12:30 p.m., July 28)
overcome early mistakes to rout Toronto in OVFL playoff
By Fred Sherwin
Panther running back AK Ismail picks up some
hard-earned yardage in the team's 54-6 win
over the Toronto Thunder on Saturday. Fred
the first five minutes of the Ontario Varsity Football
League bantam conference semi-final between the Cumberland
Panthers and the Toronto Thunder, it looked as though
the Panthers would be their own worst enemy.
after committing a couple of turnovers on their first
two possessions, the Panthers managed to get their act
together and proceeded to dismantle the visitors on their
way to a 54-6 victory.
Gauthier led the way for the Panthers, running for 135
yards and three majors. He even caught an interception
on defence to make up for one of the earlier turnovers.
running back Kian Williams got into the end zone twice
and AK Ismail and Kevin Victorne also scored on the ground,
the latter running 100 yards on his only carry of the
Panthers only other touchdown was scored through the air
on a 35 yard toss from Ryan Licandro to Enoc Enyeka.
Thunder's lone major came late in the fourth quarter with
the Panthers already leading 47-0.
was great game for the Panthers, who are hoping to make
it to the OVFL championship game after losing to the Myers
Riders in the conference final last year. This year's
Ontario Varsity Football League finals are being played
at Keith Harris Stadium here in Ottawa.
head coach Jeff Koradi was pleased with his team's performance
on Saturday, but he knows they'll need to eliminate the
early mistakes as they get deeper into the post season.
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