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BEARCATS in PLAYOFFS

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WEST HAVEN, CT– As the Western CT Militia and Connecticut Panthers meet up this weekend for the Conference Championship; many of the participants have a clear familiarity with each other.

There will be 31 former Connecticut Bearcats players participating in this weekend's playoff matchup. &ldquot;The Bearcats had a lot of talent&rdquot; said Panthers David Reese, &ldquot;we held our own for a few seasons in the NEFL.&rdquot; The Bearcats participated in three consecutive NEFL Championships winning two in a row (2010 and 2011). In 2012, the team was one roughing the passer call away from beating eventual NEFL and National Champion Western Mass Warriors in the playoffs and making a run at a third ring. The team folded prior to the start of the 2013 season leaving a crop of talented players to find homes elsewhere. &ldquot;Not playing with guys you have been teamed up with for years was kinda tough; we all obviously want the same thing however, to be champs again.&rdquot;

&ldquot;Some people say the best thing to happen to the NEFL was the Bearcats folding&rdquot; said Bernie Armstrong. &ldquot;These players have helped certain teams become contenders and solidified other teams in various ways&rdquot;. Armstrong, currently the Southern New England and Metro area Director also acted as the team's General Manager during their championship run. &ldquot;In addition to those teams, the Bridgeport Gators have 13 roster guys who played for the Bearcats; it just created a lot of parity in the divisions&rdquot;.

One score separated both teams in their regular season affair. This game is by far one of the best matchups in the league's history. With over 30 former teammates now lining up across from one another, expect an epic battle that should come down to the final possession.

Former Bearcats players on the Militia and Panthers rosters

MILITIA (17)

PANTHERS (14)

Joe Burnett

Gerald Patrick

James Wish

Jamar Rawles

Erik Larson

Court Sutherland

Andy Benzicewicz

Dwight Franklin

Marcus Pouncey

Oscar Hernandez

Dan Roach

Rich Snowden

Davon Hardy

Sir Snowden

Larry Smalls

Corey Fanin

Desmond Hamilton

Naciki Reid

Daurice Elliott

Joe Verna

Lynwood Dorsey

Brian Budde

Torey Newton

David Reese

Justin Inners

Kevin Taylor

Hardison Freeman

Aaron Ellison

Anthony Avery

Jason Davis

Anthony Aponte

(Pictured Above) Panthers Snowden (6) throws over former teammate Marcus Pouncey and Dan Roach (4)

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