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AUDIO: Storm Head Coach Kurtiss Riggs talks about the win over Chicago

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Storm HC Kurtiss Riggs
Photo Courtesy of Sioux Falls Storm
Storm HC Kurtiss Riggs Photo Courtesy of Sioux Falls Storm
Storm Head Coach Kurtiss Rig... (Download MP3)

SIOUX FALLS, SD (KWSN) - The Sioux Falls Storm (7-4) defeated the Chicago Slaughter (7-5) 53-38 on Saturday night at the Storm shelter. This game gives the Storm their 29th straight win at home. The record is 36 straight home wins set from 2005-2009. Saturday night was also Military appreciation night at the arena, which the Sioux Falls Storm proudly supports.  

Chicago couldn’t muster together any offense on their first drive but a 51-yard field goal by Chris Nendick put the Slaughter up first 3-0. The Storm evened the contest back up when kicker Parker Douglass connected on a field goal from 24-yards out.  

With 6:48 remaining in the first quarter, Nendick put in a 34-yard field goal for the Slaughter to give Chicago a 6-3 lead. The Storm captured their first lead of the game when back up quarterback Martevious Young ran in a 3-yard touchdown to make it 10-6.   

Late in the quarter the Slaughter scored on a 34-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Cody Kirby to wide out Eyad Salem. At the end of the first quarter Chicago led the Storm 13-10.  

Sioux Falls quarterback Terrance Bryant threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to wide out Mike Tatum to start the second quarter. The extra point was missed but the Storm still grabbed back the lead 16-13.  

Chicago answered right back tying the game at 16 on their next possession. Nendick made his third field goal of the night, this one being from 42-yards out. The Storm re-captured the momentum when Bryant hit wide out Clinton Solomon for a 41-yard touchdown pass making it 23-16 Sioux Falls.

0:56 left in the second quarter back up Young connected with wide out James Terry for a 2-yard touchdown pass to make it a 30-16 Storm lead. Chicago made it a 30-23 game on their next play from scrimmage. Kirby connected with Salem on a 25-yard touchdown. At the half the Storm led the Slaughter 30-23.  

The first points of the third quarter came with 5:04 remaining. The Storm scored an extended its lead 37-23 on a 5-yard touchdown run by Young. Sioux Falls defense took over on the next Chicago possession when defensive end Jeremiah Price sacked Kirby for a safety making it a 39-23 Storm lead.  

On the kickoff following the safety, Roy Polite returned it 37-yards to the house increasing the Storms lead to 46-23. At the end of the third quarter, Sioux Falls had the lead 46-23.   On a forth and long, Chicago found their lady luck. Kirby connected with wide out J.J. Hayes for a 22-yard touchdown. The Sioux Falls Storm still led 46-30. Bryant threw an interception on the Storms next drive, which was returned for a touchdown. The Slaughter was successful on the two-point conversion making it a 46-38 Storm lead.  

With 8:47 remaining in the game, Sioux Falls extended the score 53-38 on a 3-yard touchdown run by Young. The Slaughter couldn’t put together any more success on offense as they ran out of gas. Sioux Falls was victorious with a final score of 53-38 to improve to 7-4 on the season.  

Terrance Bryant finished the game throwing for 234 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Martevious Young finished the game with three rushing touchdown on only 12-yards rushing.  

Cody Kirby threw for 167 yards and three touchdowns for Chicago. Salem had 59 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Hayes had one touchdown for 65-yards receiving.  

Storm Head Coach Kurtiss Riggs joined Sports Talk with Craig and Chris Monday and recapped the game vs. Chicago. 

The Sioux Falls Storm returns home next weekend when they host the Cedar Rapids Titans. Kick-off for the game is scheduled for 7:05.

Courtesy: Sioux Falls Storm

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