Blizzard Falter Against Sioux Falls, 48-29
Green Bay Unable To Dig Out Of First Half Hole Photo Credit T. Slattery
April 7, 2013 -
Sioux Falls, SD - The Green Bay Blizzard were unable to dig themselves out of a huge first half hole and ultimately fell to the Sioux Falls Storm 48-29, Sunday Afternoon at the Sioux Falls Arena.
The Blizzard fall to 1-5 on the season while the Sioux Falls Storm advance to 3-2.
The game was a return to form for Storm QB Terrance Bryant, who re-joined the team after retiring three years ago. Bryant threw four touchdown passes while leading the Storm to a 31-7 halftime advantage over the Blizzard. He led a Storm offense that was able to rush for 155 yards as well.
The Storm got off to a quick start in the first quarter as they held the Blizzard to a missed field goal, one of six on the night, and capitalized as RB Tavron Harrison gave the team an early 7-0 lead off a one-yard run. The Storm ended the first quarter with a 10-0 lead.
Sioux Falls scored three touchdowns in the second quarter to help quickly explode the Storm's lead to a 31-0. WR Mike Tatum and James Terry each added touchdown receptions while Tavron Harrison added his second touchdown run of the night off a 45-yard run
The Blizzard's offense, stymied by a Storm defense that came in the game ranked first in the IFL, just could not build any momentum in the first half as the team converted on just one third down during the entire half, The Blizzard narrowly avoided being shutout of the first half as DB/WR B.J Hill caught a three-yard pass, with no time left, to cut the Storm's lead to 31-7 at halftime.
Using the last-second touchdown before halftime as momentum for the second half, the Blizzard forced a fumble on the Storm's opening second half possession. The offense then capitalized as QB Donovan Porterie found B.J Hill in the endzone for his second touchdown catch of the night.
However, the Storm quickly responded when Mike Tatum caught his second touchdown of the afternoon as well. The Blizzard ended the quarter on a high note when WR Ryan Balentine, who leads the IFL in receptions, snagged a touchdown from Porterie. At the end of the third the Blizzard had cut into the Storm's lead but still trailed 38-21.
The Blizzard were within striking distance after being down 31 in the second, however the Storm were able to add ten more points off the strength of a James Terry touchdown and Parker Douglass FG at the start of the fourth.
Despite a bleak outcome the Blizzard did not give up as they ended the night by forcing a safety and then capitalizing on the following possession as QB Spencer Ohm found B.J Hill on the Blizzard's most exciting play of the night, a 48 yard pass to B.J Hill. Hill's third touchdown catch of the night.
QB Donovan Porterie finished the game completing 13 of 22 passes for 123 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. RB Levell Coppage, who missed three games due to injury, returned and led the team in rushing with 29 yards. WR/DB B.J Hill led the team in receiving as he caught four passes for 87 yards and three touchdowns.DL Tim Hume led the team in tackles with six. He also had two tackles for loss.
The Blizzard have a bye week next week before returning home to the Resch Center to take on the Tri-Cities Fever Saturday April 20 at 7 P.M