The Sioux City Stampede finished with an impressive 9-0 season winning the Midwest Football Alliance Championship. They played the Des Moines Blaze and beat them 43-12 in Omaha, NE at Ralston High School.
Heading into the game, where both teams were technically visitors, the Blaze had a chip on their shoulders…. a defeat to the Stampede earlier this season but the Stampede also had a chip on theirs….a defeat in last years championship match.
Both teams came prepared and were ready to battle it out but it was the Stampede who started the scoring and proved to be too much for Des Moines jumping out to a 14 point leading heading into the second quarter.
Des Moines would score to come within 8 points but the Stampede never let up and continued their dominate ways outscoring the Blaze in every quarter and shutting them out in the 4th to take the win and bring home the trophy.
Stampede starting quarterback Scott Manley finished with 195 yards for two touchdowns. He also had a rushing TD. TJ James and Larry Taylor also helped in the running game with 104 yards for James and 62 for Taylor. Both had touchdowns. Receiver, Bret Van Muyden, had 4 catches for 66 yards and one touchdown while Jake McDonald came out of nowhere with 6 catches for 123 yards and one touchdown as well.
The big difference in this game was the Stampede defense and they did not let up. They deflected a total of 8 passes and forced 7 interceptions returning one for a touchdown. They put their offense in great scoring position every time they took the field.
Joshua Collins had two of those deflections and two inceptions. He also returned one for the touchdown. Titus Bland had five tackles and one deflection. Dex Gordon had a deflection and an interception as well as a sack. Warren Joiner had two deflections and one interception and Tyrae Kemp had 5 tackles, one sack, and two deflections. Mike Trobaugh added one interception and three tackles while Jason Warren added two more interceptions for the Stampede.
It was a huge team effort the entire season for the Stampede from the coaching staff, players, and even the community and they finally got what they have been working for. The Midwest Football Alliance Championship. Congrats Sioux City Stampede!!
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