2010 Iowa Barnstormers season

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2010 Iowa Barnstormers season
Head coach John Gregory
Home field Wells Fargo Arena
Results
Record 7–9
Division place 4th NC Midwest
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 2010 Iowa Barnstormers season was the 10th season for the franchise, and the sixth in the Arena Football League, after three total seasons from 2001–2009 in the AF2, which dissolved following the 2009 season. The team was coached by John Gregory and played their home games at Wells Fargo Arena. The Barnstormers failed to make the playoffs when they finished the regular season 6th in the National Conference with a 7–9 record.

Standings[edit]

Midwest Division
Team W L PCT PF PA DIV CON Home Away
y-Milwaukee Iron 11 5 .687 1043 903 5–1 8–3 7–1 4–4
x-Chicago Rush 10 6 .625 906 873 4–2 8–3 5–3 5–3
Cleveland Gladiators 7 9 .438 938 906 2–4 4–6 4–4 3–5
Iowa Barnstormers 7 9 .438 829 833 1–5 3–7 2–6 5–3

y - Clinched division
x - Clinched playoff berth

Regular season schedule[edit]

The Barnstormers began the season at home against the Rush on April 2. Their final regular season game was on the road against the Rattlers on July 31.[1]

Week Day Date Kickoff Opponent Results Location Report
Score Record
1 Friday April 2 7:05 PM Chicago Rush L 43–61 0–1 Wells Fargo Arena [1]
2 Bye
3 Friday April 16 7:30 PM at Milwaukee Iron L 48–65 0–2 Bradley Center [2]
4 Saturday April 24 7:05 PM Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz W 68–60 1–2 Wells Fargo Arena [3]
5 Friday April 30 7:00 PM at Orlando Predators W 50–40 2–2 Amway Arena [4]
6 Saturday May 8 8:05 PM Cleveland Gladiators L 56–70 2–3 Wells Fargo Arena [5]
7 Saturday May 15 7:00 PM at Chicago Rush W 44–30 3–3 Allstate Arena [6]
8 Friday May 21 7:05 PM Arizona Rattlers L 48–52 3–4 Wells Fargo Arena [7]
9 Bye
10 Saturday June 5 7:05 PM Alabama Vipers L 44–45 3–5 Wells Fargo Arena [8]
11 Saturday June 12 7:05 PM at Bossier–Shreveport Battle Wings W 48–42 4–5 CenturyTel Center [9]
12 Saturday June 19 7:00 PM at Cleveland Gladiators L 35–76 4–6 Quicken Loans Arena [10]
13 Saturday June 26 7:05 PM Utah Blaze W 68–32 5–6 Wells Fargo Arena [11]
14 Friday July 2 7:30 PM at Dallas Vigilantes W 59–38 6–6 American Airlines Center [12]
15 Saturday July 10 7:05 PM at Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz L 42–52 6–7 Cox Convention Center [13]
16 Friday July 16 7:05 PM Spokane Shock L 42–48 6–8 Wells Fargo Arena [14]
17 Saturday July 24 7:05 PM Milwaukee Iron L 67–75 6–9 Wells Fargo Arena [15]
18 Saturday July 31 9:30 PM at Arizona Rattlers W 67–47 7–9 US Airways Center [16]

All times are CDT

Roster[edit]

2010 Iowa Barnstormers roster
Quarterbacks

Fullbacks

Wide receivers

Offensive linemen
  • 62 Eric Anderson
  • 70 Mike Dansby
  • 90 Michael Jones
  • 66 Eric Rothwell
  • 55 Pete Traynor

Defensive linemen

Linebackers
  • 30 Derrick Byrd
  •  9 Micha King

Defensive backs

Kickers

  •  3 Jeff Glas
Injured reserve
  • 11 Todd Blythe WR (IR) Injury icon 2.svg
  • 44 Brent Curvey DL (IR) Injury icon 2.svg
  • 10 Tommy Ellingworth WR (IR) Injury icon 2.svg

Other league exempt

Refused to report

  • -- Steve Cully OL/DL (Did Not Report)
  • -- Bryan Lee-Laudusky QB (Did Not Report)

Suspension

  • 21 Stanley Smith LB (Susp.)
  • Rookies in italics
  • Roster updated July 20, 2010
  • 22 Active, 7 Inactive

Regular season[edit]

