5th November 2000
LONDON O'S 22 LANCASHIRE WOLVERINE COLTS 0
The London O's completed a memorable double as their youth kitted team joined their
senior team as British champions. London's adult team clinched the British senior League
crown in September's BritBowl, and touchdowns from Luke Smith, Marvin Allen and Paul Rush
ensured the O's kids followed in their footsteps.
Although the Londoners have been the dominant British senior side over the past decade,
this was the junior team's first final and first championship.
In winning their first title, the O's halted the Wolverines, who were playing in their
5th BYAFA YKL final.
The wet and stormy conditions made it hard for both offenses to get going early on,
with Lancashire puntin gon their first two possessions.
The O's finally got going on their second drive when quarterback Smith just failed to
connect with wide receiver Graham Walby on what would have been a 40 yard touchdown
London had to take the field goal, but the Wolverines came up big to block the 2 point
The O's began to take control on the ground in the second quarter with Allen, Brett
Rosenbaum and rookie Khamar Mohammed advancing the ball down to the Wolverines two.
On first and second down, the O's were denied the short plunge into the endzone, but
SMith bootlegged his way into the endzone on third down, with the slightly injured Andy
Boyle making the extra two, giving London an 8-0 advantage at half-time.
Lancashire took their own second half kickoff back to the O's 30 yard line after the
O's thought the ball had sailed out of bounds, but the London defense again made it
difficult and got the ball back with the Wolverines failing to gain any significant
By this time, London's offensive line, led by Graham Day, Steve Hopkins and Steve
Clements, were all able to create big holes for London's dominant runners, but the drive
ended with a missed field goal.
The O's defense, led by Darren Gregory, was also in top form, forcing numerous fumbles
and keeping pressure on the Lancashire backfield.
London finally broke the game open in the final period, with Allen adding to his 100
yard day by rushing in from 5 yards. The extra point miss kept the score at 14-0.
Lancashire then put their best drive of the game together, reaching the O's five.
However, they were then pushed back to the 20.
Gregory hit the Lancashire QB's arm as he threw on a desperation fourth down play,
however, and cornerback Rush intercepted the ball and ran 80 yards for the clinching
score, with Boyle's double making it 22-0 at the end.
"Both teams were outstanding and we must also thank the officials for playing
their part in atrocious weather," said a London O's spokesman. "They kept the
game moving and were outstanding."