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Barnstormers Overpower River Kings

03/30/2019 9:15 PM -

Barnstormers Overpower River Kings 

DES MOINES - A dominant second half helped push the undefeated Iowa Barnstormers (4-0) over the Cedar Rapids River Kings (1-4) on Saturday, March 30.

The Barnstormers won 41-20 on the road at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids. Cedar Rapids received to start the game. The River Kings offense drove the length of the field but settled for a short field goal by kicker Henry Nell, 3-0. The Barnstormers answered on their first possession when Daquan Neal ran it in from six yards out. Kicker Nathan Criswell hit the PAT, 7-3.

Iowa’s defense held strong to start the second quarter. On the next possession for Iowa’s offense, Criswell extended the Barnstormers lead with a field goal, 10-3. A tipped pass by Iowa defensive back Rocky Hayes resulted in a touchdown catch by Cedar Rapids receiver Drake White, 10-10. The Barnstormers would answer back, again with the legs of Neal. A quarterback sneak at the goal line resulted in a 17-10 lead for Iowa. The half came to a close when Cedar Rapids missed a field goal attempt.

In the third quarter, Criswell hit another field goal to extend Iowa’s lead, 20-10. Iowa’s defense came up big when defensive lineman B.J. Butler tipped a pass up in the air and fellow defensive lineman Desmond Raiford intercepted it. The Barnstormers offense capitalized off the turnover. Neal plowed through three defenders en route to a 13-yard touchdown run - his third of the night. Criswell hit the extra point, 27-10.

The River Kings drove the length of the field to start the fourth quarter, but settled for a 21-yard field goal from Nell, 27-13. The Barnstormers scored on the next possession, this time off a short touchdown run by running back Jamal Tyler, 34-13. Neal found receiver Ryan Balentine to add to the lead, 41-13. The River Kings scored in the final seconds of the game, but it was too little, too late and the Barnstormers came away victorious.

The Barnstormers return home to Wells Fargo Arena to face the Cedar Rapids River Kings again this Saturday, April 6. Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m. CST. It's 90's Night! Grab your fanny pack and get ready to jam out to your favorite 90's tunes all night. Tickets are on sale now, call 515-633-2255.

Season Tickets are still on sale for the 2019 Iowa Barnstormers season. Fans can select the same great seat for every remaining home game. Don't miss a minute of the action! Call 515-633-2255 for more information.

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