Vancouver opened up its new stadium to its new fanbase Sunday afternoon with a bit of a whimper. While the defense effectively kept the offense in the game, the offense could never find a rhythm – 208 yards total in a 23-7 loss to new regional rival Alaska.
The defeat took Vancouver to 0-3. In the three games, the team has scored one touchdown in each. This week, it was new tight end Vernal Bloodshine, but the day was all about Alaska. The Storm were never threatened and quarterback Ron Cockren was kept in a box – but a sturdy one – safely completing 24-of-29 passes with a couple of touchdowns and no interceptions, mostly on short, safe throws. Cockren threw the game away last week with seven turnovers against Sioux Falls. Evan Carroll earned the game-sealing INT.
Vancouver hopes its first win will come in Week 4 against southern power Houston, while Alaska heads even further south on a long trip to Mexico City.