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London stuns St. Clair to win OFC title

During the team picture a London Beefeaters player exclaimed, "It ain't over 'til the fat lady sings" quoting a much often used proverb cautioning against the temptation to forecast an outcome before the end.

It looked as though the outcome was well in hand with the St. Clair Fratmen on top with 1:59 remaining in the OFC championship game at Acumen Stadium. The home team had a 14-0 lead on a Jake Holloway field goal, a Dante Lewis touchdown and a pair of safeties.

The game was a defensive battle in the trenches so assuming the game would run its logical course made sense. Then a punt deviated from routine to chaotic for the Fratmen as the snap sailed over Holloway's head and into the St. Clair endzone. Holloway tried desperately to recover the ball but Nick Samis fell on it getting the Beefeaters on the board.

Following an offensive series by St. Clair London took a shot at tying the game. Quarterback Clarke McCallum hit Spencer Foster with a 41-yard touchdown pass helping get the visitors on even ground with 54 seconds left.

On the ensuing kick off the Beefeaters forced a fumble at the St. Clair 19 and recovered the ball in the red zone. After a couple of plays, Leo Centeno kicked the game winning rouge as time expired. The Beefeaters sideline exploded as players rushed to the field in celebration.

Check out highlights and post game reaction in this video brought to you by the St. Clair Alumni Association.



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