RALSTON, Neb. — After an up-and-down regular season and a back-and-forth first half, the Bloomington Edge wound up with an early exit from the Champions Indoor Football playoffs.
Jonathan Ray's second touchdown run put the Omaha Beef ahead for good in the second quarter Saturday as the Edge finished coach Ameer Ismail's first season with a 43-30 loss in their conference semifinal at Ralston Arena.
Following the game, Edge running back Darrelynn Dunn announced his retirement on Twitter, saying he "played my last snap ever."
"It hurts knowing this will be my last time ever playing, but I know my calling is to pass my knowledge on to the youth," he tweeted, also thanking his coaches and touting the "importance of brotherhood."
Dunn scored 27 touchdowns in the regular season, with 23 coming on the ground. He rushed for 12 scores in 2016.
Dunn was held to 13 yards on 10 carries against Omaha but led the team with seven catches for 81 yards with one TD.
After Dunn's TD on a 9-yard pass from Caleb Holbrook tied the game at 6-6, a successful onside kick set up Cody Barber's 53-yard field goal that gave the Edge (7-6) the lead at the first quarter break.
The teams traded scores before Ray's 2-yard sweep put the Beef up 19-16 with 3:12 left in the second quarter. After Holbrook had a tipped pass intercepted, Travis Ribbing scored from the 22 on screen from Anthony Iannotti to give Omaha a 10-point halftime cushion.
Holbrook connected with JJ Hayes on a 39-yard TD and recovered a blocked PAT kick for a two-point conversion that made it 26-24 early in the third, but Bloomington got no closer as Omaha (8-5) advanced to meet top-seeded Sioux City (10-3) in the conference finals.
Edge receiver Marcus Lewis caught the other two of Holbrook's four TD passes. Holbrook finished with 196 yards on 16-of-31 passing with two interceptions.