TUCSON, AZ - The opportunity to shock the Indoor Football presented itself to the Tucson Sugar Skulls on Saturday at the Tucson Arena.
But in the end, an upset of the defending league champion Iowa Barnstormers by the expansion Sugar Skulls fell short in a 61-58 loss before a crowd of 2,775.
Iowa quarterback Daquan Neal led a 34-point fourth quarter to rally the Barnstormers. He threw five touchdown passes in the game and rushed for another two, including the winning score on a five-yard scramble.
Tucson quarterback Jake Medlock was an efficient 15-of-19 passing for 157 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for two touchdowns.
Running back Mike Jones topped 100 yards rushing for the first time this season, getting 109 yards on 21 carries. He scored three touchdowns, giving him a team leading 16 on the season.
Shaq Cureton led the team with seven receptions and 130 yards and three touchdowns.
Despite the losing skid, the Sugar Skulls remain firmly in the playoff hunt, a half-game behind Quad City for the sixth playoff spot.
The Skulls look to end their losing streak at home next Saturday against the San Diego Strike Force, a team they have already defeated twice this season.