Sioux Falls Storm beat Quad City behind Lorenzo Brown's four touchdown passes

IFL franchise improves to 3-2, snaps Steamwheelers' four-game winning streak

Tony Tate returns a kickoff for the Sioux Falls Storm in the first half of their game against the Quad City Steamwheelers on Saturday, April 29, 2023 at the Premier Center in Sioux Falls.
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SIOUX FALLS — The Sioux Falls Storm snapped Quad City's four-game winning streak on Saturday night, coasting past the Steamwheelers 59-47 at the Premier Center. With the win, the Storm improved to 3-2 on the season and dropped Quad City to 4-2.

Trailing 21-18 at halftime, the Storm offense caught fire in the second half, striking for six touchdowns to propel Sioux Falls to the win. They led 39-29 at the end of three and built their lead as high as 18 in the fourth.

Lorenzo Brown threw four touchdown passes, completing 12-of-18 passes for 136 yards while also rushing for 49 yards and a score. The Storm rushed for 121 yards as a team, with Xavier Jackson leading the way with 55 yards to go with a pair of touchdowns. Dwight Blakey and Tony Tate each scored rushing touchdowns, while Cole Thurness had three catches, all for scores, totaling 64 yards. Donnie Corley had Sioux Falls' fourth touchdown reception.

Quad City Steamwheelers quarterback EJ Hilliard throws a pass while Storm defender Undraez Lilly tries to apply pressure during an IFL game on Saturday, April 29, 2023 at the Premier Center in Sioux Falls.
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James Brown led the Storm defense with 10 tackles and a sack, while Antwan Hadley had an interception and Undraez Lilly and Daryl Banfield each added a sack.

EJ Hilliard threw for 149 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 53 yards and two scores for Quad City.


The Storm will be back home next Saturday to host the Tulas Oilers. Kick-off is at 7:05 p.m.

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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