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June 30, 2006 - arenafootball2 (af2) News Release


SATURDAY, JULY 1, 2006 - Germain Arena (7,128) 7:30 P.M. ET
The Green Bay Blizzard travel to Florida this week to take on the No. 1-ranked Firecats in an important non-division affair. The Blizzard will have to continue with their strong play if they plan on handing Florida its first home loss of 2006. The Firecats are currently 5-0 at Germain Arena. Green Bay is 4-2 on the road this season. Last week the Blizzard won their second straight game, defeating W-B/Scranton at home in convincing fashion, 65-35. Green Bay was nearly unstoppable on offense, scoring on all but one possession. QB JAMES MACPHERSON threw four touchdown passes and ran in another. WR/DB LUKE LEVERSON caught four passes for 86 yards and two scores. FB/LB JEFF COGELL rushed for two touchdowns, while WR/DB GERALD HARRIS grabbed a touchdown. Harris and Leverson also each had one interception on defense. DS RANDY DREW and DS DAVID CROCKER put on two extraordinary performances on the defensive side of the ball. Drew totaled 11 tackles and four pass break ups, while Crocker had 9.5 tackles and one break up. The defensive group as a whole cemented their performance with seven tackles for loss, including five sacks and a forced fumble. The team ranks second in the league in scoring defense at 42.1 ppg. Green Bay is currently third in the league in turnover margin at +14. Florida is currently ranked second overall in the same category at +15. The Firecats are coming off a convincing, 60-27, road win at Birmingham. Florida got up early and never let up. QB CHRIS WALLACE tossed seven touchdown passes to three receivers. OS MAGIC BENTON hauled in six passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns, while WR/DB BRITTNEY TELLIS caught nine passes for 103 yards and two scores as well. Benton is currently in the Top 10 in receptions, yards, and touchdowns. WR/DB ETHENIC SANDS made the most of his opportunities, catching six balls for 48 yards and four touchdowns, making it the fifth straight game that he has caught at least two touchdowns. FB/LB CLENT CROSSLEY rushed for a score, and made a contribution on the defensive side of the ball with a sack. Crossley is tied for second with 14 rushing touchdowns on the year. DS LEVY BROWN was named ADT Defensive Player of the Week with his five tackle, two interception performance against the Steeldogs. Brown also added a pass break up. Florida's defense is ranked 7th in both total and scoring defense. This game should be a test of strengths, as Green Bay's defense will try to stall Florida's No.1-ranked scoring attack.

SERIES LEADER Florida leads series 1-0
LAST MEETING Florida Won 48-47 on 7/23/2005
LAST GAME Won vs. WBS 65-35 on 6/24/2006 Won at BIR 60-27 on 6/24/2006
PASSING Gordon: 205-116-4; 1574; 24 TDs Wallace: 359-222-10; 2852; 69 TDs
RECEIVING Lane: 44-499; 10 TDs Benton: 83-1178; 31 TDs
RUSHING Lazare: 51-207; 14 TDs Crossley: 68-256; 14 TDs
TACKLES Crocker: 82 Sorrell: 72.5
SACKS Boss: 4.5 Fisher: 5
INTERCEPTIONS Jackson: 3, Kaymore: 3 Brown: 6
KICKING Pelz: 20-24 PAT; 5-9 FG 35 PTS Kornblue: 54-80 PAT; 2-5 FG 60 PTS
TEAM OFFENSE 47.6 PPG; 265.9 60.9 PPG; 286.1
TEAM DEFENSE 42.1 PPG; 261.2 45.5PPG; 248.2


SATURDAY, JULY 1, 2006 - ALLTEL Arena (16,058) 8:00 P.M. ET
The first-ever meeting between the Spokane Shock and Arkansas Twisters will take place at ALLTEL Arena on Saturday night. Both teams are among the best in the National Conference. The Shock have won five of their last six games while the Twisters have been victorious in four of their last five contests. Spokane defeated Albany in a tight one last week, 49-46. The Shock scored 22 points in the fourth quarter to overcome a 13-point deficit to begin the quarter. WR/DB RAUL VIJIL played a huge part in the victory, compiling seven receptions for 93 yards and three scores. Vijil also ran for a score in the first half. Backup QB KYLE ROWLEY made the most of his opportunity, throwing for 193 yards and totaling five touchdowns in the second half. Rowley replaced starter ALEX NEIST after Neist struggled in the first half. WR/DB KEVIN BEARD and OS ANTWONE SAVAGE stepped up to fill the void left by WR/DB CHARLES FREDERICK, who missed the game for personal reasons. Beard and Savage combined for 17 catches for 174 yards and two touchdowns. Beard left the game in the third quarter with an injury, but is expected to play this weekend. The Shock defense was led by newcomer DS ISAIAH TRUFANT. Trufant, the younger brother of Seattle Seahawks defensive back Marcus Trufant, recorded 10 tackles and four pass break ups in his af2 debut. DS ROB KEEFE added to his team-leading 75.5 tackles with 4.5 in the game, as well as two pass break ups. The Shock rank in the top-10 in the af2 in scoring offense and in total offense and defense. The Twisters are coming off a huge road win Sunday night against Bakersfield. QB WALTER CHURCH got hot early as Arkansas built a 26-12 lead at the half after WR/DB PIERRE THOMAS ended the half with a safety. That was not all Thomas did as he added a touchdown reception on offense and 8.5 tackles and an interception on defense. Church finished with five passing touchdowns and one rushing score. OS ROBERT KILOW led the receiving corps with six catches for 53 yards and three touchdowns. FB/LB STEVE WATSON broke his streak of five consecutive games with a rushing touchdown, but it was not needed as the defense slowed the Blitz attack. DS DELENELL REID had a stellar ballgame of his own, recording seven solo tackles, one tackle for loss, two pass break ups, and an interception. While Watson was unable to add to his af2-leading sack total, OL/DL C.J. MCCLAIN recorded 3.5 tackles for loss and one sack. McClain ranks right behind Watson in the af2 sack standings with 12.5 on the year. Arkansas leads the league in sacks with 43. The Twisters also rank third in the league in total defense at 240.2 yards per game. This game could and probably will come down to whomever has the ball last.

