7 a.m., May 27)
Panthers kick off Ontario Varsity Football season with
By Fred Sherwin
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.
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.
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.
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.
the loss, Panthers head coach Jeff Koradi was happy with
his young teams performance.
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
the second game of the triple-header, the junior varsity
team completely overwhelmed their opponens, winning 40-0.
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.
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..
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