Colorado ICE give up loss to IFL champions
FORT COLLINS, CO - The Colorado ICE hosted the arch-rival Billings Outlaws at 7 p.m. Friday night at the Budweiser events center. The defending IFL champion Outlaws started the game out strong with 26 points in the first half. The Outlaws jumped to a 19-0 start on the ICE before the ICE could respond late in the second quarter.
Outlaw quarterback Chris Dixon opened up with a 6-yard touchdown to Allen Burrell with 5:46 seconds in the 1st quarter, followed by another pass to James Walton with just under 2:00 left in the first half. A controversial 1-yard touchdown run by Outlaw Allen Burrell led to ICE defensive back Derek Douglas II being ejected after a personal foul.
Former CU running back Bobby Purify sparked a comeback for the ICE at the end of the first half with a 3-yard touchdown run with 2:15 seconds left in the half, along with a dynamic 32-yard run to boost the momentum for the home team at the close of the half.
The ICE wound up outscoring the Outlaws 25-21 in the second half. Purify kept running with determination throughout the game, as the ICE passing game was struggling with starting quarterback Bozeman out with a lower-leg injury.
Purify racked up a total of 88 yards rushing and 3 total touchdowns for his best performance to date. Contributing to the comeback, ICE wide receiver Jason English caught an 18 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Daniel Millus to make it 47-39 Outlaws.
Defensively, both teams played well. Jason Vincent and Idly Etienne led the ICE with a combined 16 tackles, while Outlaws Jervon Jackson and Kelly Rouse combined for 10.
With plenty of big hits, penalties, and exciting break-out plays on offense, this was an exciting matchup that had all the ingredients for a great rivalry game.
With a BYE next week, the ICE will look to improve their season against the Wichita Wild at 6:05 p.m. in Wichita on March 20th.
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