SERIES LEADER First ever meeting
LAST MEETING First ever meeting
LAST GAME Won vs. ALB 49-46 on 6/24/2006 Won at BAK 50-32 on 6/25/2006
PASSING Neist: 344-214-8; 2550; 44 TDs Church: 409-228-18; 2804; 65 TDs
RECEIVING Savage: 59-725; 15 TDs Kilow: 63-695; 19 TDs
RUSHING Vijil: 25-51; 7 TDs Watson: 18-40; 6 TDs
TACKLES Keefe: 57.5 Reid: 71.5
SACKS Purvis: 3 Watson: 15.5
INTERCEPTIONS Keefe: 7 Williams: 5
KICKING Koker: 53-71 PAT; 3-8 FG 62 PTS Carlton: 52-66 PAT; 4-20 FG 64 PTS
TEAM OFFENSE 53.9 PPG; 269.8 50.2 PPG; 236.0
TEAM DEFENSE 51.8 PPG; 251.6 44.2 PPG; 240.2


SATURDAY, JULY 1, 2006 - CenturyTel Center (12,500) 8:00 P.M. ET
The Dorados come to Louisiana for their meeting with the Battle Wings seeking a victory after losing five of their last six. These two teams have played once before this season in Week 6, which Rio Grande Valley won, 43-28. QB JOSH KELLETT, who didn't break the 100-yard barrier in the game, threw three touchdowns and ran another in. FB/LB CHRIS CANTY rushed for 43 yards, including a 35-yard run that setup a scoring pass to WR/DB MEL LONG. OS DWIGHT COUNTER caught two touchdowns. The Dorados were led by the defensive tandem of CORL BUCKNOR and BRENT WITHERS. The duo combined for 12 tackles and three pass break ups in the win. Bossier-Shreveport struggled on offense. WR/DB PHILLIP GEIGGAR led the Battle Wings on defense with eight total tackles. Rio Grande Valley is coming off a lopsided, 56-14, loss last week against Oklahoma City. Rookie QB RYAN PORTER, making his first career start, struggled to find a rhythm, finishing 19-of-42 with one interception and two touchdowns. Porter threw for 163 yards, 63 of which went to Long. Counter caught both touchdowns and finished with three tackles on defense. DS TRAVIS MCALPINE led the defense with 6.5 tackles and a sack. The Dorados should feel a bit better heading into this week's game thanks to the return of Kellett, who is coming off a hand injury that sidelined him for six weeks. Ironically enough, he suffered the injury against the Battle Wings. Rio Grande Valley is ranked 21st in scoring offense at 39.8 points per game, while Bossier-Shreveport is last in the league at just 32.5 ppg. The Battle Wings are also last in total offense, as they are the only team that averages less than 200 yards per game. Bossier-Shreveport enters Week 14 after a 51-41 road loss to Stockton. QBs J.J. RATERINK and STAN HILL combined to throw for 303 yards and five scores, but it was the team's two fumbles that cost them dearly. OS ANTHONY CHAMBERS recorded 15 catches for 168 yards and three scores. The totals for catches and yards were season-highs for the team. Chambers, who has played in five games so far this season, is 2nd in the af2 in receptions per game, averaging 9.4. He is also averaging 113.6 receiving yards per game. K BRIAN HAZELWOOD leads the af2 in both field goals made (15) and attempted (34). This game is likely to be low scoring. Kellett's return for Rio Grande Valley may provide the spark the Dorados need to clip the Battle Wings on their home turf.

SERIES LEADER Series tied 2-2
LAST MEETING Rio Grande Won 43-28 on 5/6/2006
LAST GAME Lost vs. OKC 14-56 on 6/24/2006 Lost at STK 41-51 on 6/24/2006
PASSING Kellett: 261-142-6; 1557; 32 TDs Raterink: 335-184-13; 1847; 27 TDs
RECEIVING Counter: 83-903; 19 TDs Chambers: 47-568; 7 TDs
RUSHING Canty: 7-55; 2 TDs Myles: 11-48; 0 TD
TACKLES Withers: 49 Sutton: 40
SACKS Jeter: 4.5 Reed: 6
INTERCEPTIONS Long: 3 Campbell: 2, Geiggar: 2
KICKING Bell: 52-64 PAT; 4-16 FG 64 PTS Hazelwood: 28-40 PAT; 15-34 FG 76 PTS
TEAM OFFENSE 39.8 PPG; 238.5 32.5 PPG; 199.7
TEAM DEFENSE 47.0 PPG; 204.6 54.2 PPG; 268.0

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