Big 3rd Quarter Lifts Bandits over Edge
SIOUX CITY, Ia. - The Bloomington Edge fell on the road on Saturday night as the Sioux City Bandits broke open a close game with a big third quarter and captured a 63-39 win at Tyson Event Center.
The teams were even at 14-14 through one quarter as the Edge scored first on a four-yard run by Andre Raymond, then countered a John Bentley one-yard plunge for the Bandits with a 10-yard touchdown run by Edge quarterback Charles Dowdell. The Bandits ran the ensuing kickoff to the Bloomington 11, where Frederick Bruno ran the next play in for the first period tie.
Raymond popped into the end zone from one yard early in the second quarter to put the Edge ahead 21-14, but the Bandits cut the margin to 21-20 on a one-yard pass from Scott Jensen to Lorenzo Brown with 5:01 before halftime. A 47-yard field goal by David Tomis with 1:24 left put the Edge up 24-20, but the hosts took a 27-24 lead into halftime on a 17-yard run by Bentley with 20 seconds remaining.
The Bandits outscored the Edge in the third quarter 29-15 to take a 56-39 lead into the fourth quarter on a 14-yard pass from Jensen to Brown, a two-yard run by Bentley, a 41-yard return of a missed field goal by Bruno and a safety by Darius Davis. The two Edge scores in the period were a six-yard pass from Dowdell to De'Andre Eagle early to cut the deficit to 34-31 and a 14-yard pass from Dowdell to David Brown.
The Edge could not find the scoring column in the fourth quarter as the Bandits put up the period's only touchdown, a four-yard run by Ricky Gutierrez with 4:40 remaining.
Dowdell recorded another passing night over 200 yards, registering 203 yards on 21-of-35 with two touchdowns and two interceptions. David Brown caught seven passes for 53 yards and one score while Eagle also registered 53 yards on five catches. Raymond caught six passes for 51 yards and rushed 10 times for 32 yards. Dowdell was the leading Edge rusher with 46 yards on eight carries. Eddy Umeh recorded nine tackles to lead the Edge defense.
The Bandits (8-2) rushed for 136 yards, led by Bentley's 73 yards on 14 carries and three touchdowns. Jensen only attempted nine passes, completing six for 37 yards and two touchdowns. Jonathan Smith led the Bandits defense with 12 tackles.
The Edge (4-6) travel to Nebraska next Saturday to face the Omaha Beef before concluding the regular season on the following Saturday, May 31 at 7:05 p.m. at U.S. Cellular Coliseum against the Lincoln Haymakers. For group discounts, call 309-434-2980, and for individual tickets, visit the U.S. Cellular Coliseum box office weekdays between 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. or call 309-434-2679. The latest Edge information can be found on Facebook, Twitter and www.bloomingtonedge.com.
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