Slaughter Take Down Blizzard 52-51
Blizzard Eliminated from Playoffs
May 31, 2013 -
Chicago - The Green Bay Blizzard's last second two point conversion attempt fell short and the Chicago Slaughter held on to defeat the Green Bay Blizzard 52-51, Friday night at the Sears Centre Arena, ending the Blizzard's playoff hopes.
With the loss, the Blizzard (4-8) have now been officially eliminated from the playoffs , ending the team's eight-year streak of playoff appearances. The Blizzard fall to 0-3 against the Slaughter this season and have now dropped three games in a row. Chicago improves to 8-5.
The Blizzard fought back and scored 20 points in the fourth quarter including a fourth down touchdown pass to Lucien Walker, his third of the night, with just 34 seconds remaining to potentially tie the game. However QB Donovan Porterie's two-point conversion pass to WR David Lewis came up short. Green Bay's ensuing onside kick did not go the required ten yards and Chicago took over and then ran out the clock.
After a scoreless first quarter the Slaughter got on the board first as they sacked Blizzard QB Spencer Ohm in the endzone for a safety to take an early 2-0 lead. The Blizzard fought back as WR Ryan Balentine caught a 26-yard over-the-shoulder touchdown to give the Blizzard the early lead. After a Slaughter touchdown by RB Daniel Dufrene the Blizzard scored nine consecutive points and took a 16-8 lead. Slaughter K Chris Nendick was able to add a field goal just before half to give tighten the Blizzard lead to 16-11 at the half.
The Blizzard defense shut down the Slaughter offense at the half allowing the team to score on just two of nine possessions.
The third quarter went disastrously for the Blizzard. On the third play of the quarter QB Donovan Porterie, who replaced QB Spencer Ohm, threw an interception. Five plays later RB Daniel Dufrene ran it in from five yards out to give the Slaughter the lead. The Blizzard's defense could not slow the Slaughter attack as Chicago added two QB Cody Kirby touchdown runs and a 17 yard TD to Shatone Powers and to give the Slaughter a 39-16 lead before the Blizzard could answer.
Blizzard RB Dequan Starling ended the Chicago's 31-point run with a 22- yard TD run and RB Lucien Walker followed it up with a 41- yard TD reception from Porterie to bring the score to 39-31 at the end of the third.
The Blizzard and the Slaughter traded touchdowns throughout the fourth quarter and with 34 seconds remaining the Donovan Porterie found RB Lucien Walker in the endzone, his third of the night for the potentially tying score. The team opted to go for the two point conversion rather than the PAT and Porterie's pass to WR David Lewis fell short, ending the Blizzard's playoff hopes 52-51.
Donovan Porterie finished the game completing 14 of 28 passes for 197 yards and four touchdowns. He also threw one interception. Lucien Walker led the team in receiving yards with six catches for 108 yards and three touchdowns. DB Darius Davis led the team defensively with eight tackles, three tackles for loss and a forced fumble.
Chicago QB Cody Kirby finished the game completing just 8 of 22 passes for 56 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. However he also ran 17 times for 50 yards and three touchdowns.
The Blizzard remain on the road next week as the team travels to Cedar Rapids to take on the Cedar Rapids Titans on Saturday, June 8th. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:05.