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Thunder Drop Boom On Storm; Win GDFL National Championship

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.

Thunder win GDFL National Championship
Thunder win GDFL National Championship

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.

4th Annual GDFL Gridiron Bowl National Championship Set

The Gridiron Developmental Football League will crown a brand new champion when they hold their fourth annual national championship game coined “The Gridiron Bowl IV” September 7th in Memphis, TN. The Oklahoma Thunder (10-0) won the Midwest Division and Impact Conference championships and are making their second championship game appearance in three seasons and are seeking their first ever GDFL National Championship. Oklahoma had their 53-game winning streak snapped in the 2011 national championship game losing to the Chambersburg Cardinals 19-14.

The Thunder enter the game scoring a league-leading best 207 points in the 4th quarter and average 44.0ppg in 2013 scoring 40 or more points in seven games. Quarterback Brandon Noohi has thrown for 2,622 yards 21 touchdowns and only two interceptions. Ex-NFL player and minor league veteran wide receiver Prentiss Elliot has rang up 1,107 yards receiving with 12 touchdowns, returned six punts for touchdowns in only 10 returns and has three kickoff return touchdowns for a total of 21 touchdowns this season. Running back Derrick Hunt leads the Thunder ground attack with 863 yards and 10TDs.

Wilson Youman (16 sacks) and CB Boyd (15 sacks) have combined for 31 sacks this season while Curtis Dawson and Kelvin Cato each has 5 interceptions this season for a Thunder defense that is allowing opponents on average 9.4ppg with five shutouts. Bill Perry has been solid in the kicking game going 24-24 on extra-point attempts.

Thunder and Storm face off for the GDFL National Championship
Thunder and Storm face off for the GDFL National Championship

The Thunder will tackle the Lehigh Valley Storm (8-2). Lehigh is making their first GDFL National Championship game appearance and are the Keystone Division champs and Xtreme Conference champs. When opponents score on Lehigh Valley it usually means they win as has been the case in two-of-three games this season. On the other side the Storm have seven shutouts allowing opponents only 7.6ppg while putting up 26.2ppg in 2013. The most lopsided loss for the Storm was a 42-0 beatdown in the season opener to the 2012 GDFL defending champion Central Penn Piranha while their other loss came to the Lancaster Lightning 28-17.

This will be the first meeting between both teams as members of the GDFL and in recorded minor league football history. Tickets for the game can be purchased directly through the league website here.

Previous GDFL Gridiron Bowl National Champions:
2010 Carolina Warriors
2011 Chambersburg Cardinals
2012 Central Penn Piranha
2013 TBD

Stay tuned for further updates as the Gridiron Bowl IV approaches.

2013 GDFL Regular Season Opens This Weekend

The Gridiron Developmental Football League will open their fourth season this weekend. This weeks GDFL “Game of the Week” features a meeting of preseason top 10 teams in the South Carolina Venom against the Fayetteville Horizon. The Venom were previously known as the Carolina Warriors and won the first-ever GDFL National Championship in 2010 entering the contest ranked No.2 in the GDFL preseason poll. The Horizon have been a successful team while in the GDFL finishing in the Top 25 every year of the league and begin the season ranked as the No.4 team in the GDFL preseason poll.

The GDFL league office released a promotional video for the 2013 season on April 30th via The BlakInk Design Group.

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Preseason Scores from the weekend involving GDFL teams. Non-GDFL teams have their league affiliations beside them:

OKC Bounty Hunters 41 Team Arkansas 12 (SDFL)
Columbus (OH) Gladiators 49 Akron (OH) Silverhawks 0 (OFL)
Christian County (KY) Outlaws 56 Owensboro (KY) Wildcats 0 (KFL)
South Carolina Venom 49 CRSA (Augusta, GA-area) Hurricanes 0 (WMFL)

Stay tuned as more information is available we will provide it throughout the 2013 GDFL season.

GDFL Preseason Poll, Scores

The Gridiron Developmental Football League preseason began in April. Here are some scores…

Memphis Blast 12 Kentucky Pythons 6 Final/OT
Georgia Firebirds 15 Tallahassee (FL) Knights 3 Final
Palmetto (SC) Havoc 20 CSRA (Augusta, Ga) Hurricanes 0 Final

The Memphis Blast will take on the Clarksville Wolfpack in the GDFL 2013 Kick-Off Classic in Memphis on Saturday April 20th. THE GDFL is entering its fourth season of operation and is headquartered out of Memphis,TN with over 80 teams across the United States and Canada.

The 2013 Preseason Poll was also released earlier this month by the league.

