Panthers christen new field with 26-10 win over West Durham
By Fred Sherwin
Panthers' quarterback Christian Veilleux ran
for three of his team's four touchdowns in
their 26-10 win over the West Durham Dolphins
on the weekend. Photo coutesy of Lynn Gibault
Cumberalnd Panthers bantam varsity football team improved
their record to 4-0 on Saturday with a win over the West
Durham Dolphins in the first game ever played on the new
artificial turf field at Millennium Park.
a ceremony christening the new field, former Panther and
current member of the Ottawa Redblacks, Brendan Gillanders,
was inducted into the Panthers' Hall of Fame.
Gillanders received his Hall of Fame ring, the club's
future Hall of Fame players looked on from the sidelines
before taking to the field to take on the Dolphins in
a rematch of their season opener.
their first meeting which the Panthers easily won 50-24,
the Dolphins put up a much stiffer fight, limiting Cumberland
to just 158 yards on the ground and 161 yards through
their lowest offensive output of the young season, the
Panthers still found a way to win thanks mainly to their
stellar defence which forced three turnovers and an opportunistic
offence which was able to punch the ball into the end
zone four times.
of the four touchdowns were scored by quarterback Christian
Veilleux who used Panthers' running back Fabrice Mukendi
as a decoy in calling his own number.
ended the game with 91 yards on seven carries. He also
passed the ball seven times for 161 yards, including a
two-point conversion toss to Zane Teichroeb.
he wasn't blocking for his quarterback, Mukendi ran the
ball 14 times for 52 yards and a touchdown. He also caught
a ball for a 15-yard pick up.
defence, linebackers Scott Fulton and Noah Masena caused
the Dolphins fits all game long. Fulton was in on 12 tackles,
including five solo efforts, and Masena had four solo
tackles including a sack and a fumble recovery.
Avery Bent had the Panthers' other sack, and Ezekiah Zamor
and Joshua Baka each had a fumble recovery.
win essentially enables the Panthers to remain atop the
Wettges Conference. Technically they are tied with the
Myers Riders at eight points apiece, but the Panthers
have a game in hand and they won their first of two head-to-head
meetings a fortnight ago.
Panthers and the Riders will meet again at Millennium
Park on July 2, but not before the Panthers host the 1-3
York Region Lions this Saturday. Game time is 2:30 p.m
6:30 a.m., June 20)
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