Week 1: vs. Chicago Rush[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rush 17 17 7 20 61
Barnstormers 0 22 0 21 43

at Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa

  • Date: April 2
  • Game time: 8:05 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 12,184
  • Referee: Brad Van Vark
  • Recap

Chicago's DeJuan Alfonzo returned an interception from Brian Villanueva for a touchdown on Iowa's first play from scrimmage, sparking the visiting Rush to a 17–0 first-quarter lead. The Barnstormers turned the ball over six times in their first Arena Football League contest since 2000. After Iowa inserted Ryan Vena at quarterback for the second quarter trailing 17–0, he tossed touchdown passes to Jesse Schmidt and Todd Blythe to close the gap to 34–22 by halftime; however, Chicago would shut Iowa out in the third quarter and score early in the fourth to push the advantage to 47–22. A Vena pass to Blythe and a Vena run pulled Iowa to within 47–37 with six minutes remaining, but Chicago's Russ Michna hit Kenny Higgins to put the game out of reach, sending a record crowd of 12,184 fans home unhappy.

Week 2: BYE[edit]

Week 3: at Milwaukee Iron[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Barnstormers 6 13 15 14 48
Iron 16 14 14 21 65

at Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • Date: April 16
  • Game time: 8:30 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 5,032
  • Referee: Bob McElwee
  • Recap

Two Midwestern foes found themselves head to head this weekend. The Iowa Barnstormers traveled to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to take on the Iron in their first of two meetings this season. Milwaukee won their home opener in front of the crowd of 5,032 Iron faithful. QB Chris Greisen continued his dominance at the quarterback position, throwing 25-of-36 for 382 yards and seven touchdowns. Greisen has yet to throw an interception this season. While Greisen continues to shine, it is his offensive counterparts that are successful in bringing the ball into the end zone. WRs Nate Forse and Anthony “Tiger” Jones have proven to be Greisen’s perfect receiving duo. Jones brought in three touchdowns on 12 catches for 171 yards this weekend, while Forse made 10 catches for 146 yards and three scores. Greisen’s seventh touchdown was caught by Alvance Robinson. Not to be outdone, Milwaukee’s defense also helped to hold off and Barnstormers serge. Marcus Everett intercepted QB Ryan Vena’s first possession of the game, eventually leading to an Iron score. Milwaukee managed to pull ahead 13–0 before the Barnstormers got into the game. WR Todd Blythe, known for his athletic catches, caught a pass deep in the corner of the end zone to bring the score to 6–13, but Milwaukee would never once trail throughout the game.

Iowa’s QB Vena was intercepted twice, including a game-highlighting play. Milwaukee’s Virgil Gray nabbed an erratic Vena pass in the end zone, not only disrupting a score for the Barnstormers, but also proceeded to run the ball back 58 yards for a score of his own. Despite two players leaving with injuries in the second half, Milwaukee was able to hold off the Barnstormers and come away with the 17-point win.

Week 4: vs. Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Yard Dawgz 9 22 13 16 60
Barnstormers 13 14 13 28 68

at Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa

  • Date: April 24
  • Game time: 8:05 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 8,312
  • Referee: Ron Torbert
  • Recap

Iowa gave up a touchdown on the game's opening drive on a 15-yard touchdown pass. The Barnstormers also scored a touchdown on their first possession, but the extra point was blocked and eventually taken into the end zone by the Yard Dawgz for 2 points. The ensuing kickoff return was fumbled and Iowa recovered the ball and took it in for a touchdown. Down at the half by 4 points, Iowa briefly held the lead in the 3rd quarter, but by the end of the quarter, they were still down by 4 points. Ryan Vena had a 31-yard passing touchdown, and also took one in himself, giving the Barnstormers a 54–44 lead in the 4th quarter. Oklahoma City scored a touchdown with 23 seconds left in the game, and attempted an onside kick down 7 points. Iowa took the onside kick and returned it for a touchdown, effectively sealing the win for their first victory of the season. Vena finished the game with 217 passing yards and 7 total touchdowns. Jesse Schmidt was the top receiver with 141 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Week 5: at Orlando Predators[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Barnstormers 7 20 7 16 50
Predators 7 13 6 14 40

at Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida

  • Date: April 30
  • Game time: 8:00 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 11,076
  • Referee: Greg LeFils
  • Recap