1. Central Penn (PA) Piranha (2012 GDFL Champion)
2. Carolina (NC) Venom (2010 GDFL Champion)
3. Indianapolis Tornados
4. Fayetteville (NC) Horizon
5. Cuyahoga County (OH) Spartans
6. Hampton Roads (VA) Redskins
7. Chambersburg Cardinals (2011 GDFL Champion)
8. Georgia Crush
9. Oklahoma Thunder
10. Christian County (KY) Outlaws
11. Clarksville (TN) Wolfpack
12. Palmetto (SC) Havoc
13. Mississippi Stallions
14. Lehigh Valley (OH) Storm
15. Tennessee Hurricanes
16. Low Country (SC) Bone Crushers
17. Georgia (South Georgia) Firebirds
18. St. Louis Bulldogs
19. Florida Falcons
20. Virginia Lions
21. Steel City (Hamilton,ON-Canada) Patriots
22. Metro (DC) Nemesis
23. D.C. Explosion
24. DMV (VA/DC)Enforcers
25. Beaufort (SC) Hornets

GDFL Playoffs Head Into Sweet 16

The GDFL 2012 Playoffs kicked off last weekend. Here is a look at some of the results and action from around the league playoffs. The headline match up for this coming weekends Sweet 16 showdowns will be the 2011 GDFL National champion Chambersburg Cardinals facings the Central Penn Piranha, the Piranha defeated the Cardinals in the season opener for the Cardinal only lost of the season while ending a 25-game winning streak.  Two games had to be reschedule due to Hurricane Issac and there has been no official announcement of when they will be made up.

Chambersburg Cardinals  (PA) 27 Hampton Roads Redskinz (VA) 12 Final: Game Video

Central Penn Piranha (PA) 51 Metro Nemesis (Washington D.C.)12 Final: Have you seen “Big House”…see him HERE  Game Recap with Video

Cuyahoga County Spartans (Ohio) 28 Christian County Outlaws (Kentucky) 14 Final ; Game Recap 

Palmetto Havoc (South Carolina) 7  East Carolina Eagles (North Carolina) 6

Carolina Venom 23 Low County Bone Crushers (South Carolina) 0

Georgia Canes 14  Georgia Crush 0

Grand Rapids Thunder 34 Ohio Golden Knights 14

South Buffalo Celtics (New York) 42 Greensburg Panthers 14

Western PA Wildcats 64  Buckeye Bearcats (Ohio) 0

Indianapolis Tornados (Indiana) 47  Tennessee Hurricanes 14

Kentucky Wolverines vs Mississippi Stallions (postponed due to Hurricane Issac)

Oklahoma City Diamondbacks 21 Delta Blaze (Mississippi) 0

Louisiana Bayou Vipers vs Oklahoma Thunder (postponed due to Hurricane Issac)

Follow @THEGDFL on Twitter for the latest updates from around the playoffs.

South Georgia Sting Finish Regular Season Undefeated, GDFL Playoffs Up Next.

The Georgia Sting have kept busy while being quiet on the scene. The squad formally known as the South Georgia Noles in 2011, are doing work for a second consecutive year. The Sting defeated the Florida Falcons 24-23 this past Saturday to cap an 8-0 season , their second in the GDFL.

The South Georgia Sting are Undefeated...again.

The Sting scored on plays by Blake Henderson, who hit Dominique Reid on a short route filled with YAC (Yards After Catch) resulting in a 67-yard TD reception, Darius Austell caught a 23-yard touchdown pass and the Sting capped it with a 7-yard Lanarius McKinley touchdown run. The Sting were 3-3 on two-point conversions in the victory.

The Sting clinched the 2012 Sunbelt Division Championship and are division champions for the second straight season in the GDFL. The GDFL playoffs begin August 25th and the Sting’s opponent has not be determined at this time.

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GDFL Week 2 Scores and Recaps

Week 2 in the GDFL featured the Oklahoma City Diamondbacks and the Oklahoma Thunder as the Game of the Week. The Diamondbacks would score 30 unanswered points to start the second half coming away with the 40-23 win sending a message that the Thunder are not the only GDFL team in the state that is pretty good. The Thunder were the 2011 GDFL National Runner Up and Impact Conference Champions, loss their first ever regular season loss in team history. Video footage of this game can be seen here.

Other GDFL Scores and Recaps:

St. Louis Bulldogs 20 Tennessee Hurricanes 13

South Georgia Sting/Florida Falcons: Postponed due to weather

Georgia Jets 34 Atlanta-Fulton County Rams 6: Game recap

Atlanta Chiefs 16 Georgia Knights 2

Georgia Crush 38 South Georgia Blue Lions 0

South Carolina Venom 98 Bluffton Buffaloes 0: The Venom set a GDFL record for points in a game with 98. The previous record of 96 points was set in 2011 by the Oklahoma Thunder.

Buckeye Bearcats 28 Ohio Golden Knights 27: The Bearcats were awarded a touchdown in the game but evidence has circulated on that the ball clearly hit the ground.

