INDOOR FOOTBALL: Axemen begin long road swing tonight at Cedar Rapids
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji Axemen will go over a month without playing a game at the Sanford Center. The three-game road trip begins today against the Cedar Rapids Titans at 7:05 p.m.
Bemidji (2-2) has suffered both of its losses to the Nebraska Danger, including a 48-38 loss at home last week.
Cedar Rapids (3-1) sits above Bemidji in the United Conference and is on a three-game winning streak after dropping its first game of the season to Texas.
Although it is their first regular season meeting of the season, the teams are familiar opponents after facing off twice in the preseason.
The Titans were victorious in each game, winning 42-30 and 22-11, but the Axemen have made offensive strides since the preseason. Bemidji’s offensive explosion came two weeks ago in a 92-47 win over Wyoming and the squad appeared to be playing at a similar pace last week with 38 points early in the third quarter before Nebraska’s defense locked down.
Tonight’s game should be an offensive affair as Bemidji enters the contest with a league-best 263.8 yards per game, while Cedar Rapids boasts the league’s best rushing attack of 119.5 yards per outing.
While the Axemen and Titans both average exactly 47.2 points per game, the defenses have a little more separation.
Cedar Rapids is allowing just 181.2 yards per game, more than 30 yards fewer than any other IFL team, while Bemidji’s defense ranks eighth, allowing 272.2 yards per game.
The Axemen will play in Cedar Rapids twice before they return home as they will return for a second matchup on April 19.
Bemidji will return home, where it is 2-1 this season, April 25 when it hosts the Green Bay Blizzard.