SHAWNEE — What a way to finish off a championship season. After a star-studded season that included a 10-3 record, Kevin Pyle and Lucky Enuf rode rookie QB Sam Darnold and free-agent signing C.J. Anderson to a championship Sunday, beating the Whackers 163.95-154.30 for their third championship in 13 seasons. The matchup was a re-match of the very first OIL Bowl in 2006.
After winning the inaugural OIL Bowl in 2006, Pyle had to wait until 2012 before learning he'd been recognized as a co-champion for 2008. Lucky Enuf and SoonerJack famously tied in the 2008 OIL Bowl, but the passing yards tiebreaker gave the title to Bruesch. Four years later, a re-count using fractional scoring showed Pyle would have won. In the years since, Pyle has been cursed by that asterisk: ridiculed by fellow managers and snakebitten in the playoffs. But, as he put it on Twitter, he finally has that monkey off his back.
Lucky Enuf had seemed a cruel moniker in recent seasons, as this season marked the fourth in a row that he lost players to season-ending injuries during the playoffs. This year, Pyle lost QB Carson Wentz and RB Todd Gurley to injury and WR Josh Gordon to imminent suspension. But Pyle shrewdly started rookie QB Sam Darnold in relief of Wentz and off-the-street free-agent RB C.J. Anderson in place of Gurley. Lucky Enuf was rewarded with 35.45 points from Darnold and 23.30 points from Anderson. Rookie WR Robert Foster started in place of Gordon and posted a respectable 9.20 points.
The win brings Pyle's career record against Morgan to 9-5. He ends 2018 at 12-3, lifting his 13-year OIL record to 107-76, with three championships. But Pyle isn't forgetting the heartbreak of the past. "I'm genuinely about to jump out of my skin with excitement, but the previous three or four seasons are keeping me humble," he said.
We'll see how humble he feels when he sees his name engraved on the Lawson Memorial Trophy again.
Morgan, the 2007 champion, was in the title game for the third time. He has now lost the OIL Bowl to Pyle twice. The Whackers were led by 27.60 points from fill-in RB Jamaal Williams and 26.50 points from first-round RB Alvin Kamara.
When reached for comment, Morgan was not bitter. "I thought I had it, but that's why they play the games," he said. The Whackers end the season at 10-5, dropping their 13-year OIL record to 85-96-1 with one championship and two runner-up finishes.
We're finally here. 42 teams have been whittled down to six. Those six are: Zerger; Green; Cobb; Trovillo; Buehre; and Brake. Game-by-game analysis after the jump.
NORMAN — Third-seeded SoonerJack defeated the DARC NARCS Monday night to snag their third OIL Bowl championship. The third entry on the Harrington Trophy is an OIL record (Lucky Enuf, Arrogant Americans, and War Pony are tied for second with two championships each).
The 10th OIL Bowl features the DARC NARCS pitted against two-time champion SoonerJack. The paths these two took to get here couldn't be more different. Henderson and the NARCS blew out the Hard Targets by over 80 points while Bruesch beat the Norman Nobodies by 1.45 points.
Last season's OIL Bowl was between the top two seeds, but both of this season's top seeds were upset in the semifinals
This was a rematch of the 2014 semifinals, when Finch beat Henderson by nearly 70 points. That had to make the victory that much sweeter for Henderson. If you'll recall, Henderson rode into the semifinals fresh off a huge game from Cam Newton last season. But, between the week 14 and 15 game, Newton was in a car accident and missed the semifinals. This year, he stayed out of the hospital and in Henderson's lineup to the tune of 55 points. Poor Finch never had a chance and lost by over 80.
Oh, man. I feel bad for Leal. It looked like he would receive a miraculous Monday Night Miracle, but his Nobodies fell just short. A late-game fumble by Ameer Abdullah proved to the difference as Bruesch held on for the victory and a third trip to the OIL Bowl.
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Adam Duffy's daughter, Olive (left), was born in Packer Country, but her favorite team is the Hangovers.
And Christopher Trovillo had his first child in 2013, a son. Robert Trovillo (right) was born in Volunteer territory, but he's a born Dirty Hippie.
Congratulations are in order for all four fathers.
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