizarre turnover midway through the fourth quarter proved
to be the Orleans Bengals undoing on Saturday as they
fell 18-14 to the Gatineau Vikings.
Bengals were well on their way to winning their fifth
consecutive game and keeping their unbeaten streak intact
when Harold Songmene had the ball bounce off of his face
shield on a Vikings punt. But rather than fall to the
ground in Songmene's immediate vicinity, the ball ricocheted
15 yards up the field into the arms of an onrushing Nicolas
O'Connell who ran it in for the Vikings go ahead touchdown.
that point, the Vikings had just one first down on offence
since they scored a touchdown on their opening drive.
The Bengals' defence led by Cody Lacombe and Remy Ngah,
had kept them totally under wraps and even forced them
to give up a safety in the second quarter which gave Orleans
an 8-6 lead after Kobe Armstrong tied the score with a
28-yard run up the middle.
Bengals had a number of chances to bolster their lead,
but were snakebitten by several ill-timed fumbles including
a rare miscue by Armstrong who lost the handle on the
ball on what looked like a sure touchdown prior to halftime.
Vikings defence matched the Bengal defenders pretty much
play for play, but they really came through in the late
going when Orleans desperately tried to retake the lead.
They stopped the Bengals on two straight series and then
forced another turnover deep in Orleans territory which
they converted into another touchdown, extending their
lead to 18-8.
Bengals managed to cut the lead on a 57-yard run by Armstrong
on their next series, but it was too little too late as
the Vikings managed to smother the ensuing onside kick
and run out the clock.
4-1, the Bengals still have a two point lead on the 3-1
Vikings, but Gatineau has a game in hand. Orleans should
have an easy time of it when they take on the 0-4 East
Ottawa Generals next weekend, but then they have back-to-back
games against the Gloucester South Raiders and the Bell
Warriors who are both unbeaten.
5 p.m., Sept. 22)
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