INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – Darrian Miller ran for four touchdowns and Liam Nadler tossed four touchdown passes as the first place Sioux City Bandits won their fourth straight game by defeating the Kansas City Phantoms 78-49 in a Champions Indoor Football game at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena here Saturday.
The Bandits (8-3) trailed 21-20 with 9:25 left in the second quarter after Kansas City’s Andre Taylor caught a four-yard touchdown pass from Donovan Portiere. Sioux City responded by scoring touchdowns on its next three drives and the Phantoms (3-8) never came closer than 11 points in the second half.
Daryl Virgies had two rushing touchdowns for the Bandits and Brandon Sheperd caught a pair of touchdown passes from Nadler.
Virges rushed for 77 yards on 10 carries, scoring two touchdowns, while Miller finished with 73 yards on 14 carries and four scores. Nadler completed 9 of 15 passes for 109 yards and four TDs.
Defensively, the Bandits recorded four interceptions. Solomon St. Pierre, the league leader in interceptions, had two against Kansas City to up his season total to 10.
The Bandits have now scored at least 70 points in three straight games after defeating Kansas City 77-26 on May 12 and downing Omaha 77-31 on May 26. The last time Sioux City scored 70-plus points in three consecutive games was in 2012 during an undefeated season in the American Professional Football League.
The Bandits entered the weekend in a three-way tie for first place in the North Division with the Salina Liberty and the Quad Cities Steamwheelers. Salina defeated the Wichita Force 56-47 while the Steamwheelers lost to Amarillo Venom 68-55.
The Bandits host the Bismarck Bucks on Saturday in their final regular season game. Sioux City defeated the Bucks in their only other meeting 43-27 in Bismarck on March 30.