The Thunder and Southwest Florida Christian decided to call the game at halftime.
The first game under Coach Jon Haskins did not go the way The Out-of-Door Academy hoped.
The Thunder offense could not get anything going at home against Southwest Florida Christian on Thursday, with senior Connor Pope, traditionally a wide receiver, stepping into the quarterback role. Pope and senior running back Grady Paxton found no room to throw or run against the Kings, resulting in quick punts. The Thunder defense kept the Kings at bay early, but by halftime ODA found itself trailing 25-0.
That's also how the game would end. After ODA (0-1) lost offensive linemen Chase Povlichak and Blaine Bentley to injuries — to the knee and to the arm, respectively — that required stretchers, tempers were flaring on both sides and the coaches agreed to end the game at the half.
ODA junior Ashton Lamb had the highlight of the game, intercepting a pass from SFC quarterback Eli Moore in the end zone. Lamb returned the interception for a touchdown, but the return was negated by a block in the back penalty.
Pope took most of the snaps under center, though freshman Greg Robinson did see some action and completed a screen pass to Pope, who lined up at receiver. The Thunder gained just 51 yards of offense.
ODA will have a bye next week before hosting Jordan Christian Prep at 7 p.m. on Sept. 10.
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