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DC Comeback Falls Short; Terrors Win Cup.

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9:50 PM - Dec 11, 2017 #1

BRINKHAVEN, OH - The DC Conspiracy's bid to win their first OIFLCup fell just a little short on Sunday, as the Texas Terror overcame a DC comeback attempt to take home the Cup with a 57-52 victory.

DC came out noticeably nervous, and struggled offensively which led to a 10-0 hole at the end of the first. That first quarter proved to be the true difference maker; DC never would hold a lead in the game. In the 2nd quarter the DC offense came to life and put a respectable 24 points on the board, however Texas matched them to go into half still up 10. While the pace slowed a bit, the back and forth continued into the 3rd quarter, which saw DC down 17 but knocking on the door.

The 4th quarter is where the comeback bid kicked into gear. DC brought it back to within 10 on an Adam Kruse touchdown. After a failed onside kick attempt, the defense held to a field goal, and DC got back to the end zone to bring the deficit down to 6. After a second failed onside kick Texas answered back with a touchdown, but did not succeed on a 2-point conversion attempt. DC answered with their 3rd touchdown of the quarter to bring the score to within 5, and then got the break they needed when the next onside kick went DC's way. DC ran the clock down on their final drive of the game and got down to within 5 yards of the end zone, but a pass break up on 4th and goal kept DC off the board. Texas then ran down the remaining 20 or so seconds to seal the game.

"It was heartbreaking to get so close and not complete that last pass," QB Adam Kruse confessed to the post-game media, "but we played our hearts out, nearly pulled off a miracle comeback, and can leave here proud. Then we hit the gym and get ready to come back. Now that I've tasted this I'm going to be hungrier than ever to get that Cup."

"I gotta give it up to Texas. They controlled the line of scrimmage, made the running hard for me," noted RBLB Corey Palso- who was voted the Most Outstanding Player. "They have great players and a great game plan. They play pretty similar to how we play, they just did it better today. We'll be watching film this off-season and come back stronger than ever. This is a great group and for the most part we're all coming back, so we'll have at least one more year to grow and gel together."

There is not much roster turnover anticipated in DC; most of the core players including the whole starting lineup are under contract next year and DC does have the franchise tag it can choose to apply. The two biggest names are RBDB Jonas Mouton and WRDB Rasheide Benefield; it's expected one of them will receive the tag. A couple players, most notably Palso, are potentially showing signs of aging going into the offseason, but no one looks like their tank is empty yet. The biggest battles will be who plays what role, as younger players continue their ascensions and catch up to the vets. If Benefield stays, he could be one of those as he began taking game time from former All-Star Alex Emmons as the year went on.
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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