Palmetto Havoc 20 Hilton Head Sharks 14: Havoc QB Darren Holmes threw touchdowns passes of 48 yards to Rickie Knarich  and 30 yards to James Tisdale to lead the Havoc passing game. Lester Griffin lead a powerful rushing attack by going over 100 yards before leaving the game in the third quarter with an injury. Anthony Green also scored on rushing touchdown. Palemetto’s defense stepped up big when it had to led by Tremaine Hunter who snatched 2 interceptions. Chris Mckoy sealed the Havoc win with a late 4th quarter  interception that ended the Sharks final threat.

“Well being this is only our second game with no scrimages or preseason games. were learning how to play as a team and play as one with no egos. Were learning that we all have roles as part of the team from starters to special teams’, head coach Roc Frierson said.

“Our overall team performance was good and our defense stepped up big with timely takeaways. The O-line is learning how to block as a unit. When we get a lead we have to learn to keep it and don’t let up”, Frierson added.

Indianapolis Tornados 82 Springfield Headhunters 0: The Tornados rang up their second consecutive shutout to begin the season. The Tornados have outscored their opponents 100-0 through the first two games.

Christian County Outlaws 19 Derby City Thunder 12

Kentucky Reapers 53 Owensburg Wildcats 0

Mississippi Raiders 20 Tri-County Heroes 2

Mississippi Stallions 32 Louisiana Spartans 6

Arbutus Big Red 12 Metro Nemisis 8

Western Pa Wildcats 54 Pittsburgh Stealth 21

Cleveland Saints 74 Akron Silverhawks 0

Cuyahoga Co. Spartans 24 Columbus Gladiators 0

Greensburg Panthers 52 Monvalley Mayhem 8

Tennessee Central Xpress 12 Clarksville Eagles 8: Game Recap

Oklahoma Warriors 22 East Central Missouri Eagles 20

Carolina Warhawks 20 Triangle Nighthawks 2

Fayetteville Horizon 40 North Carolina Bengals 6

Prince William Monarchs 11 DMV Enforcers 7

South Buffalo Celtics 31 Syracuse Shock 0: Game recap

Camp Lejune Bulldogs 38 Carolina Brigade 2

Greenville Seminoles 40 Carolina Silverhawks 0

East Carolina Eagles 30 Chapel Hill Rams 16

Lehigh Valley Storm 24 Lancaster Lightning 5

Central Penn Pirahna 58 South Jersey Lynx 13: Game recap  Game Video 

Virginia Lions 34 Chesapeake Swarm 0

Mississippi Ironhorse 38 Emerald Coast Scorpions 14: Game Video 

Pacifica Islanders 17 Hollywood Stars 10

Nevada Dream 53 Santa Clara Stampede 0 (last reported score)

Kentucky Wolverines 48 Mullensburg Minors 0

The complete GDFL standings after Week 2 have been updated. The GDFL will release the first regular season Top 25 rankings later in the week.

Gridiron Developmental Football League Opens 2012 Season

The GDFL opened it’s 2012 season across the country this past weekend. This is the third season for the GDFL which has over 90 teams throughout the United States and Canada.

2012 GDFL Season is underway

Georgia Crush 24 Atlanta Chiefs 6; The Crush were coming in looking to improve on their play on the offensive line. The Chiefs were solid on defense but were unable to make any plays on offense.

“I’m pleased with the effort of our players, this was a lost that we were able to bond as a team. Our defense is lights out but our offense was anemic and we had too many turnovers,” Chiefs Owner Stan Gaye said about the season opening loss. The Chiefs will host the Georgia Knights this weekend

Atlanta-Fulton County Rams 48 Liberty City (SC) Greyhounds 12; The Rams scored on an 80-yard touchdown pass, a kickoff return and the rest of the damage was done with their rushing attack as three running backs rushed for touchdowns.

“I’m pleased with our overall effort as a team today. We were missing six lineman and people stepped up and played out of position. That lets me know as a coach,  that all of the hard work we’ve put in during the off-season is going to pay off,” Rams head coach Jerome Davis said.

In response to having players playing out of position at times, Davis didn’t hesitate. ” I’m going to play with the players that show up and were going to work hard,” Davis stated.

Davis, in his second season with the Atlanta-Fulton County Rams, has an extensive background in minor league football earning Coach Of The Year honors in 2009 and guiding several teams to minor league championship games. In recent years he has been head coach of the Forest Park Vikings, Georgia Jets and Atlanta Chiefs organizations before joining the Rams. Atlanta-Fulton County will travel to the Georgia Jets this weekend.

Other Scores:

Oklahoma Thunder 58 Oklahoma Warriors 25

Palmetto Havoc 20 Beaufort Hornets 18

Hilton Head Sharks 64 Bluffton Buffaloes 0

Ohio Golden Knights 59 Akron Silverhawks 0

OKC Diamondbacks 59 Louisiana Spartans 0

Mississippi Stallions 13 Lee County Tigercats 0

Tennessee Hurricanes 25 East Central Missouri Eagles 19

Click here for the complete GDFL scoreboard from the June 2nd weekend.

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