No Luck of the Irish For The Blizzard
Green Bay Falls 24-20 to Colorado
March 17, 2013 -
Fort Collins. CO- Despite having team colors that are green, the luck of the Irish did not apply to the Green Bay Blizzard Sunday afternoon as the team fell 24-20 against the Colorado Ice.
The Blizzard struggled to get a their offense on the same page after a night riddled with stalled drives, incomplete passes and miscues culminated in the team's third consecutive loss.
In the final minute of the game the Blizzard had an opportunity to take the lead late in the game as the team trailed by only four points. However, the offense like it had all game, struggled to find rhythm and along with time management issues found the team three yards short of a victory.
The game started off slowly as neither team put up points in the first quarter. The Ice were able to get on the board first thanks to Willie Copeland TD pass to WR Justin Helwege. 2012 First Team All-IFL Kicker Aric Goodman was able to add to the Ice's lead later in the second to pull Colorado's lead to 10. The Blizzard were finally able to put together a drive at the end of the second half as Donovan Porterie connected with WR Ryan Balentine to bring the score to 10-7 at the half.
The second half started strong for the Blizzard as WR/KR Aaron Kapeliela-Higdon returned the opening kickoff of the half to the Ice's two-yard line. Two plays later Kapeliela-Higdon rumbled in to give the Blizzard their first lead of the game. The Ice quickly rebounded however a Willie Copeland led his team down to the goalline and was able to run it for a touchdown to give the Ice a 17-13 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Green Bay responded quickly in the fourth quarter. QB Donovan Porterie rushed the ball into the endzone to give the Blizzard a slight 20-17 lead. It would not last for long though as Copeland and the Ice ended their next drive with a touchdown run, Copeland's second of the night. The Ice would hold on to their 24-20 lead as a last-second Blizzard pass was ended as DB/WR B.J Hill was tackled at the Ice three yard line.
Despite an ineffective offense for most of the game the Blizzard defense was able to hold tight and limit many of the Ice's scoring opportunities. In addition after allowing over 100 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns in each of the team's previous games the Blizzard's rushing defense stiffened only allowing 80 yards and two touchdowns.
QB Donovan Porterie completed 16 of 27 passes for 1538 yards and two touchdowns and did not throw an interception, however looked out of sync with his receivers for most of the night. RB Levell Coppage led the Blizzard with 56 rushing yards and one touchdown. Ryan Balentine led all Blizzard receivers with six receptions, 52 yards and one touchdown.
Ice QB Willie Copeland finished threw for one touchdown and ran for two more.RB James Jones led Colorado with 16 rushes for 48 yards while WR Kyle Kaiser led all Ice receivers with five receptions for 49 yards.
The Blizzard return to the Resch Center Saturday night March 23 in a rematch against the Chicago Slaughter.
March 23 will also be Replica Camo Jersey Night sponsored by Aurora BayCare and WFRV-TV 5. The first 1,500 youth 14 and under will receive a free replica camo jersey. The team will also hand out American flags to the every one that attends the game sponsored by WFRV 5.