The Slaughter’s losing streak continues as they have now lost 4 in row and Bloomington avenges their season opening loss to Chicago. Here is how it all went down:

First Quarter: The Slaughter started the game with a roughing the passer penalty which put Bloomington in Slaughter territory. On the next play Edge Quarterback Dusty Burk threw a 15 yard touchdown pass to Wide Receiver Ricardo Lenhart. The extra point gave the Edge a 7-0 lead at the 13:40 mark. When the Slaughter offense took the field for the first time, Backup Quarterback Perry Patterson wound up starting. His first pass attempt was intercepted by Bloomington Defensive Back Ameer Ismail which put the Edge on the Slaughter 14 yard line.

Three plays later, Dusty Burk would get his second touchdown pass of the night when he found Receiver  John Cooper in the end zone from 9 yards out. The Edge would go up 14-0 with 10:23 left in the quarter. But the Slaughter would start big on their next kick return.  Running Back Lucien Walker returned the kick 41 yards to start the Slaughter offense on the Bloomington 9 yard line. 4 plays later the Slaughter would finally get their first touchdown of the game. On 4th and goal from the 1 yard line, Running Back Daniel DuFrene punched it in to cut the Edge’s lead to 14-7 with 8:23 remaining.

Afterwards when Bloomington got back on the field, an encroachment penalty helped Bloomington move into Slaughter territory again. Then 3 plays later, Bloomington gets a rushing touchdown from 4 yards out. It was run in by Running Back Andre Raymond. But the Edge would miss the extra point making the score 20-7 with 5:31 remaining. On the next series for the Slaughter, an encroachment call against the Edge helped get them into the red zone.

On the very next play Perry Patterson found Wide Receiver Earnest Jackson in the back of the end zone for a 9 yard touchdown pass. The score was now 20-14 with at the 3:51 mark. On the next series for the Edge, Dusty Burk drove the team downfield. 2 huge pass plays, followed by 2 QB scrambles, the Edge ended up on the Slaughter 4 yard line. On 1st and goal, Running Back Eric Gray would score on his first run of the game. The 1st quarter would end at that point with Bloomington leading 27-14.

Second Quarter: The Slaughter started the 2nd quarter on the right foot. They took the opening kickoff the whole way thanks to Running Back Lucien Walker. It was his second score of the game and the Slaughter cut the lead to 27-20, they missed the extra point. Then when they kicked the ball off to the Edge, it was fumbled by their returner and the Slaughter took possession at the 25 yard line. They weren’t able to find the end zone but they did get a 28 yard field goal on their next drive.

The score was Bloomington 27 Slaughter 23 with 12:36 left before halftime. But just when it looked like the Slaughter were about to get back into it, their momentum was taken away with another Edge touchdown. Dusty Burk hooked up with John Cooper for the second time. It was 34-23 with 11:27 left before halftime. But the Slaughter would not let that deter them. On the first play after the next kickoff, Daniel Dufrene took a handoff and with help by his teammates pushing him, he took it 27 yards to the Edge 12 yard line.

On the next play Perry Patterson would connect with Ernest Jackson for another touchdown pass. And at the 10:25 mark Bloomington now held a 4 point lead 34-30. But they would increase that lead on their next drive when Dusty Burk hit Receiver David Brown from 14 yards to go up 41-30 at the 7:22 mark. But the Slaughter would keep on kicking as on their next drive they would go 38 yards in 6 plays and cap the drive off with an 11 yard touchdown pass from Perry Patterson to Ernest Jackson, the third time they connected during the game. It was now 41-37 with 2:50 left before halftime.But the Edge would catch the Slaughter secondary sleeping on the next drive. On the very first play Dusty Burk would throw a 46 yard bomb to Receiver Charles Dowdell. The Edge went up 47-37 with 1:43 remaining before halftime. And just before the half ended, the Slaughter drove all the way down to the Bloomington 3 yard line. They would settle for a 10 yard field goal at the 2nd quarter buzzer. They would trail 47-40 at halftime.

Third Quarter: The Slaughter received the opening kickoff of the 2nd half and went into a no-huddle offense. They would start the drive by missing a 21 yard field goal at the 12:02 mark. The Slaughter defense would finally be able to get a stop in the 3rd. They held Bloomington on their first 2nd half possession, the Edge would miss a 40 yard field goal. It was still 47-40 Bloomington with 9:28 left in the quarter.

