INDOOR FOOTBALL: Defense leads the way to Bemidji's 33-14 win over Wyoming
CASPER, Wyo. -- It was a different game than the contest that featured over 140 points last month, but the Bemidji Axemen earned their second win over the Wyoming Cavalry with a 33-14 victory Friday at the Casper Events Center.
The Axemen defense offered no breathing room to the Cavalry offense as they allowed just one completed pass and no point in the first half of action.
Wyoming managed just 118 yards of offense in the entire game.
Wide receiver, and former quarterback in college, Ryan Balentine was forced to be the signal caller because of injuries to quarterbacks Hunter Wanket and Joshua Aakre.
Balentine ran in touchdowns from one and three yards out to help Bemidji build a 13-0 halftime lead.
The Cavalry (1-5) offense finally got going in the second half, as they capitalized on a short field with an 11 yard touchdown pass from Sam Durley to Rolan Woodland.
Less than a minute after Balentine added a third rushing score -- this one from 28 yards, -- the Axemen defense continued its dominance as Jordan Morgan returned a fumble for a touchdown to increase the lead to 27-7 after three quarters of play.
Caesar Rodriguez forced the fumble on the play.
Balentine added his first passing touchdown of his IFL career in the fourth quarter with a 22-yard strike to Philander Browder to increase the lead to 33-7.
Balentine finished with 49 passing yards and 90 rushing yards on 16 carries in his first start at quarterback.
The win for the Axemen was the first road win of the season in three tries.
Bemidji (3-3) will look to avenge a pair of losses as it travels to play Cedar Rapids next Saturday.
Bemidji 0 13 14 633
Wyoming0 0 7 714
B- Balentine 1-run. PAT, Powell kick, 8:32.
B- Balentine 3-run. PAT, no good, :50.
W- Woodland 11-pass from Durley. PAT, Padilla kick, 8:19.
B- Balentine 28-run. PAT, Powell kick, 6:13.
B- Morgan 8-fumble return. PAT, Powell kick, 5:44.
B- Browder 22-pass from Balentine. PAT, no good, 5:32.
W- Cooper 7-run. PAT, Padilla kick, 2:32.