Panther teams breeze through A-Cup quarterfinals
Cumberland Panthers mosquito, peewee and bantam teams
took the first step toward a berth in the A-Cup finals
on the weekend by winning all three of their quarterfinal
bantam squad downed the Bel-Air Lions 41-0 on Friday night
on the back of a three tiuchdown performance by running
back Kurleigh Gittens. Drew Darby, Herschel Lamont and
Travis Jonas scored the Panthers' other TDs ae the defence
pitched a shutout against the number four seed out of
the West Division.
only thing that stands between the bantam team and a berth
in the A-Cup championship game are the Nepean Redskins
who ended their quest last year with an overtime win in
the quarterfinals. They would go on to win the B-Cup championship,
but it did little to erase the bitter taste left in their
of the players are also hoping to get a second chance
at the Myers Riders who are the top seed in the West Division
and highly favoured to make it to the A-Cup final.
majority of the players on the Riders roster also played
on Myers' JV team which beat the Panthers' JV team in
the OVFL semi-finals this past summer. The bantam Panthers
have 20 players who were on the JV team, all of whom are
itching to get a second shot at the Riders.
motivation along with the bitter disappointment of last
year's early exit from the A-Cup playoffs have fueled
the Panthers' undefeated season. Head coach Warren Steeves
believes his team has plenty of reason to focus on the
task at hand next week without looking ahead to a possible
A-Cup final berth.
lot of kids remember that loss in last year's quarterfinals.
They'll be ready," says Steeves.
mosquito Panthers will also be ready, but then again they're
always ready, rollin up impressive wins week after week.
Their unfortunate opponents in the A-Cup quarterfinals
on the weekend were the Myers Riders who they beat 59-0
for their ninth straight win and seventh shutout this
coach Jeff Koradi said it was the most balanced game they've
played all season which is bad news for the Bel-Air Lions
who they'll face in next week's semifinals.
guys are so focused on being the very best they can be
on every single play and we spend so much time on preparation
that there's never any fear of them coming out flat,"
said Koradi when asked if there was a worry his team might
suffer a let down in next week's semis.
their game on Sunday the Panthers got touchdowns from
Fabrice Mukendi, Markaedyn Nelson, Wesley Bailey, Steven
Viner and Logan Ferry, while quarterback Christian Vielleux
went 6-for-9 for 08 yards and two touchdowns. But it was
the Panthers defence that shone brightest in preventing
the Wolverines from scoring twice inside the 10 yard line.
Panthers peewee team also earned a berth in the A-Cup
semi-finals with a 48-7 win over the West Carleton Wolverines
on Saturday while the tyke squad kept their post-season
playoff hopes alive with a 40-0 win over the Brockville
Buccaneers in the C-Cup quarterfinals on Sunday.
8 a.m., Oct. 17)
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