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Slaughter ousted in 2nd round of playoffs
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Published: 7/3/2010 10:52 PM | Updated: 7/3/2010 10:52 PM

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The Chicago Slaughter was eliminated in the second round of the IFL playoffs, losing 47-33 to the Sioux Falls Storm at the Sioux Falls Arena on Saturday night.

Down by 19 points early in the third quarter, the Slaughter (7-9) rallied within 6 points in the fourth quarter before the Storm (13-3) put it away.

Slaughter quarterback Tavares Woodley was 16 of 26 for 187 yards and 2 touchdowns, and wide receiver Shatone Powers had 7 catches for 125 yards and a touchdown.

Sioux Falls' James Jones returned the opening kickoff 52 yards for a touchdown. After the Slaughter's Chris Nendick missed a field goal, Sioux Falls drove into Slaughter territory, and quarterback Terrance Bryant completed the drive by connecting with wide receiver James Terry for a 15-yard touchdown to make it 13-0. The Slaughter responded with an impressive drive, capped by a 2-yard TD run by Jarrett Payton to cut the deficit to 13-7.

Sioux Falls made it 20-7 in the second quarter on Jones' 4-yard run. After the teams exchanged turnovers, Woodley found Powers for a 39-yard TD pass to pull the Slaughter within 20-14.

Sioux Falls went up 22-14 on a safety when the Slaughter was called for intentional grounding in its own end zone.

On the Storm's next possession, Bryant hit Perry with a TD pass for a 29-14 lead. Nendick converted a long field goal to make it 29-17 at halftime.

Sioux Falls capitalized on a Woodley interception early in the third quarter, as Sean Treasure scored on a 1-yard TD run to extend the lead to 36-17. The Slaughter responded as Woodley hooked up with Reggie Gray for a 7-yard TD pass, cutting the deficit to 36-23. The 2-point conversion attempt failed.

Woodley added another TD to start the fourth quarter, a 3-yard run to bring the Slaughter within 36-30 with under 11 minutes left. After the teams traded field goals, Sioux Falls clinched it as Bryant found Jones on a TD pass with just over two minutes left for the final margin.