Tennessee Valley-Green Bay: Turnovers Doom Vipers

Chris Yow@@ChrisYow14Analyst IApril 1, 2009

It was the first snap of the season and Tennessee Valley center Lance Ancar had prepared all camp for this moment.

"Hut!"

Fumble!

Green Bay recovers.

The tale of the tape is that Tennessee Valley had three turnovers and Green Bay committed just one. Thus, the Blizzard took the opening week contest 53-40 over the Vipers.

Quarterback Kevin Eakin did not have the best performance of his short career, but Eakin was not all bad. At one point in the contest, Eakin was 12-for-16, but two of his incomplete passes were to Blizzard defensemen.

Eakin finished 27-for-39 and four touchdown tosses and he led the Vipers in rushing with 27 yards on two scrambles.

Eakin's new favorite target, with Alonzo Nix and Maurice Brown not in the game, was Michael Johnson. Johnson caught 12 passes for 158 yards and two scores.

Chris Bocage caught eight passes and Bradly Chavez hauled in six receptions.
Bocage did rush for a touchdown as well from 17 yards out in the third quarter.

Blizzard signal caller Gino Guidulgi was as good as advertised. Guidulgi was 19-for-33 and threw for four touchdowns as well. His lone interception essentially meant nothing as Chavez could not handle the snap on a field goal attempt to end the first half.

The Blizzard had two more possessions than the Vipers and that proved to be the difference in a game where the Vipers came up with four defensive stops—usually good enough to win in Arena Football.

The Vipers will come back home this week to take on the Quad City Steamwheelers.

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