Stacy ensures winning finish for Claymores

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The Scottish Claymores, who have endured a disappointing inaugural season, finished their campaign in style when they defeated the London Monarchs 22-9 before a crowd of 11,700 at White Hart Lane on Saturday night.

With neither of the British franchises able to qualify for next week's World Bowl, the contest counted for little in real terms, although prior to the game the Claymores' head coach, Jim Criner, had made much of national pride and the importance of ending on a high note.

The win, Scotland's second from 10 attempts, was built on the running of Siran Stacy, who not only achieved 1,000 all-purpose yards for the year, but also established a League record for most rushing yardage in a season. The Monarchs were simply unable to stop the former Philadelphia Eagle, who pounded his rivals for 136 yards on 33 carries to finish with 785 in total, breaking the previous record of 767 set by Ivory Lee Brown in 1992.

In contrast, London's running game was simply awful, generating just 21 yards in total, 20 of them coming from the running back Tony Brooks on 15 attempts.

Stacy was the difference between the two teams, but the Claymores were also aided by their diminutive quarterback, Terry Karg. Despite being dwarfed by most of his colleagues, the 5ft 9in Karg scored on a one-yard run in the first half, and then completed a 35-yard scoring pass to Allen DeGraffenreid in the third quarter.

The Monarchs points came from Don Silvestri's three field goals.