Coach Chris Coffin’s Kansas City Phantoms ran into a supercharged group of Bandits who stole any chance of his team winning its second Championship Indoor Football League game.
The Sioux City Bandits used a 21-0 second quarter en route to a dominating 62-35 win Saturday night in Sioux City, Iowa.
“We ran into a real football team Saturday in Sioux City,” Coffin said Monday afternoon. “They’re what we’re trying to become. They dominated every phase of the game. They had two big interceptions – one was returned from our end zone for a touchdown – and they beat us in every phase of the game.
“We want a challenge, and I’m challenging our guys to get better from the opening kickoff. They came out and dominated – they were very physical and they have a lot of talent. It was close for one period, then they just took over in the second period.”
The score was tied 7-0 after the first period, but the Bandits took a 21-7 lead into the locker room.
Sioux City added 28 points in the third period and cruise to its fourth win of the season (4-0).
Quarterback David Olson, who was one of the top performers in the CIF last week, struggled and was replaced by former University of Kansas quarterback Frank Seurer.
“We were dominated up front – on both the offensive and defensive lines – and that created a lot of problems,” Coffin said, after his team fell to 1-3. “We’re going to get back to work and get better.”
The Phantoms play host to the Bloomington Edge at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.