On a hot and humid Entrust Cryptography Field, the 2007 OFL season kicked off with a preseason scrimmage between the defending champion Irish Stout and the retooled French Foreign Legion, won by the Stout 28-19. Both sides were missing key players from last year’s squad, the Stout played without Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year Kirk Ireland, who was getting his chest waxed and the Foreign Legion, living up to its name, debuted an almost entirely new lineup consisting of holdover QB Louis Aubin and new receivers Hongrui Dong, Bogdan Nicolescu, and Rami Al-Tayeche.
The game began on a familiar note as last season’s MVP Paul McRae quickly connected with ginormous tight end Dan Murdock on the first play from scrimmage. Murdock bowled over the pylon for a score. On the conversion, veteran Bevan Watkiss snagged the extra point.
Not to be outdone, the Legion responded with a Aubin to Dong TD as the big slotback wrapped the pigskin around the pylon. Murdock, however, defying the known laws of physics, launched himself through the air to deflect the tying extra point.
Early, the game was a seesaw affair as McRae hooked up with Watkiss on a TD, then Aubin connected with Nicolescu for a score. McRae then hit Watkiss again and Aubin completed another TD to Dong. The Stout pulled away, however, when McRae hit Murdock for a TD and the Stout defense stopped the Legion on their last three possessions.
McRae finished the game with only a single incompletion while Watkiss and Murdock each tallied 2 TD’s and 2 conversions. Aubin threw for 3 scores and a conversion.
With both sides at full strength, the regular season is set to open next week.