Storm Title Streak Comes To An End
Sioux Falls loses to Arizona Rattlers In United Bowl
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Arizona Rattlers defeated the Sioux Falls Storm, 50-41, in the United Bowl to win the Indoor Football League title in their first season in the league.
The defeat ends the Storm United Bowl victory streak at six consecutive years.
After a Korey Williams kickoff return made it tied at seven, the Rattlers scored 27 unanswered points.
Down 34-7, the Storm would make a comeback just as quick.
Sioux Falls would go on to return the favor by scoring 21 unanswered points in the third quarter, getting the game as close as 34-28.
From there, however, the Rattlers would maintain their lead and hold on to defeat the Storm at the Denny Sanford Premier Center.
“We knew they were going to make a run. They’re a great organization, we knew they were going to make a run and they did. But we settled down in the fourth quarter and finished it off,” said Arizona Head Coach Kevin Guy.
“We had to come out tough, we knew this was a good team. Kudos to Sioux Falls, they’re a great team but we had to bring our A game today,” said Rattlers Quarterback Cody Sokol.
“I think the first half we kind of was trying to worry about not making a mistake, you know, instead of going out there and playing hard and punching them in the mouth,” said Storm Linebacker Tyler Knight.
“We didn’t play good football; we played mistake football, like coach said. With a good team like that…you can’t put yourself in a hole and expect to come back like we’ve had previous times this year against the sub-par teams in our league,” said Storm Quarterback Lorenzo Brown.
“We, as coaches, told the guys we want 21 guys that are going to go down swinging and if you’re not going to, don’t come out. And they came out and did exactly that. The guys played their hearts out in the second half. It kind of what we did this year. We dug ourselves in a hole all year but we always found a way to come out of it. Tonight, we just couldn’t do that,” said Sioux Falls Head Coach Kurtiss Riggs.