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Thursday, Jan. 17


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NCAFA Football
Peewee Panthers extend record to 3-0 with win over Cornwall Wildcats
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Cumberland Panthers quarterback Christian Veilleux runs for one of his three touchdowns against the Cornwall Wildcats on Saturday. Lynn Gibault/Photo

The Cumberland Panthers peewee team was firing on all cylinders Saturday as they used a lightning quick ground game, spectacular special teams play and a solid defence to overwhelm the Cornwall Wildcats at Millennium Park.

The Panthers scored a 64-yard rushing TD on Fabrice Mukendi's second carry of the game and never looked back. When the defence forced the Wildcats to punt the ball on the ensuing series, Justice Koradi returned the kick 48 yards to the Wildcats 11-yard line. A no yards penalty on the return would ultimately give the Panthers a first down on the one.

Following an incomplete pass, Mukendi ran it in for his second major of the opening quarter. And so the game went.

A fumble was the only thing that prevented the Panthers from scoring on their third series of the game, but it only served to delay the inevitable as the home team scored yet again on their next series on a thanks to a 57-yard run by quarterback Christian Veilleux to open the second quarter.

Up 24-0 at this point, the Panthers simply piled on the points first on a 54-yard touchdown run by Jonathan Aoude on their next series; then with an 80-yard punt return by Koradi on the Wildcats next series, and finally on a spectacular 80-yard highlight reel run by Mukendi on the last play of the half.

When the dust had finally settled the Panthers enjoyed a 44-0 halftime lead. Mercifully for the Wildcats and their supporters, the second half was played entirley on running time. Even so the Panthers were still able to score two more touchdowns after back-to-back successful onside kick attempts.

Mukendi scored his fourth touchdown of the game and eighth in the last two weeks on a 54-yard run, and Veilleux scored his second major of the game on a three-yard run.

With time running down Veilleux once again called his own number resulting in a 41-yard major. A two-point convert pass from Veilleux to Jordan Sirvin would make the final score 64-0 in favour of the defending champions.

Veilleux ended up carrying the ball three times for 106 yards and scored on all three carries. He also completed eight of 17 pass attempts for 122 yrads including four two-point converts to Aoude, Sirvin, Sebastien Pierre, and Ethan Wilson.

Mukendi had seven carries for 202 yards, four of them touchdowns, and Aoude had six carries for 71 yards and a touchdown.

Justice Koradi also had a strong game. Besides his three punt returns for 119 yards and a touchdown, he also had eight solo tackles on defence, including a pair of sacks, and a fumble recovery.

Dante Spadaccini, Phillippe Vigneau and Avery Bent also contributed a sack each.

The Panthers next game is against the Bel-Air Lions at Millennium Park on Thursday, Jan. 17 . Kickoff is at 6 p.m.

(Posted 4:30 p.m., Sept. 11)


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