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Blizzard clinch first playoff berth since 2019

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The Green Bay Blizzard clinched a playoff spot after their 63-35 win over the Jacksonville Sharks. Green Bay Blizzard photos

By Tori Wittenbrock

Associate Sports Editor

GREEN BAY – The Green Bay Blizzard secured an Indoor Football League (IFL) playoff berth for the first time since 2019 with a dominating 63-35 win over the Jacksonville Sharks at the Resch Center Friday night.

“It’s a big win, big season for the organization,” Blizzard quarterback Max Meylor said. “We clinched a playoff spot, but the goal is just keep winning.”

Green Bay (10-2) entered the contest looking to extend their win streak to six games. After winning the 2023 National Arena League (NAL) title a season ago, Jacksonville (2-9) has struggled in their inaugural IFL season.

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The Green Bay Blizzard is looking to hold the No. 1 spot in the Eastern Conference as they continue to look towards the postseason.

The Sharks jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, but once the Blizzard took a 14-7 lead in the first quarter, they never relinquished it.

The Blizzard offense was balanced, scoring four touchdowns on the ground and four through the air.

Meylor threw for 157 yards, four touchdowns, and recorded two of the team’s four rushing touchdowns. Demetrius Moore was on the receiving end of two of those touchdowns.

The No. 1 ranked Blizzard defense recorded two sacks, an interception and recovered one fumble for a touchdown.

Green Bay currently holds the number one spot in the Eastern Conference. With a playoff berth secured with four games left to go in the regular season, the team isn’t looking too far ahead to the postseason.

“We control our own destiny,” Meylor said. “We set ourselves up in a good position. We just gotta keep rolling and take every week like it’s a big deal.”

The Blizzard will hit the road for the final four games of the regular season, but a playoff game at the Resch Center seems promising.

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