12:30 p.m., Aug. 3)
JV, bantam teams advance to OVFL conference finals
By Fred Sherwin
Panther running back Baxter Balthazar splits
the defence to pick up extra yardage against
the York Simcoe Bucs on Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Cumberland Panthers will be well represented at the Ontario
Varsity Football League conference finals next weekend
after the club's junior and bantam teams won their respective
semi-finals on Saturday.
junior varsity squad scored on their first three possessions
in rolling to a 52-12 win over the York Simcoe Bucs, while
the bantam team avenged an early season loss to Metro
Toronto with a 42-20 win in the big city.
Roy Lapensée threw five touchdown passes and scored
another on the ground in leading the junior varsity Panthers
over the Bucs.
first touchdown was set up by a 41-yard pass from Lapensée-Roy
to Dylan St. Pierre. Alex Lawrie then ran the ball in
from six yards out for the major. The Panthers' quarterback
scored the team's second touchdown on the ground before
throwing consecutive touchdown passes to Jamal Mavinga,
St. Pierre and Lawrie.
Lapensée would throw three more touchdown passes
in the second half to cement the win. He ended the game
going 8-for-12 for 248 yards and five touchdowns without
will need to be sharp again next week in a rematch of
last year's Wettges Conference championship game which
the Myers Riders won 36-20. In their only previous meeting
this season the Panthers won 49-32. Next week's conference
final will be held at Millennium Park.
bantam semi-final between the Panthers and the Metro Toronto
Wildcats was only slightly less lopsided than the JV game.
Eager to avenge their opening season overtime loss to
the Wildcats in May, the Panthers scored twice in the
opening minutes to take a 14-0 first quarter lead.
in front of their hometown fans, the Wildcats were able
to come back to tie the game late in the second quarter,
but they left enough time on the clock to allow Panthers'
return man Kian Williams to run the kickoff back inside
the 15-yard line. Noah Gauthier then ran the ball in to
give Cumberland a 21-14 lead going into the halftime break.
Panthers went to work immediately after the break. Williams
ran back the opening kickoff for a touchdown to start
the third quarter and then Kevin recovered the ensuing
"moonshot" kickoff and ran it for another major,
and just like that Cumberland was leading 35-14 before
the Wildcats knew what hit them.
Panthers added one more touchdown in the third quarter
before the Wildcats finally responded with their third
touchdown of the game in the fourth, but then the result
was already a foregone conclusion.
their junior varsity clubmates, the bantam Panthers will
be out for revenge when they play the Myers Riders on
Saturday. The defending league champion Riders handed
the Panthers a 35-26 loss on Week 8 of the regular season.
head coach Jeff Koradi is promising a different result
this time around.
want them. We're ready," says Koradi. ""We've
worked on a lot of things and we've made a few adjustments
and we're ready."
two teams will be playing for the right to represent the
Wettges Conference in the OVFL championship game on Aug.
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