06/02/2017 9:00 PM
- Barnstormers Soar over Screaming Eagles
Iowa defeats Salt Lake 58-36
Des Moines The Iowa Barnstormers (12-2) extended its winning streak to 10 games with a 58-36 win over the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles (4-10) Friday night at the Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah.
Iowa started the game giving up a touchdown to the Screaming Eagles, but the Barnstormers answered when quarterback Travis Partridge found receiver Ryan Balentine for a six yard touchdown pass, 7-7. Iowa would capitalize off a Jamie Bender interception when running back Keshaudas Spence recovered a fumble in the end zone, 14-7. Salt Lake picked up a safety sacking Partridge in the end zone, 14-9. The Iowa defense recorded its second takeaway when defensive back Matt Goldsmith picked off Salt Lake quarterback Verlon Reed.
Entering the second quarter, Salt Lake would take a Barnstormer interception back for a touchdown, 14-15. Spence picked up his second score of the half running in a 20 yard score, 20-15. The Barnstormers stalled the Screaming Eagles in the red zone when Bender recorded his second interception of the half. Iowa utilized its run game when Partridge ran in a 12 yard score, 27-15. Salt Lake narrowed the lead completing a short touchdown pass, 27-21. After the score, the Screaming Eagles attempted an onside kick only to have Iowa linebacker Javicz Jones return it for a touchdown, 34-21. Bender recorded his third interception of the first half to end the second quarter.
The Barnstormers started the second half using the combo of Partridge and Balentine for a 21 yard touchdown strike, 41-21. The Screaming Eagles answered back with a long passing score, 41-28. Iowa extended its lead when Spence scored his third rushing touchdown of the game, 48-28. The Barnstormers blew the game open when Bender recorded his fourth interception and returned it for a touchdown, 55-28. Salt Lake recorded its second safety of the game, 55-30. The Screaming Eagles connected on a long passing score, 55-36. Kicker Kenton Chun knocked down a field goal late in the game, 58-36.
The Barnstormers return home to Wells Fargo Arena on Friday, June 9 as they face the Spokane Empire. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Tickets to the game are available by calling the Iowa Barnstormers front office 515-633-2255 or visiting www.theiowabarnstormers.com.