Game Preview: Iowa Barnstormers at New Orleans VooDoo
DES MOINES – The Iowa Barnstormers (4-5) travel to take on the New Orleans VooDoo (2-6) on Saturday, May 24, 2014. Kickoff is set for 7:00pm CDT at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana. The game will be available live on WHO 1040 AM and online via ESPN3 and the WatchESPN application.
In their last matchup, the Iowa Barnstormers fell to the Cleveland Gladiators in Week 10. Led by QB Brian Reader, the Barnstormers came out strong in the first quarter with the first fourteen points tallied by receiver Darius Reynolds. Momentum continued to grow as defensive back Ter’Ran Benton snagged his third interception of the season. However, the Gladiators answered back with a touchdown of their own. The Barnstormers ended the first with a last-minute touchdown and 20-7 lead. In the second, the Barnstormer’s defense gained another interception and an early touchdown, advancing their lead to a 21-point deficit. Momentum shifted as the Gladiators retaliated with a touchdown, two fumble recoveries and a score afforded by an interception. Each team put another score on the board, ending the first half 34-33, Gladiators. Cleveland continued to increase the gap leading into the half with two touchdowns. Iowa remained scoreless in the third, making the score 50-33. The Barnstormers struck quick in the fourth, however the Gladiators answered back with another touchdown. With one minute left in the game, Barnstormer’s Julian Williams made an explosive touchdown, but it was not enough for a victory. The Gladiators ran away with a 63-46 victory, continuing an undefeated season.
The New Orleans VooDoo jumped to a 2-6 season record with a big win against the San Antonio Talons last Saturday night. New Orleans played consistent throughout the game and came away with a strong win, despite losing to the Talons earlier in the season. VooDoo QB Kurt Rocco took control of the game with seven scores on the night. Rocco connected with L.J. Castile seven times for 121 yards and three touchdowns. This was their first victory against the San Antonio Talons in franchise history.
During the last matchup between the Iowa Barnstormers and New Orleans Voodoo, Iowa came out with a monstrous 62-16 win. Both offense and defense proved to be strong forces through the entirety of the game. Within moments of the start of the first quarter, QB J.J Raterink connected with TE Mike Garrity for a 15-yard touchdown. When the VooDoo gained control of the ball, Iowa’s defense shut down offensive opportunity by grabbing a fumble recovery, leading to a Barnstormer’s touchdown. The momentum stayed with the Barnstormers throughout the game as they took every advantage to increase their lead. This 62-16 win led the Barnstormers to a 4-4 record on the season, while the VooDoo fell to 1-6.
Saturday, May 31st is Kid’s Night with the Iowa Barnstormers! A Kid’s Night drawstring backpack giveaway, sponsored by Powerade and Scrap Processors Inc., will be available for all children while supplies last. Bring the whole family for $1 hotdogs and the chance to see your favorite local mascots. Individual game tickets for this event and any other regular season game may be purchased at the Wells Fargo Arena Box Office or by calling the Barnstormers at 515-633-2255. For all of the latest Barnstormers information log onto www.theiowabarnstormers.com.
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