Bounty Hunters overcome slow start against Bayou Vipers
Rubber match against Dallas Anarchy at home next Saturday night
BY: Michael Stewart, Stadium Voice of the Oklahoma City Bounty Hunters
The Oklahoma City Bounty Hunters managed to overcome a scoreless first half, and scored all 13 points during their second-round game Saturday night in the Gridiron Developmental Football League playoffs to advance next weekend. The 13-0 win against the Louisiana Bayou Vipers allows the Bounty Hunters to be amongst the final eight teams that can claim a spot in the 2014 GDFL National Championship Quarterfinals.
The Bayou Vipers (final record of 7-5) came ready to play after the Southwest Division Champions knocked off the Memphis Blast (6-5) 20-16 in the opening round of the playoffs. Oklahoma City (9-2) earned home field advantage by winning the Lone Star Division and finishing with a better record than Louisiana. A last-second touchdown pass was waived off by the officials after offensive holding was called against the visiting team, preserving a scoreless first half.
The scoring finally broke open more than midway through the third quarter, when Gerald Jones caught a slightly underthrown ball from Beau Ranck and completed a 56-yard touchdown pass to put the Bounty Hunters on top. The game was sealed just over three minutes later, when Vincent Pinniy caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Ranck with a blocked extra point.
Many GDFL experts were expecting Oklahoma City to travel to Bixby next week to play against the defending GDFL National Champion Oklahoma Thunder. But, the top ranked and undefeated team in the league (10-1) suffered their only loss of the season (and just fifth loss in franchise history) to the Dallas Anarchy (7-4) on the same night at home. With the win, the Anarchy are the only team in the GDFL this season to have a victory over both Oklahoma franchises in the league.
The result sets up a third contest between the two teams to be played next Saturday night at Putnam City Stadium, exactly four weeks to the day when Dallas gave their cross-state rivals the worst loss of the entire 2014 calendar year. Oklahoma City was defeated 34-7 after going scoreless through the first three quarters at Pennington Field in Bedford, Texas. That game was played exactly two weeks after both squads initially met at Putnam City Stadium in Oklahoma City for the first contest played July 26. The Bounty Hunters held off a last-minute rally from Dallas to earn a 23-18 win and the right to home-field advantage by winning the Lone Star Division.
Kickoff for Saturday night’s game is set for 7:00 p.m. Tickets are only $10, and all children 12 and under get in free, along with all season-pass holders. A victory will allow for no less than a top-four finish, with Putnam City Stadium being one of two locations in the country to host a national GDFL Semifinal game. Spread the word about the high-stakes, hard-hitting action that will be taking place next weekend!
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