Week 6: Friday Night Matchup
May 1, 2008 - arenafootball2 (af2) News Release
IOWA BARNSTORMERS (2-2) AT GREEN BAY BLIZZARD (3-2)
FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2008 - The Resch Center (7,695) 8:30 P.M. ET
Week 6 kicks off on Friday night when the Iowa Barnstormers make their first trip to the Resch Center to take on the Green Bay Blizzard in an important Midwest Division matchup. After two losses to open their season, the Barnstormers have won two consecutive games, including a 47-24 home win against Stockton last Saturday. WR/KR ROBERT KILOW led the Barnstormers with a 33-yard touchdown catch and a 57-yard kickoff return touchdown. TIM DODGE, playing receiver and defensive back in place of injured starter TANNER VARNER, had a 45-yard interception return TD in the third quarter. Stockton kept things close for three quarters before pulling away in the fourth with three touchdowns. Iowa's trigger man on offense is JOE BRANNEN. Brannen has been one of the main reasons behind the team's recent upswing with six TD passes in the last two contests to just two interceptions. DB DANIEL MCLEMORE leads the Barnstormers with three interceptions. Iowa's defense has also been a big factor in the team's positive play of late, forcing eight turnovers in the last two games while giving up only three in return. On the season, the Barnstormers rank fourth in the league in turnover margin at +5 (16 gained, 11 lost). Green Bay comes into this week's contest ranked No. 8 in the latest league coaches poll. The Blizzard are coming off a 52-35 home victory against Quad City last Friday. Green Bay QB RYAN PORTER (24-of-39, 270 yards, 5 TD, 0 INT) got the nod as the starting quarterback and took advantage of his opportunity. Porter connected with JLS Ironman of the Game WR Anthony Crissinger-Hill (4-72, 2 TD) for two touchdowns and also utilized new addition WR COCO BLALOCK. Blalock made his presence felt with a game-high 13 catches for 124 yards and a touchdown. The Blizzard defensive pressure produced three turnovers. ADT Defensive Player of the Game DL JOE SYKES scored on a fumble recovery and finished with 3.0 tackles, 2.0 sacks and two fumble recoveries. DB NATE GREEN leads the team in tackles (26) and is tied for second in interceptions (2). On offense the one the Barnstormers must stop is WR SCOTT BURNOSKI, who has over 400 yards receiving and leads Green Bay in touchdown receptions with eight. Iowa is a much improved team, but the Barnstormers will need to get off to a quick start and limit their mistakes if they want to keep things close with the Blizzard. Green Bay has been nearly unbeatable at the Resch Center, where the team has won 13 of its last 14 games dating back to 2006.
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