Kanata, ON — A cool fall day at legendary Entrust Cryptography Field was witness to a red-hot record setting performance by 5-time OFL MVP Paul McRae as his defending champion Irish Stout riddled the expansion Co-Op Dragons 44-13. McRae tied his own OFL record with 7 TD passes as the Stout ran their record to 5-0 in front of a record crowd (thanks, Dong and Xijian).
The Co-Op Dragons, trying to change the course of their season, turned to the wily Carlos “The Jackal” Nahas at quarterback. Nahas, returning to the OFL after short stint in a Turkish prison, was throwing to a pool of improving rookies: Marc “Hands” Jessome, William “Why Don’t They Cover Me?” Jia, Michael “Endzone” Liu, and Jin “The Human Bruise” Kang. In a Stout roster shuffle, James “When Exactly IS Noon?” Muir was benched for the first quarter after missing warmups. Replacing him in the lineup was Ron “Randy Moss” Burman alongside Kirk “Big Cushion” Ireland, Bevan “Too Tall” Watkiss, and Johnny “So This Is What A Touchdown Feels Like” O’Connor.
As usual, the Stout got off to to a slow start as an errant pass caromed off a Stout defender into the waiting arms of Liu for a touchdown. A nice pass from Nahas to Jessome just over the endzone line gave the Dragons a 7-0 lead. “You see? They are not supermen!” screamed Nahas, “They put their cleats on one foot at a time just like us!” As Nahas surveyed the quizzical looks of his teammates in the huddle, the Stout roared back with a TD pass from McRae to Ireland, who outran his defender to the ball. McRae hit Ireland again on the Stout’s next possession for another TD and the Stout took their first lead at 12-7. The Stout defense, buoyed by the play of Watkiss at nose tackle and Burman at corner shut down the Dragons for most of the day. Notably, Kang was punished on several receptions, but gritted it out and never missed a play. “I thought the league was cracking down on this kind of stuff,” said Kang, “The Stout defenders all think they are Brandon Merriwether!”
The newly acquired Burman got into the act, catching a long post pattern from McRae. McRae followed that up with a toss to the re-instated Muir for the conversion for a 25-7 lead. Noted Gaelic footballer Johnny O’Connor zig-zagged his way to a perfect catch in the right corner for a score before the Dragons finally put a stop to the bleeding with another acrobatic Liu TD. At 31-13, the Stout weren’t done yet as Burman took a hit from both safeties but came down in the endzone with the ball. Watkiss caught a ball in heavy traffic in the right corner and the lead ballooned to 38-13. On the last possession of the game, McRae dropped back and lofted a rainbow into the hands of Ireland for his record-tying 7th TD pass of the game and OFL record 44th point for the Stout.
In a nearly flawless performance, the Stout scored on all 7 possessions and set a modern-day OFL record with 44 points. “I’m still mad about those missed conversions,” groused noted perfectionist McRae, “But everyone knows that I don’t like to run up the score. Who do you think I am, Bill Belichick?”
BOX SCORE November 3, 2010 Irish Stout 44, Co-Op Dragons 13 Passing ------- McRae 7 TD, 3 PAT Nahas 2 TD, 1 PAT Receiving --------- Ireland 3 TD Burman 2 TD Liu 2 TD Muir 1 TD, 1 PAT O'Connor 1 TD Jessome 1 PAT Watkiss 1 PAT