Down 21-0, the Sioux Falls Sparrows tore up the Alaska Storm, outscoring the great Northwest 38-6 after falling behind three scores. Sioux Falls used two pick 6’s – one by captain A.J. Levye – to turn things around and avoid an 0-2 start. Alaska quarterback Ron Cockren through a shocking seven interceptions in the Storm’s first home loss in league history. They were the only league franchise to never lose at home prior to the disappointing outing.
Sparrows running back Kevin Klancy did it all. With 102 yards on the ground and 95 through the air, Klancy gave Sioux Falls all three offensive touchdowns. One of Sioux Falls’ top off-season acquisitions was linebacker Ajamu Afolabi. Afolabi registered 18 total tackles – a game high for Season 9. Levye added 12 tackles to his two interceptions. Alaska got a 100-yard performance out of receiver Optimus Cline but running back Ash Odom was bottled up (35 car, 115 yds, 2 TD). Melvin Kalu led the Storm defense with eight tackles.
Sioux Falls (1-1) heads to Mexico City (2-0) for an early-season Western powerhouse showdown. Alaska (1-1) will try to bounce back on the road in Vancouver (0-2), where the Legion will open up their stadium to their new fans for the first time.