The Iowa Barnstormers have faced some tough struggles during the 2013 AFL season. They have experienced injury woes, trouble finishing games and a tough schedule. With the recent loss to the San Antonio Talons, 35-34, the Barnstormers fell to 6-9 on the season with playoff hopes circling the drain unless they were to win the next two games. Central division leader Chicago Rush now tied with San Antonio with records of 8-6, the Barnstormers’ struggles are not over. In an analysis of the Barnstormers season so far and a look ahead at their final two regular season games at home, the team can only hope that things turn around in a hurry. Hopefully, it will begin in their road game against the Orlando Predators this weekend.
In what could have been one step closer to Chicago, the Barnstormers led for most of the game against San Antonio. Their quick start Saturday, June 29, was aided by wide receiver Darius Reynold’s recovery of a loose ball off of the net for an opening kickoff touchdown. Quarterback J.J. Raterink would hook up with wide receiver Marco Thomas four times on the night. Following an interception in the game’s final minutes by De’Mon Glanton, Iowa drove to the goal line and went for a field goal to win. New addition, kicker Ross Gornall, watched as his kick was blocked, giving the Talons the one-point lead to end the game.
This weekend, the Barnstormers will have a much needed bye-week to figure out their game plan for their final two games. On July 13, the Barnstormers will travel to face the Orlando Predators (5-10 on the season) and then return on Saturday, July 20th to face the Utah Blaze (5-10 on the season) during the first annual Iowa Bacon Bowl. They will finalize their season against the Arizona Rattlers at home.
To see how the Barnstormers have stacked up so far this season, take a look at the list for details on player performance and interesting statistics.
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2013 AFL Standings as of 7/8/2013
The National West Division has been a tough group of teams to beat during the 2013 AFL season, with three teams already clinching the playoffs. In the National Central Division, the Iowa Barnstormers must win two games to tie both the Chicago Rush and the San Antonio Talons and hope that both of them lose their next games. The Jacksonville Sharks in the American South Division have a healthy lead and have clinched their division. Likewise is true for the Philadelphia Soul in the American East Division.
Iowa Barnstormers Passing Analysis
Leading the passing attack for the Iowa Barnstormers is quarterback J.J. Raterink. Thus far this season, Raterink has played in all 15 games and boasts a passer rating of 108.83. He has completed 303-of-492 passes for 3545 yards and 70 touchdowns. His Avg/G is 236.3.
Brian Reader is Raterink’s backup behind center in Iowa.“I just have to be willing to do whatever coach asks me to do,” Reader told Dan Gregg on the official AFL website. “I love being on the field, and I’ll do whatever I have to do to get out there.” Reader is the holder on field goals and PAT attempts; he chases down kicks on kickoff and he has played wideout and quarterback this season. Reader has some good stats in the passing category as well. In the eight games he has played in, Reader has a quarterback rating of 92.78 and has completed 32-of-56 passes for 359 yards and seven touchdowns.
In 15 games, the Barnstormers have a total passer rating of 105.02. They have completed 335-of-550 passes for 3767 yards for 77 touchdowns. Their opponents ratings: 102.41 passer rating, 343-of-549 completions/attempts, 3779 yards and 78 touchdowns.
The Barnstormers team statistic in passing first downs is 203 in favor versus 214 by their opponents. The Average yardage per pass is 6.8., with an average per catch of 11.2. The average passing yardage per game in 2013 is 251.1, just 0.8 behind their opponents.
Iowa Barnstormers total offense through Week 16
The Barnstormers have had issues with injuries to offensive linemen and wide receivers, but still have good numbers on total offense through week 16 of the 2013 AFL regular season. The Barnstormers’ total offense has produced 3882 yards on 669 plays. The average yards per play is at 5.8, with the average per game at 258.8.
Barnstormers vs. Opponents
- Points Per Game…………. 46.7 47.9
- FIRST DOWNS………………. 256 305
- Rushing………………… 23 39
- Passing………………… 203 214
- Penalty………………… 30 52
- RUSHING YARDAGE…………… 115 395
- Yards gained rushing…….. 199 445
- Yards lost rushing………. 84 50
- Rushing Attempts………… 92 135
- Average Per Rush………… 1.2 2.9
- Average Per Game………… 7.7 26.3
- TDs Rushing…………….. 16 23
The Barnstormers have been heavy in the passing attack, but have shown a lack to produce in the run game. Most of their rushing has been done in short-yardage situations inside the red-zone. This has created opportunities for opposing defenses to predict how the Barnstormers will attack them and react accordingly. The Barnstormers could open up their game if they were utilizing the run more often.
SCORE BY QUARTERS 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Total
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Iowa Barnstormers… 142 194 161 196 7 – 700
Opponents……….. 155 216 173 167 8 – 719
Barnstormers receiving through week 16
The Iowa Barnstormers have mixed their receiving corps in part because of injuries and in part because of good personnel matchups. The receivers are led by Marco Thomas through week 16 in the 2013 AFL regular season. Thomas has played 13 games and caught 118 passes for 1343 yards and 27 touchdowns. His longest reception went for 49 yards and gives him an average receptions per game rating of 103.3. Marcus Harris, in his AFL rookie season, is a close second. Harris has played in 12 games and caught 86 passes for 1132 yards (13.2 average). Harris has scored 19 touchdowns.
