SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Bloomington Extreme dropped a pivotal test against the Sioux Falls Storm, 60-28, at the Storm Shelter on Saturday night.
“They are a championship program and they played like it and we did not,” said Bloomington coach Mike Murray after his team’s second straight loss. “This is an old fashioned butt-kicking.
“We never challenged them. The game was never really out of their hands. We didn’t come out and play like we’re capable of playing.”
The Extreme have only scored a combined 46 points the past two games.
“We’re not clicking,” Murray said. “We’re not executing the easy things. They gave us a great illustration of where we need to get to.”
Bloomington’s offense sputtered in the first half, averaging 2.8 yards on 31 plays. After a booming 54-yard Peter Christofilakos field goal gave the Extreme a short-lived 3-0 lead, Bloomington’s next three possessions ended in a blocked kick, an interception and a missed 46-yard attempt.
Even a positive play quickly turned negative. Johnny Gray’s 13-yard TD catch pulled the Extreme within 14-9, but the extra point was blocked and returned for two points. On the next Sioux Falls snap, James Terry ran 44 yards untouched to push the Storm lead to 23-9.
Another Gray TD reception got Bloomington within a touchdown, but Sioux Falls followed with a second-straight one-play drive on a 23-yard scoring pass to former Extreme receiver Carl Sims. The ensuing kickoff was misplayed, leading to an illegal block penalty in the end zone for a safety and a 32-16 Storm lead.
The Extreme (7-3) fell into a second-place tie with Chicago in the Great Lakes Division, a half-game behind Green Bay. The Chicago Slaughter, which hosts Bloomington next weekend, and the Blizzard both won Saturday.
Sioux Falls, which came in averaging 80.5 points per game, improved to 9-0 with its sixth win in six all-time meetings with Bloomington.
Storm star Chris Dixon completed 10 of his first 15 passes for 125 yards and three TDs. His counterpart, Rocky Hinds, completed 24 of his 41 passes for 173 yards and four scores. Dixon was intercepted twice and Hinds four times.
Hinds’ last interception with 2:56 left was run back 14 yards for a touchdown by Tyler Knight. Hinds rushed four times for 18 yards. James Walton was the top receiver with six catches for 62 yards.
Bloomington pulled within 60-28 on a 2-yard pass to John Cooper with 1:25 to go. A Christofilakos drop kick failed.
AT SIOUX FALLS, S.D.
Bloomington 3 13 6 6 - 28
Sioux Falls 7 25 14 14 - 60
B — Christofilakos 46 FG
S — Sims 15 pass from Dixon (Douglass kick)
S — Sims 7 run (Douglass kick)
B — Gray 3 pass from Hinds (Chirstofilakos kick)
S — Sims 23 pass from Dixon (Douglass kick)
S — Dixon 5 run (Douglass kick)
B — Cooper 12 pass from Hinds (kick failed)
S — Jones 2 run (Douglass kick)
S — Sims 16 pas from Dixon (Douglass kick)
S — Knight 14 intercept return (Douglass kick)
B — Cooper 2 pass from Hinds (drop kick failed)
First downs 15 19
Total Net Yards 190 291
Rushes-yards 14-27 28-166
Passing 163 125
Comp-Att-Int 24-41-4 10-15-2
Penalties-Yards 6-35 3-24
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0
RUSHING – Sioux Falls: Jones 12-68, Terry 2-45, Dixon 12-41, Walker 2-12; Bloomington: Hinds 4-18, Blackwell 8-9, Johnson 1-1, Gray 1-minus 1.
PASSING – Sioux Falls: Dixon 10-15-2-125. Bloomington: Hinds 24-41-4-173.
RECEIVING – Sioux Falls: Sims 3-54, Terry 2-31, Jones 2-22, Wilson 3-18. Bloomington: Walton 6-62, Gray 5-44, Johnson 7-43, Cooper 3-17, Blackwell 3-7.