Panthers open season with sweep of East Ottawa Generals
By Fred Sherwin
Panthers running back Fabrice Mukendi runs
for one of his three touchdowns against the
East Ottawa Generals on Saturday. Lynn Guibault/Photo
Cumberland Panthers kicked off the 2016 NCAFA season on
Saturday with a four-game sweep of the East Ottawa Generals
including three shutouts.
Panthers tyke team got things started with a 31-0 win
over their General counterparts, and then the mosquito
squad followed up with 31-0 result of their own. And then
it was the peewee Panthers turn.
defending NCAFA A-Cup champions scored early and often
in rolling to a decisive 74-0 win. Second year running
back Fabrice Mukendi touched the ball four times and scored
all four times -- three times on the ground and once through
the air on a pass from Christian Veilleux who finished
the game wirth 15 completions for 269 yards and three
back Markaedyn Nelson scored twice on four carries and
Maxime Dery scored a touchdown on one of two passes he
caught for 85 yards.
four players, along with several of their teammates, are
attempting to win their fifth NCAFA A-Cup championship
in the last six years and, in fact, Saturday's win over
the Generals improved their record to 54-1 dating back
to the opening game of the 2011 season. The lone loss
came in the semi-finals of the mosquito A-Cup playoffs
several of the key players who led the team to last year's
A-Cup win still in the lineup as second team players,
the Panthers are prohibitve favourites to defend their
title and imrpove their win-loss record to 64-1 in the
Panthers bantam team is hoping to get back to the playoffs
and redeem last season's first round loss to the Myers
Riders. They started their quest with a 24-18 win over
the Generals in Saturday's fourth and final game.
four teams will welcome the Nepean Eagles to Millennium
Park for their first home game of the season this Saturday
and try to extend their records to 2-0.
8:30 p.m., Aug. 31)
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