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July 20, 2006 - arenafootball2 (af2) News Release

SIEGFRIED TIES ALL-TIME WIN MARK: Spokane Head Coach CHRIS SIEGFRIED has led the Shock to the league's best record (12-2), a West Division regular season title, and a first round bye in the 2006 playoffs in the team's first season of af2 play. In the process, he has steadily climbed up the career coaching victories ladder. He's now tied with former Rio Grande Valley and Tennessee Valley Head Coach KEVIN GUY for the top spot on the af2's all-time career coaching victories list. With one more win Siegfried will have the record all to himself. He's also one of just three coaches in af2 history to hit the 50-win plateau. Siegfried, in his fifth season as an af2 head coach, is currently 52-26 overall (.667). Below is a list of the top coaches in league history.

1. Kevin Guy 52
Chris Siegfried* 52
2. Bobby Humphrey 51
3. Danton Barto* 47
4. Richard Davis* 46
5. Kevin Porter 45
* denotes active coaches

KICKIN' IT UP A NOTCH: Oklahoma City kicker A.J. HAGLUND has become the most accurate kicker on extra points in league history with a career average of .913 (137-150). This season he's on pace to have the best season for point after accuracy in af2 history. He's currently converting at 94.5 percent (103-109). He had his third extra point attempt blocked in the team's most recent win against Arkansas. That result snapped Haglund's streak of 69 consecutive point after makes without a miss. The perfect run lasted eight games. Haglund finished the game by connecting on his remaining five attempts.

2006 A.J. Haglund OKC 103 109 0.945
2005 David Carlton TUL 68 77 0.883
2004 Marc Samuel LOU 84 92 0.913
2003 Brett Majors PEO 24 27 0.889
2002 Keith Gispert AUG 84 98 0.857
2001 Danny Boyd BAT 82 89 0.921
2000 Jim Tarle JAC 77 84 0.916
minimum 25 attempts

COMPARING QBS ON FIRE - DIETZ VS. SAUK: This year Louisville's rookie QB BRETT DIETZ entered the 2006 season with some big shoes to fill, replacing af2 standout MATT SAUK. Sauk, a four-year veteran who spent two seasons with the Fire (2004-05), earned an AFL promotion to the Philadelphia Soul after an impressive 2005 season. The former Utah State standout rewrote the league record book on passing during the regular season by shattering three all-time records - touchdown passes (99), passing yards (4,489) and completions (408). Sauk led the Fire to an 11-5 record, three straight postseason wins and an appearance in the 2005 ArenaCup. Sauk finished his 2006 AFL season with the Grand Rapids Rampage. Dietz started the season slow with six touchdown passes in his first two games, resulting in two staight Louisville losses. Over the team's last 12 contests, however, his play has picked up significantly. As a result, the Fire's play has improved as well. The team leads the East Division at 9-5 thanks to their current season-high, five-game winning streak. Dietz leads the league in completion percentage (71.2) and ranks among the af2's top signal callers in completions (2nd - 327), pass efficiency (2nd - 127.2 rating), passing yards (3rd - 3,777) and touchdowns (4th - 85). Louisville can clinch a postseason berth with a win at Florida this week.

THEY'RE IN: This past week (Week 16) five teams joined Florida (American Conference) and Spokane (National Conference) as official entries in the 2006 af2 playoffs, four of which were from the National Conference (Tulsa, Central Valley, Oklahoma City and Arkansas). Only one more spot on the National Conference side is still up for grabs. Bakersfield, Rio Grande Valley and Stockton are all in the mix for the final opening. The Blitz can clinch the last spot with a win this week against Stockton.
Memphis was the lone team from the American Conference side that earned its way into the postseason last week. Four playoff spots on that side are still to be determined. Louisville can clinch a postseason berth with a win at Florida this week.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton can also lock up a playoff berth with a little help. The Pioneers need to win on the road at Quad City and have Birmingham, Macon and Manchester all lose this Saturday.

POSTSEASON APPEARANCES: The Tulsa Talons officially clinched their seventh straight trip to the af2 playoffs with a Week 16 win at Bossier-Shreveport. Tulsa's seven playoff appearances are the most in league history. Tennessee Valley, Quad City and Florida are tied for the second most postseason appearances in league history with five. The Talons are one of four teams (Arkansas, Birmingham, Quad City) that have been a part of the af2 since the league's inception in 2000.


