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Danger looks to bounce back against Sioux Falls

By Tony Chapman
Staff Writer

After having their franchise record five-game win streak ended by Colorado last week, the Nebraska Danger hope to keep their home-game playoff hopes alive on Saturday against Sioux Falls. The defending IFL champion and undefeated Storm will invade the Heartland Events Center for a 7 PM kickoff in the last regular season home game for Nebraska. The game is presented by Intellicom.

The Danger (9-3) controlled their own fate for home field in the IFL playoffs last week, but ran into a second half buzz saw against Colorado after taking a 21-17 lead early in the second half. But, after taking the lead, the Danger saw the Ice run off 17 consecutive points for a 34-21 lead and could never recover. The Danger will now need a Colorado loss and two wins of their own to close out the regular season in order to host the conference title game.

"It was a tough game for us," Danger coach Mike Davis said of his team's loss, which ended a 14-game home winning streak. "We gave up so many big plays on defense, just from lack of communication. We still have a bunch of work to do before this season is over."

The Danger had cut the lead to 34-28 and had the ball at the Colorado 10 with less than 30 seconds left. But, a Jameel Sewell pass went through the hands of Andre Piper-Jordan in the end zone and his fourth down pass to Kayne Farquharson was broken up before the Ice added a late touchdown.

Sioux Falls (11-0) has been on a tear. They have not lost since May 17th of last year and their winning streak stands at 17 games after winning their final six contests last year en route to their third consecutive IFL championship.

"They are the best in the league for a reason," Davis said. "You could probably argue they have the best offensive and defensive players in the league this year with Chris Dixon and Tyler Knight. We respect their team a bunch. It's going to take a great effort in all three phases to beat them this week."

Davis, however, is no stranger to ending Sioux Falls streaks. When the Danger opened the season last year with a 30-21 win over the Storm it ended a 20-game winning streak and his 2011 Omaha Beef team was also the last team to win in Sioux Falls.

Sioux Falls is winning and doing it impressively. They have won their 11 games by an average of 21.5 points per contest as they lead the league in scoring (58 points per game) and are second in points allowed (36.5 points per game). They also lead the league in total offense with 271 yards per game as Dixon is second in passing yards (170.6), passing touchdowns (43) and rushing touchdowns (16). On defense, they are second in yards allowed at 217.1 yards per game and Knight leads the league in tackles with 10.5 per contest.

Doors open at 6:00 with pre-game activities beginning at 6:30.

Tickets for Saturday night are available at area Pump & Pantry stores, the Heartland Events Center Box Office, or via Ticketmaster. The game will be broadcast live on 2DayFM 103.1, or streamed live at www.2dayfm1031.com

Following the game, an autograph party with Players and Coaches will take place on the Danger turf.

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