They are a football dynasty but most of the United States (outside of South Dakota) have no idea about the indoor football team that has just won their sixth straight title. Their most recent title was a 55-34 win over the Spokane Empire in the United Bowl in front of over 9,000 fans at Denny Sanford Premier Center on Saturday night. The United Bowl is the title game for the Indoor Football League.
The Storm fell behind early when Spokane quarterback Charles Dowdell hit J.J. Hayes on a touchdown pass to take the early 7-0 lead. Sioux Falls scored the next 20 points – all in the second quarter – but then the Empire scored with three seconds left in the quarter as the Storm went into halftime with a 20-13 lead.
The Storm stormed out in the third quarter with a 49-yard touchdown pass on their first play when quarterback Lorenzo Brown connected with Mike Tatum. The Storm found the end zone four more times while the Empire could only put up 21 points. The Storm sealed the win when Korey Williams found the end zone on a two-yard run late in the fourth quarter.
The Storm finished the season 17-1 and had one of the most unique title runs in the team’s history. Before the season new league rules forced the Storm to let go of many of their veterans. Later, a scheduling glitch forced them to wait a month between their season finale and playoff opener.
Saturday’s title win was the team’s 10th overall title.
The Storm claimed several league awards for the 2016 season:
- Franchise of the Year
- Best Fan Base
- Community Relations Award
Sioux Falls has been playing indoor football since 2000. They have compiled a record of 225-54 during that time. They have never had a losing season.