Kanata, ON — It was an unseasonably warm but gloomy day at historic Entrust Cryptography Field as the Irish Stout faced off against their bitter rivals, Peter’s Pirates. Both teams were without key players, the Stout were missing All-OFL slotback Kirk Ireland and the Pirates were without their rangy safety Carlos Nahas. The Stout still lined up multiple superstars led by their record-setting QB Paul McRae, lumbering tight end Bevan Watkiss, smooth striding end James Muir and lightening fast Ron Burman. The Pirates countered with seasoned QB Peter Arseneau and his trio of rookies, Liang Yao, Andrew Sung, and Tong Jia.

The game began in predictable fashion as the Stout scored quickly on a pass from McRae to the streaking Burman. “Hey, put your clothes back on!” screamed the assembled players, partially in jest. Watkiss followed this up with a catch for the PAT and just like that, it was 7-0 Stout. Then things entered the Twilight Zone. Uncharacteristically, McRae threw interceptions on consecutive drives, both deep in Pirate territory. However, despite the Stout opening the door a crack, the Pirates could not take advantage. McRae hit Watkiss at midfield on a crossing pattern and you could imagine the ghost of Roger Patterson recording the run as Watkiss sauntered into the endzone unmolested. A PAT to Muir boosted the Stout lead to 14-0. Muir scored another TD to increase the margin to 20-0 before the Pirates Hail Mary prayer was answered by Tong Jia, whose numerous short receptions were clearly a clever deception to draw in Burman so Arseneau could burn him on a long bomb, narrowing the gap to 20-6.

Watkiss again displayed some heretofore undiscovered athletic ability as he took another short pass on the sideline and tightroped into the endzone to make the score 26-6. Now late in the game, the Stout defense stopped the Pirates near the Pirate goal line as they were forced to gamble on fourth down. McRae drew up a play that was supposed to free up Watkiss on the right side, but Liang would have none of it, positioning himself between the passer and receiver. However, a high throw over Liang’s outstretched arms nestled into the waiting paws of Watkiss for the score as he came down right on the back line of the endzone. Not be deterred, Liang proceeded to intercept the PAT attempt, but it was too little, too late, as the final score ended up 32-6.

“I’m glad we showed we could win without Ireland,” said head coach McRae at the post-game press conference, “but we have to stop those interceptions! We need more Ken Dorsey and less Jacory Harris out there.” The assembled press corps immediately started googling on their phones to decipher the coach’s comments.

The Stout improved their record to 6-1 while the Pirates fell to 1-6.

BOX SCORE
November 16, 2011
Irish Stout 32, Peter's Pirates 6

Passing
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McRae      5 TD, 2 PAT, 3 INT
Arseneau   1 TD

Receiving
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Watkiss    3 TD, 1 PAT
Muir       1 TD. 1 PAT
Burman     1 TD
Jia        1 TD

Defense
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Yao        2 INT
Sung       1 INT