In a Battle to the End the SaberCats Fall to the Barnstormers 73-68(6/16) The Iowa Barnstormers (6-7) came away from this tough matchup against the San Jose SaberCats (8-4) with a 73-68 victory after playing well in every phase of the game. The SaberCats got off to a rough start against the Barnstormers on Saturday as they began the game with a crucial fumble by kick returner Fred Williams on the opening kickoff forced by Barnstormers fullback Kai Brown. Then Iowa recovered the ball and quickly responded with a drive downfield to take a hold of their first lead of the night. From then on throughout the first half of the game each team traded scores. The Barnstormers closed the half with a field goal to gain a three point advantage heading into the third quarter.
Bad Decisions in Final Minute Cost Rush Against Talons(6/16) The Chicago Rush went into Saturday night’s game with a game and half lead over their Central Division opponent, the San Antonio Talons. For over fifty seven minutes, it appeared as if the Rush would take control of the game and the division and put themselves in a solid position for a playoff spot. Unfortunately for them, a full game is sixty minutes!
Quickplay Week 13(6/15) Week 12 saw Arizona continue its dominance over the league with a 70-21 crushing of the San Antonio Talons to go to 11-1. We saw another low-scoring game for the sixth week in a row with Iowa and Cleveland grinding out a 37-33 final. Orlando scored a stunning win in the War On I-4 and is now a possible playoff team. At 3-8, yes at 3-8.
SaberCats Looking to Get Second Straight Win in Iowa(6/15) The (8-3) San Jose SaberCats are traveling to Iowa this week to take on the (5-7) Iowa Barnstormers. Coming off of a recent 68-54 win against the Pittsburgh Power, the SaberCats will be hoping to spark a new winning streak in Iowa’s barn. However, the Barnstormers are coming off of a snapped three-game losing streak as they defeated the Cleveland Gladiators 37-33 last week and will be looking to keep this late season momentum going.
Shock Dominate Sharks in Convincing Fashion(6/13) During pre-game warmups, Erik Meyer was asked if backup quarterback Arvell Nelson would see snaps, a nod to Nelson playing the majority of the second half against San Jose when Spokane had a big lead. Meyer’s response? “I hope so.” Meyer would get his wish. The Spokane Shock’s winning streak continued on Saturday evening as they toppled the Jacksonville Sharks by a score of 76-41.
AFL Exchange: Chicago Rising(6/12) The No. 3 team in the AFL is looking like those high-ranking Al-Qaeda members a few years ago – getting knocked off week after week. Can the Rush, in their first Top-5 appearance, hold on to the spot?