The Cornwall Wildcats minor football teams had a clean swipe of their claws on Sunday.
With a collective score of 142 to 54, the Wildcat tykes, mosquitos, peewee and bantam teams dispatched their counterparts from Orleans at Joe St. Denis Field.
The bantams showed they are the squad to beat in the National Capital Amateur Football Association, improving to 5-0 after trouncing the Raftsmen 45-0.
Their win concluded a great afternoon for football in front of about 200 spectators.
The closest contest was between the peewee Wildcats and Bengals.
Cornwall spotted Orleans a 12-7 lead late in the first quarter.
The Wildcats took the lead – for good – when running back Nick McAuley fired around the corner for a 35-yard TD; the convert making it 14-7.
The Wildcats then capitalized on a fumble at midfield and rumbled in for major, bringing the game to 20-12 at halftime.
The Cats dominated the first part of the second half.
McAuley, working off more good blocks, swung left this time, and galloped for another TD, and giving Cornwall a seemingly comfortable 27-12 lead.
But Orleans wasn’t done. They rolled out their tall back. Twice he busted out of the scrimmage and out-ran the defensive backs to paydirt.
Orleans was now in position, with a couple of minutes left, to at least tie the game.
First they needed an onside kick recovery. It didn’t happen when a Bengal went to cover the ball failed to land on it, and it was cradled by a Wildcat, preserving the victory.
Head coach Kirby Camplin expected a battle coming in.
“They’re a good football team; they got us down early,” Camplin said “Their running back was really good – he hurt us.”
Inexplicably, Orleans took the throttle off the back, and the Wildcats moved ahead.
“I would have kept using (the star runner),” Camplin said.
Overall, he liked what he saw of his team, but consistency can be an issue.
“Our defence plays well, we get stop, stop, stop, then gave up a 60 yard run, then stop, stop, stop, then a really long run.
“We need to tighten things up, and I think guys were in gaps they weren’t supposed to be in.
“We just need a willingness to stick your nose in there. We’ll work on that and get a better defence.”
The peewees improved to 3-2 on the win, the tyke 1s got their first win (46-30) and the mosquitos got their second (24-0).