Written by Chris Mabry
Frisco Fighters 27, Massachusetts Pirates 30
After a slow start in the first quarter, the game picked up steam as points were being scored and both sides were competitive. The Frisco Fighters had two coaches lose sideline privileges and one player being ejected. All three accrued a unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Then in the fourth quarter with 4 seconds left in the game it came down to one kick and it was all on Pirates kicker Josh Gabl. If he makes it, Massachusetts wins. If it's missed, we go in overtime. The kick went through the uprights and ended the game with the Pirates winning and starting the 2022 season 1-0. Josh Gabi ended up being the IFL's special teams player of the week.
Bismarck Bucks 26, Green Bay Blizzard 23
Like the Frisco-Massachusetts game, the list few seconds of the Bismarck-Green Bay game came down to one play. The Blizzard had control of the ball and were about to score a touchdown. If they score the touchdown, they could go for two and win the game. They got their touchdown but as they did, time expired ending any hope of coming back. Bismarck quarterback Tahj Tolbert was named the offensive player of the week. He led the Bucks to their first win of the season over the Green Bay Blizzard, 26-23, on Saturday in Green Bay. Tolbert threw 16-27 passes for 104 yards and three touchdowns. Tolbert led the Bucks to a 16-10 first half lead. He also started the second half with a 28 yard score to receiver, Rob Brown, extending their lead to 23-10.
Quad City Steamwheelers 25, Sioux Falls Storm 34
After being the one and only team to win a game in 2020, the Quad City Steamwheelers make their return to the field after sitting out last year. Unfortunately they couldn't keep up with the Sioux Falls Storm as they won by the final of 34-25 a two possession game. Defensive player of the week Marquis Hendrix for the Sioux Falls Storm delivered jarring hits and defended dasher board to dasher board. He finished the night with eleven total tackles, one sack and one tackle for loss.
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