Playoff Preview: Blizzard Battle Danger
For the first time since 2012, the Green Bay Blizzard host a playoff game as they welcome the Nebraska Danger to the Resch Center on Friday night, June 21. Kickoff is set for 7:05.
The Blizzard ended the regular season last Saturday night shutting out the Cedar Rapids River Kings: 47 to 0. It was the first ever shut-out in Blizzard franchise history. The Danger needed the last game of their regular season to make the playoffs. They traveled to Des Moines Iowa and defeated the defending champion Barnstormers by the score of 46 to 40. Iowa had already wrapped up the first-round bye for this year's playoffs.
Green Bay and Nebraska have played 3 times this season with the Blizzard winning 2 of the three games. All 3 games have been close. On March 1 in Green Bay, the Blizzard won by the score of 53 to 52. In a back and forth game, The Blizzard's first year QB, Lenorris Footman, scored his 5th rushing touchdown with 25 seconds to play to give his team the final lead. The game was sealed 10 seconds later when DB Bakari Triggs intercepted the second pass from the Danger's former University of Nebraska all American QB Tommy Armstrong. The Blizzard then ran out the clock for their first victory of the season.
The second game was also in Green Bay on April 13 with the Blizzard victorious again 60 to 50. In a game that saw 30 total points scored in the last 2 minutes and 25 seconds, the Blizzard were able to hold on to win. With the score at 45 to 35 in favor of the Blizzard, Danger quarterback Tommy Armstrong made his only poor throw when defensive back Bakari Triggs stepped in front of the pass and returned it 39 yards for a touchdown. The Danger were able to score 2 more times and after the final on-side kick was recovered by the Blizzard, RB Rameses Owens scored with 6 seconds to strech the final lead to 10 with 6 seconds to play.
In the third meeting in Grand Island Nebraska with under a minute to play, the Blizzard had the lead 40 to 39 when Danger QB Tommy Armstrong found WR Gregory Dent wide open for a 30-yard score. The Danger went for 2 and the Blizzard stopped them. But then both teams were called for penalties so the attempt was tried again. Armstrong tried a pass and it was broken up by the Blizzard only to have a holding penalty allow the Danger to try again. This time Armstrong ran the ball in for the 2-point conversion giving Nebraska the 7-point final lead.
The Blizzard have announced specially priced playoff tickets. Contact the Blizzard ticket office to reserve your seats for the playoff game on Friday June 21.
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