In a game with 12 lead changes, Evan Connolly made a 32-yard field goal on the final play of the game to give the Bismarck Bucks a 63-61 win over the Sioux City Bandits in a Champions Indoor Football league contest at the Bismarck Event Center Saturday.
The Bandits (7-2) had what appeared to be the game-winning play when Taylor Genuser threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Jeremiah Oates with seven seconds left in the game. Greg Conry made the extra point giving Sioux City a 61-60 lead.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Bandits kicked a squib kick to avoid hitting a low-hanging scoreboard while also keeping the ball out of the hands of Tyler Floyd. The Bucks (4-4) recovered the ball in Bandits territory to set up the game-winning field goal.
Both teams scored on all seven drives of the final quarter, each resulting in a lead change.
Bismarck quarterback Johnathan Bane threw seven touchdown passes, Jauhem Byrd-Mix caught three touchdown passes, Floyd had two receiving touchdowns and also scored on a 3-yard touchdown run that covered about 30 yards. Floyd started the play running to the left, then stopped and reversed field running into the right corner of the end zone.
Dominique Carson ran for three touchdowns for the Bandits. Cliff Stokes intercepted two passes, running one back for a 24-yard touchdown early in the third quarter, and Conry made four of five field goals with the only miss on a long field goal that hit the bottom of the scoreboard. Conry’s third made field goal, a 45-yarder, was on the final play of the first half and gave the Bandits a 30-28 lead at the break.
This is the third time this season that the Bandits and Bucks have played. The Bandits won the first two meetings, a 77-37 win at home on March 4 and then a 30-16 road win on March 17.
The Bandits next game is on the 20th of May when Sioux City hosts the Bucks.