ARKANSAS APPROACHING SACK MARK: The Twisters lead the league in sacks with 47 on the season. They are just five sacks shy of the league record. Carolina set the current af2 standard for most sacks in a season with 52 in 2001. That year Arkansas, ironically enough, finished a close second with 51 sacks. Tulsa, with 36 sacks, ranks second in sacks this season behind the Twisters. The Talons play at Arkansas this Saturday in their second and final regular season head-to-head match up of 2006. In their first affair at Tulsa in Week 8, Arkansas defeated the Talons, 45-42. Neither team recorded a sack.

RISLOV AND WALLACE STILL ON TD RECORD PACE: Rookie QB SCOTT RISLOV of Central Valley owns the af2 overall lead in touchdown passes with 90 through 14 games. At his current rate, he's on pace to finish with 103 touchdown passes. Another af2 signal caller on pace to hit the century mark is veteran CHRIS WALLACE of Florida (88). Oklahoma City veteran CRAIG STRICKLAND (86) and Louisville rookie BRETT DIETZ (85) fell off the pace a bit this past week. MATT SAUK set the current league high mark of 99 touchdown passes in a season in 2005. The best single season total in Arena Football (AFL and af2) history is CLINT DOLEZEL's 105 touchdown tosses for the Dallas Desperados in 2006.

REESE JOINS 500-YD RUSHING CLUB: South Georgia QB JULIAN REESE joined the 500-yard rushing club in just his second season in the af2. With 484 career yards entering Week 16, Reese rushed for 24 yards and a touchdown in the team's 82-37 win at Tennessee Valley. His recent effort brings his current career total to 508 rushing yards. He leads the af2 in rushing this season with 342 yards (296 with South Georgia, 46 with Everett). Albany QB RYAN VENA leads the list of active players in rushing yards with 626 and ranks sixth overall in af2 history. Memphis QB BRIAN JONES ranks seventh with 598 career rushing yards.

QUAD CITY'S TRIO SETS MARK: Quad City receivers KRIS PETERS, TIM DODGE, and JACK WALKER became just the third threesome of receivers on the same team to each record 1,000 receiving yards in a season. Peters leads the group with 1,370 yards, Dodge has 1,233 and Walker is third at 1,153. In 2004, Peters was also part of the second group to hit the milestone as a member of the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz. That season he led the Yard Dawgz with 1,304 receiving yards. AL HUNT and TIMON MARSHALL also recorded over 1,000 yards for Oklahoma City that season. The first group to do it had a familiar face as well. In 2003, the Steamwheelers 1,000-yard trio consisted of Tim Dodge, JEFF HEWITT and IRA GOOCH. Peters, Dodge and Walker are also on pace to become the first trio of receivers to record 100 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards in the same season. Walker leads the group with 105 catches, Dodge has 99 and Peters has 92.

BENTON HITS 800 MARK - HOLDS af2 CAREER SCORING LEAD: Florida OS MAGIC BENTON jumped ahead of Arkansas WR/DB KEVIN WILLIAMS to become the af2's all-time scoring leader in Week 14 thanks to his two touchdowns against the Green Bay Blizzard. The veteran currently has 816 career points. Benton also has the distinction of being the first af2 player to hit the 800-point plateau. Williams currently ranks second in scoring with 796 points. Former Tulsa star MITCH ALLNER entered 2006 as the league's career leader with 780 points over his five-year career. Memphis' KEVIN PRENTISS became the newest member of the 700-club with an 18-point effort on three touchdowns in a Week 15 loss at Louisville. Prentiss currently ranks fifth on the all-time list with 726 points.

816 Magic Benton 2001-present
796 Kevin Williams 2001-present
780 Mitch Allner 2000-04
756 Cainon Lamb 2002-05
726 Kevin Prentiss 2003-present
668 George Williams 2001, 2003-present

BENTON OWNS CAREER TOUCHDOWN RECORD: Florida OS MAGIC BENTON has moved into the outright lead for all-time touchdowns scored in af2 history thanks to his two-touchdown performance two weeks ago against Green Bay. Benton, who now has 134 career scores, entered Week 14 tied with current Arkansas WR/DB KEVIN WILLIAMS (130). MITCH ALLNER entered 2006 as the af2 career leader with 126 touchdowns. Memphis OS/KR KEVIN PRENTISS (121) and Bakersfield WR/DB GEORGE WILLIAMS (110) are also among the league's all-time leaders.

