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INDOOR FOOTBALL: Axemen can't hold lead in Colorado, lose 37-27

LOVELAND, Colo. — After leading 21-17 at halftime, the Bemidji Axemen weren’t able to keep their lead Saturday night against the Colorado Ice.

The Ice outscored the Axemen 20-6 in the second half and handed the Axemen a 37-27 loss in Indoor Football League action at Budweiser Events Center.

The Axemen (2-8) have now lost six games in a row, and haven’t won since March 29 at Green Bay.

On Saturday, the Axemen jumped out to a lead with three touchdowns in the second quarter.

Derrick Foster kicked off the Axemen scoring with a 28-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Ryan Balentine. That was followed by a 49-yard kickoff return by former Bemidji State standout Larry Miller.

Mulku Kalokoh had a 12-yard touchdown run with 44 seconds left to give the Axemen a 21-17 halftime lead, but the Ice (3-6) took the lead in the third with a pair of touchdowns.

Marcus Jackson caught a 45-yard pass from Rashad Smith to take a 23-21 lead, and then Smith scored a touchdown of his own, running for 37 yards to make it 30-21.

The Axemen made it a three-point game early in the fourth quarter on a 3-yard run by Balentine, but Colorado iced the game late with a 28-yard touchdown by Rodney Scott.

The Axemen finished the game with 244 yards of total offense while Colorado gained 279.

Balentine went 9-for-35 passing for 89 yards, one touchdown and an interception.

He also led the team in rushing yards with 83; Kalokoh had 71.

The Axemen return to action Saturday night when they’ll take on the Billings Wolves at 8:15 p.m. at the Rimrock Auto Arena in Billings, Mont. The Wolves are 1-8.

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