tykes quest for perfection passes toughest test to date
Cumberland Panthers running back Markaedyn
Nelson sheds a tackle during second quarter
action in the tyke quarterfinal game on Sunday.
Cumberland Panthers tyke team moved one step closer to
the A-Cup championship on Sunday, downing the Bell Warriors
45-0 to advance to next week's semi-finals.
the first time this season the tykes showed signs of vulnerability
against the Warriors, if for only a brief moment. After
not allowing a first down all season, the Panthers allowed
three against their west end opponents and very nearly
blew their shutout streak which now stands at eight games.
streak was in jeopardy in the third quarter when the Warriors
found themselves on the three-yard line thanks to a Cumberland
penalty. But fortune would smile on the Panthers when
the Warriors fumbled the ball away, nullifying the threat
and keeping the streak intact.
Panthers set the tone on the opening play of the game
when Fabrice Mukendi sprinted 44 yards for his first of
three touchdowns on the day.
Nelson scored on the Panthers' third play from scrimmage
to make the score 13-0 in favour of the home team. He
would score again on a 25-yard run to cap the Panthers'
third series of the game and added his third major on
the team's very next series to give Cumberland a 26-0
lead after Mukendi ran the ball in for his second conversion
of the contest.
Panthers would score again on 15-yard run by Mukendi to
go up 32-0 at the half.
Warriors, meanwhile, failed to make any in-roads against
the Panthers vaunted defense. Although they were able
to get two first downs in the first half, they could only
manage 17 yards in total offence and never seriously threatened
second half started with a 45-yard run by the Warriors
#7 to the Panthers' 10 yard line. What followed was an
offside penalty against the Panthers and a turnover by
Warriors on the five.
would add to their lead later in the third quarter. After
Avery Bent forced a fumble that was recovered by A.R.
Ismail on the Warriors' 38-yard line, Nelson ran the ball
in on the first play from scrimmage to extend the Panthers
would add another major on a one-yard quarterback keeper
by Christian Veilleur to make the final score 45-0.
would finish the game with 101 yards on seven carries
and three touchdowns. Mukendi rushed for 135 yards on
nine carries and scored three converts to go along with
three touchdowns. Zachary Buckley had 24 yards on two
carries and Joshua Ruby added a convert.
the entire defense gave the Warriors a clinic in gang
tackling, Bent's star shone the brightest. He recovered
the fumble that prevented the Warriors from scoring in
the second half. He sacked Bell's quarterback on a third
down play on the Warrior's 10-yard line that set up the
Panthers' fourth touchdown. And he stripped the ball that
led to Nelson's third touchdown of the game.
the win, Panthers head coach Jeff Koradi said the Warriors
gave the Panthers their toughest game yet. He also admitted
to being a bit nervous when the Warriors were threatening
to score in the third.
knew we might give up a couple of first downs against
these guys, but we really wanted keep the shutout streak
intact and we did. I think the final score showed how
well prepared we were, how great our defence is and how
good our offence is. We executed and it showed today,"
said Koradi who will begin preparing for their semi-final
game as soon as they find out who their opponent is.
10:30 p.m., Oct. 21)
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