Bloomington, Ill. – In the first game of the regular season the Bloomington Edge hammered the Western Michigan Ironmen 64-20. Six weeks later the Ironmen flipped the script handing the Edge their second loss of the year 56-34. The Edge showed the signs of playing their second road game in eight days and struggled with consistency.
The Ironmen scored on the opening possession of the game when running back Alex Carder scored from one yard out to cap off a five play drive. Bloomington drove all the way down to the Western Michigan one yard line on the ensuing drive, but then turned the ball over on a quarterback sneak. That would be the first of four turnovers by the Edge.
After a Dontae McCoy interception, the Edge tied the score at 7 when quarterback Caleb Holbrook found wide receiver J.J. Hayes in the end zone from two yards out. After another stop by the Edge defense, Holbrook would hook up with Hayes again to put Bloomington in front 14-7.
The Ironmen offense was clicking for most of the night. They answered quickly scoring in just three plays to tie the game at 14. The Edge appeared to jump back in front when Mitch Moore ran the following kick off back for a touchdown, but a penalty negated the impressive return. It was one of 14 penalties called against Bloomington on the evening.
After two more Western Michigan second quarter touchdowns, the Edge went in to the locker room at half time down 27-14.
Being behind two scores in the second half had not been a problem for Bloomington in previous games. They had shown the ability to fight their way back all season, but every time the Edge scored the Ironmen answered. Marcus Lewis caught his third touchdown pass of the game with 56 seconds left in the fourth quarter, but by that time the outcome was no longer in doubt.
The Edge still sit in second place in the CIF North and will travel to Sioux City Iowa next week to take on the first place and undefeated Bandits. Bloomington will return home on April 22nd for their third match-up with Kansas City. For tickets please call (484) 840-343 or visit www.bloomingtonedge.net.
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The Bloomington Edge is entering its 12th season of bringing professional indoor football to the Bloomington-Normal area. The Edge is a proud member of the Champions Indoor Football League (CIF), a 14-team league with teams from Muskegon, MI to Belton, TX. For more information on the Edge and CIF, please log on to www.bloomingtonedge.net or www.gocif.net.