Colorado Ice Close out Season 9-6 with Loss to Danger
Fort Collins, CO-The Colorado Ice lost to the Nebraska Danger 50 -55 last night in Grand Island, NE. This puts the Danger in the 2013 United Bowl as the Intense Conference Champions.
The action started quick with the Ice striking first on a 2 yard rushing touchdown by Dennis Kennedy (7) and a PAT by Philip Welch (18). The Danger did not come away without points on their first drive either, with a 23 yard field goal by Joe Houston (25). From there the first half saw the Ice and Danger matched on points at 24 all going into half time after both kickers missed on field goal attempts.
With the Danger getting the ball to start the second half they did not hold back, scoring twice within the first 6 minutes. Danger quarterback Jameel Sewell (10) had a 13 yard rushing touchdown, while Randy Bell (5) put one in from 11 yards out. This gave the Danger a 3 point lead going into the 4th Quarter, in which Welch (18) had a 53 yard and 20 yard field goal keeping the Ice in pace with the Danger.
At 11 seconds left in the game Copeland (13) completed a quick pass to Ice receiver Patrick Walker (85) for a 3 yard touchdown and giving the Ice a chance at a comeback. Ice Assistant Defensive Coordinator and Special Teams Coach Brian Arndt sent in Welch (18) with an attempt at an onside kick, which was successful giving the Ice the ball back and an opportunity to upset the Danger.
With the score at 50- 55 the Ice needed another touchdown to win the game. After completing a pass to Rashad Mason (12), the play was called back for a personal foul on the Ice followed by a personal foul called on the Danger. This put the Ice in position to win with an untimed play only to come up short on an incomplete pass to end the game.
For special teams the Kickers were well matched with Welch (18) going 3 for 5 on Field Goal Attempts with completions from 20, 37 and 53. Danger kicker Houston (25) went 2 for 4 with completions from 23 and 46 yards.
Throughout the game both Offenses and Defenses matched up with close numbers as is typical fashion for this rivalry. The Danger took the regular season series 3 -1 and with their win puts them up 4 -1 for the 2013 season against the Colorado Ice.
In the quarterback position Copeland (13) and Sewell (10) matched up with 3 rushing touchdowns each and 2 passing touchdowns, while both were sacked 1 time. In the passing game Copeland (13) went 18 of 36 for 168 yards and Sewell (10) went 11 of 22 for 128 yards.
The Danger had one additional rushing touchdown from Bell (5) that kept them in the lead; with Copeland (13), Kennedy (7) and Kyle Kaiser (3) getting 115 net rushing yards and 4 rushing touchdowns to the Dangers combination of Sewell (10), Bell (5), Avery (6) and Farquharson (4) netting 122 yards and 5 rushing touchdowns.
With 6 catches and 66 yards receiving Kaiser (3) led the Ice receiving corps with yardage. Walker (85) and Matt Roark (4) both had receiving touchdowns, while Mason (12) and Kennedy (7) had 4 and 2 receptions respectively. The Danger receivers were led by Farquharson (4) with 42 yards receiving and 1 touchdown and Bell (5) putting up 1 touchdown on 33 yards. Avery (6) and Piper-Jordan (15) had 31 and 22 yards receiving respectively.
Defensively, Joe Thornton (1) of the Ice had 1 sack for a loss of 7 yards, with 2 tackles for a loss of 9 yards while having 3 solo tackles and 9 assists. The Ice defense combined for 53 total tackles, 1 Sack and 2 tackles for a loss. The Danger defense was led by Wroten (44) who had 1 sack for a 6 yard loss, 1.5 tackles for a loss of 6.5 yards, 2 solo tackles and 5 assists. The Danger defense combined for 66 total tackles, 1 Sack and 4 tackles for a loss.
The Ice organization congratulates the Nebraska Danger for a hard fought win and wishes them success in the 2013 United Bowl where they will face the 2011 and 2012 United Bowl Champion Sioux Falls Storm at Sioux Falls. The Storm are still undefeated on their home field.
For those interested in reserving tickets for the Colorado Ice 2014 Season please contact us at 970-472-0128 for more details. The Colorado Ice are proud members of the Indoor Football League (IFL) and plays all of their home games at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, CO.
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