RECEIVING GP No. Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
- SCHMIDT, Jesse 10 59 584 9.9 16 36 58.4
- REYNOLDS, Darius 9 37 480 13.0 11 41 53.3
- TAYLOR, Collin 5 25 272 10.9 2 44 54.4
- BROWN, Kai 15 4 31 7.8 0 15 2.1
- GARRITY, Michael 5 2 30 15.0 1 15 6.0
- PARKER, Anthony 3 2 22 11.0 1 14 7.3
- TONGA, Matangi 13 1 5 5.0 0 5 0.4
- RICHARDSON, Dace 9 1 5 5.0 0 5 0.6
Total………. 15 335 3904 11.7 77 49 260.3
Opponents…… 15 343 3917 11.4 78 43 261.1
Barnstormers scoring through week 16
The Iowa Barnstormers seem to be on pace with their opponents when it comes to scoring, but their record appears to disagree. Through week 16 of the AFL regular season, the Barnstormers have scored 100 touchdowns compared to 103 by their opponents. One notable downfall may be their red-zone efficiency. The Barnstormers have scored from the red-zone 76 percent of the time, 42 of those came from touchdowns. Their opponents have scored via touchdowns instead of field goals.
The Barnstormers’ biggest (by point margin) loss came against the Spokane Shock (44-66) in week three. Their next largest (by point margin) loss came against the Philadelphia Soul in week 14 (30-54). The Barnstormers have had several very close games, but their biggest win (by point margin) was against the New Orleans VooDoo in week eight (62-16).
The top scorers on the Barnstormers team are:
SCORING TD FGs Kick Rush Rcv Pass 2PT Saf Points
THOMAS, Marco 31 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0-0 0 0 188
HARRIS, Marcus 19 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 114
SCHMIDT, Jesse 16 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 0-0 0 0 100
REYNOLDS, Darius 12 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 0-0 0 0 76
Barnstormers defense through week 16
The Iowa Barnstormers have had a formidable defense for most of the season, being ranked highly in the AFL. Although there have been some minor disruptions, the defense has still been able to help the offense.
De’Mon Glanton, who has played in 14 games this season, leads the team in total tackles with 81.5. Glanton has also logged six interceptions (the most on the team) for 134 yards with nine (pass) breakups.
Leading the team in sacks is Mike Lewis with 12.5 for a loss of 70 yards. Lewis also leads the team in 16 tackles for a loss of 91 yards.
Other defensive leaders (in tackles):
# Player GP Solo Ast Total
- 6 SIMPSON, Jason 15 55 29 69.5
- 21 BENTON, Ter’Ran 14 55 24 67.0
- 5 MOHRING, John 13 47 33 63.5
- 1 MCINTOSH, Erick 11 39 11 44.5
- 17 TONGA, Matangi 13 16 12 22.0
- 57 CARTER, Darnell 15 11 18 20.0
- 32 RAY, Odrick 13 14 5 16.5
- 41 BROWN, Kai 15 10 5 12.5
- TEAM 15 377 216 485.0
Glanton, Simpson, Benton, Mohring, McIntosh, Tonga and Mike Williams all have at least one interception. The Barnstormers’ interception total thus far in the season is 21 for 264 yards. Their opponents: 15 for 95 yards.
Barnstormers special teams through week 16
The Barnstormers may have had less kick returns (76 for 1511 yards) and field goal returns (none for zero yards) than their opponents, but their opponents have only logged 1479 yards on 86 kick returns. In part, this has been because of smart blocking on the part of the Barnstormers special teams players and some very nice running.
KICK RETURNS No. Yds Avg TD Long
HARRIS, Marcus 45 890 19.8 0 44
SIMPSON, Jason 20 412 20.6 0 48
THOMAS, Marco 7 124 17.7 0 30
BENTON, Ter’Ran 2 50 25.0 0 41
MOHRING, John 2 35 17.5 0 26
Total………. 76 1511 19.9 0 48
Opponents…… 86 1479 17.2 0 48
The Barnstormers have used one kicker after another after Chris Gould was supposed to start the season and was placed on league suspension instead. Kicking has been an issue for the Barnstormers, especially field goals. If the kicking had been more successful, the Barnstormers may have been able to win one- and two- point deficit games.
The Barnstormers’ kicking game has been off ever since Chris Gould was to join the team and was instead placed on league suspension. Three different kickers haven’t been able to make important field goals in that time that could have been game changers.
FGM-FGA Pct 01-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 Lg Blk
MARFUGGI, Phil 4-6 66.7 1-1 2-2 0-0 0-0 1-3 50 0
SCACCIA, Fabrizio 1-5 20.0 0-0 1-1 0-1 0-1 0-2 27 0
GORNALL, Ross 0-1 0.0 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1