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INDOOR FOOTBALL: Balentine's late score sinks former team

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Ryan Balentine's late touchdown lifted the Bemidji Axemen over his former team, the Green Bay Blizzard, in a dramatic 66-61 win Saturday.


Trailing by two points with eight seconds left, quarterback Cody Kirby found Balentine in the end zone from 15 yards out to deny Green Bay (0-9) its first win of the season.

The Blizzard took a 61-59 lead into the final minute thanks to a touchdown pass from Nathan Wara to Donte Sawyer.

Bemidji (5-4) overcame a 31-26 halftime deficit to pick up its third win over Green Bay this season.

Kirby finished the game with eight touchdowns -- seven passing and one rushing -- and 237 yards on the night.

Nick Truesdell was his favorite receiver, as he hauled in seven passes for 100 yards and four touchdowns.

The Axemen will host the Tri-Cities Fever next Saturday at the Sanford Center.

B 10 16 21 19 -- 66

GB 15 16 14 16 -- 61

First quarter

GB - Team safety, 14:50.

GB- Sawyer 10-pass from Wara. PAT, Trevino kick, 11:47.

B- Truesdell 30-pass from Kirby. PAT, Pulkinen kick, 11:29.

B- Pulkinen 20-kick, 7:01.

GB- London 19-pass from Wara. PAT, no good, 4:07.

Second quarter

GB- Walker 4-run, PAT Trevino kick, 12:58.

B- Truesdell 4-pass from Kirby. PAT, Pulkinen kick, 7:44.

GB- London 25-pass from Wara. PAT, no good, 5:26.

B- Truesdell 20-pass from Kirby. PAT, no good, 4:59.

B- Pulkinen 38-kick, :57.

GB- Trevino 20-kick, :00.

Third quarter

GB Walker 1-run. PAT, Trevino kick, 11:11.

B- Washington 30-pass from Kirby. PAT, Pulkinen kick, 9:27.

B- Kirby 1-run. PAT, Pulkinen kick, 7:18.

GB- Sawyer 9-pass from Wara. PAT, Trevino kick, 4:53.

B- Truesdell 5-pass from Kirby. PAT, Pulkinen kick, 3:01.

Fourth quarter

GB- Trevino 30-kick, 14:54.

GB- Willis 10-pass from Wara. PAT, Trevino kick, 10:41.

B- Balentine 12-pass from Kirby. 2-point conversion, no good, 8:14.

B- Pippen 1-run. PAT, Pulkinen kick, 1:55.

GB- Sawyer 14-pass from Wara. PAT, no good. :55.

B- Balentine 15-pass from Kirby. PAT, Pulkinen kick, :05.