Titans Get Revenge on Blizzard 49-42
Blizzard Allow Titans To Clinch Playoff Berth
June 8, 2013 -
Cedar Rapids, IA -A 21- point unanswered run in the third and fourth quarter was not enough for the Blizzard to dig out of an early hole as Green Bay fell to the Cedar Rapids Titans 49-42, Saturday night on Mediacom Field at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena.
Cedar Rapids got contributions from all phases of their game including game-changing rouge late in the game to hold off the Blizzard rally.
A low-scoring, turnover-filled first half gave way to a string of unanswered points for both teams in the second. The Blizzard's 21 unanswered points gave the team a 34-33 lead but the Titans would go on an unanswered 16 point run to punch their ticket to the postseason.
Cedar Rapids got on the board first as former Blizzard WR Bryan Pray snagged a 27 yard touchdown pass from QB Colton Hansen. However, the Blizzard were able to bounce right back as DB Lamar Allen intercepted Hansen. QB Spencer Ohm was able to finish off the drive in the endzone. The Blizzard led 10-7 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter Blizzard DB Lamar Allen snagged his second of two interceptions on the night but the Blizzard went backwards and were unable to capitalize on good field position. The Titans then blocked the Blizzard's field goal attempt and a couple of plays later Hansen found WR V'Keon Lacey in the endzone for a touchdown. The Titans then added another 45 yard TD pass to WR Carl Sims just before half to go into the locker room up 20-13.
The Titans started off the third quarter quickly as DB T.J Simmons returned a Blizzard missed field goal 40 yards for a touchdown. The onslaught continued when the Titans added another touchdown pass to WR Carl Sims to give the Titans a 33-13 lead.
However, just like the team did vs Chicago, the Blizzard bounced back. QB Spencer Ohm found WR David Lewis for a 12- yard touchdown and then on their next drive found WR Jon Meadows for a 27- yard touchdown. The Blizzard defense, who had struggled to intercept the ball this season, snagged three this season including a late one by DB Darius Davis that allowed the Blizzard to retake the lead off a two-yard Spencer Ohm run.
The Blizzard, however, could not stop the Titans when they needed to most.
Cedar Rapids RB Anthony Silvers pounded the ball in from one yard out and the Titans made the subsequent two point conversion. On the ensuing kickoff, the ball took a late bounce and trailed over WR David Lewis' head. Once he found the ball Lewis was unable to get out of the endzone, awarding rouge to the Titans. Silvers then added another rushing touchdown, giving the Titans a 15 point lead, and from there the Blizzard were unable to catch up to Cedar Rapids.
QB Spencer Ohm finished the night completing 17 of a season-high 43 passes for 227 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He also led the team in rushing with nine attempts for 26 yards and two touchdowns. WR DeJay Lester led the team in receiving with 60 yards and one TD.
With the victory against the Blizzard the Titans clinch their first-ever playoff appearance. The Blizzard fall to 1-2 against the Titans this season a have now lost four games in a row.
The Blizzard return home next week against the Chicago Slaughter for their final home game of the season. The night is Team Equipment Bag night as the first 1,00 men 21 and over will receive a free team equipment bag sponsored by Brown County Dairy Promotions.
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