Reggie Gray celebrates after breaking the Rush’s all-time record for most all-purpose touchdowns.
After last week’s tough loss in San Antonio, the Rush got back on track yesterday by taking their frustrations out on the Iowa Barnstormers. The Rush walked out of Allstate Arena with a 61-50 victory yesterday. The Rush got off to a slow start and ended up with a sluggish first half as I noted in my previous report: http://michelledubiel.com/~micheox4/websites/q101/2012/05/rush-61-barnstormers-48-final-score/ But the Rush got it together in the 2nd half and never looked back. Reggie Gray’s 2 touchdown catches put him at the top of the all-time list for most all purpose touchdowns in Chicago Rush history.
The record was previously held by former Rush Wide Receiver/Linebacker Etu Molden. The Rush defense also got it together in the 2nd half, they only allowed 22 points for the remainder of the game. They put pressure on Iowa Quarterback J.J. Raternik all game long. The Rush defense also stopped the Barnstormers on some key 3rd and 4th down plays late in the game. The Rush needed this victory after losing two out of three before yesterday. The Rush especially needed this victory because the next two games will not be easy.
They will be heading into hostile territories for the next two games. This Saturday they head to Arizona to play the Rattlers, a place that has not been kind to them over the course of the Rush’s existence. They have a bye week next week, but then go to San Jose to play the Sabrecats the following week. San Jose is another place where the Rush have had difficulty playing over the years. The Rush are 1-2 on the road this season. And if they are going to hang onto first place in the Central Division, the Rush needs to win at least one game on this two game trip.
Also, a victory over San Jose will give the Rush a leg up in the race for home field advantage in the National Conference playoff picture. So there is a lot at stake in these next two games. The Rush return home on Sunday June 3rd when the Spokane Shock will come calling to Allstate Arena. Here is the box score from yesterday’s game: http://www.arenafootball.com/game/iowa-barnstormers-chicago-rush-5-6-2012
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I also conducted some interviews after the game:
The post-game press conference:
Rush Wide Receiver Reggie Gray:
Rush Wide Receiver Jared Perry:
Rush Linebacker Nekos Brown:
Rush Fullback J.J. Payne: