O'Fallon,MO-The Oklahoma Thunder travel strong into Missouri and beat the Missouri Cyclones by a final score of 28-8.
The battle of undefeated team lives up to the hype as the two teams battled in front of a large crowd in Ofallon, Mo.
The defending champions Thunder received the opening kickoff and proceeded to go on a long drive for the first score of the game.
On several occasions the Cyclones stopped the Thunder on first and second down, only to give up key third down plays, one being a tipped pass hauled in by a Thunder receiver inside the 5 yard line prior to the score.
On the extra point try, Devi Greer took the blocked kick the length of the field for two points. On the ensuing drive it seemed as if the Cyclones would strike right back, however, the receiver couldn’t hang on to a long pass and the Cyclones would not score again in the first half.
The thunder however would add another touchdown and the score went to half at 12-2.
At the start of the 2nd half the Cyclones would receive the ball and promptly give up a safety on a bad snap. The ensuing kickoff barely made mid field and the Thunder capitalized for another touchdown, taking the early 3rd quarter lead 20-2.
The Cyclones and Thunder each scored one more touchdown in a turnover before halftime. The Thunder defense played a superb games and put lots of pressure on the Cyclones quarterback.
The Cyclones had opportunities but continue to have dropped passes and were never able to establish the run game.
The Thunder found their top playmakers on key 3rd down plays to keep drives going. The execution of the Thunder made all the difference in a match up of two extremely talented football teams.
If this was a preview of what could be a Conference Championship matchup, the two juggernaut teams will surely put on another show for the league! “There were a lot of prime athletes competing around the field, making big time plays. The Thunder just came in with more discipline and showed us where we have to work if we expect to be a championship team this year.”- Coach Brian Hodge of the Missouri Cyclones.
Players of the Game:
WR #2 of the Oklahoma Thunder with two huge first half catches, one of which was in the endzone, leading the the Thunder's early lead
CB#21 Tre Vaughn had a big day in coverage as he was tasked with shadowing #4 Prentiss Elliot and Tre came away with 2 big interceptions that kept the Cyclones in the game early.