River Kings Fall to Bismarck, 40-25
Cedar Rapids - The Cedar Rapids River Kings (1-7) dropped a game against the Bismarck Bucks (1-6), 40-25, Saturday night at the US Cellular Center. The game was the first ever meeting between the two teams as Bismarck joined the IFL this season.
The game was delayed for a significant amount of time in the fourth quarter as Walter Walker had a serious neck injury tended to. Walker was transported to the hospital and his condition is unknown at this time. We will send updates as they come and please keep Walker in your thoughts.
Cedar Rapids managed just eight points in the second half with Nate Chavious scoring from one yard out to cut the Bucks lead to 33-25. Chavious finished the game with just 16 yards and the single touchdown.
Kurt Palandech led the team through the air, going 20-32 for 165 yards and two touchdowns. Marquel Wade made his mark on the night, reeling in nine catches for 53 yards. Jordan Smith and Drake White each finished with five catches and a touchdown with Smith bringing in 58 yards and White 51.
Defensively the River Kings were led by Travont Johnson and Nick Brassell. Johnson finished the game with five tackles, while Brassell finished with four total tackles, including a half a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss. He also had the team’s lone interception on the night.
The Bucks had the lead after the first half 20-17. Led by quarterback Homer Causey, who despite completing just four passes in the half, threw for two touchdowns, both to Fredric Abraham. Abraham’s two receptions led Bismarck in the first half, racking up 34 yards with a long of 21.
Palandech was 11-19 through the first two quarters, scoring two touchdowns through the air to match Causey. White and Smith each caught one, bringing home 43 and 39 receiving yards, respectively.
The River Kings are next in action on the road this Friday at the Nebraska Danger.