Oklahoma Thunder Throttle Memphis Blast to Earn Biggest Victory of the Season

by Raven Moore

Memphis,Tenn-On a cloudy day in Memphis, the Oklahoma Thunder (4-0) dismantled the Memphis Blast (2-3), 78-0 after a dominating offensive and defensive attack. Offensively, they scored eight touchdowns, balancing out their scoring through the air and on the ground.

On defense, they forced four turnovers, including three forced fumbles and then got a safety, which that helped to take all the momentum away from the frustrated Blast team.

To the Blast credit, they kept the Thunder from getting too much in control after keeping it a two-possession game in the first quarter and did a solid job of keeping them from overwhelming them. Quarterback, Martavious Hayslett brought a spark to the team in the second half and had a number of big plays, including a crucial 15-yard run on third down. 

Still despite his best efforts, his explosiveness wasn’t enough to get the Blast back on track and in the second half of the game, they imploded. In the second half, tackling proved to be a problem in the second game in a row, which allowed the Thunder to score a whooping 48 points in the second half. 

Just when things didn’t look like they could get any worse, the Thunder scored quick back-to-back touchdowns to end the game and further dismantle the spirit of the Blast.

Blast Media observed throughout the game that even though the Thunder were making big plays and adding to the scoreboard, it was the Blast internal struggles that held them back.

The team’s persistent in-fighting was clear to both fans, but the Thunder who used the miscommunications on both sides of the ball to take advantage of the Blast’ confusion. This was the case when despite the injury to starting quarterback, Brandon Noohi, the Thunder’s offense didn’t lose a beat as CB Cantwell stepped up and led the Thunder during the second half of the game.

For the Thunder, they now set their sights on the Huntsville Rockets, who will be coming to Tulsa to play them The Rockets have had a strong start to their season in their own right, having a record of 4-0 in their first four weeks of action.

The Blast also have a home game, this time they’ll be facing the Joplin Crusaders, their season opening opponent who defeated them 35-6. They’ll be seeking their first home victory of the season.