Rarely during the half-century of men's touch football in New Milford has a first-year team captured the championship.

The Dirty Dozen, sponsored by A-1 Auto Body and JoJo's Deli, turned the trick Nov. 25 at Marx Park.

Behind the guidance of player/manager Frank Garcia, the Dozen outscored three-time defending champ Sole Cafe, 38-25, to claim the New Milford Parks & Recreation league title.

The new champions might have been just a figment of Garcia's imagination as the 2011 campaign wound down but he since managed to assemble a squad of young veterans featuring several of the league's quicker and more versatile players.

Their efforts, and the absence of Sole's ubiquitous quarterback Dan McCauley, proved the difference during a championship game played on a chilly late-autumn day before a sparse but enthusiastic crowd along the east bank of the Housatonic River.

Brian Kirwan-Welsh fired four touchdown passes -- three times to Don Clady -- and ran once for six points to key the champs' offense.

The Dirty Dozen's Delton Joe thrice sacked speedy Sole signal caller Matt McCauley to anchor the winners' defense.

McCauley countered with three TD strikes, two to Ryan Hawley and one to Paul Douskey, and added a touchdown run to account for the stooltoppers' scoring.

The Dirty Dozen broke on top, 12-0, in the first period and, despite several valiant rallies by the defending champs, were never to be caught that day.

In playoff semifinal games played Nov. 18 at Marx Park, Sole Cafe handily dispatched Family Laundry/1st & 10, 35-6, while the Dirty Dozen received all it could handle before outlasting Gargon Construction, 41-38.

The season standings:

Dirty Dozen 8 2

Sole 8 2

Family/1st & 10 7 3

Gargon 6 4

RED 5 6

Touch of Summer 2 9

RTC 0 10

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