The Bismarck Bucks scored 22 consecutive second half points to turn a close game into a rout as the visiting Kansas City Phantoms lost a game 50-30 and a standout player in former Blue Springs High School star Darrian Miller.
“Darrian, we ask a lot of him, and he was making some big plays on special teams and took a helmet to the hip and has a pretty painful hip pointer,” Phantoms coach Chris Coffin said. “It happened right before the half, so we were without one of our big guns the second half.
“We’re not making any excuses, but with a young, inexperienced quarterback like Frankie (Seuer), we need Darrian in the backfield. I talked with him today and he’s sore but he has a lot of tolerance for pain and we expect him back this weekend.”
The Phantoms will try to snap a four-game losing streak Saturday when they travel to Bloomington, Ill., to play the Bloomington Edge for the third time this season. The Phantoms are 0-2 against the Edge in two earlier home games.
Without Miller, the Phantoms had a tough time putting four productive quarters together Saturday in the Champions Indoor Football contest.
For one half, the 1-6 Phantoms nearly matched the Bucks score for score as Jared Elmore caught two scoring passes from Seuer and Charles Johnson’s 10-yard kickoff return made it 28-21 at halftime.
“That was a crazy touchdown,” Coffin said, referring to Johnson’s touchdown. “There was about 10 seconds left in the half and they tried to squib a ball, and it hit off one of their guys and Charles managed to get it and score for us. At the time, it was huge.”
The Bucks then used a 22-9 second half to improve to 3-2.
“Still looking for four good quarters of football,” Coffin said. “It’s getting to the point where the guys’ confidence is suffering – they need a win to get some confidence back, and I know it’s coming. They’re working hard and doing everything we’re asking of them.”
Seuer completed 11 of 20 passes for 73 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Elmore was his main target, catching four passes for 47 yards and all three touchdowns.
Truman graduate O.J. Simpson carried the ball three times for a team-high 25 yards in place of Miller and caught two passes for 13 yards. Miller added one reception for 16 yards and finished with eight first-half carries for 17 yards.
Bismarck quarterback Jonathan Bane did most of the damage offensively as he completed 14 of 21 passes for 197 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.
Kansas City returns to Silverstein Eye Centers Arena on April 30 to play host to the Dodge City Law. The Phantoms play four of their last five games at home, including a May 13 rematch with Bismarck.