Bengals lose A-Cup semi-final in a heartbreaker
By Fred Sherwin
Bengals running back Kirk Jean Baptist tries
to break through a tackle during their peewee
B-Cup semifinal against the Bell Warriors
on Sunday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Orleans Bengals went into their peewee A-Cup semifinal
on Sunday hoping for a repeat of their semifinal performance
two years ago when they upset the highly-favoured Cumberland
Bengals would go on to win the mosquito championship that
year and they had their sights set on a return to the
A-Cup final this season, all they had to do was get past
the Bell Warriors.
first half of Sundays game was a defensive affair
with both teams keeping each others offences in
Warriors only score came in the first quarter after their
defence had forced the Bengals to turn the ball over on
their one-yard line. A two-point convert would give the
Warriors the early 8-0 lead.
Bengals response came midway through the second quarter
when they took advantage of excellent field position to
score a touchdown on a five yard pass from Huzaifah Z
Rana (#3) to Xavier X Gervais (#5), A failed
two-point convert attempt left them trailing 8-6 at the
the opening series of the seond half, the Bengals moved
the ball down to the Warriors 35-yard line before
stalling. Rather than attempt a long field goal with the
wind at their backs, they punted the ball into the end
zone. The Warriors managed to run the ball out and avoid
giving up the single point. Instead, they were given a
fresh set of downs on the 20.
moved the ball to the 38-yard line before the Bengals
defence forced them to turn it over on downs.
Bengals offence took advantage of the excellent field
position to score a go ahead touchdown on a 17-yard pass
from Rana to Kirk Jean Baptiste (#11). Gervais booted
the extra point to put the Bengals in front 13-8.
lead stood up until late in the third quarter when the
Warriors manufactured a 76-yard drive on eight carries
to move back in front with four minutes left in the game.
The drive included a pair of third down conversions and
a five-yard touchdown run by Ben Phillips (#23) who was
the Warriors best player on offence. A successful two-point
convert left the Bengals trailing by a point.
didnt take long to strike back. Shortly after getting
the ball back, they handed it off to Jean Baptiste who
did his best Usain Bolt impersonation, sprinting through
the Warriors defence for a 75-yard touchdown. It took
the Bengals just three plays and less than 40 seconds
to retake the lead. They probably wish they had taken
a little longer.
fate would have it, the Warriors needed just 1:37 of the
remaining two minutes to score the game winning touchdown
against an exhausted Bengals defence which had been on
the field for all but 40 seconds of the fourth quarter.
final blow came on a 16-yard pass down the sideline that
they had misfired on at least twice before. The plays
success was dependent on the Warriors staying away from
Bengals defensive back Nathan Casimir (#32) who had broken
up at least three long pass attempts with his fingertips.
go ahead touchdown fell on the Bengals like a sledgehammer,
and just like that, their season, which had looked so
promising, had come to an abrupt end.
the game Bengals head coach Ken Harris couldnt
hide his disappointment.
ones hard to swallow. We had them so many times.
We just made one too many mistakes, said Harris,
referring to the final touchdown.
5:30 p.m., Oct. 26)
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