Iowa Barnstormers ‘run it back’ in United Conference Championship

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Iowa Barnstormers - Sioux Falls Storm
Iowa Barnstormers wide receiver Brady Roland claps to a Sioux Falls defender.

United Conference Championship Game Info

Matchup: Iowa Barnstormers (13-3) at Sioux Falls Storm (14-2)
Arena: Denny Sanford Premier Center (10,678)
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Kickoff: 5:05 p.m. CT
Streaming: YouTube
Stream Commentator: Joe Stasi (PxP and Color)
Radio: 1040am WHO radio
Radio Commentator: Joe Stasi (PxP and Color)

While youth athletes are growing up, a popular game they will tend to play in any sport is one-on-one.

Whether it’s a game of basketball or a corner-wide receiver showdown, it is a popular activity to do.

“Growing up playing one-on-on against anybody, what do you say after you lose,” Iowa Barnstormers quarterback Travis Partridge said. “You say, ‘well, let’s run it back. Let’s play again.’”

That’s exactly what the Iowa Barnstormers (13-3) will be doing this week against the Sioux Falls Storm (14-2).

Last week, Iowa was downed 45-24 by Sioux Falls on their home turf in the final regular season game of the season for both teams.

“If we don’t go execute better than we did last week, we’ll be going home.”

This week, the two meet in the United Conference Championship, and Iowa is trying for revenge.

“When you play a team back-to-back, you understand them a lot more, because everything that you studied on, you can still go over. You got the film of them playing you directly.”

The Barnstormers lost last week and also the first game between the two teams this year.

“Nobody wants to catch a team for a third time, especially a team like us,” Barnstormers wide receiver Lucas Hefty said. “I feel like we all feel like we have a chip on our shoulder.”

That first meeting was also the last time the Barnstormers visited the Denny Sanford Premier Center, where the Storm had a 68-game win streak broken earlier this season.

“They play well at home, and that’s them as players,” Partridge said. “I think they’re home record speaks for itself.”

The road game for the Barnstormers will be live-streamed on YouTube, at 5:05 p.m. on Saturday.

“It’s a playoff game now,” Wooten said. “Everyone is zero and zero.”

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