Desmond Tardy jogged up the stairs at and had a seat in the radio booth inside the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena. Still catching his breath from a come-from-behind win in the season opener against Chicago, the Cedar Rapids Titans wide receiver sucked in enough air to say, “A tale of two halves.”
One more inhale, then an exhale, “It was a tale of two halves.”
The Titans scored 34 points in the second half of their 60-minute affair on Feb. 16. Sunday they play the second half of their home-and-home series to open the 2013 Indoor Football League season.
Currently the Titans sit atop the IFL United Conference standings. Even with playing their best for only a half, Cedar Rapids leads the league in points allowed at 31.
Still Chicago showed some semblance of an offense moving the ball for total of 240 yards. The Slaughter had two ball carriers amass more than 80 yards rushing. Daniel DuFrene tallied 81 and quarterback Juice Williams totaled 93. The former Illinois signal caller also found the endzone three times.
In the season opening series against the Slaughter, the Titans have an opportunity to jump out in the IFL. Cedar Rapids play in each of the first three weeks of the season, while teams like the Wyoming Calvary and the Colorado Ice, don’t play their first game until March 1.
The Titans don’t enjoy the bye until week five.