Blizzard Cool Fever 66-54
Coach Baldwin Gets First Career IFL Victory
April 21, 2013 -
Green Bay, WI- The Green Bay Blizzard (2-5) put on an offensive show in front of 4,435 people at the Resch Center Saturday night as the team defeated the Tri-Cities Fever 66-54.
It was a game of results with an entirely new cast. New Head Coach Chad Baldwin got his first career victory after replacing Robert Fuller during the bye week. New Offensive Coordinator John Pate and QB Spencer Ohm coordinated a deadly Blizzard offense that passed for seven touchdowns, the highest total by the team since 2011.
Not including the final possession, Green Bay scored on 10 of its 11 possessions after averaging only 31.0 points per game this season
Tri-Cities (1-6) got on the board first as Keithon Flemming opened up the game with a 16 yard run, one of his two rushing touchdowns of the day. However, Blizzard QB Spencer Ohm counted with a six-yard run of his own. The Fever and Blizzard then traded touchdowns at the end of the first. Green Bay finished the quarter holding a slight 15-14 advantage as new kicker Corey Bougie converted a rare rouge to end the quarter.
At the beginning of the second Tri-Cities continued to field an effective offense as the team would continue a streak of converting touchdowns on their first seven possessions. The Fever went on a 20-7 run during the quarter sparked by touchdown contributions from WR Steven Whitehead, QB Dante Warren and RB Keithon Flemming. The Blizzard added a touchdown to WR Charles Dowdell in traffic just before half to narrow Tri-Cities halftime lead to 33-28.
The Blizzard offense would continue to produce after halftime as the team added 19 points during the third quarter. The Blizzard ended the quarter with a 42-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Balentine. Balentine proved to be a clutch playmaker for the Blizzard late in the game as he snagged all three of his touchdown passes with less than 16 minutes left in the game.
However, it was the defense that came alive with back-to-back stops at the beginning of the fourth quarter that propelled the team to pull away from the Fever. The Green Bay offense quickly capitalized off of both. Spencer Ohm found Lucien Walker on a 45-yard TD on the Blizzard's next drive. Green Bay would add another touchdown to Balentine on the following drive to give the team a 59-47 lead. Green Bay would hold on to defeat Tri-Cities 66-54.
Spencer Ohm completed 19 of 27 passes for 275 yard and seven passing touchdowns. In addition he also rushed for two touchdowns. WR Ryan Balentine had a huge game as he caught an IFL season-high 11 passes for 170 yards and three touchdowns. It is the most receiving yards any IFL WR has had since March of 2011. The Blizzard rolled up 387 total yards of offense, after only averaging 212.6 coming into the game.
DB Aaron Moore, who led the Blizzard in interceptions last season, signed with the Blizzard Thursday and led the team in tackles with nine.
Fever QB Dante Warren finished the game completing 15 of 28 passes for 107 yards and five touchdowns, while rushing for 66 yards and one TD as well. WR Steven Whitehead led the Fever with three touchdown catches.
The Blizzard will look get on a win-streak next Saturday April 27 as they face off against the Texas Revolution at the Resch Center. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM. Member of the Wisconsin Marching Band will also be performing at the game.