Green Bay Falls To Cedar Rapids 54-37
Former Blizzard Players Account For Six Titans Touchdowns
May 19, 2013 -
By Stephen Fischer
GREEN BAY, Wis.-- Green Bay fell to the Cedar Rapids Titans on Saturday night in front of 2,988 fans at the Resch Center, 54-37, ending its three game winning streak and putting the team in a tough spot approaching the postseason.
Both teams returned blocked field goals for touchdowns on their opening possessions, including Blizzard defensive lineman Tim Hume recovering a blocked Radamez Rubio attempt, to give Green Bay an early 10-7 lead.
Cedar Rapids would respond quickly, however, with the league's leading offense finding success through the air.
Titans quarterback Charles McCullum, the IFL's reigning Offensive Player of the Week, completed 11 of 17 passes for 105 yards and three touchdowns in the first half, while the Green Bay offense managed just 32 yards of total offense in the first two quarters.
Cedar Rapids gained some momentum going into the half, after McCullum found receiver Carl Sims open for a two-yard touchdown on the last play of the half, giving the Titans a 27-16 advantage.
The league‚??s leading rusher, and former Blizzard player LaRon Council, scored back to back touchdowns to open the second half and give the Titans a comfortable 41-16 lead. Council would finish with three touchdowns and 82 total yards against his former team.
He wasn't the only former Green Bay player, however, who made an impact on the field Saturday night.
Titans defensive lineman Richard Posey, who played for the Blizzard back in 2009, recovered a blocked Jered Fohrman field goal in the end zone on Green Bay's opening possession, to give Cedar Rapids the first points of the game.
Receiver Bryan Pray also accounted for two scores of his own, including a 39-yard catch from backup quarterback Colton Hansen, who replaced the injured McCollum halfway through the third quarter. Pray would finish the night with 6 catches for 101 yards and two touchdowns.
Green Bay receiver B.J. Hill returned a third quarter kickoff 56 yards for his 13th career kick return touchdown, bringing the Blizzard to within 18, trailing 41-23. Hill brought his league leading all-purpose yardage to 1,241, after recording 194 yards on Saturday. Despite two fourth quarter rushing touchdowns from quarterback Spencer Ohm, Green Bay couldn't quite make up enough ground against the Titans. Ohm, arguably the hottest quarterback in the league coming into Saturday's game, had a rather quiet night, completing 14 of 31 passes for just 85 yards and one touchdown.
Green Bay will hit the road for the first time in nearly two months for its next game, as the Blizzard travel to Texas to take on the Revolution (4-6) on May 25. Green Bay will return to the Resch Center on June 15 for its final regular season game against the Chicago Slaughter.