By Matt Gabrielson- Chicago Blitz Staff Writer
March 10, 2018
Hoffmann Estates, IL:
The Chicago Blitz (1-1) fell to the Midway Marauders (2-0) by a score of 38-28 in the Blitz home opener. In an exciting game with multiple lead changes and emotions running high the Marauders were able to pull away late securing the victory. When asked about the difference in the game Blitz quarterback Tommy Kudyba explained “They made more plays than we did and we didn’t make the plays we needed to at the end.” Chicago head coach Mike Oliver explained “We took some hits on the offensive line that really hampered our protection.”
Chicago had success offensively early in the game jumping out to a 21-6 lead in the second quarter. Coach Mike Oliver praised his early offense saying “We had good tempo and good protection prior to the injuries on the offensive line,” Blitz quarterback Tommy Kudbya seemed to be seeing the field really well and was getting solid protection from his offensive line eventually leading to a 21-12 halftime lead before the injury bug began to bite Chicago’s offensive line. Early on in the third quarter Blitz center Brandon Holloway went down with an apparent shoulder injury. This unfortunate injury lead to some struggles in the center-quarterback exchange which halted all momentum that the Blitz had put together offensively. Ramon Lacy who normally plays on the defensive line was forced into the game at center to help get the snapping game back on track. Unfortunately it was a bit too late and the Blitz were never able to regain the lead. When asked about the line issues Kudyba stated “You saw tonight just how important offensive line is to anyone’s success on offense.”
Defensively the Blitz played a strong game against a very good Midway offense and dangerous QB Andre Locke who can get things done both with his arm and his feet. The Blitz defensive line and linebackers did a great job of never letting Locke get comfortable, putting tremendous pressure on him and collecting multiple sacks throughout the game. This pressure lead to an early interception by defensive back Mitch Moore setting the Blitz up to take the early lead. Shutdown defensive back Deshon Conley collected a pick on the next series on a long pass by Locke that was hung up in the air just long enough for Conley to make the play.
Midway was able to take advantage of good field position caused by the Blitz offense miscues to take back the lead 36-28 with just 3:08 to play in the game. Chicago attempted to answer back but the hits to the offensive line proved to be to much to overcome as Kudyba was sacked in the endzone for a safety leading to the final score of 38-28. When asked where his team goes from here Blitz coach Mike Oliver responded “We have to heal up and see where we are on the offensive line. We have a bye week next week before we head to Michigan and we will see where we are then.”
The Chicago Blitz have an early bye week next week before traveling to Muskegon Michigan to take on the West Michigan Ironmen on Saturday March 24, 2018.