Storm turns to healthy wideouts to beat Diesel
04/22/02 Kearney Cyberhub
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Widouts Corey Walker and Josh Buchholtz, two of Sioux Falls' opening-game starters, returned from injury to help the Storm improve to 5-1, beating the Tri-City Diesel 48-34 Saturday night.
Buchholtz, a South Dakota State product, hauled in nine passes for 88 yards and three touchdowns, while Walker caught seven balls for 38 yards. Adam Syphers added three catches, including a leaping TD grab in the third quarter.
But it was Buchholtz's final TD that sealed the outcome, as he latched onto a 13-yard Ryan Aulenbacher pass in the back of the end zone, making it 48-27.
Tri-City managed 177 total yards, doing most of its damage in the second half.
Quarterback Justin Coleman passed for 141 yards and three touchdowns. Jermaine Brooks was on the receiving end of two touchdown passes.
But after a scoreless second quarter, the Diesel never recovered.
Trailing 27-10 in the third quarter, the Diesel's Dale Van Housen scored on a 2-yard run to cut the lead to 10 points. But the Storm responded when Bobby Perkins returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown.
From the start of the game, the Storm offense was buoyed by Buchholtz and Walker. Both caught five first-half passes, accounting for 68 combined yards.
Tailback Jim Bean rambled through vast holes, usually on draw plays out of the shotgun formation, collecting 68 first-half yards. He finished with 83 for the game.
With the offense in high gear, the Storm scored on its first three possessions.