Des Moines, Iowa – The six-time World Champion Arizona Rattlers (1-1) lost to the Iowa Barnstormers (2-0) by a score of 38-28 at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.
Three interceptions and two goal line stands were too much for the Rattlers to overcome as the Barnstormers would take the lead in the Indoor Football League (IFL) standings.
The Rattlers offense was led by QB Jeff Ziemba, who completed 13 of 29 passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns. He did throw three interceptions. RB Shadrach Thornton led the rushing attack with 29 yards on five attempts (5.8 yards per carry). RB Darrell Monroe and WR/RB Jamal Miles also played significant roles on the ground, rushing for 22 and 23 yards respectively.
For the Barnstormers, QB Drew Powell again led his team both on the ground and in the air. He completed nine of his 18 passes for 88 yards and two touchdowns. He added 72 yards rushing on 19 attempts. WR Brady Roland led the team in receiving with 48 yards and hauling in both touchdowns.
Defensively for Arizona, DB Arkeith Brown led the team with eight tackles, followed by LB Justin Shirk who had four tackles and a sack.
Iowa’s defense was led by DB Bryce Enyard, who had seven tackles and two of Iowa’s three interceptions. DB Jourdan Wickliffe had the other pick.
In the first drive of the game, the Rattlers took the ball down the field and scored on an 18-yard pass from Ziemba to WR Anthony Amos. The extra point was missed by K Sawyer Petre.
The Barnstormers responded with a five-play drive that culminated in a 13-yard touchdown rush by Powell. After an interception thrown by Ziemba to DB Bryce Enyard the Barnstormers again scored on a 23-yard run by WR Sheldon Augustine, and Iowa quickly took a 14-6 lead early in the second. The score would not change as both teams went scoreless for the rest of the second quarter.
Iowa started the second half with the ball, and quickly scored on a six-yard touchdown pass from Powell to WR Brady Roland.
The Rattlers were finally able to break the plane with a five-yard rush by WR/RB Jamal Miles.
The Barnstormers again extended their lead with a 24-yard touchdown pass from Powell to WR Roland Brady.
Arizona closed within one score, with a one-yard rush by RB Monroe. The two-point try was no good, however, after winning the challenge got a second chance. This time, Monroe was able to punch it in, bring the Rattlers within seven.
Iowa would again extend their lead with an eight-yard rush by Powell.
The Rattlers would once again pull within one score with a five-yard touchdown pass from Ziemba to Amos. With 42 seconds left in the game, the Rattlers trailed the Barnstormers 35-28. On the ensuing kickoff Amos recovered the onside kick for the Rattlers, but Arizona would go four-and-out.
Iowa would go on to extend their lead by ten with a 30-yard field goal by K Cody Barber. The game ended 38-28 Iowa.
The Rattlers will look to bounce back when they return home next Sunday, March 18th, to take on the Green Bay Blizzard (0-2). Green Bay faces the Nebraska Danger tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. PDT. The Arizona / Green Bay game will be televised on FOX Sports Arizona, can be streamed online on YouTube and the FOX Sports Arizona, and can be heard on 1580 the Fanatic 99.3 FM and 95.9 FM.
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About the Arizona Rattlers
The Arizona Rattlers were founded in 1992 and are proud members and current champions of the Indoor Football League (IFL). The Rattlers spent 24 seasons in the Arena Football League (AFL), and in that time made ten appearances in the ArenaBowl, winning in 2014, 2013, 2012, 1997 and 1994. They also won the United Bowl in 2017. For tickets, call 602-514-TDTD (8383), or visit www.azrattlers.com.
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