Panthers keep playoff hopes alive
By Mike Beasley
Panthers receiver and kick returner Kevin
Victome fends off a would-be tackler during
their 40-7 win over the Mississauga Warriors
on June 17. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Koradi is finally starting to sleep well at night. Winning
football games has had that effect on the head coach of
the Cumberland Panthers junior varsity squad.
in two of their last three Ontario Provincial Football
League games, Koradi
is happy with the progress his team has shown over the
past three games.
convincing 40-7 home field win on Saturday over the visiting
Mississauga Warriors put Koradi in a celebratory mood
during a post-game interview.
really happy with the way the kids played at both ends
of the field, we made a lot of great plays with the ball
and with-out it, Koradi said, while exchanging high
fives and handshakes with his players and several Panther
finally played in stride and came out of the game with
a much needed win. The only thing that Im disappointed
with is that we left some points on the field because
of bad penalties or failed execution.
their recent success, the Panthers (2-3) are back in the
playoff hunt with three games left to play in the regular
coming Saturday the Panthers will travel to Kingston to
take on the winless Grenadiers (0-5). Koradi his team
wont be looking ahead to their highly anticipated
match up against the Ottawa Sooners (3-2) Canada Day weekend
at Carleton University.
Panthers will then close out the regular season at Millennium
Park on Wednesday, July 18against the Guelph Jr. Gryphons
their win against Mississauga on Saturday is any indication,
the Panthers should easily make the playoffs with points
Panthers led the game from start to finish and was clearly
the dominant team. The Warriors scored their only touchdown
of the game late in the second quarter after Cumberland
had already jumped out to a 10-0.
Panthers then responded with a touchdown with 15.6 seconds
left in the first half to take a 17-7 lead into the break.
They would score 23 more points in the final two quarters
to run away with the game by a 40-7 margin.
quarterback Ryan Licandro had his best game of the season,
complet-ing 25 of 42 passes for a total of 367 yards and
favourite target, once again was wide receiver Kevin Victome
who hauled in six passes for 102 yards and a pair of touchdown
receiver Jonathan Aoude had a productive afternoon as
well with seven catches and a major, and Xavier Gervais
had a strong outing with a pair of TDs and a field goal.
MacDonald was a force on both sides of the ball scoring
on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Licandro and chipping
in a key interception.
8:30 p.m., June 19)
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