Kanata, ON — This week’s OFL matchup began as a tight affair but ended with the defending champion Irish Stout winning going away. The powerful Stout roster consisted of the league’s leading passer, Paul “The Mad Bomber” McRae, James “Smooth” Muir, Kirk “Flash” Ireland, Johnny “Irish” O’Connor, and Bevan “Hominid” Watkiss. The expansion Co-Op Dragons countered with Peter “The Rabbit” Arseneau, Michael “Crash” Liu, William “I’m Open!” Jia, Marc “Mitts” Jessome, and Jin “Kirk Who?” Kang.

After winning the toss, the Dragons took the wind and the ball, but failed to dent the scoreboard. The Stout immediately responded with a TD pass from McRae to Ireland for a quick 6-0 lead. “It’s going to be 45-13,” Ireland predicted, “This is MAH HOUSE!”

Naturally, Kang blew by Ireland on the next possession to catch an Arseneau rainbow and tie the score at 6-6. Kang barked back with “Kirk talks a big game, but I play one!” The grudge match escalated as McRae hit Ireland again to give the Stout a short-lived 12-6 lead. Short-lived due to Kang’s TD on the Dragon’s next possession that once again tied the score at 12-12.

“Get your head in the game,” screamed Coach McRae at his befuddled defense, “You have to think mentally out there!”

McRae hit big tight end Bevan Watkiss down the right sideline and he lumbered in for a touchdown after a missed tag. Muir followed up with a convert reception and the Stout now led 19-12. Though the increasingly exciting Kang intercepted McRae in the endzone, the Stout responded with a McRae to Muir TD and a 25-12 lead on their next possession. As time was running out, Muir intercepted Arseneau deep in Stout territory and the Stout capitalized with a flea-flicker where McRae delivered the ball to Muir on a lateral, who proceeded to laser a pass practically the length of the field in to the waiting paws of Watkiss. An O’Connor end-around for the conversion concluded the scoring at Stout 31, Dragons 12.

“Our defense was a little lax in the first half but they picked it up late,” said Coach McRae at the post-game press conference. “The way things were going, the Defensive Player of the Year award might be left vacant!”

October 27, 2010
Irish Stout 31, Co-Op Dragons 12

McRae      4 TD, 1 INT
Arseneau   2 TD, 1 INT
Muir       1 TD

Ireland    2 TD
Kang       2 TD
Watkiss    2 TD
Muir       1 TD, 1 PAT

O'Connor   1 PAT

Kang       1 INT
Muir       1 INT