8:30 a.m., Sept. 3)
First year mosquito Panthers pick up where they left off
Cumberand Panthers receiver Jeremy Jean-Noel
takes off with the ball during the team's
56-12 win over the North Gloucester Giants
on Monday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Cumberland Panthers mosquito team has the opportunity
to make history this season by becoming one of only seven
NCAFA teams to win three championships in a row and possibly
win 33 straight games, a feat only accompished by one
Panthers began their quest with an impressive 58-0 win
over the Gloucester South Raiders last week and followed
that up with a 56-12 win over the North Gloucester Giants
playing in their first year at mosquito, the backfield
tandom of Fabrice Mukendi and Markaedyn Nelson haven't
skipped a beat in running roughshod over the competition.
Mukendi had four majors against the Giants, while running mate
Nelson racked up two touchdowns. Fellow first year running
back Carter Bennett also scored a touchdown for the Panthers
who beneftited from a pair of majors on defence and special
teams as well.
Giants were successful in limiting the Panthers to just
three unconverted touchdowns in the first half, but it
was only a matter of time before Cumberland's explosive
offence started racking up the points.
North Gloucester fumbled the ball away on their opening
possession in the third quarter, the Panthers handed the
ball to Mukendi who reeled off back to back runs of 25
and 19 yards to extend his teams lead to 25-0.
Giants found a kink in the Panther's armour on the ensuing
kick-off, returning the ball 55 yards for their first
of two touchdowns on special teams.
the Panthers simply returned the favour with a 55-yard
kick return by Jeremy Jean-Noel which set up a three-yard
touchdown run by Nelson to make the score 31-6.
the Giants ran back their second kick return for a major,
the Panthers went back to work, scoring on their next
to series to extend their lead 44-12.
would go up 51-12 when Darius Mackenzie intercepted an
errant pass and ran it back 55 yards early in the fourth
quarter and capped the scoring with Mukend;s ifourth major
of the game.
year quarterback Christian Vielleux also had a big day
completing several passes including touchdown conversions
to Logan Ferry and Carter Bennett.
the game, Panthers head coach Jeff Koradi praised his
players for a solid effort and gave the Giants credot
for scoring a pair of touchdowns on special teams.
second half was more fun than the first half. We worked
hard, made adjustments and got things done," said
Panthers' quest to make history will face its stiffest
challenge yet when they take on the Orleans Bengals.next
week. Like the Panthers, the Bengals are 2-0 following
lopsided wins over the Giants and the Cornwall Wildcars.
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