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GAME PREVIEW: Barnstormers @ Sugar Skulls

04/25/2019 11:00 AM -

GAME PREVIEW: Barnstormers @ Sugar Skulls
Iowa looks to bounce back on the road April 27

DES MOINES – The Iowa Barnstormers (6-1) are looking to bounce back on the road against the Tucson Sugar Skulls (3-4) this Saturday, April 27. Kickoff is set for 8:00pm CST at the Tucson Arena.

After starting 6-0, the Barnstormers dropped their first game of the season last week against the Sioux Falls Storm, 36-32. In a game that went back and forth, the Storm won on a touchdown throw from quarterback Lorenzo Brown Jr. to receiver Kent Shelby with one second remaining. Iowa quarterback Daquan Neal went 19-28 with two touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown and defensive back Tyrell Pearson had an interception and a kickoff return for a touchdown. The Barnstormers will look to get more from their offense against a Tucson defense that averages allowing opponents 51.4 points per game.

The Sugar Skulls were off to a hot start on the season, going 3-1 in their first four games. Since then, they’ve managed to drop three straight. Their last was a 72-54 loss to the Quad City Steamwheelers last week. Tucson is led by quarterback Jake Medlock on offense, but have also given some time to fellow quarterback Matt Behrendt. The Barnstormers’ defense have a tough task ahead preparing for both quarterbacks. On defense, the Sugar Skulls are led by linebacker Zach Allen, who leads the team in tackles and sacks.

Both teams are looking for redemption after losses this past week. Expect Barnstormers head coach Dixie Wooten and Sugar Skulls head coach Marcus Coleman to have their teams prepared and ready for this game. Wooten and Coleman know each other well, as Coleman spent the past two seasons under Wooten as the Barnstormers defensive coordinator. Fans can watch the action live at 6:00 p.m. CST on YouTube.

The Iowa Barnstormers return home to Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday, May 4 to take on the Cedar Rapids River Kings. Kickoff is at 7:05pm. It’s Star Wars Night! The first 500 kids at the game will receive a free light saber. The game will also feature the 3rd Annual Halftime Corgi Chase in partnership with the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. Tickets to the game are available now, contact the Barnstormers front office at 515-633-2255.

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