April 1, 2006 - The Green Bay Blizzard opened their 2006 season in
front of a record crowd of 7,256, but it was not enough to beat the
Albany Conquest. Despite a last-second INT by DS David Crocker, the
Blizzard fell to their division rivals 48-40. (The Resch Center
seating capacity for Arena Football is 7,995.)
The Blizzard started off strong with OS Randall Lane scoring on 2 TD
passes from QB James MacPherson. The Conquest fired right back on a
3-yd TD run by QB Ryan Vena, his first of 3 on the night. The
Conquest pulled ahead in the 2nd quarter, scoring 3 TDs, the final
coming with no time left on the clock. At the end of the half the
Conquest led 28-20.
The second half was a back-and-forth battle, with both teams scoring
several times. Blizzard WR/LB Robert "Superman" Garth scored on a 26-
yard pass from QB Ronnie Gordon to go along with another TD from
Randall Lane. Conquest QB Ryan Vena also added his third TD run.
Lane (6-65, 4 TDs) and Garth (5-88, 1 TD) led the Blizzard in
receiving. Starting QB MacPherson finished the game completing 12-of-
17 passes for 147 yards and 4TDs with 1 INT).
WR/DB Jim Jones led Albany's receivers with 6 catches for 84 yards.
QB Ryan Vena finished 18-for-31 for 183 yards and 5 TDs (3 rushing),
with 2 INTs.
Schutt Offensive Player of the Game: QB Ryan Vena (ALB)
U.S. Army Ironman of the Game: FB/LB Peter Lazare (GBB)
ADT Defensive Player of the Game: Edward Kwaku (GBB)