Green Bay, WI: Play defense and run the ball. Those were the two main staples of the Green Bay Blizzard in 2012. If Thursday night’s preseason game against the Cedar Rapids Titans is any indication they will again be the main staples of the 2013.
The Blizzard defeated the Cedar Rapids Titans 67-47 on Mediacom Field at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena Thursday Night. The Blizzard rushed for six touchdowns, scored a defensive touchdown on one of the first plays of the game, and led the entire game.
The Cedar Rapids Titans came into the game sporting a new look from 2012. Headed by new Head Coach Mark Stoute, as well as several former Blizzard players including RB LaRon Council, WR Bryan Pray , WR Desmond Tardy and LB Trevor Glomski the Titans looked to try finally end their losing streak against the Blizzard.
Green Bay, again led by two-time IFL Coach of the Year, Robert Fuller, got off to an incredibly hot start as LB Derek Earls recovered a Cedar Rapids fumble for a touchdown on the Titans first drive. Earls then recovered another Titans fumble on their next possession setting up a short field for RB Joshua Murray to give the Blizzard an early 13-0 lead.
The Blizzard never looked back and never trailed throughout the game. Murray would again score in the first quarter, his second of three touchdowns on the night, and help give the Blizzard a 27-14 lead going into the second quarter.
The Blizzard would continue to pile on the points in the second quarter as RB Joel Yogerst, WR Justin Williams, RB Levell Coppage all scored touchdowns and helped give the Blizzard a 47-33 lead at halftime. The Blizzard’s 47 points at halftime would have tied a franchise record had the game been a regular season game.
Both teams defenses stiffened in the third quarter as neither team found the endzone. Both teams forced each other to turn the ball over on downs deep into each other’s territory. The Blizzard then added three more touchdowns in the fourth quarter and were able to hold off the Titans.
The Blizzard’s three headed rushing attack of RB Joshua Murray, RB Levell Coppage and RB Joel Yogerst combined for five rushing touchdown. Murray and Coppage each finished the night with two touchdowns while Yogerst added another one.
he Blizzard, who have been in training camp practice since Feb. 1 will make roster cuts within the next few days in preparation for next week’s season opener. The Blizzard will take on the defending United Bowl Champions Sioux Falls Storm on Fri. Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are still available at the Resch Center Box Office.