Donald Duck threw for 423 yards and six touchdowns and also ran for a score to blast the Beagle Boy Bandits out of MARATHON® Sports Fields in opening week of the 2016 season.
Quack Pack offense explodes for 56 points on opening night
Donald Duck and the Quack Pack football team made the most in their opening game remaining undefeated against the Prowling Bandits in franchise head-to-head matchups.
"I've got money in the bank with these guys and a day without looking at me Money Bin is like a weekend without football," Coach and sponsor Scrooge McDuck said.
Donald beat the Bandits for the second time in as many games and the Quack Pack offense kept rolling
The most published comic book character in the world outside of the superhero genre completed 17 of 32 passes for 423 yards and had a 4-yard TD run in the opener.
"He did unbelievable," linebacker Grand Mogul said.
Donald would have had another score, but a penalty nullified a 69-yard touchdown run on his last play.
Dewey Duck made a smooth transition from backup quarterback to wide receiver catching three passes for 104 yards and one TD. Together with brothers Huey and Louie, the three nephews of Donald combined for 282 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Quack Pack played its first game for coach Scrooge since the World's Richest Duck spent $50 million in upgrading the Ducks' locker room, athletic training facilities, and meeting rooms all located only a few miles from McDuck Manor.
When asked if his investment paid off, Scrooge commented that "I'm extremely proud of the way they played, but it takes more than one game to know. I founded a multi-trillion-dollar business, so ask me again at the end of the season."
After opening last season with a win, the Prowling Bandits had 21 points in the first 21 minutes of this game, and were close until two impressive TD catches by Dugan in the third quarter.
"Those Beagle Bandits had all the momentum in the second quarter. You could feel it. You just hang on. You have to make it by being tougher than the toughies and smarter than the smarties! And we did a great job of making it square!" Scrooge said.'Those Beagle Bandits had all the momentum. You have to make it by being tougher than the toughies and smarter than the smarties! And we did a great job of making it square!' - quote from Scrooge McDuck after Quack Pack victory.Click To Tweet
Dugan had a 7-yard scoring catch in the first quarter to put the Ducks ahead to stay at 21-14, before his TDs of 22 and 41 yards. He caught the ball and stayed inbounds near the right sideline while flying over defenders on both scores in the third quarter.
With hot-tempered and suspicious quarterback Big Time Beagle, the Bandits immediately responded with touchdowns on its first two drives. Big Time threw a 46-yard TD pass to Fritter O'Way on the Mustangs' first offensive play of the season, and they later connected on a 31-yard score.
But with the Bandits at the three yard line and the score 28-21, Big Time was sacked on the last play by Ripcord McQuack to end the first half. The Beagle offense was out of timeouts and couldn't get lined back up for another play.
"We did some positive things," Bankjob Beagle said. "We were with them for a majority of the game. ... We made a lot of mistakes, but I think we had a lot of positives."
In the losing effort, Big Time was 16 of 24 passing for 166 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, while the last year's team leading rusher and youngest player on the team, Babyface Beagle, ran 24 times for 115 yards.