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Game Report: Blizzard Take Storm to 3OT

June 19th, 2018

The Blizzard wrapped up the 2018 season with a tough loss in triple overtime 69-61 against the Sioux Falls Storm.

Green Bay got off to a hot start in the first quarter as they jumped to a 20-14 lead on the back of B.J. Hill and Bryan Hicks. In the first possession of the game, Hicks found Jereme Jones for the 11 yard pass to make the score 7-0.  After a Sioux Falls touchdown and a Blizzard fumble, Kenneth Ridley snagged an interception and returned it for 42 yards to setup a B.J. Hill touchdown run to make it 13-7. The Blizzard got another touchdown with a touchdown pass to B.J. Hill, but the Storm shrunk the lead to 20-14 at the end of the first.

In the second and third quarter, the Blizzard got a huge boost from Kezlow Smith.  Hicks found Smith for three straight touchdowns, with two of them being over 30 yards, giving the Blizzard an eventual commanding lead of 40-24.

But, the Storm worked their way back into the game with three unanswered touchdowns to take their first lead of the game 44-40.  The Blizzard would retake the lead 47-44 behind the strength of a Serge Trezy 13 yard run with seven minutes left in the 4th. Both teams stopped the other, but the Storm managed to tie the game 47 with a field goal as time expired to send the game to overtime.  

The Blizzard received the ball first in overtime and found the end zone with a Bryan Hicks strike to Jereme Jones to make it 54-47.  However, the Storm answered right back with a 1 yard touchdown run to force a second overtime. B.J. Hill got the Blizzard on the board with an elusive 20 yard run, but the Blizzard could not stop Lyle McCombs as he fired back with another 1 yard run to have a third overtime.

The Storm got the ball first in the third overtime and quarterback Lorenzo Brown busted a 1 yard run and completed the two-point conversion to take the lead 69-61.  With the Blizzard needing to do the same, Bryan Hicks went for the end zone but was hit as he threw. The ball was intercepted by Trey Wafford, but as he was thrown to the ground he threw the ball to the ground, resulting in a fumble.  The Blizzard recovered it near the end zone, but according to IFL rules, the ball can not be advanced for a first down by a fumble, which resulted in the end of the game and the Blizzard to lose.

Bryan Hicks threw for 181 yards with 6 touchdowns, but also 4 interceptions and Kezlow Smith caught 8 passes for 88 yards and 3 touchdowns.  Jereme Jones also had a good game with 4 catches for 61 yards and two touchdowns. Cody Barber went 0 for 3 on field goals and 7 of 9 on extra-points.

Robert Metz led the team with 15 tackles, with two coming for loss, and Manny Asprilla was right behind him with 11 tackles.  Kenneth Ridley recorded his first interception of the season and also had 10 tackles on the night.

The Blizzard finished with a record of 2-12 on the 2018 season.

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