Peewee Panthers dodge bullet in win over east end rivals
The Cumberland Panthers' Willy-Pierre Dimbongi
rushed for two touchdowns against the Orleans
Bengals on Sunday, the second of which came
midway through the fourth quarter to set up
Zachary Batal's game winning extra point.
Cumberland Panthers peewee team dodged a major bullet on
Sunday thanks to a pair of mistakes by the Orleans Bengals
which resulted in not one, but two touchdowns being called
the game tied 7-7, the Bengals briefly took the lead on
a 40-yard highlight reel run by Katley Joseph, but a holding
call on the play made it all for not.
would catch a break on the same series when the Panthers
were called for pass interference, but they came up short
of the end zone when they failed to convert on third and
three from the 13-yard lline.
Cumberland went three and out on the next series, the
Bengals shot themselves in the foot once again thanks
to an illegal block that negated a 21-yard touchdown run
by Joseph. Instead of Orleans being up by a pair of touchdowns,
the game was still tied.
Bengals finally took the lead late in the first half on
a 20-yard run by Kian Williams. A missed extra point attempt,
however, would prove pivotal.
13-7 at the half, the Panthers switched from a 3-4 defence
to a 4-3 formation at the start of the third quarter and
put the ball in running back Willy-Pierre Dimbongi's hands.
responded with a couple of long runs.including a 50-yard
scramble in the fourth quarter that set up a five-yard
plunge through the middle that tied the score at 13-13.
Offensive lineman Zachary Batal's second extra point of
the game would prove to be the difference as the Panthers
kept the Bengals' offence in check the rest of the way
to improve their record to 3-0.
man of the hour admitted to being a bit worried after
the first half, but his coaches' confidence in his abilities
gave him the incentive he needed to have a big second
get that feeling in your heart you're going to make big
things happen and I had that feeling in my heart,"
the game, a relieved Panthers head coach Ian Michel knew
they were fortunate to walk off the field with a win.
dodged a huge bullet. They came prepared and played a
good physical game," said Michel. "We made adjustments
at the start of the second half to contain the run
and we went to our rhino package which helped spring Willy
free to make a couple of big plays."
the disappointing loss, Bengals head coach Dennis Prouse
chose to focus on the positive in his post game comments.
we proved wa can play with these guys," said Prouse.
"It was a tough one, but it's still early in the
season. The question is where do both teams go from here?"
to a quirk in the schedule, the Bengals won't have much
time to dwell on the loss. They have just two days to
prepare for the Bell Warriors.
8:30 a.m., Sept. 9)
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