The Barnstormers won their second straight game with a win in Orlando. In the 4th quarter, up by 7 points and inside the Predators' 10-yard line, Ryan Vena was intercepted by Marlon Moye-Moore. The Predators drove all the way to Iowa's 9-yard line, but the Barnstormer defense was able to come up with a stop as the Predators threw four straight incomplete passes. Following the turnover on downs, Vena connected with Jesse Schmidt on a 40-yard pass for a touchdown. With 1:17 remaining, the Predators were unable to make a comeback, giving Iowa the win. Vena finished the game with 236 passing yards and 4 passing touchdowns, though he threw a season-high 3 interceptions. Jesse Schmidt was once again the leading receiver, with 116 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Week 6: vs. Cleveland Gladiators[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Gladiators 14 21 14 21 70
Barnstormers 12 24 7 13 56

at Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa

  • Date: May 8
  • Game time: 8:05 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 8,059
  • Referee: Brad Van Vark
  • Recap

The Barnstormers jumped out to a lead of 12 points in the 2nd quarter, but the Gladiators cut it down to 36–35 at the half. Iowa's offense was unable to keep up with Cleveland's in the 2nd half, and after giving up the lead by allowing a 4-yard touchdown pass shortly before the end of the 3rd quarter, the Barnstormers never led the rest of the game, eventually losing by a score of 70–56. Ryan Vena barely completed half of his passes, with only a pair touchdown passes in the game. On the ground however, Vena compiled 30 yards and 4 touchdowns. Todd Blythe was the leading receiver with 6 catches for 131 yards and a touchdown.

Week 7: at Chicago Rush[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Barnstormers 7 17 14 6 44
Rush 0 16 7 7 30

at Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois

  • Date: May 15
  • Game time: 8:00 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 10,363
  • Referee: Tom McCabe
  • Recap

Week 8: vs. Arizona Rattlers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rattlers 13 18 7 14 52
Barnstormers 7 13 14 14 48

at Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa

  • Date: May 21
  • Game time: 8:05 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 9,912
  • Referee: Brad Van Vark
  • Recap

Week 9: BYE[edit]

Week 10: vs. Alabama Vipers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Vipers 14 12 0 19 45
Barnstormers 7 21 13 3 44

at Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa

  • Date: June 5
  • Game time: 8:05 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 8,143
  • Referee: Brad Van Vark
  • Recap

Week 11: at Bossier–Shreveport Battle Wings[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Barnstormers 7 14 21 6 48
Battle Wings 7 21 7 7 42

at CenturyTel Center, Bossier City, Louisiana

  • Date: June 12
  • Game time: 8:05 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 3,477
  • Referee: Scott Vaughn
  • Recap

Week 12: at Cleveland Gladiators[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Barnstormers 7 14 7 7 35
Gladiators 14 21 14 27 76

at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Date: June 19
  • Game time: 7:00 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 8,179
  • Referee: Ron Torbert
  • Recap

Week 13: vs. Utah Blaze[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blaze 13 13 6 0 32
Barnstormers 21 28 6 13 68

at Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa

  • Date: June 26
  • Game time: 8:05 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 9,582
  • Referee: Brad Van Vark
  • Recap

Week 14: at Dallas Vigilantes[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Barnstormers 7 16 15 21 59
Vigilantes 14 3 7 14 38

at American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

  • Date: July 2
  • Game time: 8:30 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 4,126
  • Referee: Mark Windham
  • Recap

Week 15: at Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Barnstormers 7 14 7 14 42
Yard Dawgz 14 14 3 21 52

at Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • Date: July 10
  • Game time: 8:05 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 5,415
  • Referee: Ron Torbert
  • Recap

Week 16: vs. Spokane Shock[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Shock 13 14 14 7 48
Barnstormers 7 14 7 14 42

at Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa

  • Date: July 16
  • Game time: 8:05 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 9,164
  • Referee: Brad Van Vark
  • Recap

Week 17: vs. Milwaukee Iron[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Iron 21 14 13 27 75
Barnstormers 21 20 6 20 67

at Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa

  • Date: July 24
  • Game time: 8:05 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 10,190
  • Referee: Brad Van Vark
  • Recap

Week 18: at Arizona Rattlers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Barnstormers 13 16 7 31 67
Rattlers 14 13 7 13 47

at US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona

  • Date: July 31
  • Game time: 10:30 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 10,420
  • Referee: Shawn Hochuli
  • Recap

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AFL 2010 Regular Season Schedule" (PDF). Arena Football League. December 31, 2009. Archived (PDF) from the original on 31 March 2010. Retrieved March 22, 2010.