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Oklahoma Thunder 42 Kentucky Wolverines 6 F

The Oklahoma Thunder is proving that they are not a team to be taken lightly out scoring their opponents by 190 points to 39 just in the playoffs alone beating three of the top teams in the Country The Dallas Diesel,Indianapolis Tornado's and the Kentucky Wolverines whom they basically dismantled in a rain delayed contest on last night here is how it all unfolded as the Oklahoma Thunder has claimed the GDFL Impact Conference Crown!!

Oklahoma started the scoring off with #21 Clint Thomas who scored 3 rushing TD'S from 30, 5 AND 7 yards had 150 yards rushing in the first half to lead all rushers, #48 Kenji Hawkins return a blocked punt for a TD Joey Crawford added 2pt conversion,#11Keith Marshall score on 40 yd pass from Quarterback #15 Rico Watson, #4 Prentiss Elliot scored on 45yd pass reception for a TD as well. The Kentucky Wolverines Scored late in the 4th quarter to close out all scoring.

The Thunder will have a bye week as they prepare to head to Atlanta,GA to take on the Winner of the Xtreme Conference Championship Game between Chambersberg Cardinals & the Henry County Horsemen,for the GDFL National Championship Game!!

Xtreme Conference Semi-Finals

Henry County Horsemen 21 Carolina Warriors 0 F
Chambersberg Cardinals 34 Asheville Grizzlies 0 F

Xtreme Conference Championship Game

Next Week:Henry County Horsemen vs Chambersberg Cardinals

Cardinals tame Grizzlies, advance to Xtreme final
Public Opinion Online


Staff writer

GREENCASTLE -- Sometimes a bit of pure, dumb luck is all a team needs.

After the Chambersburg Cardinals ambled through a quarter and a half of uninspired, sloppy play, luck is exactly what they received.

Linebacker Jaron Nalewak watched a fumbled ball bounce into his hands and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown to spark the Cardinals to a 34-0 win over the Asheville (N.C.) Grizzlies in the third round of the Gridiron Developmental Football League playoffs.

Chambersburg (12-0) will host the Henry County (Ga.) Horsemen (13-0) on Saturday at 7 at Trojan Field in the Xtreme Conference final, with the winner advancing to the GDFL Championship.

Nalewak's recovery came with just under 90 seconds remaining in the first half and the Cardinals clinging to a 5-0 lead. Asheville quarterback Michael Byrd made a quick check-down pass to the far sideline and the Grizzlies receiver fumbled the ball on a hit by Louis Corum, picked it up and knocked it into Nalewak's hands.

"At that point, our offense wasn't clicking just right and we needed something to turn the game around," Nalewak said. "The first 20 yards I ran, I looked behind me and it was all Cardinals."

Chambersburg's offense was stagnant early. It produced only 26 yards on the ground in the first half, while quarterback Anthony Gardner completed six of 11 passes for 83 yards and threw one interception.

"Once again, our defense came through for us," Cardinals
coach Chad Fauson said. "Not that our offense didn't make the plays with what we were given, but the defense made the big plays to keep us in the game."

The Cardinals were spared their first deficit of the playoffs one play before Nalewak's return. Byrd found a wide-open Tyree Allen in the end zone for a touchdown that would have given the Grizzlies a 6-5 advantage. But the play was negated when Allen was ruled offsides on the snap.

Chambersburg's offense found its rhythm on the first series of the second half, completing a 71-yard drive with Gardner's 14-yard touchdown pass to Jerell Jones in the corner of the end zone. On the next Cardinals' possession, the home team needed only two plays. Keon Lattimore opened with a 55-yard run through the middle of the field and followed with a 6-yard rushing score.

For the second consecutive week, Chambersburg benefited from safeties. The first came on a ball snapped out of the end zone on a Grizzlies' punt attempt in the second quarter. In the third, Jonathan Nalewak blocked a punt through the back of the end zone.

A 1-yard touchdown pass from Gardner to Garrien Johnson on the first play of the fourth quarter closed the scoring.

"Tonight shows that we can rise above adversity," Jaron Nalewak said. "All year we haven't really had that problem. I think we needed to know that we could rise above and that's what this was."


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Chambersburg 34

Asheville 0

Asheville 0 0 0 0 -- 0

Chambersburg 3 9 15 7 -- 34

First Quarter

C -- Stephen Link 20 field goal, 5:30

Second Quarter

C -- Safety, ball snapped out of end zone, 9:30

C -- Jaron Nalewak 55 fumble (Link kick), 1:24

Third Quarter

C -- Jerell Jones 14 pass from Anthony Gardner (run failed), 9:49

C -- Keon Lattimore 6 run (Link kick), 6:41

C -- Safety, punt blocked out of end zone by Jonathan Nalewak, 1:55

Fourth Quarter

C -- Garrien Johnson 1 pass from Gardner (Link kick), 14:55


Ashe Chbg

First downs 9 9

Rushes-yds. 34-121 19-120

Passing yds. 27 116

Total offense 148 236

Passing 3-14 10-19

Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-1

Punts-avg. 4-38.25 2-34.5

Penalties-yds. 16-130 7-50


RUSHING -- Ashe, Davon Gardner 18-74, Creon Logan 4-35, Michael Byrd 7-5, Jeff Byrd 2-3, Jerry Bernard 2-4. Chbg, Keon Lattimore 8-81, Craig Heyward Jr. 3-20, Dustin Mowen 2-12, Mike Kelley 2-7, Anthony Gardner 4-2.

PASSING -- Ashe, M.Byrd 3-14-27. Chbg, Gardner 10-19-116.

RECEIVING -- Ashe, Tyree Allen 1-22, Kyren Gibson 1-5, Ibrahim Menafee 1-0. Chbg, Jones 5-63, Ottis Lewis 1-26, Ron Dawson 1-13, Gary Stackfield 2-13, Johnson 1-1.

INTERCEPTIONS -- Ashe, Brian Jones. Chbg, James Rockymore. Cardinals 34, Asheville 0

Of note: Chambersburg's Keon Lattimore rushed for 81 yards and a touchdown on 8 carries ... The Grizzlies committed 16 penalties totaling 130 yards.

Records: The Cardinals (12-0) will host the Henry County (Ga.) Horsemen on Saturday at Trojan Stadium in the Xtreme Conference championship ... Asheville (11-2) is eliminated.

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