Kanata, ON — On a beautiful day for football at a packed Entrust Cryptography Field, the 2007 OFL season kicked off with a titanic showdown between the Irish Stout and French Foreign Legion. The defending league champion Stout had little trouble with the Legion, besting them 27-0 behind 4 Paul McRae touchdown passes.

Both teams retooled their lineups from last year. The Stout returned Bevan Watkiss, Dan Murdock, and Sean Hope, but were without All-OFL receiver and defensive back Kirk Ireland, who was busy pricing yachts. The Legion squad of Peter Arseneau, Hongrui Dong, Rami Al-Tayeche, and Bogdan Nicolescu featured three rookies that, as it turned out, were able to curse dropped passes and missed opportunities in at least six different languages.

After winning the toss, the Legion elected to defer, thus assuring themselves of the last possession of the game. Uncharacteristically, McRae missed his first 3 throws and the Stout punted. “Why that’s two more incompletions than I threw the entire preseason,” he quipped. Legion QB Arseneau, feeling gutsy, threw into the teeth of the Stout defense and was intercepted by giant hominid Bevan Watkiss, who lumbered into Legion territory like something out of the Patterson-Gimlin film. From there, McRae hit veteran wideout Sean Hope with a touchdown in the left corner of the end zone and followed this with a conversion pass to Watkiss for a 7-0 lead.

On their next possession, the Legion were again victimized by Watkiss as he picked off an errant Arseneau throw. McRae quickly hit Hope for another touchdown and Murdock with the conversion. The Stout lead swelled to 14-0.

The pesky Legion, however, did not wilt, driving to the Stout 2 yard line but were unable to convert. The Stout returned the favor as McRae threw an interception to Dong deep in Legion territory. The Legion could not convert on their good fortune and the Stout scored twice again missing one conversion.

Trailing 27-0, the Legion changed quarterbacks on their final drive but Dong was unable to penetrate the Stout defense, the march being snuffed out by a Hope interception.

A raw but athletic squad, the Legion is sure to improve as the season goes on but now, as last year, the Stout stand atop the OFL ziggurat.

September 14, 2007
Stout 27, Legion 0

Hope         2 TD, 1 PAT
Watkiss      1 TD, 1 PAT
Murdock      1 TD, 1 PAT

McRae      4 TD, 1 INT
Arseneau   3 INT
Dong       1 INT

Watkiss    3 INT
Hope       1 INT
Dong       1 INT