Two storms showed up at Norris Field for Saturday afternoon’s East Central University Homecoming Game.
Divine intervention took care of one of them after a 20-minute lightning delay.
East Central University took care of the other one before the Southwest Nazarene Crimson Storm could so much as work up a gust.
After losing three-in-a-row to the top teams in the GAC, junior running back Jo Jo Snell treated Homecoming fans — which included the 1993 NAIA National Championship team — to a dazzling half of football.
That 40-7 halftime cushion was impressive, even to Coach Tim McCarty.
The Tigers put their game into neutral after the half, settled for a couple of field goals and patty-caked Southern Nazarene away from the end zone well enough for 46-14 victory, the Storm winning the second half, 7-6.
The homecoming crowd was free to renew old acquaintances for the last 30 minutes of playing clock as action slowed on the field.
McCarty was disappointed with some of his players, whom he felt, began playing the scoreboard in the second half. “They just weren’t paying attention to the details after they got the early lead,” he said.
“I am glad we got a win on the day our national championship team was here to see it,” McCarty said. He just wanted to see a little more second-half intensity.
Overall, his team managed to get four more turnovers from its opponent for the second game in a row and the third time in five games this season.
Before that first half gets too deep into the history books, it might be good to remember that Snell scored three first half touchdowns.
The Tigers scored on their first two possessions, then again early in the second when LaQuan Harper caught a five- yard pass from Spencer Bond to make it 20-0. Dominique Massingill scored on a 10- yard run to up the score to 26-0, Caleb Holley caught a 31-yard pass from Bond to run the score to 33-7.