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(Posted 2 p.m., Oct. 25)
Peewee, mosquito Bengals teams advance to NCAFA semi-finals

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Orleans Bengals running back Peter Sobowale breaks free for a long run against the Gatineau Vikings in the first round of the NCAFA Playoffs on the weekend. The Bengals won the game 20-8. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Orleans runner Stephane Montpetit went into Sunday’s Ottawa Fall Colours Marathon in Cumberland hoping to qualify for the Boston Marathon for a fourth time.

The Orleans Bengals mosquito and peewee football teams have both advanced to the National Capital Amateur Football Association A-Cup semi-finals after winning their respective playoff openers last weekend.

The peewee team put in a solid effort against the Nepean Eagles at Millennium Park on Saturday, Oct. 21, rolling to a 38-10 win behind a three touchdown performance by running back Khalid Campbell.

Quarterback Luciano Diaz had a strong game as well, throwing a pair of two-point conversions to Leelen Anthony, and a third to Jordan Tjepkema.

Diaz also set up his team’s first touchdown with a 43-yard pass and run play to Anthony, and he ran the ball in on a quarterback-keeper in the fourth quarter that was capped by a successful point after attempt by offensive lineman turned kicker Ty McRae.

The Bengals’ fourth touchdown was scored by Anthony on a running play in the third quarter after cornerback Jaylen Guy picked off an errant Eagles pass and returned it to Nepean’s 11-yard line.

The peewee team will face the Bell Warriors (7-1) in the A-Cup semi-finals this coming weekend. The other semi-final will see the Myers Riders (8-0) take on the Cornwall Wildcats (6-2).

The Bengals have yet to face the Warriors whose only loss came against the East Ottawa Generals on Sept. 24.

The mosquito game between the Bengals and the Gatineau Vikings was a little closer than the peewee game, at least for the first half.

After a scoreless opening quarter, the Bengals broke the 0-0 deadlock midway through the second stanza on a 45-yard run by Tristan Johnson. Johnson then converted his own touchdown to give the Bengals an 8-0 lead heading into the halftime break.

The second half got off to an inauspicious start for the Bengals as the home team fumbled the ball away on their first possession. They would make up for the mistake on their next series, capping a 53-yard drive with a 23-yard touchdown by Peter Sobowale. A missed opportunity on the conversion play would make the score 13-0 in favour of the Bengals.

The Vikings responded with a 60-yard pass completion from Felix Antoine Lavoie to Jahim Kabongo on their next possession. A two-point convert by Gabriel Furtado would cut the Bengals’ lead to 13-8. (At the tyke and mosquito levels, a kick is worth two points and a play from scrimmage is only worth one-point.)

The Bengals would eventually put the game out of reach on a 53-yard touchdown run by Johnson just inside the three minute mark to make the final score 20-8.

Next up for mosquito squad are the Kanata Knights (6-2) who beat the Nepean Eagles 38-18. The other A-Cup semi-final will pit the Cornwall Wildcats (8-0) against the Cumberland Panthers (5-3) who upset the West Carleton Wolverines (6-2).

The Bengals have yet to play the Knights this season. The Knights’ two regular season losses came against the Nepean Eagles in Week 1 and the Cumberland Panthers on Sept. 23. The Bengals only loss was a one point defeat at the hands of the Wildcats also in Week 1.

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