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NCAFA Minor Football
Orleans Bengals get the better of east end rivals

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Orleans Bengals running back Chase Burke-Black successfully converted his teamís first touchdown against the Cumberland Panthers on Saturday which proved to be the difference in a 13-12. Fred Sherwin/Photo

For years the Orleans Bengals have played second fiddle to the Cumberland Panthers. Itís been a very long time since the Bengals had the type of success they enjoyed against their east end rivals on Saturday, beginning with their mosquito team which narrowly beat their Cumberland counterparts in a game that ended in controversy.

The Panthers jumped out to a 12-0 first-half lead on a pair of touchdowns by Marvyn Larozar and Damien Bťlanger. Unfortunately they failed to convert either TD which would end up coming back to haunt them.

Down, but not out, the Bengals battled back in the third quarter which resulted in a touchdown by Peter Sobowale. More importantly they were able to add a one-point convert by Chace Burke-Black which would end up being the difference in the game.

Sobowale scored again in the fourth quarter to give his team their first lead of the game.

Trailing 13-12 with less than two minutes remaining, the Panthers were able to move the ball to the three-yard line before the Bengals defence came up with the stop of the game. Still, with time running down, the Panthers had a chance to use their remaining timeouts to possibly get one last possession.

Facing third down with 24.7 seconds left, Bengals QB Nathaniel Assivero ran the maximum time off the clock before taking the hand-off with 4.7 seconds left to go and was immediately smothered by a desperate Panther defence.

As the stop was made, the clock continued to click down to 0.00. But according to the rules, the clock should have been stopped with just over two seconds left on the change of possession which would have allowed the Panthers to run one last offensive play. Instead, the game was called and the result stood.

The Cumberland bench protested, but the referees refused to listen and the game was awarded to the Bengals.

There was no such controversy in the peewee game which the Bengals won 68-0 thanks to an eight touchdown performance by Jeremy Enyeka who add a pair of two-point converts.

Khalid Campbell also scored a TD and a two-point convert and Viktor Iheozor added two additional two-point conver-sions. It was one of the most lopsided wins by a Bengals team over their east end rivals in recent memory and improves the peewee teamís record so far this season to a perfect 3-0..

(Updated 7:30 p.m., Sept. 12)

 

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