Sioux Falls Storm collapse in fourth quarter, lose to Green Bay

Indoor Football League team falls to 1-2 on season

The Sioux Falls Storm, shown here celebrating a touchdown in last week's win over Iowa, are 1-2 following their loss to Green Bay on Sunday, April 16, 2023 at the Premier Center.
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SIOUX FALLS — The Sioux Falls Storm seemed headed towards a second consecutive victory on Sunday at the Premier Center, but collapsed in the fourth quarter to lose to Green Bay.

The Blizzard scored the final 21 points of the game to overcome a 15-point fourth quarter deficit and escape with a 47-41 win. Ja'rom Johnson's 19-yard touchdown pass to Steve Newbold with 10 seconds to go provided the winning margin, dropping the Storm to 1-2 on the IFL season.

Sioux Falls appeared to have the game in hand when Lorenzo Brown found Cole Thurness on a 36-yard strike to put the Storm ahead 41-26, but Green Bay then scored three straight touchdowns over the space of the final seven minutes. The Blizzard outscored the Storm 27-7 in the final stanza.

The Storm went 0-for-2 on field goals in the game, including a 24-yarder in the final minute and also turned the ball over twice. Brown threw for 220 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for another 33 yards and two scores. Donnie Corley caught eight balls for 89 yards and two touchdowns and Thurness had three catches for 52 yards and two scores.

Johnson had five touchdown passes for Green Bay — three to Marquise Irvin (who had eight catches for 104 yards) and two to Newbold. Terrence Smith had two rushing touchdowns for the Blizzard (2-2).


The same two teams will square off Friday in Green Bay.

Matt Zimmer is a Sioux Falls native and longtime sports writer. He graduated from Washington High School where he played football, legion baseball and developed his lifelong love of the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, he returned to Sioux Falls, and began a long career in amateur baseball and sports reporting. Email Matt at
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