Photo Credit: Randy Lucassen
Blizzard Steal Close Game from Barnstormers
DES MOINES, IA- The Iowa Barnstormers (3-5) fell to the Green Bay Blizzard last Sunday at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin, 73-72.
It was an offensive battle from the first possession Sunday when the Iowa Barnstormers (3-4) traveled to Green Bay to take on the Blizzard (1-6). The Blizzard started off the game capitalizing on good field position and scored with just over one minute gone in the first quarter. The Barnstormers answered with a score of their own when receiver Bryan Pray dove for a pass in the end zone, a PAT made it 7-7. The back and forth continued when Blizzard running back Keshauda Spence found his way into the end zone from five yards out, 14-7. On the following possession Barnstormers’ quarterback Brion Carnes scampered his way into the end zone from 20 yards out, making it a tie game 14-14. After stopping the Blizzard, the Barnstormers ended the second quarter with a 21-14 lead when Carnes and Pray connected once again for the score.
The Blizzard were the first to score in the second quarter when kicker Zeke Arevalo converted a 22-yard field goal attempt, 21-17. The Blizzard regained the lead when running back Colby Goodwyn took a handoff for the score from two yards out, 24-21. With under a minute left in the second quarter Barnstormers receiver Brady Roland bulldozed his way into the end zone on a pitch play, giving Iowa a 28-24 lead. With 0:33 left in the second quarter the Blizzard scored on a touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Behrendt to receiver Marquel Willis, 31-28. After a late Barnstormers turnover the Blizzard had a chance to stretch the lead, but Arevalo missed a 33 yard field goal attempt.
The third quarter started the off with the Barnstormers marching down the field as Carnes rushed into the end zone from one yard out, 35-31. The Blizzard were able to answer through the air as Behrendt connected with Willis from 28 yards away, 38-35. After a break in the action, running back Lucas Hefty put the Barnstormers back on top with a three yard touchdown rush midway through the quarter, 42-38. The Blizzard was able to respond when Spence found the end zone for his second score putting Green Bay back up, 44-42. Iowa looked to regain momentum as receiver Lemans Casimier took a pitch in for the score from six yards out, 2 pt. conversion was successful, 50-44. On the subsequent kickoff, the Barnstormers scored a rouge point tackling Blizzard return man Chevelle Buie in the end zone. The Blizzard added a late touchdown closing out the third quarter tied at 51.
The teams were off and running again as the Barnstormers found the end zone early in the fourth quarter when Carnes connected with Roland on a two yard pass, 58-51. The Blizzard answered just moments later on a 20 yard pass from Behrendt to receiver Markeit Summers, 58-58. The shootout continued when Carnes connected with Pray for his third score of the game Barnstormers led, 65-58. The game was tied up once again when Blizzard’s Goodwyn rushed into the end zone from 2 yards out, 65-65. The Barnstormers took the lead late on a Hefty five yard touchdown rush, 72-65. After a penalty was called on the Barnstormers the Blizzard took advantage and scored with 0:00 left on the clock, 72-71. The Blizzard converted on the following 2 pt. conversion and took a 73-72 victory over the Iowa Barnstormers.
The Barnstormers (3-5) are on the road again next week as they travel to Grand Island, Nebraska to take on the Danger (5-4) on Friday April, 29 at 7:05 p.m. CDT.
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