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Iowa Barnstormers Win Championship Game

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Iowa Barnstormers Win Championship Game
Iowa defeats Sioux Falls, 42-38, in United Bowl

Des Moines, IA – The Iowa Barnstormers were crowned the 2018 United Bowl Champions after defeating the Sioux Falls Storm 42-38 at Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday, July 7.

Wells Fargo Arena was rocking on Saturday night as the Iowa Barnstormers hosted the 2018 United Bowl, the first Championship hosted by the team since 1997. Fans were quick to get into the indoor football action as the Barnstormers and the Storm went back and forth all night scoring on almost every possession. The game came down to the final seconds, with the Barnstormers down 38-35 going into the final drive. With just 13 seconds remaining on the game clock, a dramatic rushing touchdown from Jamal Tyler put the Barnstormers in the lead, 42-38, sending the Storm into a last second prayer that was not answered. The Iowa Barnstormers were crowned victorious as the 2018 United Bowl Champions.

Some Barnstormers highlights from the team's Championship victory included an unexpected scoring start from lineman BJ Butler, a dramatic rushing touchdown from Jamal Tyler in the final seconds of the game to seal the lead, and a notable perfect game from kicker Josh Gable.

Wide receiver Ryan Balentine was named Most Valuable Player in the game after scoring three touchdowns, a much deserved honor for the offensive powerhouse.

The 2018 United Bowl Championship victory gives the Iowa Barnstormers their first championship title in team history.

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