KENT, Wash. – First half turnovers and penalties were costly as the Kent Predators dropped the opener of the Indoor Football League season to the Sioux Falls Storm, 105-71.
The second half was much cleaner for the Predators, but neither team was able to stop each other. Both teams scored 44 points in the final 30 minutes.
Predators quarterback Charles McCullum threw for 307 yards, 7 touchdowns and one interception in unofficial final stats. Andre Piper Jordan had 136 yards and four touchdowns receiving.
Chris Dixon led the Storm with 221 yards, 7 touchdowns and no picks. Lorenzo Brown and Dusty Hovorka combined for 186 yards and 5 touchdowns receiving.
The Predators were penalized 105 yards to the Storm’s 54.
The kicking game was also an issue for the Predators, as several of Dan Kleckner’s extra point attempts were either blocked or went wide. One, however, turned into an exciting play. His kick was blocked, but recovered by a teammate who threw it back to Kleckner for a 2-point conversion.
The next game for the Predators is March 6 against the Fairbanks Grizzlies. Kickoff at the ShoWare Center in Kent is 3:05 p.m.