Courtesy: Green Bay Blizzard
Green Bay, WI-- The Green Bay Blizzard struggled to use effective field position to their advantage in the first half at the Resch Center Saturday night, and it ultimately led to the team's fourth consecutive loss to start the 2013 regular season, falling to United Conference rival Chicago Slaughter 27-14.
Despite running well over half of their plays in Chicago territory in the first half, the Blizzard only managed a mere six points.
After kicker Jordan Wettstein missed a short field goal on the team's opening possession, the Blizzard would force the first turnover of the game when LB Derek Earls forced a fumble on a run up the middle.
Donovan Porterie started the scoring for Green Bay with a 10 yard touchdown pass to newly acquired receiver Daryl Robinson late in the first quarter. Unfortunately, that would be most of the success Porterie and the rest of the team found through the air.
Chicago took its first lead of the game about halfway through the second quarter when QB Cody Kirby found John Cooper in the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown. This was following a Porterie interception, his sixth of the season.
The kicking game once again struggled for the Blizzard. Wettstein was 0-4 throughout the course of the game, with two of his attempts getting blocked. One of these blocks came from Slaughter DL Yemi Babalola, who came clean up the middle and later scooped the ball up in the end zone putting Chicago ahead 24-6.
One of the keys going into the game was whether or not the Blizzard defense could contain former Illinois standout Juice Williams. Despite holding him to 28 all-purpose yards, Williams made a one handed acrobatic catch in the end zone to put Chicago ahead 17-6 early in the third quarter. A successful two-point conversion gave the Slaughter the momentum they needed to eventually pull away and hold on for the win.
DB B.J. Hill gave Green Bay life late in the third after a one-yard rushing touchdown. With Chicago held deep in their own territory and facing a third and long, a costly unnecessary roughness penalty on DB Elijah Fields seemed to all but diminish the hopes of the Blizzard's first win of the season.
Green Bay will go on the road next week to face the Cedar Rapids Titans, who stand alone the United Conference standings with a record of 4-0. The Blizzard will return to the Resch for their next home game on April 20, when they face off against the Tri-Cities Fever.