GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- During the opening week of the season, the Green Bay Blizzard lost to the Arizona Rattlers 51-21 - a suffocating 30-point loss. But talk about bouncing back as the Blizzard stunned the Nebraska Danger the following week with a last-minute touchdown to win 53-52.
Let's just say this week of practice hasn't been fun for the guys in Grand Island. From watching film, to going over mistakes through drills in practice, head coach Pig Brown and company have had plenty of things to work on as the Danger gets ready to host Sioux Falls on Saturday.
While a loss is never a good thing, coach Brown hopes what happened this past week is resonating with his guys.
"They've seen how bad we messed up on certain plays or certain situations and to only lose by a point, I think that was an eye opener for our locker room - especially with us being so young," Brown said. "A lot of guys were inexperienced."
They're going to have to get that experience in a hurry, as Sioux Falls comes in after playing in its eighth-straight United Bowl championship this past season. In the eight-year stretch, Sioux Falls has brought home six IFL Championships, and they look to continue their dominance in 2019.
Coach Brown certainly didn't shy away from acknowledging how good of a team is coming to town on Saturday.
"Sioux Falls is going to come in, and they're very, very healthy," Brown said. "They had a bye week to get ready, so it's kind of scary to think about a Sioux Falls team that has two weeks to get prepared, but we just gotta take it one game at a time and trust our preparation, and I think we're doing a good job of that so far."
Kickoff between the Danger and Sioux Falls is set for 7:05 p.m. Saturday night in the Heartland Events Center. The game is also being played in conjunction with a special "Taste of the Heartland Night," which starts at 6 p.m.