By Dan Plouffe
Early-season favourites are emerging in the National Capital Amateur Football League as the third week of its eight-week fall regular season is now in the books following 28 matches this past weekend around the Ottawa area.
The Nepean Redskins have absolutely owned the Midget division up to this point, outscoring opponents 55-1 in three victories, including a 31-0 rout of the Kanata Knights this past Friday. The Ottawa Colts improved their record to 2-1 with a 29-20 win over the Bel-Air Norsemen, while 2-0 Orleans had a bye.
The Redskins also flexed their muscles in the Tyke division with a 43-6 victory over the Bel-Air Lions to move to 2-0 on Saturday. Gatineau, Cumberland and Kanata also have perfect Tyke records.
The 3-0 Cumberland Panthers lead the pack along with the 3-0 South Ottawa Mustangs in the Mosquito category thanks to respective 46-16 and 36-8 victories over Orleans and Cornwall. Gatineau and Bel-Air are both 2-0.
The North Gloucester Giants had their smallest margin of victory – still a comfortable 13 points – so far this season in a 28-15 match with the Gloucester South Raiders to improve their Peewee record to 3-0. The Bell Warriors and Cornwall Wildcats also haven’t lost.
The Bantam division is shaping up to be a great race with strong entries from the Gloucester South Raiders, Orleans Bengals and Myers Riders sprinting out to 3-0 marks. Orleans beat Cumberland 28-15, Gloucester South downed North Gloucester 32-14 and Myers Riders took down the Bell Warriors 29-12.
In local junior football action, the Ottawa Jr. Riders improved to 3-0 with a 25-6 victory over Monarx on Sunday at Nepean Sportsplex. The Cumberland Panthers are 1-2 in Quebec Junior Football League play.
And the Ottawa Sooners bounced back from a pair of season opening losses to post a 26-0 shutout on the road in Brampton. The Sooners will host Hamilton this Saturday at 3 p.m. at Carleton University’s Keith Harris Stadium.
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