Panthers steamroll Myers Riders, set up showdown with
North Gloucester Giants
By Fred Sherwin
running back Fabrice Mukendi ran for 289 yards
and a pair of touchdowns in the Panthers 40-7
win over the Myers Riders on Sunday. File
Cumberland Panthers peewee team remains undefeated after
downing the Myers Riders 40-7 on Sunday in a game that
saw them make up for a slow start by scoring 40 unanswered
Panthers were held scoreless in the first quarter for
the first time this season partly because of the Riders
decision to put their all-star running back, Antonio Corsi,
out in the flat as a wide receiver, and partly because
of an illegal block that nullified a 125-yard missed field
goal return by Fabrice Mukendi.
Riders made good use of Corsi's superior height and size,
moving the ball through the air in a series of lob passes,
culminating in a 35-yard touchdown reception that gave
them an early 7-0 lead.
successfully pulling off an onside kick, the Riders moved
the ball inside the Panthers' 25-yard line to set up a
field goal attempt which went wide left and into the hands
of Mukendi who corraled the ball at the back of the end
zone and returned it 125-yards in an electrifying run
that was brought back to the point of the aforementioned
infraction at the one yard line.
Panthers were able to move the ball to their 50-yard line
before they were forced to turn it over on downs.
Riders didn't fare much better, handing the ball back
to the Panthers on the 38 after only three plays.
pair of incompletions left the Panthers facing a third
and 10 which Mukendi erased with a 24-yard run. A
26-yard pass from Christian Veilleux to Maxme Dery then
set up a 15-yard touchdown run by Mukendi, which the Panthers
capped with a two-point convert run by Veilleux to take
an 8-7 lead midway through the second quarter. From there
it was all Panthers.
successful onside kick set up a 23-yard drive capped by
a nine-yard run by Veilleux. A two-point convert run by
Jonathan Aoude would give the Panthers a 16-7 lead at
would add a pair of third quarter touchdowns by Aoude
and Markaedyn Nelson, the latter coming on a 39-yard punt
return. A fifth touchdown by Mukendi in the fourth quarter
would make the final score 40-7.
it all from sideline was North Gloucester Giants head
coach Moe Salehe who was reciprocating Panthers head coach
Jeff Koradi taping the Giants 60-0 win over the Gloucester
South Raiders the day before.
Panthers and the Giants will square off this Saturday
in a game with first place implications on the line. A
win by either team would put them at the top of the East
6-0 Panthers have averaged 52 points per game on offence
while giving up just three touchdowns. The Giants, on
the other hand, have averaged 49 points per game on offence
in their five wins and have also given up just three touchdowns.
number of the players on both teams played together on
the Panthers' bantam varsity team that made it to the
Ontario Varsity League conference championship in August
so they are very familiar with each other making Saturday's
showdown a potential knock em' down, drag em' out affair.
3 p.m., Sept. 25)
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