LOCAL SPORTS | By Dominic Antonio Durant, Associate Editor Timantha Norman
The Thunder is Rolling
The Tulsa Thunder, our very own minor league football team, hosted The Crescent City Kings on Saturday, Aug.12, at Catoosa High School. They took the Semi-Final competitors by storm, pulverizing them with a score of 48-0, and it almost seemed as if the Kings had come into the wrong kingdom.
#91, Calvin Barnett, Booker T. Washington High School Grad, OSU Grad, and former NFL player, helped to show The Kings the direction out of Tulsa. In just three quarters, Barnett demolished the offensive line, causing the Kings quarterback a tremendous amount of mental stress, which is evident by the score. Barnett didn’t complete this feat alone. There were 7 other defensive gentlemen, I’d call them “specialists,” who share like attributes with Barnett. One player like Barnett is enough, but when you face a whole line of them, you might as well try another sport.
He gives the credit to Coach Rashid Lowe and his staff for setting high expectations and teaching him the most important parts of the game. It’s evident that fun is a must, even for a star-studded team like this one. Names like Kenneth Sessions, Brandon Sheperd, and Former McClain High School star Prentice Elliott highlight the roster. They all agree, especially #4, Prentice Elliott, that “Brotherhood is a major key to winning.” Being a Booker T. Washington Hornet alum myself, I never got to watch too many games that Prentice Elliott played. Let me be the first to tell you that it’s definitely something to see.
These guys are Tulsa’s best and the comradery that Elliott encourages amongst his teammates is backed by a very serious sentence of hard running, energetic challenges to his opponent, and plenty of points on any scoreboard. If the Kings were giving up the ball, Elliott was going for some yardage, which was most of the game. If The Kings weren’t giving up the ball, Elliott was assuring them that it was only a very small amount of time before they would give up the ball and he or one of his teammates would score. This was no false claim.
It was actually quite amusing, but more amazing to witness. Fun is serious business to the Tulsa Thunder and winning efficiently as a team is fun. Coach Lowe and his magnificent coaching staff, coupled with a team full of amazing talent, are going to yield a Championship Trophy in two weeks. This is my belief. The Thunder share that same belief and Tulsa should be proud. Roll Thunder, Roll!