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Iowa Storms Past Arizona 56-54

04/14/2012 11:20 PM -

Des Moines, Iowa – In a game that featured a tornado warning, a lightning strike, a power outage and a fire alarm, the Iowa Barnstormers were able to maintain their focus well enough to win their second straight game of the season.  After nearly 4 hours, when the clock finally ran out, the Barnstormers found themselves victorious with a 56-54 win over the Arizona Rattlers.  With the win, Iowa improves to 3-2 on the season, while Arizona falls to an identical 3-2 record

 

Arizona opened the scoring just seconds into the game when they recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff in the end zone to take a quick 7-0 lead.  However the Barnstormers responded when QB J.J. Raterink connected with WR Jesse Schmidt from 14 yards out to tie the game 7-7.  .  With Arizona leading 28-27 with seven minutes remaining in the second quarter, the game was halted for approximately 30 minutes due to a lightning strike and subsequent power outage.    When the two teams returned to the field, they continued to match each other in typical Arena Football fashion, ending the first half knotted at 34-34.

 

With the game tied at 40-40, Iowa took the lead for good when Raterink again connected with Schmidt, this time from 38 yards out.  After being held to just 3 catches last week, Schmidt was back in his usual form chalking up 11 receptions for 129 yards and 6 touchdowns on the night.  Iowa sealed the victory with a 4th quarter interception by DB Derek Pegues followed by a 23 yard field goal from kicker Craig Camay.  Raterink finished the night completing 23 of 33 for 257 yards, 7 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. 

 

The Barnstormers are back on the road next week, as they head to Utah to battle the Blaze on Friday April 20. Iowa returns home on Saturday, April 28 when they take on the San Jose Sabercats at 7:05pm.  Great seats are available for purchase at the Wells Fargo Arena box office, by calling the Barnstormers at 515.633.2255 online at www.theiowabarnstormers.com.

Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the game – Jesse Schmidt Iowa)

JLS Ironman of the Game – Jason Simpson (Iowa)

Riddell Defensive player of the game – Derek Pegues (Iowa)

Cutters Catch of the Game – Chris Matthews (Iowa)

Spalding Highlight of the Game – Derek Pegues INT return (Iowa)

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