Thunder Football game report for Saturday, September 5: North Dakota State College of Science 12, Thunder 7
Strong defensive play by both teams was the story of the football game on Saturday afternoon in Wahpeton, North Dakota. The Thunder offense struggled until getting on a roll in the fourth quarter.
A few key highlights in the game included Logan Crowser getting a sack in the second quarter and forcing a fumble that the Thunder recover. In the fourth quarter, Donte Arnold returned a punt 42 yards to give the Thunder great field position. Quarterback Jarred White came in to relieve Kendarian Carter and White’s first play goes for a 60-yard touchdown completion over the middle of the field to Damon Barnes, putting the Thunder on the scoreboard with around four minutes remaining in the game. Eddie Oquendo makes the extra-point kick and the score is 12-7.
The Thunder needed a huge defensive effort on their next series, and they got it. Gavin Leach rushed the NDSCS quarterback, stripping the football loose and recovering it deep in NDSCS territory with two minutes remaining. The Thunder fall short after an intentional grounding penalty call on quarterback Jarred White who was hit on the arm during the play, sending the ball sailing out of bounds. Our Thunder couldn’t recover from the loss of down from the penalty and end up losing a close game 12-7.

Thunder Statistical Leaders
Passing
Kendarian Carter, 13 of 31 for 121 yards, 2 interceptions, 47-yard long
Jarred White, 1 of 3 for 60 yards, TD, 60-yard long
Rushing
Kendarian Carter, 17 carries for 15 yards
Josh Bender, 3 carries for 8 yards
Te’Vaughn Hurse, 8 carries for 7 yards
Receiving
Te’Vaughn Hurse, 6 catches for 84 yards
Damon Barnes, 3 catches for 71 yards, TD
Defense
Keonte Connelly, 12 tackles
Logan Crowser, 6 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble
Gavin Leach, 7 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery
Donte Arnold, 2 interceptions
Thunder are now 1-1 on the season.
Thanks to Thunder Football Team Statistician Jonathan Becker for providing game stats and summary information used in this report.

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