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2017 United Bowl
2017 United Bowl logo.png
1234 Total
Arizona 1420016 50
Sioux Falls 702113 41
DateJuly 8, 2017
Stadium Denny Sanford Premier Center
Location Sioux Falls, South Dakota, U.S.
MVPArizona LB Justin Shirk [1]
United States TV coverage
Network YouTube
AnnouncersKevin Ray and Dale Hellstrae [2] (Rattlers)
Rich Roste [3] (Storm)
United Bowl
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The 2017 United Bowl was the championship game of the 2017 Indoor Football League season. It was played between the Intense Conference Champion Arizona Rattlers and the United Conference Champion Sioux Falls Storm. The game was played at Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Rattlers won the game by a score of 50–41.

This was the Sioux Falls Storm's seventh consecutive United Bowl appearance [4] and first loss, snapping a 6-game championship streak. It was the Arizona Rattlers' first United Bowl appearance in their first season in the IFL after joining from the Arena Football League.

Venue

The game was played at Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as the Sioux Falls Storm had the home field advantage by cause of having a better regular season record.

Background

Arizona Rattlers

On October 17, 2016, the Arizona Rattlers announced their move to the IFL from the Arena Football League. They started on a 2-game losing streak heading into their first bye week before defeating the Colorado Crush at home 71–29. [5] The Rattlers finished the season with a conference best 12–4, including a season-ending 8 game win streak, earning the first seed in the Intense Conference. In the Intense Conference championship, they defeated the Nebraska Danger at home by a score of 62–36. [6]

2017 Intense Conference
W L T PCT PF PA CON GB STK
y - Arizona Rattlers 12 4 0 .750 782 610 8–1 W8
x - Nebraska Danger 9 7 0 .563 717 660 5–2 3.0 W1
Spokane Empire 8 8 0 .500 654 677 7–5 4.0 L3
Salt Lake Screaming Eagles 5 11 0 .313 675 762 4–8 7.0 W1
Colorado Crush 3 13 0 .188 629 821 2–10 8.0 L4

Sioux Falls Storm

In 2017, the Storm began the regular season with 8 straight wins, including a 40–29 victory over the Arizona Rattlers in week 1, before a 44–36 loss to the Wichita Falls Nighthawks. They finished the season with a 14–2 record, earning the top seed in the United Conference and the best record in the league, which they secured with a 45–24 victory over the Iowa Barnstormers in week 18. [7] In the United Conference championship, they were victorious in their rematch against the Barnstormers by a score of 66–32. [4]

2017 United Conference
W L T PCT PF PA CON GB STK
y - Sioux Falls Storm 14 2 0 .875 769 467 9–2 W3
x - Iowa Barnstormers 13 3 0 .813 702 580 8–3 1.0 L1
Wichita Falls Nighthawks 12 4 0 .750 832 745 6–2 2.0 L1
Green Bay Blizzard 3 13 0 .188 513 665 2–9 11.5 W1
Cedar Rapids Titans 1 15 0 .063 494 780 1–10 13.0 L10

Box score

1 2 34Total
Rattlers (I1) 14 20 01650
Storm (U1) 7 0 211341

at Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota [4]

  • Date: July 8, 2017
  • Game time: 5:05 p.m. CDT
Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP ARI SFX
1 12:21 4 28 2:36 ARI Monroe 2-yard touchdown run, Petre kick good 7 0
1 11:31 SFX Williams 50-yard kickoff return TD, Syrovatka kick good 7 7
1 09:33 2 42 1:06 ARI Miles 34-yard touchdown reception from Sokol, Petre kick good 14 7
2 14:57 7 25 5:10 ARI Monroe 2-yard touchdown run, Petre kick no good 20 7
2 02:45 ARI Fumble recovery returned 29 yards for touchdown by Gordon, Petre kick good 27 7
2 00:14 1 5 0:20 ARI Amos 5-yard touchdown reception from Sokol, Petre kick good 34 7
3 12:31 4 30 2:26 SFX Harold 17-yard touchdown reception from Brown, Syrovatka kick good 34 14
3 08:09 4 15 2:38 SFX Rouse 7-yard touchdown run, Syrovatka kick good 34 21
3 05:40 SFX Interception returned 2 yards for touchdown by Peguese, Syrovatka kick good 34 28
4 13:54 2 9 1:03 ARI Monroe 7-yard touchdown run, Petre kick good 41 28
4 08:59 6 10 3:21 ARI 19-yard field goal by Petre 44 28
4 05:25 7 47 3:31 SFX Harold 5-yard touchdown reception from Brown, 2-point run failed 44 34
4 02:36 6 29 2:44 ARI 23-yard field goal by Petre 47 34
4 02:05 1 40 0:26 SFX Tatum 40-yard touchdown reception from Brown, Syrovatka kick good 47 41
4 00:47 4 -1 0:42 ARI 28-yard field goal by Petre 50 41
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. ARI SFX

References

  1. ^ "Rattlers are the 2017 United Bowl Champions". Arizona Rattlers. July 8, 2017. Retrieved July 9, 2017.
  2. ^ "2017 United Bowl Exclusively Broadcast on YouTube". Arizona Rattlers. Retrieved July 8, 2017.
  3. ^ "Radio Broadcast". Sioux Falls Storm. Retrieved July 8, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "IFL: Seven-Peat! Storm Win 7th Straight United Conference Championship". KSFY. June 24, 2017. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  5. ^ "2017 Schedule - Arizona Rattlers". Indoor Football League. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  6. ^ Marotta, Vince (June 24, 2017). "Rattlers Punch Ticket to IFL United Bowl With Rout of Nebraska". Arizona Sports. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  7. ^ "2017 Schedule - Sioux Falls Storm". Indoor Football League. Retrieved July 1, 2017.