David Smith had a pair of short touchdown runs and London's defense smothered Orlando's prolific passing attack as the Monarchs beat the Thunder 35-12 on football Saturday.
Despite cold, windy conditions and intermittent rain, the game attracted 35,327 fans - a drop of more than 11,000 from last weekend's home opener but still a larger crowd than for any English soccer match on Saturday.Smith scored on runs of 3 and 1 yards, Jeff Alexander ran 4 yards for a touchdown and Victor Ebubedike, a Briton, added a late 1-yard run for the Monarchs (3-0). Stan Gelbaugh also threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Tony Sargent.
The Thunder (2-1), which scored 93 points in the first two games, were limited to two field goals until the fourth quarter. Kerwin Bell, who passed for 610 yards and nine touchdowns with one interception in his first two games, was intercepted four times and sacked six times.
Orlando opened the scoring less than five minutes into the game on a 35-yard field goal by Charlie Baumann after a blocked punt.
Smith's run made it 7-3 and Gelbaugh's pass to Sargent made it 14-3 with three minutes left in the half.
Baumann's 30-yard field goal early in the third period cut London's lead to 14-6, but the Monrachs drove 71 yards after the ensuing kickoff to sacore on Smith's 1-yard run.
Bell's 39-yard TD pass to Chris Roscoe served only to reduce London's lead to 28-12 in the fourth quarter.