Then on the Slaughter’s next possession, Perry Patterson narrowly avoided getting sacked by throwing a shovel pass to Running Back Lucien Walker. Walker would take the shovel pass 43 yards for a touchdown. The extra point would tie the game at 47 at the 8:13 mark. When Bloomington’s offense took the field again, they threw an interception to Slaughter defensive back Patrick Jackson. He returned it to the 15 yard line, but a Slaughter penalty took them back to the 7 yard line.

But they would march all 43 yards down the field and cap the drive off with another touchdown. Perry Patterson threw an 8 yard touchdown pass to Receiver Shatone Powers {Former Riverside-Brookfield, Northern Illinois, and Chicago Rush standout}. At this point the Slaughter had their first lead of the night 54-47 at the 5:22 mark. But at the 3:48 mark the Edge would try to tie the game when Dusty Burk found Ricardo Lenhart for another touchdown from 18 yards out.

But the Edge would miss the extra point, the Slaughter were now hanging onto a one point lead 54-53. When the Slaughter got trapped deep in their own territory, they attempted a 60 yard field goal from the back of their own end zone which was no good. But the Slaughter would pick up points on defense when Defensive Ends Ronnie Mason and Chris Walker would sack Edge QB Dusty Burk in his own end zone to take a 56-53 lead with just 15 seconds left in the quarter.

The Slaughter would run just one play before the 3rd quarter buzzer sounded. It was 56-53 heading into the 4th quarter.

Fourth Quarter: The Slaughter would begin the 4th by piling on the points. Kicker Chris Nendick would hit his second field goal of the night from 22 yards away. The Slaughter led 59-53 at the 12:35 mark in the 4th quarter. When the Slaughter went back on defense they committed a huge illegal contact penalty in the red zone giving the Edge the back on the ball on the 8 yard line. And it would lead to Dusty Burk throwing yet another touchdown pass to Ricardo Lenhart to take a 60-59 lead at the 10:23 mark.

On the Slaughters next offensive possession, penalties got them into huge trouble. They went for a 40 yard field goal which was blocked and returned for a touchdown by Bloomington Defensive Back James Temple. The Edge would now lead 67-59 with 6:55 left in the game. But the Slaughter would score in just 2 plays on the next drive when Perry Patterson hit Eyad Salem from 15 yards out. But Patterson’s next pass on the 2 point conversion attempt would go incomplete. Bloomington now lead 67-65 with 6:34 left in regulation. With just under 3 minutes left the Slaughter made a huge stop on 3rd down in their own territory. It forced a 38 yard field goal attempt for the Edge and Edge kicker Pete Christofilakos would make good on it. This gave Bloomington a 70-65 lead with 2:08 left. Bloomington would hang onto their 70-65 lead for the victory after Perry Patterson got sacked twice and turned the ball over on a fumble on the Slaughter’s last offensive possession.

While the Slaughter’s defense got it together in the 2nd half, mistakes on both offense and special teams would hurt them in the 2nd half. Penalties also killed the Slaughter in the 2nd half. Now the season series between the Slaughter and the Edge is evened up at 1 game a piece. The Edge improve to 5-1 while the Slaughter fall to 1-4. The Slaughter have much to improve on in practice before embarking on a 2 game road trip which will take them to Sioux Falls and Green Bay. They will return home on April 21st to take on the Green Bay Blizzard.

Coach McMichael has a lot of work ahead of him. Also, I must apologize for not having any video content this week. The Slaughter’s front office was a little uncooperative and didn’t give me much access. I apologize to you the Q101 nation for not being able to post video for the 2nd straight week. But I thank you for the love anyway. Here are the final stats from tonight’s game: http://iflstats.fbstats.pointstreak.com/football/boxscore-ingame.html?gameid=31770

In related news, the Chicago Rush continue their winning ways. They won their first road game of the season with an overtime thriller against the Iowa Barnstormers. The Rush wins by a score of 62-61. They will return home to Allstate Arena next Saturday to take on the Kansas City Command. Thank you to all of my Twitter followers. Any new followers can find me on Twitter @GabeSalgado82 hashtag #Q101Sports.

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