Blaze Start the Season 1-0 in a Defensive Battle in Des Moines
The Madison Blaze travelled to Iowa to take on the Iowa Crush on April 12 to open the 2014 Season. After a long cold winter, the teams were granted nice weather to start the season with a temperature of about 70 degrees for the 7:00 pm Kick-off.
The Blaze’s Chelsea Alt booted a 48 yard Kick-Off to open the game. Despite a good return into Blaze territory to begin their opening drive, the Blaze kept the Crush off the scoreboard in the first stop of what turned out to be a defensively dominated game.
After the stop, the Blaze took over on downs but were unable to achieve a first down. After the stop, Brenda Seggerman booted a beautiful 49 yard punt to improve the Blaze field position. After 3 possessions by Iowa , 2 possessions by Madison and an impressive defensive performance by both teams the 1st Quarter ended with no score.
The empty scoreboard changed quickly as the 2nd quarter began. The Blaze had the Crush pinned deep in their own territory to start the 2nd Quarter when Kara Haines picked off an Iowa pass attempt and returned the ball 12 yards for a touchdown. After a successful PAT by Alt, the Blaze led 7-0.
Iowa got into the end zone late in the 2nd Quarter but were unable to capitalize on a 2 Point conversion, making the score 7-6 Blaze.
The Blaze were more successful offensively in the 3rd quarter putting together a couple of sustained drives, which included 5 first downs but were unable to punch the ball into the end zone.
The 4th Quarter started with the Blaze driving deep into Iowa territory The Blaze were facing a 4th and 2 on the Iowa 14 yard line when the officials halted the game due to lightening.
After about a one hour wait with everyone looking to the sky and tracking the storm on their smart phones, it became apparent that the teams would not be able to take the field again. The game was determined to be complete and the Madison Blaze took home a 7-6 victory to start the 2014 Season 1-0.
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See Flickr for pictures from the game!