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July 11, 2005 - arenafootball2 (af2) News Release

WEEK 15 RECAPS

FRIDAY, JULY 8

South Georgia Wildcats 58, ALBANY CONQUEST 57 (Attendance: 4,852)

ALBANY, N.Y. - At Pepsi Arena, Donnie Davis earned his first win as an af2 head coach as the South Georgia Wildcats (3-10) defeated the Albany Conquest (3-10). The Wildcats fought back from a 16-point fourth quarter deficit and won on a 19-yard touchdown reception by Adrian Cockfield. Chris McKinney caught four passes for 21 yards and two touchdowns and also forced a key fumble in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Brian Zbydniewski completed 21-of-37 passes for 241 yards and seven touchdowns with no interceptions. His counterpart D Bryant threw for 270 yards and eight touchdowns on 20-of-29 passing and no interceptions. Jeremiah Pope caught ten passes for 134 yards and four touchdowns. Manwell Talbert caught one touchdown and forced two fumbles on defense for the Conquest.

MANCHESTER WOLVES 63, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers 36 (Attendance: 8,660)

MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Manchester Wolves (11-2) got back on track with a 63-36 victory over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers at Verizon Wireless Arena. The Wolves jumped out to a 19-0 lead behind a Jamaal Perry kickoff return for a touchdown to start the game. Jake Eaton threw six touchdowns to break the franchise record for touchdown passes in a season. Wolves' receiver J.J. McKelvey caught nine passes for 88 yards and three touchdowns. William Haith recovered two fumbles and recorded 10 tackles (8UA-4AT). With 104.0 tackles on the season, Haith became just the fourth player in league history to record 100 or more tackles in a season. For the Pioneers, Rocco Forgione caught eight passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Ameer Riley intercepted a pass for the Pioneers.

SATURDAY, JULY 9

LOUISVILLE FIRE 62, San Diego Riptide 40 (Attendance: 8,107)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Louisville Fire (8-5) clinched a playoff berth with a 62-40 victory over the San Diego Riptide (4-9) at Freedom Hall. Behind an opportunistic defense the Fire shut out the Riptide in the second and third quarters. The Fire defense forced six turnovers with Andrew Tippins forcing two fumbles and Lawrence Matthews picking off two passes. Nate Green broke up five passes and Rob Green returned an interception 24 yards for a touchdown. Matt Sauk scattered seven touchdown passes to five different receivers with Dennis Fryzel and Cesare Manning both catching two. Nian Taylor and Steve Gonzalez both caught two touchdown passes for the Riptide. For the third consecutive week Gonzalez returned a kickoff for a touchdown.

FLORIDA FIRECATS 50, Arkansas Twisters 41 (Attendance: 4,621)

ESTERO, Fla. - The Florida Firecats (11-2) braved the rains of Hurricane Dennis and the Arkansas Twisters (3-10) on their way to a 50-41 victory at Germain Arena. Chris Morant earned U.S. Army Ironman of the Game honors with three total touchdowns (one rushing, two receiving). Late in the first quarter Kevin Williams caught a pass tipped off of Roy Stabler's hands and ran into the endzone on a third and 25 play for the Twisters. The Firecats led at halftime 33-13 but Arkansas came back in the second half. Ted Alford scored on a 23-yard touchdown pass and then ADT Defensive Player of the game C.J. McLain picked up a Florida fumble and ran 43 yards for a touchdown and shrink the lead to six points. After this Florida took control of the game with Arkansas adding a touchdown with no time ramining to bring the final score to 50-41.

Rio Grande Valley Dorados 66, BOSSIER-SHREVEPORT BATTLE WINGS 52 (Attendance 2,154)

BOSSIER CITY, Lou. - The Rio Grande Valley Dorados moved to 9-4 with a 66-52 victory over the Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings at the CenturyTel Center. Canadian quarterback J.R. Davies threw for 263 yards and five touchdowns on 23-of-34 passing with one interception for the Dorados. Chris Robinson rushed five times for 38 yards and three touchdowns. Also for Rio Grande Valley, Marquis Floyd led the team in tackles with four, picked off a pass and caught one touchdown. For the Battle Wings, Kenneth Johnson caught six passes for 128 yards and three touchdowns. Reggie Perkins recorded an interception and caught one touchdown pass. After the Dorados jumped out to a 21-3 lead, the Battle Wings tied the game at 38 all in the fourth quarter. But a Dorados defensive stand forced a missed field goal with under four minutes remaining in the game to give the Dorados the opportunity to increase their then seven-point lead.

