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Panthers Head to the Semifinals

The Panthers offensive line (left) averaged 7 yards per play against the Chiefs                              

MERIDEN, CT- The Panthers jumped out to a 22-0 lead to defeat the Chiefs in the Colonial Conference Divisional Round. The win sends the Panthers to their fourth straight Semifinal Round game.

The Panthers dominated play early with quarterback Rich Snowden hitting Ziggy Bailey for an 11 yard score. Later in the half Jamie Bryant was inserted and found an open Akwon Shabazz in the end zone. With time expiring in the half Bryant took the snap, changed directions three times before finding Kyle Watkins for a 23 yard touchdown catch to deflate the upstart Chiefs. “After two tight regular season games against each other few people thought this would be how the Chiefs would start the game” said a fellow conference coach, “the Panthers come to play in the playoffs”.

The second half saw the Champions defense take over the game. David Reese, Dustin Lindon, and Moose Welch all found their way to quarterback Dino Mancinelli for drive stopping sacks. The final nail in the coffin came when Shante Wynn picked off a pass and returned it 50 yards for the final Panther score of the night. “Our defense closes out the game” said Lindon, “if our offense gets a lead it’s our job to secure it”.

The panthers will travel to Danbury Saturday night to take on the Western Connecticut Militia who defeated the Pioneer Valley Knights in their playoff match up.

 

BOXSCORE

TEAMS 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q FINAL
Panthers 8 14 7 0 29
Chiefs 0 0 0 12 12

 

CONNECTIUT PANTHERS

PASSING Completions Attempts Yards Touchdowns Interceptions
Rich Snowden 4 8 52 1 0
Jamie Bryant 5 12 94 2 1
Todd Carroll 2 4 15 0 0

 

RECEIVING Catch Yards TD’s   Catch Yards TD’s
Ziggy Bailey 2 19 1 Akwan Shabazz 3 67 1
Kareem Robinson 3 25 0 Kyle Watkins 3 51 1

 

RUSHING Rush Yards TD’s   Rush Yards TD’s
Kevin Wolfolk 2 4 0 Rich Snowden 2 22 0
Johrome Bunch 4 22 0 Jamie Bryant 4 96 0
Corey Williams 2 6 0        

 

DEFENSE STAND OUTS Tackles Sacks INT Misc.
Antwan Carr 1 0 1  
David Reese 5 3 0 Pass Deflected
Tylee Flowers 2 0    
Moose Lynch 2 1    
Dustin Lindon 2 2 0  
Andrew Pratt 6 0 0  
Sir Snowden 2 0 0 Pass Deflected
Rashawn McKenzie 2 0 1  
Shante Wynn 4 0 1 50 yard INT return-TD

 

SPECIAL TEAMS  
Rich Snowden – 1/1 PAT  

 

 

 

CONNECTICUT CHIEFS

PASSING Completions Attempts Yards Touchdowns Interceptions
Dino Mancinelli 5 12 57 0 0
Jovan Martin 6 14 81 1 3

 

RECEIVING Catch Yards TD’s   Catch Yards TD’s
Dave Coggins 4 50 1 Julian Hayes 2 10 0
Kevin Sylvester 5 78 0        

 

RUSHING Rush Yards TD’s   Rush Yards TD’s
Montrell Dobbs 6 67 1 Jovan Martin 6 45 0
Julian Hayes 6 13 0        

 

DEFENSE STAND OUTS Tackles Sacks INT Misc.
Lenroy Neysmith 3   1  
Pat Atkinson 5 1 0 Pass Deflection
Kai Burrell 2 2    
Brandon Flores 9 1 0  

 

SPECIAL TEAMS  
Luigi Liovvi – 3/3 PAT  

 

TOTAL OFFENSE

OFFENSE Rush Plays Rush Yards Passing Plays Passing Yards TOTAL OFFENSE
Panthers 21 150 24 161 45 plays/331 yards
Chiefs 18 138 26 196 44 plays/ 334yards

 

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