Thunder keeps rolling, blanks Joplin
Tulsa, Oklahoma – June 8, 2019
The top-ranked Oklahoma Thunder continued their winning ways Saturday night, beating their regional rival Joplin Crusaders 42-0. The meeting was the first ever between the two teams, with the Crusaders making the leap into GDFL and AAA minor-league play for the first time this season.
The Thunder struck first in the contest, using a balanced attack to score on a 7 play, 71-yard scoring drive capped by a 20-yard pass to standout receiver #4 Prentiss Elliott. The Thunder would score again on a 3-yard rush by #30 Devin Dean later in the quarter, leading to a 12-0 halftime score.
A scoring outburst in the 3rd quarter put the game out of reach for Joplin. After a couple of Crusader drives ending deep in Thunder territory, Oklahoma scored 24 points within a three-minute span of game play that was spurred by the following plays:.
- A 49-yard reception by #88 that set up a 3-yard touchdown reception by #15 Winston Holder on the following play
- An interception by #26 DJ Wolfe deep in Crusader territory that led to a 14-yard rushing touchdown by Derrick Hunt
- A fumble recovery by #87 Rashawd Rushing that led to another 4-yard rushing touchdown by #30 Devin Dean
By the end of the game, the Thunder offensive line and running back committee had posted one of the most dominating outings in team history, averaging 8 yards per carry on 30 rushing attempts (241 yards total, 4 touchdowns).
The Thunder defense also dominated, with key performances by the following standout players:
- #55 Shawn Jackson, who had 11 total tackles and three passes broken up
- #76 JJ Hugine, who had 6 total tackles, 1 sack, and 2 hurries
- #74 George Rogers, who had 3 total tackles, 2 sacks, and 1 pass broken up
The unit limited a normally dominant Joplin offense to only 14 rushing yards on 21 attempts, while forcing three turnovers and 93 total yards passing.
Up next for the #1 Thunder is a trip to Tennessee to take on the Memphis Blast. For more information, visit us on Facebook at “Oklahoma Thunder Football Team” or visit gdfl.org .