Storm Ready for Battle in Billings
The Sioux Falls Storm (4-6) travel to Billings for the second of three meetings with the Outlaws (9-1). Kickoff is set for 8:05 pm CST at the Rim Rock Auto Arena in Billings, Montana.
The Outlaws beat the Storm 42-41 in a nail-biter between teams April 25. Billings head coach, Heron O'Neal elected to go for two-points and the win after Outlaws QB Chris Dixon hit WR James Walton in the back of the endzone with less than a minute left in regulation.
This game proves to be another one of those hard-hitting, leave-it-all-on-the-field type games between the two storied franchises. Every game matters for the Storm from here on out as they push towards the playoffs. Sioux Falls and Billings are led by two veteran perennial all-star quarterbacks in Storm QB Terrance Bryant and Dixon.
Bryant leads the Storm and their fourth ranked passing offense averaging 187.6 yards per game through the air. He will have some help from the IFL's leading rusher, Storm RB Sean Treasure who will look to add to his 617 rushing yards against LB Kelly Rouse and the Billings Defense.
Bryant has spread the ball around equally to a plethora of solid Storm receivers all season including James Terry, who has 59 grabs for 629 yards and 11 touchdowns. Terry will be reunited in this weekend's game by former teammate Bryan Alberty, a Storm receiver and kick returner who was resigned just this past week.
The Storm's intimidating defense, which is giving up a mere 175.9 yard per game, will have their hands full with the elusive Dixon and the stout Outlaws #1 ranked rushing attack. Dixon gets help on the ground by running backs Timothy Brown and Charles Anthony.
Dixon's main receiving threat is WR James Walton who has 24 of Dixon's 50 TD passes on the season. The Storm will have extra help in stopping Walton this weekend from the recent signing of the Storm's all-time interception leader, DB Shannon Poppinga.
Don't miss any of the action in Saturday's game by watching it at the Rookies Grill and Bar live viewing party. The game is broadcast live via the B2 network for all fans to watch for a small fee of $7. Tune into the voice of the Storm, Rich Roste's broadcast as it will be aired on KOOL 107.9 for everyone's listening enjoyment.
The Storm is back home next weekend, June 13, when the Outlaws travel to Sioux Falls for the final of three meetings between teams this season. A limited number of tickets still remain and can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com.
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