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(Posted 2:30 p.m., Nov. 7)
Peewee Bengals masters of their own demise in NCAFA final

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Orléans Bengals peewee team went into the NCAFA A-Cup championship game against the Myers Riders on Sunday with high hopes of winning the title and earning the right to represent the league in the upcoming Interprovincial Bowl against the Québec representative from Montréal.

The Eagles were in large part masters of their own demise thanks to a decision to move their star offensive player to defence in an effort to stop the Panthers' quarterback Shilo Mukendy who was averaging five TDs per game heading into the contest.

Orleans Bengals running back Khalid Campbell runs for a long gain against during the NCAFA A-Cup bantam final on Sunday.. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The Bengals turned the ball over a mind-boggling eight times including a pair of fumbles on the threshold of the Riders’ end zone. They also had two touchdowns called back on penalties.

The craziest turnover occurred in the second quarter when Bengals’ running back Khalid Campbell lost his grip on the ball as he was about to cross the goal line.

Despite all the miscues, the Bengals still had a chance to at least tie the game while trailing 20-13 late in the fourth quarter.

With 3:12 left on the clock, the Bengals took over possession of the ball on their own 49-yard line. A 25-yard run by Jeremy Eneyka and a 13-yard effort by Campbell would move the Bengals deep inside Riders’ territory.

Disaster almost struck when they fumbled a ninth time, but they managed to recover the ball to keep their slim hopes alive. Unfortunately. it left them in a second and 12 situation.

After picking up seven yards on second down, Campbell bulled his way for six more yards on the third down play to keep the drive alive inside the Riders 10-yard line. Two more runs would move the ball inside the five.

Facing third and two, the Bengals once again handed the ball off to Campbell who was stopped at the line of scrimmage by a desperate Myers defence. From there, the Riders simply ran out the clock.

The Bengals started the game well enough, stringing together a series of first downs on four consecutive running plays to move the ball down to the Myers’ three-yard line.

On the ensuing play, the arm of the Bengals’ running back carrying the ball hit a Rider defender’s shoulder pad and it popped loose resulting in Orleans first turnover of the contest.

After taking over possession on their five-yard line, the Riders failed to pick up a first down and had to punt the ball away from the eight, resulting in the Bengals gaining possession on the 33.

After losing five yards on their first two plays, Orleans fumbled the hand-off for their second turnover of the game.

The Bengals would eventually score on a 27-yard run by Enyeka to take a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Riders later tied the score on a spectacular 109-yard run by Elijah St. John with 1:15 left in the second half.

The Bengals regained the lead on a 56-yard run by Enyeka after a successful onside kick to open the second half, but it was shortlived as the Riders scored twice in the third quarter to take the lead for good.

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