The two-time defending champion Detroit Drive hosted the Dallas Texans in ArenaBowl IV at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. They were looking for their third consecutive ArenaBowl title.
Detroit got off to a fast start in this game, scoring the first 14 points. Both came from quarterback Art Schlichter running it in each time. Detroit took their 14-0 lead into the second quarter.
Two more rushing touchdowns, both from fullback Alvin Rettig, brought Detroit’s lead up to 28-0. Dallas was down, but not out. They scored two touchdown in the final six minutes of the half to make the halftime score 31-14 (Detroit kicked a field goal to end the first half.)
The Drive weren’t going to let the game get away from them that easy, however. In the third, Schlichter rushed for his third touchdown of the game to bring the lead up to 38-14. The icing on the cake came when Schichter threw a 36-yard touchdown to Gary Mullen. That made the score 44-14 at the end of three.
Dallas looked like they may have made a comeback in the fourth. Two touchdowns made it a 44-27 game with 2:41 left. While it would’ve taken a lot to make the comeback, Dallas wasn’t out of it just yet.
Schliecther rushed for his fourth touchdown of the game to seal it. Detroit went on to win by a final score of 51-27. The win was their third consecutive win in the ArenaBowl.
Schlichter (176 passing yards, two touchdowns; 24 rushing yards, four touchdowns) won the game’s MVP award. Rettig won the Ironman of the game award.