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Vipers fall hard at Quad City

From Staff Reports

The Tennessee Valley Vipers fell behind 21-0 in the first quarter and never recovered in a 45-22 loss to the Quad City Steamwheelers on Friday night at The Mark in Moline, Ill.

The Vipers fell to 4-5 on the arenafootball2 season and now look to rebound June 9 against Southern Division rival Florida at the Von Braun Center. Kickoff is set for 7:30 and the first 1,500 fans 14-and-under will receive a Kids Jersey compliments of WHNT 19 and Huntsville Hospital.

Tennessee Valley quarterback Ryan Porter — making his second start after being acquired last week in a trade from Manchester — completed 16 of 45 passes for 205 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Former Ole Miss star Travis Blanchard has six receptions for 88 yards, ex-Alabama receiver Joel Babb had six for 73 and a touchdown and Alabama A&M product Henry Freeman caught three
passes for 38 yards and a touchdown.

J.J. Raterink completed 12 of 24 passes for 129 yards and five touchdowns with two interceptions for Quad City (6-3).

The Steamwheelers led by 31 points at the half and 45-7 early in the third quarter before the Vipers came to life on Porter's 6-yard pass to Babb, who then recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff to make it a 45-20 game with 37 seconds left in the third quarter.

A safety trimmed the Quad City advantage to 45-22 with six minutes left in regulation and the Steamwheelers closed things out from there.

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