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Mukendi scores 4TDs in peewee Panthers win over Nepean Eagles
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Fabrice Mukendi sets out on his 105 yard touchdown run against the Nepen Eagles on Saturday. Lynn Guibault/Photo

The Cumberland Panthers peewee team used a solid defence and an impressive ground game on Saturday to beat the Nepean Eagles 48-6 and improve their early season record to 2-0.

The defence was a real team effort while the ground assault was provided by all-star running back Fabrice Mukendi who ran for 230 yards and scored four touchdowns including a 105-yard effort at the start of the second quarter.

In a foreshadowing of what was to come, the Panthers took just two plays to score on their opening drive. The first was a 29-yard run by Mukendi, who followed that up with a one yard effort for the TD.

Cumberland needed seven plays to get into the end zone on their second series which was capped by a seven-yard run by quarterback Christian Veilleaux.

Nepean threatened to score late in the first quarter, but the Panthers' defence stopped them on the five-yard line to set up Mukendi's spectacular 105-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter. A two-point convert toss from Veilleux to Zane Teichroeb would make the score 22-0.

The Panthers got the ball back at midfield on their next series and moved it down to the one yard line before the Eagles defence held firm and forced the Panthers to turn the ball over on downs.

After the Eagles failed to pick up a first down on the ensuing series they were forced to punt the ball from inside the 10-yard line. A high snap on the punt allowed the Panthers to regain possession on the one, which led to Mukendi's third touchdown of the game with 52 seconds left in the half.

The Panthers added to their lead early in the third quarter on a 43-yard touchdown pass from Veilleux to Maxime Dery.

The Eagles eventually got on the board on the very next series to make the score 38-6. A 44-yard touchdown pass from Veilleux to Mukendi on the first play of the fourth quarter and a two-point convert would make the final score 48-6 in favour of the Panthers.

Mukendi finished the game with 230 yards on 15 carries and four TDs, including a touchdown reception. Jonathan Aoude had three carries for 13 yards and Veilleux carried the ball three times for 31 yards and a touchdown.

Veilleux also completed 11 of 18 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns, one each to Dery and Mukendi..

Besides improving their regular season record to 2-0, the Panthers win also improves the overall record of several core players on the team to 55-1 dating back to 2011.

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The peewee game was the second of four between the Panthets and the Eagles on Saturday. The Panthets tyke team dropped the opener 25-12, while the mosquito squad won their game 49-12 behind a five touchdown performance by Elijah Zamor.

In the day's final game, the Panthers bantam team dropped a 52-12 decision to their Nepean counterparts.

The Panthers will welcome the Cornwall Wildcats to Millennium Park next weekend. The four game set will kick-off with the tyke game at 9 a.m.

(Posted 11:30 a.m., Sept. 5)

 

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