HOFFMAN ESTATES -- More offensive struggles plagued the Bloomington Extreme on Saturday, dropping the Indoor Football League team into third place after a once promising 7-1 start.
The Extreme were unable to overcome a 26-0 halftime deficit and suffered a 42-16 loss to the division-rival Chicago Slaughter at Sears Centre. The defeat sent Bloomington to a third consecutive loss for the first time since 2007.
"Back to the drawing board," Extreme coach Mike Murray said. "It's embarrassing."
The Extreme (7-4) defense surrendered just two touchdowns, but five Chris Nendick field goals and two scores by the Chicago defense proved too much for the scuffling Bloomington offense to overcome.
Bloomington quarterbacks completed just 11 of 29 passes as the Extreme gained just 104 yards. Haven Mosley, who replaced an ineffective Rocky Hinds in the second quarter, went 9-of-21 for 97 yards and was intercepted three times.
"We're going to find out what type of guys we've got in this locker room. At the end of the day we have enough talent to be winning ballgames," said Murray.
Daniel Dufrene and backup quarterback Anthony Kropp had rushing TDs for Chicago (8-3). Kropp replaced starter Ben Sankey, who had to be carried off the field in the fourth quarter and appeared unable to move his legs.
The Extreme finally cracked the scoreboard on Andre Raymond's 1-yard run with 3:25 left in the third quarter. Antonio Ficklin added a 3-yard return of a blocked kick and a 33-yard Pete Christofilakos field goal completed the Extreme scoring.
The Extreme's yardage total of 143 was hampered further by 11 penalties for 82 yards. Extreme linemen where flagged for four holding penalties on the team's final desperation drive.
"Chicago dominated us up front. I don't think I've seen that many holding penalties," said Murray. "We couldn't protect our quarterback and we couldn't connect on passes."
The offensive woes reached a new low in the scoreless first half as Bloomington managed just two first downs. Hinds completed just 2 of 8 passes on three drives before Mosley got the call from Murray.
Bloomington's defense twice denied the Slaughter on goal-to-go situations. Radtke's recovery of a blocked Christofilakos field goal attempt accounted for the only touchdown of the first half.
AT HOFFMAN ESTATES
C - Nendick 21-yd. field goal
C - Nendick 18-yd. field goal
C - Radtke blocked FG recovery in end zone (Nendick kick)
C - Nendick 35-yd. field goal
C - Dufrene 3-yd. run (Nendick kick)
C - Nendick 25-yd. field goal
B - Raymond 1-yd. run (Christofilakos kick)
B - Ficklin 3-yd. blocked FG return (kick failed)
C - Nendick 29-yd. field goal
B - Christofilakos 33-yd. field goal
C - Kropp 1-yd. run (kick blocked)
C - P.Jackson 44-yd. int. return (Nendick kick)
Total Net Yards...143...174
RUSHING - Bloomington: Mosley 3-18, Raymond 4-15, Hinds 1-6; Chicago: Dufrene 13-47, McArdle 3-5, Kropp 4-2, Sankey 1-1.
PASSING - Bloomington: Mosley 9-21-0-97, Hinds 2-8-0-13; Chicago: Sankey 16-26-0-122, Kropp 2-2-0-16.
RECEIVING - Bloomington: Walton 5-68, Johnson 2-29, Gray 3-8, Raymond 1-5; Chicago: McArdle 8-67, Powers 3-40, Robinson 2-11, Salem 2-11, Dufrene 4-9.
INTERCEPTIONS -Chicago: Radtke 2, P.Jackson.
SACKS - Bloomington: Kelly; Chicago: Wooldridge.
BLOOMINGTON - Mayberry 4-5-9, Holman 3-5-8, Taylor 1-7-8, McGee 3-4-7, Temple 2-4-6, Ficklin 2-3-5, Winn 0-5-5, Sams 1-3-4, Kelly 2-1-3.
CHICAGO - Radtke 3-5-8, P.Jackson 3-2-5, Rodgers 2-2-4, Wooldridge 2-2-4, Pisani 2-1-3, Kowalyshen 1-2-3, D.Jackson 0-2-2.