Defense is the name of the game in Des Moines, IA this season for coach Dixie Wooten’s Iowa Barnstormers. The Barnstormers’ (5-2) defense forced five interceptions as they went on to domiate the Nebraska Danger 48-14.
Iowa Barnstormers Dominate Nebraska Danger, 48-14
Three of the interceptions were made by former Upper Iowa Peacock DaeJohn Love.
“All god,” Love said. “I don’t want to do anything else, but give my best. Sometimes, nights like tonight happen when you give your best.”
‘Nights like tonight’ have been happening a lot recently for Love, who sealed last week’s win over the Green Bay Blizzard with an interception.
“His work ethic puts him always in the right place to be successful,” Wooten said. “He is my favorite player on the team because his work ethic is so amazing.”
Love now leads the league in interceptions with four on the season, all of them coming from Wells Fargo Arena in the past two weeks.
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The win was the Barnstormers third straight victory, their longest win streak since they won six in a row in 2009.
Another former peacock in Lucas Hefty has been a big part of the string of victories.
“It feels a lot better [than one you have to gut out],” Hefty said. “I feel like we controlled the whole game. The defense played amazing, and that takes a lot out of the [offense].”
Hefty has seen five or more receptions in three of the past four games, and is one catch away from leading the Barnstormers in the category.
The Barnstormers will try to continue their winning ways when they travel to Cedar Rapids to face the Titans next Saturday with a 7 p.m. ET kickoff.
Next week’s game will be their second against their in-state rivals. Iowa won 46-23 in the teams’ first meeting this season.
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