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Barnstormers Drop Second Straight

04/28/2012 10:58 PM -
Des Moines, IA - The Iowa Barnstormers dropped their second straight game on Saturday night as they fell convincingly, 76-33 to the San Jose Sabercats before a Wells Fargo Arena crowd of, in of 7,863. With the loss, Iowa drops to 3-4 on the season, while San Jose improves to 5-2.  The Sabercats defensive line was the difference, as they recorded six sacks, and pressured Iowa quarterback J.J. Raterink throughout the night. Defensive lineman Joe Sykes finished the night with three-and-a-half sacks and an interception..
 
San Jose opened the scoring on their first drive, as fullback Tommy Taggart scored his eighth rushing touchdown of the season putting the ‘Cats up 6-0. However, Iowa responded quickly, as Raterink found wide receiver Collin Taylor for a 27-yard strike. After the teams exchanged turnovers, then scores, San Jose QB Mark Grieb found WR David Nelson for the second time on the night, putting the Sabercats up 20-13.  Offensively, Grieb was efficient, completing 19-24 passes for 219 yards and six touchdowns, while Nelson caught 11 balls for 163 yards and three scores
 
As the second quarter began, Raterink found wide receiver Jesse Schmidt for a 25-yard scoring strike, but San Jose took advantage of a failed onside kick attempt, as Grieb hit WR James Roe for a 12-yard touchdown, putting San Jose back on top, 27-21 early in the second quarter. Schmidt then caught his second touchdown of the night, but linebacker Francis Maka’s block of the extra point, kept things knotted at 27. The two teams traded scores again before FB Mark Lewis pounded his way in from two yards out to give San Jose a 41-33 halftime lead.
 
The Sabercats came back to the field focused and determined. The San Jose defense turned up the heat on Raterink and the Barnstormers, holding Iowa scoreless for the game’s entire second half. The final score was 76-33, courtesy of a 42-0 run to close the game,that ran from late in the second quarter through the completion of the contest. 
 
Up next for Iowa is a trip to Chicago, next Sunday May 6th. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:05pm. The Barnstormers return home two weeks from tonight, Saturday May 12th when the Kansas City Command come to town. Great seats are still available by calling the Barnstormers at 515.633.2255 or online at www.theiowabarnstormers.com.

Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the game – Ben Nelson (SJ)
JLS Ironman of the Game – Rashard Dodd-Masters (SJ)
Riddell Defensive player of the game – Ben Sykes (SJ)
Cutters Catch of the Game – Marco Thomas (IOW)
Spalding Highlight of the Game – Collin Taylor 27yard TD (IOW)


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