By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater
Filled with throwback names and old faces, Oklahoma’s two semi-pro football teams will battle on Saturday at Millwood High School.
The Oklahoma City Diamondbacks and Oklahoma Thunder (out of Tulsa), a combined 20-2 this season, will meet in the Gridiron Developmental Football League playoffs. The winner moves on to the national semifinals.
Oklahoma City’s team, ranked #1 nationally, is led by former UCO quarterback Brandon Noohi.
“He’s a local kid that holds just about all the passing records up at UCO,” Diamondbacks coach Kevin Cox said. “For us, in the last 16 games, he’s thrown for 5,500 yards and 63 touchdowns with only six interceptions.”
The Tulsa-based Thunder, a team that has only lost two regular season games in the past three years (both to OKC), feature former Oklahoma State wideout Prentiss Elliott.
Elliott was a star for the Cowboys his freshman season, going for 745 all-purpose yards (second on the team) and four touchdowns. But before his career could take off, Elliott was dismissed by Gundy after various off-field issues.
Other notable players in Saturday’s game will be Billy Blackmore, a former OU defensive tackle playing for Tulsa, and Gerald Jones (OKC), a former Millwood high and Tennessee star who had a brief career in the NFL.
The game starts at 4 p.m. Tickets are $5 general admission, $2 for high school players wearing their jersey or team shirt or free for kids 12 and under.
“We are expecting anywhere from 700 to a couple thousand, depending on the weather,” Cox said.