Written by Kayley Shade, Director of Social Media Marketing
Sioux Falls, SD -
The Sioux Falls Storm traveled to Wichita Falls for a battle of the top two teams in the United Conference on Saturday, April 29th. The Wichita Falls Nighthawks proved to be too much for the Sioux Falls Storm as the Nighthawks won 44-36.
The first quarter was a back and forth battle but Sioux Falls would score first after a one-yard run by Rashard Smith. Wichita Falls answered back with a six-yard run from Tyler Williams. Justin Syrovatka would put the Storm ahead 10-7 after a successful 21-yard field goal. The Nighthawks would end the first quarter with a three-yard rushing touchdown by Tyler Williams and a 10-14 lead.
The Storm would hit another 21-yard field goal by Justin Syrovatka to cut the lead to 13-14. The Nighthawks would extend their lead to 13-21 after a Tyler Williams four-yard run. Robbie Rouse, the Storm's running back, answered back with a one-yard rushing touchdown bringing the Storm within two points. The Nighthawks quarterback Charles McCullum threw a 19-yard touchdown to Troy Evans to give them a 19-28 lead at the half.
Wichita Falls would start the third quarter with Charles McCullum hitting Demarius Washington for a three-yard touchdown bringing the score to 19-34. Storm quarterback Lorenzo Brown connected with Dominick Goodman for a five-yard touchdown giving the Nighthawks a 26-41 lead. Storm quarterback Lorenzo Brown threw a 27-yard touchdown to Drew Powell ending the third quarter with a 33-41 deficit.
The fourth quarter was a schowcase of kickers after both teams scored only field goals. First Rockne Belmonte would hit a 21-yard field goal and then Justin Syrovatka booted a 22-yard field goal to end the game with a final score of 36-44.
Lorenzo Brown threw 12 of 22 for 98 yards for two touchdowns and two interceptions, he also rushed seven times for 55 yards. Korey Williams had for rushes for 51 yards. Drew Powell tallied three grabs for 45 yards and one touchdown, while Rashard Smith caught four passes for 37 yards. Tyler Knight and Carlton Watkins each had nine total tackles for the Storm.
The Storm (8-1) will host the Spokane Empire (6-2) on May 6th in a rematch of last season's United Bowl.