“Take care of business.”
That’s all that was on the mind of the Iowa Barnstormers on Saturday night as they beat the Green Bay Blizzard 46-25 at Wells Fargo Arena.
With the Sioux Falls Storm sitting right around the corner, it was imperative for Iowa to earn a win and mount some momentum going into the game.
“We came out here and we did Barnstormers defense,” defensive back Bryce Enyard said. “We’re coming into Sioux Falls with great momentum.”
Enyard finished the game with two interceptions, bringing his total for the season to a league leading seven.
One of his picks lead to a momentum changing touchdown, but Enyard said he should be the last to praise.
“It feels good, but we had great pressure from the defensive line,” Enyard said. “[With] Zack leading us [too]. I can’t take all of the credit.”
Enyard kept his motor turning too. On the ensuing kick-off, he sought out veteran and kick returning specialist B.J. Hill and made a big tackle to force Green Bay into bad field position.
“He’s a great player,” head coach Dixie Wooten said. “I think we’re going to lose him to the next level soon. He’s getting picks and then doing everything on special teams. We love Bryce to death.”
Enyard wasn’t the only one to have a big night, either.
After coming off of the two-week injured reserve list, Sheldon Augustine found his way into the end zone twice and the Barnstormers in receiving yards with 47.
“[Having Augustine on the field is] big time,” Wooten said. “He’s a threat everywhere he is on the field. Having him bring the speed and the arsenal, he’s going to make [his teammates] more deadly as well.”
Among other performances was one of Keith Jones Jr.
At one point during Saturday’s game, Jones Jr. forced the opposing offensive lineman into three false-start penalties in a row.
The win helps the Barnstormers improve to 5-2 through seven games this season.
“It is big to me, because we haven’t beat them,” Jones Jr. said. “It’s kind of a personal battle for me, because I hate losing. For someone to tell me we can’t beat them, its kind of personal for me.”
Saturday’s game against Sioux Falls will kick off at 7:05 p.m. CT and will be live streamed all around the nation on YouTube. For more Indoor Football coverage from Last Word on Sports, follow our department’s official twitter page at @LWOS_IndoorFB.
“As far as it being a big game,” Jones Jr. said, “Yeah it’s a big game.”