Vigilantes lost their ninth straight game PDF 
The Vigilantes lost their ninth straight game Friday night at the American Airlines Center as the Iowa Barnstormers cruised to a 59-38 victory. Costly turnovers and failed fourth down conversions were the ultimate downfall for Dallas who fell to 1-11 on the season. 
The Dallas offense could not get in a groove and Iowa capitalized on nearly every Vigilantes miscue. The Vigilantes had multiple chances to have a lead heading into halftime but the missed opportunities on fourth down sent them to the locker room down 23-17. The second half was all about Iowa as they outscored the Vigilantes by 15 points.

The first half provided some early fireworks as Dallas would strike two minutes into the game when Collin Drafts found Derek Lee in the back corner of the end zone on a seven-yarder. The score came one play after Drafts connected with Kenny Henderson on a deep 35-yard pass.

Following an Iowa touchdown, Dallas regained the lead with just under six minutes left in the first quarter on a short TD run by Drafts.

Drafts would finish the game completing 20-of-40 passes for 220 yards and three touchdowns but also threw two interceptions.  Kenny Henderson led the Dallas receivers with seven catches for 79 yards and one touchdown. Fellow wideout Derek Lee contributed seven catches for 70 yards and a touchdown as well.

The Vigilantes and Barnstormers would turn the ball over on back-to-back-to-back possessions in the second quarter and Iowa took advantage of the last turnover in the series. A one-yard touchdown run by Barnstormers quarterback Ryan Vena extended their lead to 23-14 late in the half.

Dallas kicker Mark Lewis nailed a 44-yard field goal as time expired to bring the Vigilantes within six points at 23-17.

Iowa’s Larry Kendrick returned the opening kickoff of the second half for a touchdown and the Barnstormers scored on a two-point conversion to take a 31-17 lead.

Iowa defensive back Tanner Varner made a spectacular one-handed interception on Drafts’ first pass of the second half. The interception would lead to another Vera touchdown pass and a 38-17 Barnstormers lead.

Vera completed 16-of-25 passes for 217 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.  He also ran in two scores. Jesse Schmidt led all receivers with seven catches for 127 yards and three touchdowns for the Barnstormers.

With 3:30 left in the third quarter, Drafts hooked up with Kenny Henderson for the Vigilantes first touchdown in nearly 30 minutes of play and brought Dallas to within 14 points of the lead. The score would remain 38-24 heading into the fourth, but get no closer.

Vena and Schmidt combined for their third touchdown of the game early in the fourth and Iowa went up by 21 again. Minutes later Dallas struck back on a 13-yard TD from Drafts to Will Pettis. A failed onside kick gave the Barnstormers a short field and Vena walked into the end zone on a keeper to put the game out of reach.

Dallas would attempt to drive for a score late in the game, but Iowa defensive back Khalil Carter picked off a Drafts pass with five minutes remaining to crush all Dallas hopes of a victory.

Dallas will look to turn things around next Friday night at the AAC when they take on the Tampa Bay Storm at 7:00 p.m. (CT).