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The Romos and Slingers Tie In a Game for the Ages

In a matchup that featured two teams who started off their seasons on the wrong foot, it began with promising offenses. On The Romos first drive, Steven Bilan connected with Jared Nordick twice, en route to the opening score. After a successful convert, the Slingers found themselves in an early hole. Quarterback Chase Bradshaw, who went 0/3 on their opening drive, strung together 3 straight completions for the Slingers' first major of the night. The drive ended in frustrated, as Sam Dueck read Bilan's pass like a book, and trotted to the house for 2.

After blowing a two score lead to the Huskies in week 1, The Romos showed no signs of a hangover. Immediately following the intercepted convert, Bilan surgically worked his way down the field for the team's second touchdown in as many drives. Their defense, however, continued to struggle. Sam Dueck missed a head-on flag, leading to a 20-yard score by Bradley Chaisson. After Jace Muggli converted the 2-point attempt, the Slingers found themselves trailing by 2, with 5 minutes left in the half.

Jared Nordick, who seemed unstoppable through the first two drives, dropped an absolute dime from John Matheson, costing The Romos six. Riding high off the defensive momentum, Bradshaw went to work. He completed 5 consecutive passes for 35 yards and his 3rd touchdown pass of the first half, giving the Slingers the lead. Jace Muggli showed off the arm, throwing for the 2-point convert, extending the lead to 6. With 13 seconds left in the half, Chaisson picked of Bilan's desperation throw. Sam Dueck kept the game within one score after intercepting Muggli's hail mary to end the first half.

The second half started out slow, with the two teams combining for 1/6 on the first two drives. After a missed opportunity to take the lead on the opening drive of the half, Bilan wasted no time. Completing 5 consecutive passes, including back-to-back shovels to Jared Nordick. The Slingers, much like most of the first half, continued to drive the ball down the field with ease. After an 18 yard touch-pass to Muggli to set offense up at the 2-yard, he capped the drive off with a touchdown reception.

With a 28-23 lead, Dylan Andreychuk intercepted a bomb from Bilan, whose frustration would almost immediately fade. Following the pick, Dueck took Bradshaw's mistake to the 4-yard line. This set-up a Bilan touchdown pass to Tysdal, followed by a 1-point convert by Dueck to make the score 30-28. With time winding down, the Slingers were running out of opportunities. After three straight incompletions by the Slingers, Bilan marched the Romos down to the no-run zone. Sam Dueck caught the insurance score, extending the lead to 36-28, with 40 seconds left.

Bradshaw, who threw two incompletions, faced a 3rd and half. With the game on the line, Jace Muggli caught a 33-yard strike from Bradshaw, setting up a score to make it a 2-point game. Sam Anderson caught Bradshaw's 2-point convert throw, tying the game at 36. After an eventful final drive from the Romos that raised concerns due to the mishandling of timeouts, Dylan Andreychuk intercepted Bilan's pass in the endzone, with no time left of the clock. A fitting ending for an exciting game.