Danger Comeback Falls Short Against Storm

Danger Comeback Falls Short Against Storm

By Ross Struss, Staff Writer

The Sioux Falls Storm came to the Heartland Events Center, for the second of three matchups with the Nebraska Danger, and left with a 62-48 victory.

The Storm came out swinging to start the first quarter and hit a 35-yard touchdown on the first play of the game to put the Danger on their heels. Nebraska was able to march down the field with backup quarterback Moses Skillon, but a field goal attempt from kicker Brad Hatfield missed wide right. Sioux Falls then scored again on a one-yard rush, extending their lead to 14. The Danger caught a break when Korey Ringer returned the ensuing kickoff 56 yards for a touchdown to get on the scoreboard. Sioux Falls answered with a score before the first quarter ended with the Storm up 21-7.

Nebraska gained a little momentum to start the second quarter, helped along by a pass interference penalty, but threw an interception in the red zone. The Storm capitalized on that turnover, scoring just two minutes later. The Danger put points on the board when Hatfield came out and kicked a 33-yard field goal, making the score 28-10. After another Storm scoring drive, the Danger picked up momentum with a Hatfield 36-yard field goal. Quarterback Jesse Scroggins came in the next drive and helped propel the Danger to a touchdown with a 9-yard pass to receiver Gregory Dent. Sioux Falls tacked on a field goal to end the half ahead 17 points, 38-21.

“We hurt out ourselves in the first half. We just had too many broken coverages, penalties, you name it. It is really hard to catch up when you come out flat-footed and get punched in the mouth,” said Head Coach Mark Stoute.

With Nebraska winning the coin toss at the start of the game, they were able to get the ball to start the second half. Scroggins moved the Danger down the field and scored a touchdown on a one-yard run. This cut the Storm lead to 10 points, 38-28. Sioux Falls got backed up on their own end of the field on their first possession of the second half. Nebraska defensive lineman Xzavie Jackson batted Storm pass into the air and promptly pulled it down, giving the Danger the ball at the 2-yard line, who quickly capitalized with a touchdown. Sioux Falls again responded with a scoring drive, but Nebraska running back Angelo Pease cracked open a 41-yard touchdown run. With a good two-point conversion, the Danger pulled back to within three. The Storm scored once again and ended the quarter up by 10, 52-42.

The fourth quarter began with Sioux Falls scoring on a quarterback rush from Lorenzo Brown, making the score 59-42. Nebraska pinned themselves in their own end zone after a holding penalty on the kickoff return. Nebraska squandered a scoring opportunity with a missed field goal, turning the ball over to the Storm. Nebraska’s defense stiffened up, but Storm kicker Miles Bergner hit a 45-yard field goal to keep Sioux Falls pulling away with a score of 62-42. The Danger were able to score a touchdown with less than a minute to go to cut the lead to 14 points, but would end the game with a score of 62-48.

“We were able to claw our way back into this one, but ran out of momentum at the end. We’ve got some things to work on this week, and we need to get back to playing our game,” Stoute said.

The Danger next play at home on May 18 versus the Green Bay Blizzard.

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