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Barnstormers Snake-Bitten in Arizona

06/10/2012 9:15 AM -
Phoenix, AZ – The Iowa Barnstormers battled arguably the AFL’s top team the Arizona Rattlers for 60 intense minutes on Saturday night at the U.S. Airways Arena in Phoenix. In the end, the gutsy effort fell just short with the Barnstormers falling by as score of 55-48. With the win, the Rattlers improve to 10-3 on the season, while Iowa falls to 5-8 with the loss. 
 
Iowa started out slow and found themselves trailing 13-0 just minutes into the game. However, the Barnstormers battled back scoring on three straight drives to take a 21-20 lead with 3:45 left in the second quarter. The lead was short lived as Arizona would score twice in the final minute of the half, to take a 34-21 lead into the locker room.
 
As usual, Arizona Quarterback Nick Davila proved why he is one of the AFL’s best. Davila sliced through the Iowa defense with precision, connecting on 24 of 29 passes for 336 yards and 7 touchdowns.  Rattlers WR Trandon Harvey led the way with 4 touchdown receptions. Not to be outdone was Iowa’s Jesse Schmidt, who dominated as usual with 10 catches for 161 yards and 3 touchdowns.
 
Both teams came out flying in the second half, matching each other score for score. Finally, with just over 1 minute remaining, the Barnstormers got the break they needed when they stopped the Arizona
offense on downs. Trailing by seven, Iowa QB J.J. Raterink led a frantic drive all the way to the Arizona 15 yard line before taking a brutal hit from Arizona’s Cliff Dukes. The hit jarred the ball loose, and the Rattlers recovered to seal the 55-48 victory.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
 
Next week the Barnstormers remain on the road when they head to San Antonio to take on the Talons on Saturday, June 16. Kickoff is set for 7:00pm. Iowa returns to Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday, June 30 when the Pittsburgh Power come to town.   Kickoff is scheduled for 7:05pm, and the first 1,500 fans will receive a FREE cheer banner courtesy of Allied, as we celebrate our annual Military Night. Great seats are still available and can be purchased at the Arena box office, online at www.theiowabarnstormers.com or by calling 515.633.2255.                                   
 


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