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Week 4 Preview

04/21/2010 1:49 PM -
Week 4 Preview
 
Iowa Barnstormers vs. Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz
Saturday April 24, 2010
Kickoff: 8:05pm
 
Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Field, Wells Fargo Arena (11,209)
Des Moines, Iowa
 
2010 Record- 0-2 (0-1 at home 0-1 on the road)- Streak: Loss 2- Fifth Place, National Conference
 
Week 3 Recap:
 
The Iowa Barnstormers find themselves in a 0-2 hole after being defeated by the Milwaukee Iron.  The Barnstormers saw themselves in a 13-0 hole early on in the first quarter and were just not able to dig out of that hole once again. The Barnstormers scored one time in the first quarter with a Vena to Blythe touchdown reception. During the first Barnstormers possession of the second quarter, special teams attempted a two point conversion pass, but a penalty was given for illegal forward pass on Khalil Carter. In the second quarter both Schmidt and Dodge had touchdown receptions. By the end of the first half, the Barnstormers were down 19-30.
 
In the Second half of the game the Barnstormers kept working to pull themselves ahead of the Iron. Vena threw one interception in the third quarter and was able to complete passes to Blythe for his second and third touchdown receptions of the game along with rounding out the receivers with a McCown touchdown reception as well. The Barnstormers got within 10 of the Iron in the second half but were still short when time expired. The team is coming back to the Well and determined to show their home crowd that they can pull a W on the board and back into the win column.
 
 
Week 4 Preview:
 
The Barnstormers are back on Wellmark Field this week as they take on the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz. The Yard Dawgz are currently 1-1 and they are also 1-1 against the Barnstormers. On paper the stats match up pretty evenly between these two teams which should make it a very competitive game.
 
The Yard Dawgz struggled in Week One and were defeated by the Jacksonville Sharks by a score of 54-38. They were able to easily defeat the Cleveland Gladiators 63-50 in Week Three. Quarterback Tommy Grady has been off to a good start on the year passing for 495 yards and eight touchdowns and wide receivers Timon Marshall has caught for 130 yards and three touchdowns.
 
Week 4 Schedule:
Barnstormers vs. Yard Dawgz will be broadcast on the NFL Network. All games are broadcast LIVE on 1700 AM The Champ, on the Internet at www.theiowabarnstormers.com, and at www.nifty-tv.com
 
Saturday, April 24- 8:05pm – Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Field, Wells Fargo Arena
vs. Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz (1-1) - Streak Won 1
Tied for Fifth Place in American Conference
-This is the third meeting between the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz and the Iowa Barnstormers, the first in the AFL. The series is currently tied at 1-1.
 
-Leading Passer: Tommy Grady (#15) - 2 GP, 42-for-67, 495 yds, 8 TDs, 1 INTs
-Leading Rusher: CJ McLain (#44) - 2 GP, 5 carries for 21 yds, 1 TDs, 10.5 Avg./G
-Leading Receiver: Timon Marshall (#5) - 2 GP, 11 catches for 130 yds, 3 TDs, 11.8 yds per catch, 65 Avg./G
-Leading Tackler: Fred Shaw (#8) - 2 GP, 17 tackles (11 solo, 6 assisted), 4 pass breakup
 
Barnstormer Player of the Week: (Week 4)
 
Todd Blythe-WR-#11             Week 3 Line: 9 catches for 118 yards and 3 touchdowns
 
Blythe had another stellar week and keeps proving he is a great fit for arena football. After being named the league choice Cutters Catch of the Week in Week One, Blythe exploded and has become a major target for quarterback Ryan Vena. Blythe was always acknowledged during his college career for making big plays and so far has proven that he will continue to do so while in a ‘Stormers uniform as he scored twice in the second half keeping them within 10 points of Milwaukee.
 
Iowa Barnstormers Team Leaders
 
Passing
-Attempts: Ryan Vena (77)
-Completions: Ryan Vena (42)
-Percentage: Ryan Vena (55.0)
-Yards: Ryan Vena (497)
-Touchdowns: Ryan Vena (10)
 
Receiving
-Receptions: Jesse Schmidt (17)
-Yards: Jesse Schmidt (211)
-Touchdowns: Todd Blythe (6)
-Yards/Catch: Errick McCown (13.2)
-Yards/Game: Jesse Schmidt (105.5)
-Long: Todd Blythe (31)
 
Rushing
-Attempts: Ryan Vena (11)
-Yards: Ryan Vena (18)
-Touchdowns: Ryan Vena (3)
-Yards/Carry: Ryan Vena (1.6)
-Yards/Game: Ryan Vena (9)
-Long: Ryan Vena (7)
 
Kick Returns
-Attempts: Larry Kendrick, Tim Dodge (7)
-Yards: Tim Dodge (130)
-Touchdowns: none
-Yards/Return: Tim Dodge (18.6)
-Long: Tim Dodge (31)
 
Field Goals
-Attempts: Jeff Glas (2)
-Kicks Made: Jeff Glas (1)
-Percentage: Jeff Glas (50.0)
-Long: Jeff Glas (29)
-PAT Made: (6)
-Touchbacks: (6)
 
Defense
-Tackles: Jason Simpson (13)
-Solo Tackles: Khalil Carter (8)
-Assisted Tackles: Larry Kendrick, Jason Simpson (6)
-Sacks: Micah King (1.5)
-Tackles For Loss: Micah King 1.5
-Interceptions: Jason Simpson (1)
-Pass Breakups: Tanner Varner (3)
-Fumble Recoveries: Three tied w/ 1
-Forced Fumbles: none
 
The Iowa Barnstormers head back out on the road to take on the Orlando Predators on April 30 and will be broadcast live on the NFL Network!  The Barnstormers then return home to Wellmark field to take on the Cleveland Gladiators at 7:05. Tickets start at just $15 a seat; call the Barnstormers Front Office TODAY: 515-633-2255!


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