Big second half boosts Danger to playoffs
Article posted on: 2013-05-25 00:00:00
By Tony Chapman
Nebraska Danger Staff Writer
A late first half rally and stellar defensive effort in the second half led to a playoff berth for the Nebraska Danger on Friday night.
Trailing 31-17 late in the half, the Danger cut the Wyoming lead to 31-30 at halftime and then steamrolled the Cavalry for a third time this season, getting a 69-42 win at the Heartland Events Center.
The win improved the Danger to 8-4 on the season and clinched an IFL playoff berth for the third-year franchise. Nebraska also won their sixth game in as many tries in Grand Island.
"I'm really proud of our guys," Danger head coach Mike Davis said after the game. "When we started here three years ago, this was the goal. We hope we can keep winning games so that we can play some more home games in the playoffs."
While the Danger seemed a bit rusty in the first half, they took off in the final minute of the first half. Quarterback Jameel Sewell connected with Andre Piper-Jordan for a 30-yard score. Then, after a Darnell Terrell interception, Sewell hit Kayne Farquharson for a 26-yard touchdown.
Sewell continues his assault on the Danger record book. The IFL player-of-the-year candidate accounted for eight more touchdowns (five passing, three rushing) and 252 yards of total offense. Nebraska outscored Wyoming 33-8 in the final quarter, getting a 50-yard touchdown return of a missed field goal by Marcus Barnett and an interception return for a touchdown from Kane Elenburg.
"Our league is a game of momentum, more than anything," Davis said. "Give Wyoming a bunch of credit, because they had it most of the first half. Once we got the momentum on our side in the second half, things really took off for us." The Danger (8-4) are the first IFL team to reach eight wins on the season and will have next week off before a pivotal road game with the Colorado Ice in Fort Collins on Saturday, June 8th. The Ice lead the Intense Conference with a 7-3 record, but the Danger own a 2-1 advantage in the season series. Colorado is on the road in Tri-Cities on Saturday and will travel to play the Texas Revolution next weekend.
Barnett led the Danger with 68 yards receiving and a touchdown. Piper-Jordan added 53 yards and Farquharson 50 for Nebraska. The Danger defense limited Wyoming quarterback Brendan Crawford to 12-for-34 passing and just 145 yards. Maurice Patterson led the Cavalry with 70 yards receiving and a pair of scores.