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Barnstormers Win Shootout With Talons 66-63

07/21/2012 10:37 PM -
                                                   
Des Moines, Iowa – The Iowa Barnstormers played their best game of the season on Saturday night as they defeated the San Antonio Talons 66-63 on a last second field goal to send the Wells Fargo Arena crowd of 9,184 home with smiles. With the win, the Barnstormers finish the 2012 season with a record of 7-11, while San Antonio heads to the playoffs as the conference’s top ranked team at 14-4. Iowa’s victory snapped the Talons 11 game winning streak.
 
The game turned into a quarterback duel between two of the AFL’s best. The Talons Aaron Garcia lived up to his reputation, connecting on 23 of 29 passes for 361 yards and 8 touchdowns. Meanwhile, Iowa’s J.J. Raterink completed 27 of 39 for 350 yards and 8 touchdown passes of his own. Raterink’s final touchdown pass of the night was his 93rd of the season, breaking the team record which ironically was held by Garcia. Neither quarterback threw an interception on the night.
 
Raterink wasn’t the only Barnstormer breaking records on Saturday night. WR Jesse Schmidt finished the season with a team record 58 receiving touchdowns, besting his own team record of 55 set last year. FB Rodney Filer closed out his 13 year AFL career by moving into 5th place on the AFL’s all-time rushing yards list with 1,232.
 
The Barnstormers played flawless on the offensive side of the ball, scoring touchdowns on their first 9 possessions, giving them a 63-49 lead entering the fourth quarter. San Antonio rallied to tie the game 63-63 with two long scoring drives sandwiched around stopping the Barnstormers on downs. Iowa took possession of the ball for the final time with 1:17 remaining and drove to the Talons 4 yard line before kicker Craig Camay sealed the victory with a 19 yard field goal as time expired. 
 
The Barnstormers would like to thank the Arena Football League’s best fans and sponsors for another great season. Season tickets for the 2013 season are already on sale now beginning at $99.00 per seat. To purchase yours, call the Barnstormers today at 515.633.2255. As always you can find all of the latest team updates and information online at www.theiowabarnstormers.com.

Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the game – J.J. Raterink (Iowa)

JLS Ironman of the Game – Rodney Filer (Iowa)

Riddell Defensive player of the game – Jamar Ransom (San Antonio)

Cutters Catch of the Game – Collin Taylor (Iowa)

Spalding Highlight of the Game – Craig Camay 19 yard game-winning FG as time expires


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