StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-114426576528502.jpg’, ‘Photo by James Thompson’, ‘More than 6,000 fans crowded the MetroCentre April 1 for the debut of the Rock River Raptors United Indoor Football team. The Raptors fell 46-20 to the Sioux Falls Storm, but fans still welcomed the teamand its mascotwith open arms. For more photos of the home opener, see pages V6-V7.’);
The United Indoor Football (UIF) league made its premiere in Rockford April 1 as the Sioux Falls Storm handed the Rock River Raptors their first loss of the season, 46-20, in front of more than 6,194 fans at the MetroCentre.
The Storm jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead on a 7-yard touchdown run by quarterback Terrance Bryant.
The Raptors came right back as they drove the ball to the Storm 1-yard line, and quarterback Ben Sankey took it the last yard. After the extra point by Dillon Pieffer, the Raptors had their only lead of the game at 7-6.
Sioux Falls took control of the game in the second quarter, outscoring Rock River 21-0 to lead 33-7 at halftime.
Sankey ended the night with 103 yards passing on 11 of 21 attempts. Bryant threw for 120 yards and one touchdown.
Luke McArdle made his season debut for the Raptors, catching six passes for 61 yards.
Rock River (1-1) travels to Bloomington, Ind., for a game with the Bloomington Extreme (1-1) April 8, then heads to Sioux Falls April 15 for a re-match against the Storm.
The Raptors next home game is set for 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 22, at the MetroCentre against the Peoria Rough Riders. For tickets and more information, contact the Raptors office at 965-7000 or the MetroCentre Box Office at 968-5222.
From the April 5-11, 2006, issue