Orlando Lightning Strikes First, Winning Their First Preseason Game

Practice Pays Off

The Orlando Lightning made their long-awaited debut on Saturday in front of an energized home crowd at Barnett Park. Wide receiver Eric Thomas etched his name in the history books by hauling in a 16-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Rashad Hendricks for the first score in franchise history. Hendricks dazzled with both his arm and his legs, passing for 108 yards while tacking on 72 yards on the ground. Not to be outdone, running back Lorenzo Reeves electrified the crowd with a 34-yard touchdown scamper that showcased his breakaway speed. The offensive line also dominated in the trenches, paving the way for electrifying runs from Markese Hargrove, Andra Lee, and Jamari Harris, who all broke free for long gains.

Gang Tackling Leads To Turnovers For The Lightning

The Lightning defense also impressed, limiting the visiting Treasure Coast Seminoles to just one score in the dominant 18-8 victory. The defense snagged 3 interceptions to start the season strong. Tyrell Richmond was the first to impose the no fly zone, snatching the pass after linebacker Devonta Harper laid a crushing hit on the opposing QB. Veteran safety Troy Belvin and lockdown corner AB Brown also got in on the action, each picking off passes of their own.

With standout performances on both sides of the ball, Orlando served notice that they’ll be a force to be reckoned with this season.

Orlando fans have plenty to be excited about as their new team looks poised to light up the scoreboard all season long.

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