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Week 4 Preview

03/30/2011 11:13 AM -

Week 4 Preview

Iowa Barnstormers @ San Jose SaberCats
Friday April 1, 2011
Kickoff: 9:30pm CST


HP Pavilion
San Jose, California

2011 Record: 1-1 (1-0 at home, 0-1 on the road)- Streak: Won 1
Third Place, National Conference, Central Division


The BARNSTORMERS Last Week:

The Barnstormers kept the fans on their feet last week in the nail-biting victory over the Spokane Shock.  First on the board, the Stormers’ wide receiver, Jesse Schmidt caught a 15 yard pass from quarterback Brad Banks to get things rolling.  However the Stormers’ kicker, Pitor Czech, struggled to make his PATs, missing all 3 attempts in the first half and allowing the Shock to slide into the lead at half time 28-18.

Coming out in the second half the excited fans were not giving up hope on their Barnstormers.  Iowa once again was the first to score with another Banks’ completion to wide receiver Todd Blythe for a 16 yard touchdown.  Two more touchdowns thrown by Banks put the Barnstormers on top (37-35) with 3:38 to play in the third quarter.  The final twelve minutes of the game seemed to go by very slowly for Stormer fans with the score sitting at 43-42 Iowa.  Fans were getting antsy as the strong Spokane defense prevented the Barnstormers from scoring off the 2 yard line with 1:05 still to play.  The Shock began their drive down the field but the quick reflexes of DB Camero McGlenn lead to a Barnstormer interception with 0:50 on the clock, sealing the deal for the Barnstormer’s first 2011 victory on their home turf.  


The SaberCats Last Week:

The San Jose SaberCats (2-1) struggled last week against the top seat of the National Conference-Central Division, the Chicago Rush (3-0).  After a strong first quarter, the SaberCats lead 8-6 but were unable to maintain that lead throughout the rest of the game.  The Rush dominated in the second half, eventually walking away with the victory 54-41.

Week 4 Schedule:
Iowa Barnstormers @ San Jose SaberCats will be broadcast LIVE on 1700 AM The Champ, on the Internet at www.theiowabarnstormers.com and at www.nifty-tv.com.

Friday, April 1- 9:30pm CST- HP Pavilion  
Vs. San Jose SaberCats (2-1)- Streak: Lost 1
Second Place, National Conference, West Division


-This is the seventh meeting between the San Jose SaberCats and the Iowa Barnstormers in their franchises’ history. The series is tied 3-3.

Week 4 Match Up:

The Iowa Barnstormers (1-1) and the San Jose SaberCats (2-1) will go head to head this week in the Golden State.  Currently ranked 2nd in the National Conference-West Division as  well as being ranked 2nd in passing and 4th in rushing in the AFL, the SaberCats will bring a strong quarterback/receiver combination to the field.  The Barnstormers will look to carry over the intensity from last week’s game into Friday’s match up and extend their winning streak to 2 for the 2011 season.


Barnstormers Player of the Week: (Week 4)

Brad Banks-QB                Week 3 Line- 20 completions for 232 yards and 5 TDs


Brad Banks exemplified his leadership skills on the field last Friday, guiding the Barnstormers to their first win of the 2011 season.  Banks threw three touchdown passes in the third quarter to put the Stormers’ in the lead, 37-35.  He rushed for 44 yards, including 2 touchdowns and completed 20 of 32 passes for a total of 232 yards.

Week 3 Honors:
Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game- Brad Banks

JSL Ironman of the Game- Brad Banks

Riddell Defensive Player of the Game- Cameron McGlenn

Cutters Catch of the Game- Jesse Schmidt

Nifty Playmaker of the Game- Cameron McGlenn

Spalding Highlight of the Game- Brad Banks’ 22 yard TD run


Iowa Barnstormer Team Leaders:

Passing
-Attempts: Brad Banks (77)
-Completions: Brad Banks (47)
-Percentage: Brad Banks (61.0)
-Yards: Brad Banks (527)
-Touchdowns: Brad Banks (9)

Receiving
-Receptions: Jesse Schmidt (19)
-Yards: Jesse Schmidt (225)
-Touchdowns: Todd Blythe (7)
-Yards/Catch: Todd Blythe (13.1)
-Yards/Game: Jesse Schmidt (112.5)
-Long: Jesse Schmidt (43)

Rushing
-Attempts: Brad Banks (12)
-Yards: Brad Banks (69)
-Touchdowns: Brad Banks  (2)
-Yards/Carry: Brad Banks (5.8)
-Yards/Game: Brad Banks (34.5)
-Long: Brad Banks (22)

Kick Returns
-Attempts: Larry Beavers (8)
-Yards: Larry Beavers (115)
-Touchdowns: None
-Yards/Return: Tommy Ellingworth (17.5)
-Long: Larry Beavers (25)

Field Goals
-Attempts: Piotr Czech (1)
-Kicks Made: None
-Percentage: Jeff Glas (50)
-Long: None
-PAT Made: Pitor Czech (5)
-Touchbacks: None

Defense
-Tackles: Chris Felder (13.5)
-Solo Tackles: Chris Felder (13)
-Assisted Tackles: Pat Stoudamire (2)
-Sacks: Chance Talbert (3)
-Tackles For Loss: Chance Talbert (3.5)
-Interceptions: Cameron McGlenn (2)
-Pass Breakups: Pat Stoudamire (4)
-Fumble Recoveries: Felder, Granger, Filer (1)
-Forced Fumbles: Chris Felder (2)

San Jose SaberCats Team Leaders:

-Leading Passer: Mark Grieb  (#16) - 3 GP, 76 for 110, 841 yds, 13 TDs, 3 INTs
-Leading Rusher: Chad Cook (#26) - 3 GP, 18 carries for 33 yds, 7 TDs, 1.8 Avg./G
-Leading Receiver: Rodney Wright (#17) - 3 GP, 38 catches for 399 yds, 3 TDs, 10.5 yds/catch, 133.0 Avg./G
-Leading Tackler: Dwight McLean (#6) - 3 GP, 23.0 tackles (22 solo, 2 assisted), 1 INT for 46 yds

~Written by Shannon Saunders~





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