Piranhas Lose Johnson, Game to Iowa, 56-50

Kurt Warner threw for 306 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Iowa Barnstormers to a 56-50 Arena Football League victory over the Piranhas Saturday night at Veterans Auditorium in Des Moines.

Warner connected on touchdown passes of 23, 12, 14, eight and 36 yards.

Willis Jacox and Leonard Conley caught two touchdown passes each and Ryan Murray had one.

The Piranhas were dealt a serious blow on the opening kickoff when defensive standout Carlton Johnson injured his knee when returning a ball. He did not return to the game.


Johnson, a safety who leads the team in tackles with 51, will undergo an MRI today to determine the seriousness of his injury.

The loss of Johnson was felt right away as the Piranhas allowed a season-high 56 points.

On offense, the Piranhas did their best to stay in the game, scoring a season-high 50 points, including five touchdown passes by quarterback Scooter Molander.

Piranha receiver Adrian Jarrell had nine receptions for 90 yards and two touchdowns.

Molander also threw touchdown passes to Andrew Hill, Jerome Smith and Kevin Carroll.

The Piranhas fall to 7-3 after starting 7-0. The Barnstormers improve to 7-2, with their seventh victory in their last eight games.