2018 United Bowl
The 2018 United Bowl was the championship game of the 2018 Indoor Football League season. It was played between the Sioux Falls Storm and the Iowa Barnstormers. The game was played at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.
|2018 United Bowl|
|Date||July 7, 2018|
|Stadium||Wells Fargo Arena|
|Location||Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.|
|MVP||Iowa WR Ryan Balentine|
|United States TV coverage|
|Network||YouTube and MC-22|
|Announcers||Rich Roste (Storm)|
This was the Sioux Falls Storm's ninth consecutive United Bowl appearance; prior to the game, they held a United Bowl record of 6–2. This was the Iowa Barnstormers' first United Bowl appearance after joining the IFL in 2015 from the Arena Football League.
|2018 Indoor Football League|
|x-Sioux Falls Storm||11||3||.786||724||577||—||W5|
|Cedar Rapids Titans||3||11||.214||543||733||8||L1|
|Green Bay Blizzard||2||12||.143||421||645||9||L4|
y - clinched regular season title
x - clinched playoff spot
Sioux Falls StormEdit
The Storm began the season with a 39–33 loss to the Arizona Rattlers before embarking on a four-game win streak, including a 52–40 victory over the Barnstormers on March 18. After another loss to the Rattlers on April 16, the Storm won seven of their final eight games, finishing the season with a record of 11–3, earning third place. On June 23, the Storm defeated the Rattlers in the first round of the playoffs in overtime by a score of 69–68, earning their place in the United Bowl for the ninth consecutive year.
The Barnstormers opened the 2018 season on February 25 with a 41–20 victory over the Green Bay Blizzard. After losing two of their next four games, including a 52–40 loss to the Storm on March 18, the Barnstormers won eight of their final nine, with their only loss being against the Storm by a score of 51–49. The Barnstormers finished the season with a record of 11–3, earning first place and home field advantage in the playoffs. In the first round, the Barnstormers defeated the Nebraska Danger 42–17 to reach the 2018 United Bowl.
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- "2018 Sioux Falls Storm Schedule". Sioux Falls Storm. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
- "2018 Iowa Barnstormers Schedule". Indoor Football League. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
- Schaeffer, Jon (June 22, 2018). "Barnstormers heading to the United Bowl with 48-17 Victory over Nebraska". WOI-DT. Nexstar Broadcasting. Retrieved June 26, 2018.