Thunder Prove to much for Cyclones
Tulsa, OK — #9 Oklahoma Thunder (2-1) Head Coach Rashid Lowe hoped his team would end early season doubts with a big game and some big plays against a top rated Missouri Cyclones team. Chances came early and often in a 57-0 rout on Saturday.
The game was such a mismatch that the now ninth-ranked Thunder (2-1) scored four touchdowns in the first quarter.
Lowe knew the Thunder had questions about themselves after two, less-than-crisp offensive showings against Oklahoma City Outlaws and Arkansas Xtra team where they started out sluggish. In this one, the Thunder put up 27 points in the first quarter.
"This was great for our team, for our spirit and our morale," Lowe said.
Thunder led 49-0 at the half against the Cyclones (2-1), with Brandon Noohi throwing five TD passes and one rushing to get the Thunder rolling.
"I enjoyed myself, Another day on the gridiron " Brandon Noohi said with a smile. " But I am not satisfied one bit. More work has to be done."
The lopsided score comes after losing to a first year franchise Oklahoma City Outlaws and struggling early with a over-matched (0-3) Arkansas Xtra franchise.Brandon Noohi came in this game with a purpose he was the 3-of-3 on the opening drive that ended with a 73-yard TD pass to Prentiss Elliott.
Brandon Noohi and Ryan Gallimore also connected on a 25-yard scoring pass. Noohi threw a 9-yard TD to Trae Johnson in the third quarter before heading to the sideline.
The Thunder outscored the Cyclones 45-0. In the first half.
Thunder defense stopped its opponent on every opportunity: Calvin Barnett and Donte Griffith recovered fumbles, while DJ Wolfe and DeWitt Jennings recorded interceptions. On the other side of the ball, it was the Brandon Noohi show – and it was one for the highlight reel. Noohi threw two touchdowns to Prentiss Elliott Trae Johnson, one to Ryan Gallimore and two to Trae Johnson. The quarterback finished the game with 16 completions on 27 attempts, for 261 yards, 1 rushing touchdown finishing with six touchdowns, on the day.
As the defending National Champions routed Missouri Cyclones 57-0 Saturday in a Impact Conference match-up.