The Oklahoma Thunder added another minor league football trophy to their case with a convincing 56-8 victory over the Lehigh Valley Storm in the Girdiron Bowl IV in Memphis, TN. It was the Thunder’s first ever Gridiron Developmental Football League National Championship who were World Bowl champions three straight years in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Oklahoma made their second appearance in the GDFL championship game and left their mark in a major way with the sound defeat of Lehigh, who were making their first ever appearance in the championship game.
The Thunder finished the 2013 GDFL season undefeated at 11-0 scoring 50 or more points in five of their eleven games. Oklahoma averaged 47.0ppg while allowing 9.27ppg with five shutouts and improve to 77-4 all-time in minor league football action since they began play in 2008.
Leading up to the title game the 2013 Keystone Division and Xtreme Conference champion Lehigh Valley Storm camp were vocal about seeking respect and lack of it heading into the title game against the proven Thunder. The Storm finished 8-3 in 2013 and will go back to the drawing board to right their errors for the 2014 season. In the title tilt they were held to their lowest scoring output of the season and suffered their worst defeat of the season to the tune of 48 points. The Storm opened and closed their season with blowout losses to GDFL championship teams, losing in the season opener 42-0 to the 2012 GDFL National Champion Central Penn Piranha. Combined the Storm were outscored 98-8 against the last two GDFL champions so improvement is in order.
Previous GDFL National Champions:
2010: Carolina Warriors
2011: Chambersburg Cardinals
2012: Central Penn Piranha
2013: Oklahoma Thunder
Prior to the national championship game, the GDFL held the Hype Bowl between the Memphis Blast and the Georgia Firebirds. The Blast defeated the Firebirds 14-0.