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(Posted: 7 a.m., May 27)
Panthers kick off Ontario Varsity Football season with triple-header
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Ontario Varsity Football season was kicked off over the weekend with games across the province including a triple-header at Millennium Park as the Cumberland Panthers played host to the Metro Toronto Wildcats.

The day started off with an exciting bantam game in which the Panthers jumped out to a 14-0 first half lead on a pair of touchdowns by Noah Gauthier and Kian Williams, but turnovers would get the best of them in the second half as the Wildcats took advantage of excellent field position to score on a pair of touchdowns of their own.

The Panthers defence did an excellent job in limiting the damage caused by all the turnovers, including a goal line stand late in the fourth quarter that precented the Wildcars from ending the game in regulation.

The key weapon for the Toronto area team was their running back Horatio Martin. The Panthers did their best to contain the elusive back, but he still managed to gain over 200 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns including the game winner in overtime.

Despite the loss, Panthers head coach Jeff Koradi was happy with his young teams performance.

"I think our defence was outsatdning, especially on the goal line stand. They showed a lot of character an heart to keep them out of the end zone<" said Koradi. "Their number 3 just got one chance too many and with a back like that all you can hope for is to contain him. We had one or two breakdowns an it cost us. But overall I'm very happy. I think we're going to surprise a lot of people this season."

In the second game of the triple-header, the junior varsity team completely overwhelmed their opponens, winning 40-0.

Pascal Roy Lapensee threw for 193 yards and two touchdowns, while Baxter Balthazar carried the ball seven times for 117 yards and two touchdowns as well. Nick Renaud had a big day scoring one touchdown through the air and another on special teams thanks to a 60 yard kick return.

In the final game of the day, the Panthers varsity team came out on the short end of a hard fought battle, losing 28-23 to their Metro Toronto counterparts..

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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