Danger fall to Fever 23-38
Article posted on: 2012-03-04 00:00:00
The Nebraska Danger (0-1) fell in their season-opener to the Tri-City Fever (2-0) on Sunday night 38-23. The Danger was one failed fourth-and-goal away from possibly tying the game with the defending IFL runner-ups.
The Fever looked like the team to beat at the start of the game, jumping out to a 10-0 lead midway through the first quarter. The Danger battled back with a field goal and then a fumble recovery by Darnell Terrell that set up Terry Mayo's 16-yard completion to Chris Bell for a touchdown.
The start of the second quarter found the game tied at 10 apiece. Mayo and Bell were able to connect for a second touchdown, but Alex Tejada's extra-point attempt sailed wide. The Fever's offense kept clicking and scored two more touchdowns, giving them the lead going into halftime 24-16.
Behind 31-16 in the third quarter, Danger's Erick Jackson, the IFL's leading rusher from 2011, plowed his way in for an 8-yard touchdown run.
A fumble recovery in the fourth quarter led to the Danger driving to within the Fever's one-yard-line before failing to convert a fourth-down attempt. The Fever went on to seal the game with a final touchdown pass to set the final score at 38-23.
Mayo finished the day with 16 of 39 completions for 193 yards and two touchdowns. Jackson rushed for 21 yards on eight attempts with one touchdown. The Danger receivers were led by Kayne Farquharson with six receptions for 39 yards and Bell with five receptions for 85 yards and one touchdown.
The Nebraska Danger will face off with in-state rival Omaha Beef on the Danger turf Monday, March 12, 2012 at 7:05 p.m.
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