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Blaze Spoil Barnstormers Home Opener

03/17/2012 10:36 PM -
Des Moines, Iowa – It wasn’t the St. Patrick’s Day green beer specials, but rather the dismal Barnstormers performance that left the opening night crowd of 8,258 feeling a little nauseous as they left Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday night. The Barnstormers proved to be no match on this night for the fierce Utah Blaze pass rush, which recorded 8 sacks in route to a 69-49 victory over Iowa.
 
The Barnstormers jumped out to their only lead, 7-0 when QB J.J. Raterink connected with WR Jesse Schmidt for a 5 yard touchdown just :57 seconds into the game. However, Utah responded with three straight touchdown drives to go ahead 20-7 and never looked back.   Blaze QB Tommy Grady had the hot hand, throwing for 282 yards and 5 touchdowns while running for 2 additional scores. 
 
In typical Arena Football fashion, the teams traded each other score for score for much of the next two quarters. Iowa closed to within 6 points 41-35, when DL Justin Mincey fell on a Grady fumble in the endzone for a Barnstormers touchdown. However Utah dominated the fourth quarter outscoring the Iowa 28-14 to seal the victory.
 
With the victory, Utah improves to 1-1 on the season, while the Barnstormers fall to an identical 1-1 record. Iowa has a bye next week, before returning home two weeks from tonight, Saturday March 31 when they take on the Chicago Rush at 7:05pm.   Great seats are available for purchase at the Wells Fargo Arena box office, by calling the Barnstormers at 515.633.2255 or online at www.theiowabarnstormers.com.

Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the game – Tommy Grady (Utah)

JSL Ironman of the Game – Jesse Schmidt (Iowa)

Riddell Defensive player of the game – Caesar Rayford (Utah)

Cutters Catch of the Game – Marco Thomas (Iowa)

Spalding Highlight of the Game – Rodney Gnat (Sack/FF) / Justin Mincey (FR/TD)
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