9:30 p.m., June 22)
Panthers bantam OV squad wins fourth straight game
By Fred Sherwin
Panthers running back Noah Gauthier scores
his first of two touchdowns against the Toronto
Thunder on Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Cumberland Panthers bantam Ontario Varsity Football team
is doing the best it can to erase memories of an opening
day overtime loss and their opponents are paying the consequences
Panthers' latest victim was the Toronto Thunder who they
completely dismantled at Millennium Park on Saturday to
improve their record to 4-1.
Panthers followed up 67-0 road win over the Oshawa Hawkeyes
on June 21 with a 56-6 win over the Thunder who likely
regret choosing to kick the ball to start the game on
defence rather than start the game on offence.
took the Panthers just one play to show the Thunder the
error of their ways thanks to a 75-yard run by Kian Williams
who would finish the game with three major scores to add
to his league-leading total of 14. His 284 yards on the
ground also puts him over 1,000 yards for the season as
he's averaging over 200 yards a game.
Panthers' other rushing TDs came from Noah Gauthier, who
scored twice, and Kody Williamson, while John Davis and
Enoc Enyeka both scored through the air on passes from
Ryan Licandro amd Christopher Shopa respectively.
Panthers running back Kian Williams sprints
past a defender during the Cumberland Panthers
56-6 win over the Toronto Thunder on Saturday.
good as the Panthers' offence was against the Thunder,
it was their defence that controlled the game from the
opening series. Everytime they ran the ball the Panthers'
front seven had their number, and every time they tried
to throw the ball, a Cumberland defensive back was there
to pick it off.
Jerome-Lemieux had two interceptions while Shane Koscher
and Devon Canning had a pick each.
only low moments for the Panthers was the loss of Licandro
to an apparent injury in the fourth quarter, and a pair
of 15-yard penalties in the fourth quarter that set up
Toroto's lone touchdown.
the game Panthers' head coach Jeff Koradi was understandably
happy with his team's performance on both sides of the
came out strong. We played pretty consistent and we had
pretty good effort as we always do and even though we
get up sometimes we still played hard which is good to
see," said Koradi.
their opening day loss the Panthers have outscored their
opponents 234-18. Their next game is against the Pickering
Dolphins, who are also 4-1. They'll then get a week off
before paying their crosstown rivals the Myers Riders,
which could end up being for first place.
notes from Steve Koscher)
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