The Iowa Barnstormers saw their season come to an end with a 63-56 loss to Nashville Sunday in the quarterfinal round of the Arena Football League playoffs. Iowa turned the ball over on its final three possessions. The first came with just over eight minutes to go when Barnstormer coach John Gregory decided to try for a touchdown with fourth and goal from the Nashville five yard line and the game tied at 56. Gregory says the defense hadn’t stopped Nashville all night, so they felt they had to try and score.Instead of getting the touchdown, Darryl Hammond intercepted Aaron Garcia’s pass and moments later the Kats scored what would turn out to be the winning touchdown. After recovering a fumble with 54-seconds remaining, Iowa had a final chance but Garcia’s pass at the goal line deflected off receiver Mike Horacek and into the hands of Nashville’s Robert Gaddy with 26-seconds remaining.With the season complete, the attention now turns to the future of the Barnstormers. Majority owner Jim Foster has projected losses from this season at one million dollars and he has notified the Arena League office that he is considering the possibility of selling the team. Spencer native Gary Howe is one of the original Barnstormers and he fully expects the team to remain in Des Moines. He says the league and owners are interested in seeing the team succeed in Iowa.
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