SIOUX CITY | T.J. James rushed for a season-high 151 yards and scored a touchdown as the Sioux City Stampede rolled to a 33-6 win over the Northland Bulls in the Northern Elite Football League regular-season finale Saturday night at Memorial Field.
James concluded the regular-season with 501 yards rushing, which ranks third in the NEFL. Former Briar Cliff running back Antawuan Jones added 101 yards on the ground for Coach Jason Garnand’s Stampede, which finished as the league champion with a 7-1 record.
James increased his league-leading total to seven touchdowns. He was coming off a 48-yard performance the previous Saturday in a 15-14 loss to St. Paul. His previous season-best was 70 yards rushing in a 40-0 win over the Hudson Thunderhawks on June 9.
Sioux City had two 100-yard rushers in a game for the first time this season.
Quarterback Dorian Ballentine completed 14 of 19 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns. It was the third 200-yard plus game for Ballentine, who ranks third in the NEFL in both passing yardage (1,330) and passing touchdowns (13).
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Bret Van Muyden had six catches for 101 yards and a touchdown. It was the second 100-yard receiving effort of the season for Van Muyden, who formerly played at Briar Cliff.
Jake McDonald, the NEFL’s third-leading receiver in both yards (425) and touchdowns (7) had five catches for 70 yards and a touchdown.
TyRae Kemp led Sioux City’s defense with eight tackles. Robert Lewis added seven tackles and an interception while Devin Groenhagen finished with five tackles and a quarterback sack.
Chris Williams led the Stampede with two sacks. Warren Joiner and Mike Trobaugh each contributed an interception.
The Stampede will receive a first-round bye in the NEFL Playoffs, which begin this week. Coach Jason Garnand’s squad will host the winner of the Fox Valley/Fargo game Saturday, Aug. 4, beginning at 7 p.m. at Memorial Field.