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Kircus, Las Vegas win first UFL championship


December 02, 2009
IMLAY CITY — Former Imlay City High School and Grand Valley State University David Kircus helped the Las Vegas Locomotives (5-2) register a 20-17 overtime triumph against the Florida Tuskers (6-1) in the inaugural United Football League championship game last Friday afternoon.

A crowd of 14,801 fans watched the action unfold at Las Vegas' Sam Boyd Stadium.

In Friday's confrontation, Florida (which had defeated Las Vegas twice during the regular season) jumped out to a 7-0 advantage after one quarter was complete.

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David Kircus applauds Las Vegas head coach Jim Fassel as he hoists the first-ever UFL championship trophy in lockerroom after an overtime win.

Quarter number two saw Las Vegas collect three points, while holding Florida to none.

That left Florida clinging to a 7-3 edge at the halftime break.

The third quarter would see both teams held scoreless.

Las Vegas then put together a 14-10 fourth quarter rally, squaring the scoreboard count at 17 points per side at the end of 60 minutes of action.

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That set the stage for overtime.

It was there Las Vegas cashed in on a Graham Gano 33-yard field goal, earning the first-ever UFL championship.

Kircus was one of eight different Las Vegas players to catch a pass that day. He wound up with one reception for nine yards.

That left him second among UFL players with 23 catches for 340 yards, an average of 14.8 yards per reception, this season.

Only Taye Biddle, of the Florida Tuskers, put up better numbers than Kircus during the 2009 campaign. Biddle finished with 30 catches for 453 yards, including four receptions for 72 yards in the title confrontation.

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.
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