Thunder defeat Nighthawks in GDFL

The GDFL featured an elite match-up early in the season as the defending GDFL champion and top-ranked Oklahoma Thunder hosted the second-ranked Wichita Falls Nighthawks. Both teams showed up for the occasion as the game was not decided until late.

Trailing 34-31 in the 4th quarter, Oklahoma put together a drive which resulted in a Kenny Sessions 5-yard touchdown run that held up for the 38-34 Thunder win.

Wichita Falls led 10-0 after Jon Bailey nailed a 45-yard field goal followed by Omar Jacobs to Ontorio Shaw 5-yard touchdown pass. Oklahoma answered back with a 5-yard touchdown run by Kenny Sessions and then took the lead on an 80-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Noohi to Prentiss Elliott giving the Thunder a 13-10 lead.

The Nighthawks came back with Omar Jacobs hitting key receiver Brandon Kelsey from 13-yards out for a 17-13 Wichita Falls lead.

In the second half the Nighthawks extended their lead when Jacobs connected with Jimmy Pipkin on a 45-yard touchdown pass for 34-25 Nighthawks lead.

The Thunder (2-0) flexed their muscles, which are strong considering their history, the rest of the way. Dominic Berry capped a Thunder driver with a 22-yard scamper for a touchdown to pull the within four at 35-31 before Sessions touchdown fourth quarter touchdown run.

Thunder quarterback Brandon Noohi passed for three touchdowns while rushing for another. Prentiss Elliott, a standout in the GDFL the previous three seasons, caught three balls for over 130 yards and two touchdowns. Wideout Ryan Galimore caught a touchdown pass for the Thunder as well.

Omar Jacobs passed for three touchdowns and Jon Bailey kicked a pair of field goals for Wichita Falls (2-1). The two teams will meet again August 2nd when the Nighthawks will host a game that could affect the GDFL playoff picture across the board.


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