134 Magic Benton 2001-present
130 Kevin Williams 2001-present
126 Mitch Allner 2000-04
121 Kevin Prentiss 2003-present
118 Cainon Lamb 2002-05
110 George Williams 2001, 2003-present

MCCOLLISTER MAKIN' KNIGHTS BETTER: One of Macon's newest additions, OS CHAVIS MCCOLLISTER, has been a huge factor for the Knights since his arrival five weeks ago. Acquired in a trade with Oklahoma City, the second-year player has accounted for 17 scores (16 receiving, 1 rushing) in five games. Not coincidentally, Macon has won four of those five contests, including a 52-47 win in Week 16 at home against Birmingham. McCollister has accumulated 45 catches (9 per game) for 667 yards (133.4 per game) as the Knights feature receiver.

MAGER PLAYER: Louisville OS ROB MAGER has established himself as the most dangerous receiver in the af2 this season. He currently leads the league in scoring (296 points), receiving yards (1,781), receiving touchdowns (49) and receptions (131). He has already surpassed his own team records for a single season in all of those same categories. If he continues at his current pace, Mager also has a shot at a number of league records in 2006. The following is a breakdown of where Mager stands.

SCORING 296 338 346 Donovan Morgan, Tulsa 2005
TOTAL TOUCHDOWNS 49 56 57 Donovan Morgan, Tulsa 2005
RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS 49 56 54 Donovan Morgan, Tulsa 2005
RECEPTIONS 131 150 161 Corey Hill, Albany 2002, 2003
RECEIVING YARDS 1,781 2,035 2,086 Carl Bond, Tallahassee 2000

Manchester OS STEVE GONZALEZ is also on near league-record pace for scoring and total touchdowns. The second-year standout from Menlo currently ranks right behind Mager in both categories with 276 points and 45 total touchdowns. Gonzalex is on pace for 315 points and 51 total touchdowns.

HICKS AND VENA SETTING PASSING YARDS PACE: Veteran quarterbacks RYAN VENA (Albany) and TIM HICKS (Quad City) are both on pace to break MATT SAUK's league record for most passing yards in one season. Sauk set the all-time mark of 4,489 yards last season with the Louisville Fire. The following is a breakdown of where Vena and Hicks stand.

Ryan Vena, Albany 4,177 4,774 4,489 Matt Sauk, Louisville 2005
Tim Hicks, Quad City 3,969 4,536

PRENTISS RUNS PAST ALL-TIME KICK RETURN MARK: Memphis OS/KR KEVIN PRENTISS is among the league's all-time best in a number of different categories. One record he now holds on his own is all-time kick return yards. Prentiss
had four returns for 77 yards in a Week 16 win against Amarillo to run his career total to 3,594 yards. The veteran surpassed
SHADRICK MCAFEE, who held the previous record of 3,572 yards. Another active af2 player high on the same list is Arkansas' LENNIE JOHNSON who has 3,051 yards career kick return yards.

American Conference
Florida can clinch the South Division and a first round bye with a win vs. LOU
Louisville can clinch a playoff berth with a win at FLA
Memphis can clinch a home playoff game with a win OR a loss by WBS
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton can clinch a playoff berth with a win AND losses by BIR, MAC and MAN

National Conference
Central Valley can clinch a home playoff game with a win OR a loss by ARK
Tulsa can clinch the Midwest Division with a win AND a loss by OKC
Bakersfield can clinch a playoff berth with a win vs. STK

1. Florida (11-3) - y - Clinched home playoff game
2. Louisville (9-5)
3. Memphis (10-5) - y
4. Green Bay (9-6)
5. W-B/Scranton (8-6)
6. Manchester (7-7) - Currently has better win % over common opponents than BIR and MAC (FLA & MEM)
7. Birmingham (7-7) - Holds HTH point differential advantage over MAC
8. Macon (7-7)
9. Quad City (6-8)
10. Albany (5-9)
11. South Georgia (3-11)
12. Tennessee Valley (2-12)

1. Spokane (12-2) - x - Clinched West Division and first round playoff bye
2. Tulsa (10-4) - y - Owns HTH advantage over OKC
3. Central Valley (10-4) - y - Currently has better win % over common opponents than OKC (AMA, BAK, BOS, RGV, STK)
4. Oklahoma City (10-4) - y - Clinched home playoff game
5. Arkansas (8-6) - y
6. Bakersfield (7-7)
7. Rio Grande Valley (6-8)
8. Stockton (5-9)
9. Everett (4-10) - Currently has better win % over common opponents than AMA (BAK, CVC, SPK, TUL)
10. Amarillo (4-10)
11. Bossier-Shreveport (2-12)

x - clinched division championship and first round bye, y - clinched playoff spot
HTH = Head-to-head

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