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Storm defeat Danger in thriller to capture IFL Championship

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Storm head Coach Kurtiss Riggs raises the championship trophy after the Storm defeated Nebraska 43-40 Saturday night. Photo Courtesy of tslat.com.
Storm head Coach Kurtiss Riggs raises the championship trophy after the Storm defeated Nebraska 43-40 Saturday night. Photo Courtesy of tslat.com.

SIOUX FALLS, SD (KWSN) – The Sioux Falls Storm (11-4) defeated the Nebraska Danger (11-4) 43-40 on Saturday night at the 2013 United Bowl. This is the Sioux Falls Storms third straight IFL championship and seventh overall.  

Dan O’ Keefe started the game big for the Sioux Falls Storm as he intercepted a Jameel Sewell third down pass. Terrance Bryant then led his Sioux Falls troops down field.He capped off the drive with a 16-yard touchdown pass to wide out Mike Tatum to give the Storm an early 7-0 lead over the Danger. 

Nebraska’s next drive was halted late but the Danger was able to put up three points thanks to a Joe Houston field goal. The Storm still led 7-3 with 6:28 remaining in the first quarter.  

The Storms next offensive possession ended on snap fumble which was recovered by the Danger. At the end of the first quarter the Sioux Falls Storm led the Nebraska Danger 7-3. Nebraska capitalized on the Storm turnover by turning it into a touchdown. Sewell connected with wide out Andre Piper-Jordan on a 12-yard touchdown pass giving the Danger a 10-7 lead.  

With 11:45 to play in the second quarter, Bryant connected with Tatum for a 15-yard touchdown pass making it a 14-10 Storm lead.  The Danger scored next to recapture the league when Sewell took in a quarterback keeper from 15-yard out. Nebraska missed the extra point but still led the Storm 16-14.  

Late in the half, Storm quarterback Martevious Young found wide out Clinton Solomon in the back of the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown pass. This put the Storm back on top at 21-16 over the Danger. Sewell then connected with Jordan-Piper on a 24-yard touchdown pass to put the Danger back in front at 23-21.  

Nebraska attempted an onside kick, which was recovered by the Storm. Douglass put through a 20-yard field goal with only seconds remaining to give the Storm a 24-23 lead going into the half.   Sioux Falls began the third quarter with a 39-yard touchdown pass from Bryant to wide out James Terry. The Storm extended their lead over the Danger, leading 31-23.

With 11:39 to play in the third quarter, Sioux Falls defense came up big and forced a safety making it 33-23 over Nebraska. The following kickoff went in favor of the Danger though, as the Storm couldn’t advance the ball out of their end zone. Nebraska was awarded a one-point rouge.  

Sioux Falls advanced the ball well to the one-yard line but fumbled it on the transition. Nebraska recovered the fumble making it a big red zone turnover by the Storm.   The Danger took advantage of the turnover and turned it into a Houston 37–yard field goal. Sioux Falls still led Nebraska 33-27 at the end of third quarter.  

The fourth quarter scoring began on a 23-yard field goal by Douglass to make it a two possession game. With 8:27 remaining in the game, Sewell took in an 8-yard quarterback keeper. Sioux Falls still hung on to a small 36-34 lead.  Nebraska defense came up huge on the ensuing drive by intercepting a Bryant deep pass intended for Solomon, in which both players went flying over the boards.

Once again the Danger capitalized on the turnover and turned it into a touchdown. Sewell connected with Marcus Barnett for a 35-yard reception. Nebraska led the Storm 40-36 with 3:07 remaining in the game. At the 2:45 mark in the forth quarter, Bryant connected with Solomon for a 16-yard touchdown to give the lead back to the Storm, 43-40.   With 26 seconds remaining Houston attempted a game tying field goal for the Danger but missed just short. Sioux Falls would take over and take a knee to win their third straight IFL championship.  

Storm quarterback Terrance Bryant threw for 4 touchdowns and one interception with 182 yards through the air. He was named the 2013 United Bowl MVP. Bryant being very humble credited this years success to the hard work of the teams offensive line.  This marks the seventh overall championship by the Sioux Falls Storm in franchise history.

The Storm would like to thank all the fans for the support over the season. 

Courtesy: Sioux Falls Storm

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