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6:57 PM - Nov 27, 2017 #1

WASHINGTON, DC - Following a first round bye, the DC Conspiracy played host to the Evansville Fightin' Squirrels, one of the league's elite franchises. The Squirrels were coming off a hard fought home victory over an Omaha squad tougher than the #6 seed would suggest. They entered DC with the goal of eventually returning to the OIFLCup- a place the Conspiracy have yet to reach- and did everything they could to take the next step on their goal. DC is trying to reach the title game for the first time, and taking the field without franchise face Corey Palso knew they had to leave it all out on the field to move forward. The result of the two forces colliding produced one of the greatest games ever witnessed in the Oculus Center, as the DC Conspiracy rallied at the end of a back-and-forth contest to triumph over the Squirrels 54-51 after 3 overtime periods.

DC set the tone in the first quarter, as they wanted to make it known that they would not be one-dimensional without Palso, and took a 7-3 lead on the legs of RBDB Jonas Mouton. In the 2nd Quarter QB Adam Kruse added a touchdown strike to OS Tommy Fairchild, but Evansville got on the board twice to bring the score to 14-13 at the half. The 3rd quarter saw Evansville put up two touchdowns compared to DC's one- Mouton's 2nd of the day- to go up by 6 headed into the 4th. That is when the real fun began.

DC opened the 4th the first field goal from rookie Stephen Smyka, who would play a major role in this frame. There is a term in the OIFL called being "Tuttled", in reference to Hall of Fame WRDB Perry Tuttle, who was known for almost single handedly beating teams in big games, especially in the final moments. If the term can ever be applied to a kicker, it might be applied here. Smyka was far from alone in the winning effort, but he played a big role. In addition to the field goal to open the quarter (which was answered by an Evansville touchdown) Smyka followed up Kruse's first rushing touchdown of the night with a successful onside kick, then soon after kicked the game-tying field goal from 41 yards out to the delight of the sold out crowd of 26,000.

Evansville got the ball first in overtime and opened up with a touchdown from Pennington to WRLB Doc Garrett, which the Conspiracy answered with Mouton's 3rd touchdown run. Kruse returned to him in the 2nd overtime with a 2-yard touchdown pass, which the Squirrels managed to answer. The tide changed in the 3rd overtime, when DC's defense managed to hold the Evansville offense to a field goal. DC got the ball back, and on 4th down at the 7 yard line decided it was time to end the game and went for it. The gutsy call paid off big as Kruse took a naked bootleg all the way to the endzone and ended the game with his 2nd rushing touchdown of the night.

While this hard fought win will go down as one of the biggest in the history of the franchise to this point, there will be little time to celebrate. The 4th seeded St. Louis Rush went into New York and upset the top seeded Mean Machine, meaning that DC will be hosting its first OIFL Conference championship game when the Rush come to town. This is DC's 2nd straight trip to the conference title game; last year they lost to the Mean Machine in New York. If they can make it past the Rush, they will move on to the OIFLCup to face the winner of the West Conference game between Texas and San Antonio. Tickets are available now, but going fast.
DC Conspiracy
Est: 2008 (OIF2); Joined OIFL: 2009.
Lifetime Record: 90-55
Division Champions: 2016 - 17.
Playoff Qualifier: 2009, 2011 - 13, 2015 - 17
OIFLCup Appearances: 2017
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