BISMARCK, N.D. | Darrian Miller scored three touchdowns and Greg Conry made three field goals as the Sioux City Bandits defeated the Bismarck Bucks 43-27 in a Champions Indoor Football game at the Bismarck Event Center Friday.
The win keeps the Bandits (3-0) in sole possession of first place in the North Division.
Miller scored on a 2-yard touchdown run to give the Bandits a 27-17 lead with 4:44 left in the third quarter. After a Bismarck field goal, Miller returned the ensuing kickoff 47 yards for a touchdown to give Sioux City a 34-20 lead with 33 seconds left in the third quarter.
After a fumble and two failed field goal attempts, Conry made a field goal to give the Bandits a 37-20 lead with 5:09 left in the game. The Bucks (2-2) responded with a touchdown drive capped by a Jauhem Byrd 7-yard catch from Tyler Johnson, trimming the Sioux City lead to 37-27 with 3:50 left in the game.
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After a failed onside kick from the Bucks, the Bandits burned clock and ended their drive with another Conry field goal, extending the Sioux City lead to 40-27 with 1:36 left in the game.
On the ensuing drive, Bismarck turned the ball over on downs. Conry, the reigning CIF Special Teams Player of the Week, scored the final points with another field goal with 19 seconds left in the game to give the Bandits a 43-27 lead.
Defensively, the Bandits forced four turnovers. Sioux City entered the game allowing the second fewest points in the league at 65. Friday’s game improves the Bandits’ scoring defense from 32.5 points allowed per game to 30.7.
Sioux City scored on its first play of the game, a 26-yard flea flicker from Liam Nadler to Brandon Sheperd.
The Bandits host the Kansas City Phantoms on Saturday.