Bengals remain unbeaten in quest for A-Cup title
By Fred Sherwin
Orleans Bengals mosquito team is two games away from a
shot at an NCAFA A-Cup championship after shutting out
the Bell Warriors 14-0 in their opening round playoff
game at Millennium Park on Sunday.
shutout was the Bengals' sixth clean sheet in nine games
this season, which is tops in the National Capital Amateur
Football Association, as is the 26 points they've allowed.
Cumberland Panthers and the North Gloucester Giants peewee
teams have both registered five shututs so far this season,
as has the Gloucester South Raiders bantam squad which
has given up an a total of 33 points so far this season.)
Bengals' defence set the tone early on against the Warriors
when they forced the visitors to turn the ball over on
their frist play from scrimmage.
the offence wasn't able to take immediate advantage of
the turnover, they would score two possessions later on
a Khalid Campbell touchdown run on third and goal from
the four that was et up by a 47-yard punt return.
the Warriors failed to convert on third and six on their
38-yard line on their third series of the game, the Bengals
took just six plays to post their second touchdown of
the game on a two-yard run by Campbell.
rest of the game turned into a defenisve battle as both
teams managed to keep each other other out of the end
closest the Warriors would get came on a 45-yard punt
return near the end of the second quarter that would have
given them a first down on the one yard line, if not for
an unnecessary roughing penalty against the punt returner
for helmet to helmet contact which moved them back to
the 30-yard line.
failing to convert on third down for the third time in
the game, the Warriors handed the ball back to the Bengals
who moved it down to Bell's 13-yard line before time expired
to bring the second quarter to a close.
good as the Bengals' defence was in the first half they
were indomitable in the second half, limiting the Wolverines
to just one first down and refusing to allow them past
midfield. Even when Bell did pick up a first down, they
ended turning the ball over on an interception by Bear
last team standing between the Bengals and a berth in
the A-Cup final are the Gloucester South Raiders, who
they beat 13-0 in the opening game of the season.
other A-Cup semifinal will pit the Cumberland Panthers,
who were 48-6 winners over the North Gloucester Giants
on Saturday, against the Myers Riders, who defeated the
Cornwall Wildcats 32-16.in their plaoff opener.
games will be played at Millennium Park next weekend,
8:30 p.m., Oct. 24)
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