By Steve Gunn and Dave Hart
MUSKEGON – It has to be one for the record books.
The West Michigan Ironmen did exactly that on Saturday night, scoring 10 touchdowns on 10 possessions en route to a 73-6 rout of the Cincinnati Bulldogs at L.C. Walker Arena.
The easy victory left the Ironmen with a 4-1 record and remain at least in a tie for first place in the Mid-Western Division of the AIF (American Indoor Football).
“The guys came out to execute today,” said Ironmen Coach Ty Lynk. “I think they did a good job at whatever was in front of them, making sure they established what they had to get done. It was also important to see some of our backups get into the game.”
West Michigan scored early and often and the outcome was never in doubt. They scored six touchdowns on six possessions in the first half – including three TDs that came on the first play from scrimmage.
They scored four touchdowns on four possessions in the second half, with the last three coming with backup quarterback Stephen Kulikowski in the game.
Several Ironmen offensive players used the drubbing to pad their stats. Donovan Campbell and Corey Johnson each had two touchdown receptions, Korey Ringer had two rushing touchdowns, while Ronald Johnson had a rushing and catching touchdown.
Jamie Potts added one touchdown catch while starting quarterback Alex Carder had one rushing touchdown.
Carder was 7-for-7 passing for 192 yards and five touchdowns.
The Ironmen defense was nearly as impressive, stopping the Bulldogs from scoring on 11 of 12 possessions, which is almost unheard of in indoor football, which is played on a 50-yard field.
Deonte Hurst led the defensive effort with three interceptions while Corey Edwards added two. Hurst returned the last of his interceptions for a 48-yard touchdown.
“I have been hurt for a month and I was trying to get back into things,” said Hurst, who suffered a shoulder injury during the home opener. “I spent time studying the playbook and watching film and I ended up having a good night.
“I am really proud of these guys. The coach puts us in a great position to make plays.”
Rony Nelson, Kyle Connors and Ryan Armstrong each sacked Cincinnati quarterback CJ Tally one time.
The Bulldogs only touchdown came on a five-yard touchdown pass from Tally to Antwan Brown on the final play of the first half.
WM 13:49– Corey Johnson 21 yard catch from Alex Carder (Jamie Potts kick) WM-7 Cin-0
WM 9:44– Ronald Johnson 22 yard run (Jamie Potts kick) WM-14 Cin-0
WM 4:24– Korey Ringer 18 yard run (kick failed) WM-20 Cin-0
WM 13:30-Ronald Johnson 26 yard catch from Alex Carder (Jamie Potts kick) WM-27 Cin-0
WM 7:46– Corey Johnson 5 yard catch from Alex Carder (Jamie Potts kick) WM-34 Cin-0
WM 1:56– Donovan Campbell 22 yard catch from Alex Carder (Jamie Potts kick) WM-41 Cin-0
CIN 0:00– Antwan Brown 5 yard catch from CJ Tally (2-pt failed) WM-41 Cin-6
WM 9:55– Alex Carder 14 yard run (Jamie Potts kick) WM-48 Cin-6
WM 4:26– Donovan Campbell 11 yard catch from Stephen Kulikowski (kick failed) WM-54 Cin-6
WM 0:00– Korey Ringer 27 yard run (kick failed) WM-60 Cin-6
WM 8:27– Deonte’ Hurst 48 yard interception return (Jamie Potts kick) WM-67 Cin-6
WM 2:07– Jamie Potts 9 yard catch from Stephen Kulikowski (kick failed) WM-73 Cin-3