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(Posted 6:30 p.m., Oct. 30)
Peewee Bengals advance to NCAFA A-Cup final

By Mike Beasley
Orléans Online

The Orleans Bengals peewee team is on a mission this season and nothing has got in their way so far, including Mother Nature and the Bell Warriors.

The Bengals peewee team disposed of the Warriors 14-9, in their A-Cup semi-final game at Millennium Park on Oct. 28 to qualify for next weekend's final against their arch nemesis, the Myers Riders.

"Our team goals at the beginning of the season were to win the East Division, make the semis and win that, now we're going to the finals," said a jubilant Bengals head coach, Damien Laverty, after Saturday's big win.

It took the Bengals a while to get going, but when they did it was their ground game that made the difference.

The Bengals first had to overcome a determined Warriors defence that continually thwarted the vaunted Orleans offensive attack.

A steady downpour throughout the contest made handling the ball a serious challenge for both sides. Proof of that was the numerous times Bell was able to intercept the ball in the second quarter but failed to capitalize on.

The Warriors appeared to open the scoring midway through the second stanza after one of their players returned a punt 35 yards into the Bengals' end zone. A costly illegal block negated the scoring play. However, they were still left in an excellent scoring position on the Bengals 25-yard line.

After running on first down, Bell tried to pass the ball on second down only to have it picked off by a Bengals defender and returned to the Warriors' 45 yard line.

Try as they may to move the ball downfield, the Bengals slipped and slid their way to no yards on two attempts. Coach Laverty decided to go for it on third down and the gamble paid off in the form of a first down to keep the drive alive. Two plays later, Bengals running back Jeremy Enyeka put his team up 6-0 with an electric run that covered more than 40 yards.

The end zone has been a familiar destination this season for Enyaka who has 20 TDs in eight games.

As the rain continued to pour down both teams tried to put points on the board but came up empty. The Warriors finally got on the board courtesy of a two-point safety conceded by the Bengals in the third quarter.

After the Warriors failed to move the ball on the ensuing series, the Bengals mounted another offensive drive which resulted in a 20-yard scoring scamper by Khalid Campbell and a two-point conversion to put Orleans up 14-2.

"Our offensive line did a great job of opening up a hole that I ran through, I wasn't going to miss that opportunity," said Campbell, who attends Terry Fox Elementary School.

Refusing to give up without a fight, the Warriors made a tremendous late game push resulting in a touchdown in the final minute, but it was too little, too late to prevent the Bengals from moving on to the A Cup Final.

Next week's championship game will feature the two top ranked teams in the peewee division. The Myers Riders finished the season undefeated (8-0) while Bengals completed the regular campaign with a 7-1 record. The Riders defeated Orleans 41-38 in their only meeting this year.

"I expect that the final will be an exciting game, Myers is well coached, they feature a lot of good athletes," Laverty admitted. "We know them and they know us, the rosters of both teams played in last year's Mosquito championship. I believe the outcome will come down to which team makes the most stops."

The A Cup final will played on Thursday, Nov. 23. Kick-off at Millennium is scheduled for 3:30 p.m

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