CHICAGO, IL. - The Sioux Falls Storm (5-3) were defeated by the Chicago Slaughter (6-3) on Saturday night with a final score of 61-55. Sioux Falls came into this game riding the wave of a three game win streak. Their last loss was on March 24 in Colorado against the Ice.
Chicago scored the first points of the game on a 6-yard touchdown run by quarterback Cody Kirby giving the Slaughter a 7-0 start.
On the Storms first offensive possession, quarterback Terrance Bryant threw an interception to Slaughter defensive back Chris Johnson. It was returned for a touchdown giving Chicago a 14-0 lead over Sioux Falls.
The Storm got on the board with their next offensive possession when wide out James Terry ran in a 4-yard touchdown to make it a 14-7 Slaughter lead at the end of the first quarter.
Chicago answered right back when Kirby connected with wide out John Cooper for a 3-yard touchdown pass. The extra point attempt was no good making the score 20-7 Slaughter lead.
Sioux Falls found consistency on offense when Bryant connected with running back Tory Harrison for a 4-yard touchdown pass to make it a 20-14 ball game with the Slaughter still holding onto the lead.
The Slaughter was successful on their next offensive drive when Kirby connected with Wide Out Shatone Powers for a 5-yard touchdown pass. The special teams for Chicago continued its struggles when kicker Chris Nendick missed his second extra making it a 26-14 lead for Chicago.
The Storm reduced their deficit to only four points when Bryant threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Terry and then were successful on a 2-point conversion.
With 3:34 left in the second quarter, Juice Williams of the Slaughter ran in a 2-yard touchdown making it a 33-22 game.
Sioux Falls answered right back on a successful drive capped off by a 1-yard touchdown run by James Dunlap. The Slaughter blocked the Storms extra point and returned it to the end zone for two extra points.
The first half came to an end with the Chicago Slaughter leading the Storm 35-28.
Sioux Falls tied Chicago at 35 to start third quarter when Bryant connected with Blake Wilson for a 15-yard touchdown pass.
Chicago answered right back to regain the lead when Kirby took in a one-yard quarterback keeper to make it 41-35.
Bryant connected with Terry for the second time in the game to give the Storm it’s first lead of the game, 42-41 at the end of the third quarter.
The Storm continued it’s offensive spree in the forth quarter when Bryant connected with wide out Mike Tatum on a 7-yard touchdown pass to make it a 49-41 Storm lead.
Kirby answered right back for the Slaughter when he connected on a 9-yard touchdown pass to Williams. The Storm still led 49-47 due to Chicago’s 2-point conversion attempt being no good.
With 59 seconds to play Chicago took the lead to make it 55-49 when Daniel Dufrene ran it in from 3-yards out.
Sioux Falls answered right back with a 23-yard touchdown pass from Bryant to Wilson with 24 seconds remaining. Storm kicker Parker Douglass made the extra point to give Sioux Falls a 56-55 lead.
Chicago retook the lead with 13 seconds remaining in the ball game when Kirby connected with Dufrene for a 25-yard touchdown making it 61-56.
The Storm attempted a few plays to the end zone on their next drive but time ran out giving Chicago the 61-56 point victory.
Terrance Bryant led the way for the Storm as he threw for 253 yards with a completion percentage of 87%. He also threw for six touchdowns but of his four non-completions, three were intercepted.
Slaughter quarterback Kirby ended the game throwing for 257 yards and four touchdowns with a completion percentage of 80%.
The Sioux Falls Storm returns home on May 4 at 7:05 when they host the Nebraska Danger.