MUSKEGON, Mich. | Alex Carder accounted for 229 yards of total offense and six touchdowns while Deonte Hurst had four interceptions as the West Michigan Ironmen thrashed the previously undefeated Sioux City Bandits 76-35 in a Champions Indoor Football League game at the L.C. Walker Arena here Saturday.
The Ironmen (3-4) are in their first season of CIF play after the American Indoor Football League ceased operations after last season.
West Michigan has now won three of its last four games after starting the season 0-3.
The Bandits (6-1) trailed 27-21 at the end of the first quarter. The Ironmen then outscored Sioux City 49-14 in the final three quarters.
West Michigan scored touchdowns on all but two possessions in the game, the last time on the final drive of the game when the Ironmen took a knee on the final play of the game inside the Sioux City 10-yard line.
The 76 points allowed by the Bandits defense is the most this season, surpassing the previous high of 56.
Carder completed 14 of 21 passes for 201 yards and threw five touchdown passes for West Michigan. He also added 28 yards rushing and scored on a 6-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Korey Ringer ran for 110 yards on 18 carries and scored four touchdowns. Cory Johnson caught four passes for 74 yards and scored on receptions of 8 and 47 yards.
Taylor Genuser completed 12 of 21 passes for 96 yards and had a season-high four interceptions for the Bandits. Jeff Mack ran for 49 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries.
Sioux City defensive back Cliff Stokes was ejected from the game late in the fourth quarter.
The Bandits still sit atop the North division despite the lopsided loss, ahead of the second-place Bloomington Edge, who entered Saturday with a 4-3 record.
The Bandits get a chance to avenge their loss to the Ironmen as Sioux City hosts West Michigan on Saturday at the Tyson Events Center.