Macon Knights 68, BIRMINGHAM STEELDOGS 51 (Attendance: 6,528)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Macon Knights (6-7) defeated the Birmingham Steeldogs (1-12) 68-51 at the BJCC. Macon quarterback Lionel Hayes threw for 291 yards and six touchdowns on 20-of-26 passing. The Steeldogs held a 30-13 first half lead but the Knights scored two touchdowns before the end of the half to pull within four points by the break. In the third quarter the Knights took control of the contest, shutting out the Steeldogs and scoring 22 points. Birmingham's Kamau Jackson scored two rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Jackson was named U.S. Army Ironman of the game. Birmingham's Herman Bell caught six passes for 100 yards and three first half touchdowns.

Tulsa Talons 44, MEMPHIS XPLORERS 41 (Attendance: 2,378)

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. - The Tulsa Talons (10-3) held on to defeat the Memphis Xplorers (9-4) 44-41 at the DeSoto Civic Center. Tulsa jumped out to a 31-13 lead but Memphis scored the next 21 points to take a 34-31 lead in the third quarter. Tulsa came back to take a ten-point lead on two Robert Reed touchdown receptions. Memphis moved within three points on a Sale Key 27-yard touchdown pass and had a chance to tie the game with under a minute remaining, but a 32-yard field goal by Steven Azar was wide left. Tulsa ran out the clock and held on for the victory. Josh Blankenship completed 22-of-34 passes for 235 yards and five touchdowns. Brian Jones threw for four touchdowns and ran for one. Tulsa's Chris Canty forced and recovered a fumble, recorded one tackle for loss and broke up eight passes.

QUAD CITY STEAMWHEELERS 40, Green Bay Blizzard 37 (Attendance: 5,297)

MOLINE. Ill. - The Quad City Steamwheelers (7-6) improved to one game above .500 with a 40-37 win over the Green Bay Blizzard (8-5) at The Mark of the Quad Cities. Tim Dodge recorded his first two interceptions of the season and caught ten passes for 78 yards and one touchdown. The 'Wheelers scored 24 points on five forced turnovers but the Blizzard still had a chance to tie the game at the end buzzer, but a 51-yard field goal by Henrik Jull-Nielsen was missed. For Green Bay, Matt Huebner caught three passes for 13 yards and rushed eight times for 17 yards and one touchdown. Sam Clemons rushed for two touchdowns for Quad City.

CENTRAL VALLEY COYOTES 50, Bakersfield Blitz 43 (Attendance: 1,132)

FRESNO, Calif. - The Central Valley Coyotes (7-6) defeated the Bakersfield Blitz (4-9) for the fourth time this season with a 50-43 victory at Selland Arena. The winning score was George Williams' fourth touchdown reception of the game with just 23 seconds left in the game. Williams' touchdown was the conclusion of a ten-play, six-minute and 47-second drive. Williams added the two-point conversion to bring the score to 50-43, where it stayed after the Coyotes' defense held the Blitz in their final possession. Central Valley's DeRonn Finley had five catches for 69 yards and one touchdown to go with an interception to earn U.S. Army Ironman of the game honors. Bakersfield's Alex Wallace recorded five solo tackles and five passes broken up to be named the ADT Defensive Player of the Game.

SUNDAY, JULY 10 Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz 77, AMARILLO DUSTERS 52 (Attendance: 4,529)

AMARILLO, Tex. - For the second time this season the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz (8-5) topped the Amarillo Dusters (8-5) 77-52, this time at the Amarillo Civic Center. Yard Dawgz quarterback Craig Strickland completed 23-of-32 passes for 313 yards and seven touchdowns with no interceptions. Jarrail Jackson had 12 receptions for 135 yards and four touchdowns. B.J. Barre had five catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns. Amarillo's Julian Reese threw for two touchdowns and rushed for three scores. He has 25 rushing touchdowns on the season, three short of the af2 record. The Yard Dawgz recovered three onside kicks in the first half and scored 36 points in the second quarter to hold a 43-26 lead at halftime. Kendrick Walker scored the first points of the game on a 42-yard missed field goal return for the Dusters.

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