Iowa Barnstormers

Years of Existence: 2015-
Venue: Wells Fargo Arena (Des Moines, IA)
2016 -
2017 - Playoff appearance
2018 - United Bowl Champions
Lifetime Record: 36-27
Home: 21-12
Away: 15-15
Playoffs: 2-0
Average Attendance: 5,653

The Iowa Barnstormers were the first franchise to ever move from the AFL to indoor football. The Barnstormers did not retain their AFL roster, and thus struggled to a 6-8 regular season record behind the arms of Rob Nallenweg and Taylor Genuser. The two combined for just 40 scores and a whopping 26 interceptions. In five games, the team scored 23 points or less, actually defeating Billings 20-17. Four of the wins came in the final six weeks, as the Barnstormers showed signs of improvement. The second year in indoor football did not mark improvement for the Barnstormers, as they posted a 4-12 record. Three quarterbacks--Donovan Porterie, Brion Carens, and Travis Partridge, combined for 3,318 yards, 62 touchdowns and 19 picks. Brady Roland led all receivers with 1,062 yards and 21 touchdowns. After a 3-1 start to the season, Iowa would lose ten of their last twelve, frequently allowing 50+ points. One glaring statistic was that opponents ran for over 1,500 yards against the Barnstormers. Travis Partridge led the team for all of the 2017 campaign, passing for 2,389 yards, 47 scores and 14 interceptions. He also ran for 700 yards and 24 scores. Brady Roland led all receivers with 911 yards and 22 touchdowns. Jamie Bender, DaeJohn Love, and Dee Maggitt Jr. each picked off five passes, as the Barnstormers defense picked 23 passes. The team went 13-3 in the regular season, dropping a 70-13 decision to Sioux Falls, but qualifying for the playoffs in the final week over Wichita Falls, the only team to defeat Sioux Falls in the regular season. Iowa traveled to Sioux Falls and fell for a third time, 66-32. The 2018 Barnstormers would exact their revenge on Sioux Falls. It began with an 11-3 regular season. Drew Powell quarterbacked the team, throwing for 1,604 yards, 34 touchdowns and four interceptions. He ran for 961 yards and 23 touchdowns. Brady Roland led all receivers with 793 yards and 20 scores. Bryce Enyard led the defense with eight of the team's 18 interceptions. Iowa won at Sioux Falls and Sioux Falls won both meetings in Iowa, including a last second safety that ended the game when the Iowa kickoff returner mistakenly ran backwards into the end zone and was tackled. After blasting by Nebraska in the first round of the playoffs, Iowa hosted Sioux Falls, upset winners over Arizona, for the United Bowl. Iowa overcame a fourth quarter deficit and won 42-38 on an eight yard touchdown run by Jamal Tyler with thirteen seconds left.