OFL champions fall in title game

Second trip to Vegas ends in loss
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com
Aaron Fentress's Portland Monarchs lost the national title game Saturday in Las Vegas.
oregonsports.com file photo.

The season-long goal to win the mythical national championship in minor league football came up a game short for the Portland Monarchs Saturday in Las Vegas, Nev.

The Monarchs, ranked No. 1 by the Minor League Football News, fell 47-24 to the fourth-ranked Glendale Bulldogs of Phoenix, Ariz., in the national title game.

Glendale, champions of the Copperstate Football League, finished the season 10-0.

Portland, champions of the Oregon Football League, finished 13-1.

The Monarchs played in Las Vegas for the second-straight year, having played for third place in 2009.

“We didn’t do anything well and they took full advantage,” Portland coach Aaron Fentress wrote on the OFL bulletin board. “They are a very talented team, especially their front four.”

The national title game pitted two of the Minor League Football News’ highest-ranked teams as part of the plan to create a national champion. The Monarchs went unbeaten in the OFL and beat two top Washington teams to earn their spot in the title game.

Glendale won a league based in Phoenix.

“We might never win a national championship,” Fentress wrote, “but we are sure as heck going to try.”

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Next year

Better luck next year - great job getting there!

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