By Nyck Brooks
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The Cedar Rapids Titans fell short against the Bloomington Edge, 74-64, last night in their next-to-last Indoor Football league game of their inaugural season.
The Titans trailed 17-0 before putting points on the board.
After Colton Hanson tossed an 8-yard touchdown pass to Christopher Headd, the Titans trailed the Edge, 24-14, after one quarter.
After the Edge went up 31-14, Cedar Rapids advanced to the Edge 9-yard line after a roughing-the-passer penalty. Hanson then danced down to the 1 on a keeper, and Tyler Batts scored on the following play to make it 31-20.
Bloomington went up 40-20, then Hanson and Headd connected for a 37-yard touchdown pass. They traded scores again with the Titans’ coming on a 30-yard screen pass to Batts, and it was 47-34 at halftime.
The Titans started the third quarter with a 7-yard scramble by Hanson to cut the deficit to seven points.
Again the teams traded points. The Edge scored on a 33-yard run, and Hanson tossed a 12-yard scoring pass to Eric McCain.
But the Edge began to pull away. Dusty Burk threw a screen pass to Andre Raymond for a 32-yard scoring play, and Michael McGee picked off a Hanson pass to set up a 30-yard strike from Burk to Charles Dowdell that gave the Edge a 67-48 lead.
The Titans had 10 penalties in the game for 58 yards, including a flag that negated a 12-yard scoring run by Batt.
The fourth quarter opened with a 29-yard Hanson pass to the 6-yard line, and the Titans tried to get back in it with a 5-yard scoring pass from Hanson to Batts, and a Hanson-to-Headd tally plus a two-point conversion eventually got the deficit back to 10.
But the Titans never managed to get ahead of the high-scoring Edge.
Hanson passed for 209 yards and six touchdowns, completing 17 of 26. Headd caught three touchdown passes, and Tyler Batts rushed for 35 yards.
The Titans close the season at home June 16 against the Nebraska Danger.