SIOUX CITY | T.J. James ran for a 34-yard touchdown with 2:07 left in the fourth quarter to give the Sioux City Stampede a 27-20 win over the Minneapolis Warriors in Elite Bowl XI Saturday night at Memorial Field.
Coach Jason Garnand’s Stampede have now won two consecutive championships in as many leagues. James rushed for 54 yards in the Northern Elite Football League title game for the Stampede, who a year earlier, won the Midwest Football Alliance championship.
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Sioux City, which finished the season with a 10-1 record (8-1 NEFL), received six sacks, 2 1/2 of those coming from Derek Geddings. A former South Sioux City athlete, Geddings’ final sack came with 1:08 left in the game.
Winning quarterback Dorian Ballentine threw two touchdown passes, a 31-yarder to Bryce Harshman in the first quarter and a 16-yarder to Zac Kliment in the second quarter.