Barnstormers End Season With Loss To Rattlers
Sunday July 28, 2013
Iowa Finishes With Disappointing 6-12 Record
Des Moines, IA – If there was any doubt that that Arizona the AFL’s top team heading into playoffs it was erased on Saturday night as the Rattlers came to Des Moines and defeated the Iowa Barnstormers by a score of 84-45. The rattlers scored by ground and by air, on defense, and special teams as well, dominating in all aspects of the game. With the win Arizona improves to 15-3 on the season and clinches the #1 seed in the National Conference, while Iowa ends the season with a disappointing 6-12 record.
The Rattlers jumped out to a quick 21-0 first quarter lead and never looked back. As usual, Arizona was led by QB Nick Davila, who finished the night 16 of 22 for 222 yards and 6 touchdowns. Davila’s favorite target was WR Tysson Poots, who caught 9 passes for 85 yards and 4 scores. WR Rod Windsor also found the end zone 3 times for the Rattlers. Meanwhile Iowa QB J.J. Raterink struggled early throwing 3 interceptions, 2 of which were returned for scores by Arizona DB Virgil Gray. Raterink was replaced in the second quarter by Brian Reader who kept the game respectable by throwing for a career high 4 touchdowns, however the Barnstormers never cut the lead to any less than 17 points the rest of the way.
Next up for the Rattlers is a first round home playoff game against the San Jose Saber Cats next weekend. The Barnstormers will instead begin the rebuilding process as they prepare for the 2014 season.
The Barnstormers would like to thank the Arena Football League’s best fans and sponsors for another great season. Season tickets for the 2014 season are already on sale. To purchase yours, call the Barnstormers today at 515.633.2255. As always you can find all of the latest team updates and off-season information online at www.theiowabarnstormers.com.
Russell Athletics Offensive Player of the Game: QB Nick Davila, Arizona
Riddell Defensive Player of the Game: Virgil Gray, Arizona
J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Game: Tysson Poots, Arizona
Cutters Catch of Game: Arizona’s Kerry Reed 1 handed catch
AFL Highlight of the Game: Arizona’s Arkeith Brown kickoff return for TD.