Claymores 24, Monarchs 21, OT
LONDON (AP) _ Former Canadian Football League player Paul McCallum kicked a 27-yard field goal in overtime Sunday to lift the Scottish Claymores to a 24-21 come-from-behind win over the London Monarchs in the World League of American Football opener for both teams.
The Monarchs, playing before 16,258 fans at White Hart Lane stadium in north London _ almost twice as many as last year’s opener _ got off to a 21-7 lead after the first half.
The Claymores Steve Matthews _ on loan from the Kansas City Chiefs _ hit Yo Murphy with an 11-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter to put the Claymores up 7-0, but the Monarchs responded with three unanswered touchdowns.
Preston Jones hit Tony Vinson with a 10-yard scoring pass, then connected with former NFL all-pro Gaston Green on a two-yard pass. The lead went to 21-7 when Darren Studstill intercepted a Matthews pass and returned it 21 yards for the third score.
The Claymores narrowed it to 21-14 on a one-yard scoring run in the third quarter by Siran Stacy, the World League’s top rusher last season.
The Scots then tied the game with 1:53 left when Matthews hit Sean LaChapelle with a 25-yard touchdown pass.
The Monarchs missed a chance to win the game in the final seconds when David Gordon missed a 39-yard field goal attempt.
In the 10-minute overtime, London failed to score on its first possession, opening the door for McCallum’s winning field goal with 3:48 remaining.
Under WLAF rules, each teams gets a possession and a chance to score in overtime. After each team has had the ball once, the sudden-death rule applies if neither team has scored.
Matthews hit 21 of 42 passes for 273 yards with four interceptions. Jones was 18 of 36 for 154 yards with one interception.