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Barnstormers Get Commanding Victory in Kansas City

07/07/2012 8:56 PM -
Kansas City, MO – After a season full of bad breaks, untimely errors and last minute heartbreaks, the Iowa Barnstormers came up with their best team effort of the season on Saturday night in Kansas City. The Barnstormers dominated on both sides of the ball and when the dust settled the final result was a 54-27 victory. With the win, the Barnstormers improve to 6-10 on the season, while Kansas City falls to 3-13 with two weeks remaining in the regular season. 
Both teams started the game sluggish, with each turning the ball over on downs on their first possession. At the end of the first, the Command held a narrow 9-6 lead. From that point forward Iowa took total control outscoring Kansas City 41-3 over the next two and a half quarters. 
Barnstormers QB J.J. Raterink had another strong night completing 21 of 29 passes for 164 yards and 5 touchdowns. It was a night full of record breaking performances. Raterink broke Kurt Warner’s franchise record for passing yards when he connected with Jesse Schmidt early in the game. Schmidt finished the game with 8 receptions for 92 yards and 4 more touchdowns, giving him 52 on the season. Iowa DB Jason Simpson tied and then set the single season franchise record with his 9th and 10th interceptions on the season. The Barnstormers defense dominated, giving up just 136 yards and forcing 3 turnovers. 
After Raterink found Schmidt for his final touchdown of the game, the Barnstormers led 54-14 with 8 minutes remaining in the contest. Kansas City responded with two garbage time touchdowns to narrow the lead to but barely made a dent in the stellar Iowa performance.
The Barnstormers remain on the road next week as they travel to San Jose to battle the SaberCats on Saturday, July 14. Iowa will return home for the final game of the season on Saturday July 21 vs. San Antonio. Great seats are still available for this game. The first 1,000 kids will receive a FREE replica Rodney Filer Youth Jersey, courtesy of Scrap Processors, Inc.  To order your tickets now, head to the Arena box office, online at www.theiowabarnstormers.com or call 515.633.2255.                                   
 
 
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