Predators Rough up Iowa Barnstormers 77-61
Bobby Sippio caught six touchdown passes and Travis Coleman intercepted three passes to lead the Orlando Predators to a 77-61 win over the host Iowa Barnstormers on Saturday night.
The Predators (8-3) jumped out to a 16-0 lead after one quarter and never trailed throughout.
Leading 36-8 late in the first half, Orlando allowed two quick touchdowns to the Barnstormers (3-8) in the final 39 seconds of the second quarter. The Preds replied following the break as quarterback Nick Hill hit T.T. Toliver for a 16-yard touchdown on the opening drive of the second half to extend the advantage.
Once Iowa answered with a 35-yard touchdown run by Rodney Filer on the ensuing possession, Hill connected with Sippio for touchdowns of six and 45 yards in between the third pick of the game by Coleman with 6 minutes, 59 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Orlando’s lead swelled to 63-34 with just over 12 minutes to play in the game after Sippio caught his sixth touchdown following a 47-yard kick return for score by Iowa’s Cameron McGlenn.
Iowa would not go away, though, as the Barnstormers outscored the Predators 27-20 in the final period.
Hill finished the night 24 of 34 for 295 yards and eight touchdowns. He also rushed for 56 yards on six carries. Sippio caught nine passes for 124 yards to lead all receivers while T.T. Toliver made seven receptions for 83 yards and a score. Robert Quiroga caught six passes for 66 yards and Josh Bush ran for a 3-yard touchdown in the first quarter and caught a touchdown of 17 yards in the fourth.
The Preds defense forced six turnovers in all as Rayshaun Kizer finished with two interceptions and six tackles. Kizer’s second pick was taken back 30 yards for a score with 14 seconds left and gives him 12 interceptions on the year. Marlon Moye-Moore also finished with six tackles.
George Gause recorded two sacks and Mark Robinson finished with a sack for a safety in the first quarter and a blocked extra-point attempt. Andy Dorcely, who was activated from the injured reserve list earlier in the week, recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown on special teams in the second quarter.
The Preds have won four-straight games heading into Saturday’s South Division matchup with the Jacksonville Sharks (10-1) at Amway Center.