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Panthers Blast Bearcats

Kevin Woolfolk (42) carries a Bearcats defender into the end zone for a first quarter score
(Photograph provided by James Bender)

MERIDEN, CT – In what was considered one of the two top rivals in the NEFL, the Panthers dominate the struggling Bearcats 46-0 in their Week 4 matchup.

On their first possession from scrimmage, the Panthers Jason Manson found a streaking Markey Desruisseaux for a 90 yard catch and run to open up the days scoring. A first down fumble by a Bearcats running back into the hands of linebacker Josh Rhodes put the Panthers back in scoring position within minutes. Two plays later running back Kevin Woolfolk ran untouched into the end zone for one of his two scoring runs of the game. “They jumped out on them so fast they didn’t know what hit them” said a Panther fan, “and they never stopped.” The next possession saw a well-executed onside kick recovered by the Panthers which led to their third score in the first quarter.

Quarterback Jason Manson continued his superior play against the Bearcats secondary. In week one of his NEFL debut, Manson burnt the Bearcats for two scoring tosses in their 20-0 win. In addition to his strike to Desruisseaux in the opening quarter, Manson also connected with Tyrrel Boseman and Kareem Robinson for touchdown grabs. Manson finished with 248 yards on the day while only throwing 4 incompletions. Woolfolk against paced the running attack with 79 yards on the ground to go along with his 2 scores.

Rookie Josh Sampson (46) may have been the only bright spot in the Bearcats lost to the Panthers (Photograph provided by James Bender)

Defensively, the Panthers only allowed the Bearcats beyond their 20 yard line once in the game. The passing game was disrupted by an aggressive pass rush that collected 5 sacks and three tip passes. In the final period, a deflected pass was picked off and returned for a touchdown by end Keith Hunter to conclude the Panthers day and the hopes of the Bearcats contingency. “What could have gone wrong did tonight” said Bearcats Head Coach Dom Colivito, “too many mistakes against a good team and this is what happens.”

The Bearcats limps into their Week 5 matchup against the high-flying Western Mass Armor who have won three games in a row. The Panthers will host one of the top games of the weekend as the Southern Maine Raging Bulls take their longest trip of the season and head to Meriden, Connecticut. “Now that will be a top notch game” said a NEFL Representative, “two solid quarterbacks, great run games, and aggressive defenses; this will be one to check out.”

Josh Padilla hauls in a pass from Jason Manson
(Photograph provided by James Bender)

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