Des Moines, Iowa – The Iowa Barnstormers and Spokane Shock played a highly entertaining and physical game of Arena Football at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines Friday night. When the dust settled, Spokane came out on top with a 68-62 victory. The win was their fifth in the last six games and improves their record to 6-4 on the season. Meanwhile Iowa falls to 4-7, having lost 5 of 6.
Both teams struggled offensively early, as Iowa held a 7-3 lead at the end of the first quarter thanks to the first of 6 touchdown receptions by standout WR Jesse Schmidt. However Spokane exploded for 28 second quarter points and took a 31-20 lead into the locker room.
QB Kyle Rowley led the charge for the Shock, completing 25 of 38 passes for 239 yards and 6 touchdowns. Iowa QB J.J. Raterink had a fine game of his own throwing for 323 yards and 7 touchdowns of his own. Raterink was knocked out of the game temporarily during the third quarter. However, rookie QB Chris Dieker took control and narrowed the Spokane lead to 41-34 when he connected with Schmidt for a 34 yard strike. But the Shock would respond as DB Paul Stephens returned the ensuing kickoff 46 yards for a touchdown making the score 48-34 at the end of three quarters.
The fourth quarter was just as wild as the teams combined for seven touchdowns. Iowa rattled of 28 points in the final frame as Raterink threw for three touchdowns and added a fourth rushing. However, the Iowa Rally fell just short as the Barnstormers were unsuccessful in two onside kick attempts in the closing minutes of the contest.
The Barnstormers two game home stand continues next Friday night June 1st
when the Cleveland Gladiators come to town. Kickoff is set for 7:05pm and the game will air live on the NFL Network. The first 3,500 fans through the gates will get a FREE rally towel courtesy of Casey’s. Tickets 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 – Kyle Rowley (Spokane)
JLS Ironman of the Game – Collin Taylor (Iowa)
Riddell Defensive player of the game – Jason Simpson (Iowa)
Cutters Catch of the Game – Jesse Schmidt (Iowa)
Spalding Highlight of the Game – Paul Stephens (Spokane) 46 yard KO return for TD