Grand Island, NE - The Colorado Crush came to the Heartland Events Center and looked to get their first win of the season. Instead, they left with a disappointing loss to the Nebraska Danger 55-23.
The first quarter was very one-sided in favor for the Danger. After scoring on the opening possession, the next two Nebraska touchdowns came after missed field goals by Colorado kicker, Spencer Groner. The longest of the Danger's scores came on a pass from quarterback Patrick McCain to Dello Davis on a 19-yard strike. At the end of the quarter, Nebraska led Colorado 21-0 and held the Crush to only nine plays for a total of -7 yards.
"Our defense was playing lights out to start this game. And for this being Patrick's first full game, he played pretty clean and did a good job managing the offense," said Head Coach Hurtis Chinn.
Colorado made some progress in the second quarter with some help from the Danger. On Nebraska's first possession, Dello Davis fumbled the ball and Colorado was able to put together their first scoring drive of the night. Wide Receiver Tim Lukas caught a pass to put the Crush on the board with six minutes left in the half. Both teams got on the board with another field goal before the half ended with Nebraska leading 24-10
Colorado got on the board first to start the second half. Receiver Kyle Kaiser hauled in a pass to get the Crush back within one possession, 24-16. Then Nebraska defensive back Demetruce McNeal got the ball right back for the Danger with an interception. Nebraska then put together a quarter-ending drive with a rush by McCain to score the touchdown for the Danger, extending their lead, 34-17.
Colorado kept up the back and forth scoring to begin the fourth quarter when running back Josh Ford punched in a Crush touchdown. A missed PAT kept the deficit at two possessions for Colorado, with a score of 34-23. After Nebraska got the ball back, they put together a drive that lasted for over five minutes and was capped with an end-around play to Dello Davis who scored the touchdown. Nebraska now led by 18 points, 41-23. Colorado tried to push down the field to score again, but were intercepted by Nebraska's McNeal, his second interception for the night. Then the Danger hit receiver Dimitri Stimphil for a 40-yard touchdown pass. The game ended with a score of 55-23, after the Danger scored again on a forced fumble in the end zone.
"We played really well this week. Against Sioux Falls we didn't finish strong, but tonight we pulled it together and played a complete game. Colorado is a good team, but our guys stepped up to the challenge," said Chinn.
Nebraska next plays at the Heartland Events Center on April 7th against the Arizona Rattlers.