Panthers, Bengals on possible collision course for peewee
Orleans Bengals running back Kian Williams
ran for three touchdowns in a 61-32 win over
the Gloucester South Raiders on Sunday. Fred
the first time since the National Capital Amateur Football
Association introduced a crossover playoff format, the
Cumberland Panthers and the Orleans Bengals have a chance
to face off for an A-Cup championship.
east end football clubs have each qualified three teams
for the A-Cup playoffs -- the Panthers at the mosquito,
peewee and bantam levels, and the Bengals at the mosquito,
peewee and tyke levels. But it's at the peewee level that
the Panthers and the Bengals have the best chance of playing
each other in the championship game.
Panthers are a perfect 8-0 after capping off the regular
season with a decisive 63-6 win over the South Ottawa
Mustangs on Sunday. Meanwhile the Bengals, whose only
loss came against the Panthers in Week 3, downed the Gloucester
South Raiders 61-32 on Sunday to claim sole possession
of second place.
teams showed why they are the class of the East Conference
this yeae. Over the next two weeks they will do their
best to set up a rematch of their early season meeting
which the Bengals could have won and should have won if
not for a pair of ill-timed penalties that took 12 points
off the board in the 14-13 loss.
Bengals strong suit is their offence and in particular
the backfield duo of Kian Williams and Katley Joseph who
scored six touchdowns between them against the Raiders.
Panthers strong suit is their defence. The team has only
allowed 33 points in eight games while posting five shutouts.
After the win Sunday,head coach Ian Michel focused his
praise on the defence unit.
wins championships, plain and simple. No offense to the
offence, but this team will only go as far as out defence
will take us." said Michel.
the Bengals' victory, Orleans head coach Dennis Prouse
hinted that his own defence still needs a little work
if they hope to make it through to the A-Cup final.
probably gave up a few more points than we would have
liked to heading into the playoffs, but anytime you put
up 61 points you can't complain," said Prouse.
the two teams were to meet in the final, it would set
up a classic confrontation between an excellent offence
and a equally capable defence. But they get there they
must first make it past next week's quarterfinals and
then the sudden death semis where they will have to face
the top two teams in the west.
Sundays game against the Mustangs, the Panthers got three
touchdowns from running back Bradley Pichette and one
from Duncan Hladik, while QB Alex Lawrie threw a pair
of majors to Reid Ferry and one to Sahil Sharma.
the six touchdowns scored by Williams and Joseph in the
Bengals game against the Raiders, Orleans also got offensive
contributions from Kobe Armstrong, who ran for a touchdown
and kicked three converts, and Damian Plummer who caught
a touchdown pass to start the second half.
8 a.m., Oct. 14)
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