Ice Melt in Second Straight Week
The Colorado Ice (4-4) fell 42-33 to the Billings Outlaws (2-4) Friday night in Billings, a team they previously beat 26-25 in their inaugural season opener on March 23. Colorado remains second in the West division, behind the 6-0 Sioux Falls Storm.
The Ice were the first team to score when quarterback Matt Gutierrez connected with Tim Pope for his first of two touchdowns for the night. A missed extra point attempt by kicker Deric Yaussi and a 23-yard score from Chris Dixon to Anthony Candler gave Billings a one point lead at the end of the first.
Dixon threw a 26-yard pass to Robert Reed to open the second quarter. Eugene Reed, returning from injury, followed with a two yard run. Both teams would add a field goal, but Colorado would get another touchdown, this time a one-yard scramble from Ryan Drinkwater to take a 23-16 halftime lead.
The Outlaws dominated the second half, with three receiving touchdowns in the third quarter and one rushing in the fourth. Colorado was able to add one final touchdown on a two-yard catch by Pope and added a field goal late in the third.
Gutierrez started the game for injured Ryan Clement and connected on 21 of 33 attempts for 153 yards and two touchdowns. Billings' defense held the Ice to just 65 rushing yards, the team high of 26 coming from Gutierrez. Pope led the receiving unit with nine catches for 64 yards and two scores while Ryan Palmer powered the defense with a team high 5.5 total tackles.
Colorado returns home on May 19, for a 7:05 p.m. match up against the Sioux City Bandits. The game is themed "Military Night." Tickets are available by calling 877-544-8499, online at comcasttix.com, in person at the Budweiser Events Center Box Office, the Colorado Ice Headquarters, or any Comcast tix outlet. All Ice games will be broadcast live on 1310 AM KFKA.
Week Nine Preview: Sioux City Bandits
After two tough losses, the Colorado Ice (4-4) are ready to return to Budweiser Events Center to defend their 3-1 home record. They will host the Sioux City Bandits (2-5) Saturday night for "Military Night." Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m., preceded by a block party at the front of the Events Center beginning at 5 p.m. There will be two live bands, a rock climbing wall, military vehicles and an appearance by the Icicles and Glacier.
The Ice defeated the Bandits 54-30 in game four on April 13, in Sioux City. The Ice are coming off a tough loss in Billings Friday night when the Outlaws dominated the second half to beat Colorado 42-33. Sioux City lost 56-31 to Sioux Falls in week eight. The Bandits have also added a wide receiver, running back and defensive lineman to the roster this week in preparation for Saturday's match.
Matt Gutierrez will start at quarterback against Sioux City as Ryan Clement is still questionable with a knee injury. Other injuries include: WR Mike Jones, probable, elbow; DL JD Martin, probable, knee; RB Sean Ingram, doubtful, knee; DB Jason McCleary, out, knee; DB Clyde Surrell, out, ankle.
Game Notes: Colorado is 3-0 when they are ahead after the first quarter of play. DB Clint Brown had a season high two interceptions in game four. The defense recorded four interceptions for 41 yards and held the Bandits to 51 yards rushing in game four. Rushing duo Eugene Reed & Sean Ingram put together 146 net yards on the ground in game four. The team put up a season high 23 first downs and 249 total yards in game four. The Ice will have their first bye week before they host the Sioux Falls Storm at 7:05 p.m. on June 2, at the Budweiser Events Center for "Family Night."
Ice Players to Appear at Elementary Career Days
Members of the Colorado Ice professional indoor football team will be visiting Letford and Milliken Elementary Schools Tuesday and Wednesday this week to be a part of their career days. The players will spend time talking with students and answering questions about their profession. Both schools are located off I-25 on highway 60, the Johnstown Milliken exit. To view the schedule of appearances, go to the "Community" section on the Ice website, www.TheColoradoIce.com.
Colorado Ice Pick up Two
Colorado Ice head coach Collins Sanders announces the signing of former University of Colorado player Clyde Surrell and Air Force standout Ross Weaver.
Surrell, from Denver, Colo., played one year for the AFL Stockton Lightning out of California before coming back to Colorado. He led the team in interceptions and forced fumbles and was second in total tackles. Surrell also garnered preseason All-Conference honors and was named Player of the Game on three separate occasions while playing for CU. He earned three varsity letters in football and four in track from Eaglecrest High School in Aurora, Colo. He was named All-League three times and All-State twice while playing for the Raptors.
Hailing from Parker, Colo., Weaver spent time at tight end and offensive tackle while playing for the AFA. He was an honorable mention All-Mountain West Conference selection in 2004 and 2005 and named most valuable lineman by the team in the same years. Weaver attended Ponderosa High School where he played football, basketball and baseball. He was named to the first team All-League in 2000 and 2001 and was an honorable mention All-State selection.
Ice Sign Another CU Standout
The Colorado Ice announce the signing of former University of Colorado player JJ Billingsley. He will add to the Ice's strong defensive unit as a defensive back.
Billingsley comes from Aurora, Colo. and played football for the CU Buffaloes for five years. He earned freshman All-American honors and holds the record for career tackles. He also played football, basketball and ran track for Eaglecrest High School. He was a four-year letter winner and named to the first team All-City and All-League teams. He was captain of the football team his senior year and played in the All-State football game.
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