af2 Week Sixteen: Quick Hitters
July 12, 2007 - arenafootball2 (af2) News Release
GAMES ON - af2/B2 FEATURED GAMES IN WEEK 16: The arenafootball2 league (af2) has established a new, extensive online network to provide the league's passionate fan base an opportunity to view a vast number of games through the internet. Thanks to a new league partnership with industry leader B2 Networks, fans across the globe are now be able to bring all the action of af2 football right to their home computer or laptop. To tune into the action, fans can log on to www.af2.com and click on the special advertisement located at the top right-hand corner of the page. Viewers looking to enjoy the games via B2 will only need a high-speed internet connection and Windows Media Player 9 or higher. Games will be available for the normal B2 rate of just $6. This week there are six (6) af2 games available though B2. The Week 16 online broadcast schedule is detailed below. All times listed are Eastern.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Manchester 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Green Bay at Cincinnati 7:30 p.m.
Tri-Cities at Spokane 8:00 p.m.
Central Valley at Lubbock 8:05 p.m.
Everett at Bakersfield 10:00 p.m.
Boise at Stockton 10:30 p.m.
OFF THE NET/week 16: The arenafootball2 league (af2) online radio show, "Off the Net," the only internet radio show devoted solely to af2, will air its 16th show of the season today, Thursday, July 12, on www.af2.com. This week's show features special in-depth interviews with Bossier-Shreveport fullback JASON SCHULE and the Offensive Coordinator for the Cincinnati Jungle Kats, GEORGE LAFRANCE. The program will also include news and notes from around the af2 as the league enters the 16th week of the 2007 season. Fans can easily access the program by clicking on a special "Off the Net" advertisement located at the lower right hand corner of af2.com. The show will be available online late this afternoon. "Off the Net," now in its second season, airs every Thursday throughout the regular season and continues all the way until an ArenaCup Champion is crowned in late August. The show is designed to bring af2 fans even closer to their favorite game with in-depth news, interesting interviews and fun feature stories. Veteran broadcaster Dean Jackson serves as host.
PIONEERS TOP COACHES POLL FOR 12TH STRAIGHT WEEK: The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers have maintained the No. 1 ranking of the Weekly Coaches Poll for the 12th straight week, the arenafootball2 (af2) league office announced today. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton collected 461 of a possible 464 points and 26-of-30 first place votes in securing the top position. The Pioneers remain undefeated in 2007 at 13-0 after a thrilling, 48-47, Week 15 road win at Fort Wayne. In the process, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton clinched the No. 1 seed in the American Conference for the 2007 ArenaCup playoffs. Next up for the East Division Champions is a Friday night fight at No. 12 Manchester (7-6). Rio Grande Valley (12-1, 4 first place votes, 435 points) solidified their spot at No. 2 overall with a 64-0 shutout win against Laredo last Saturday. The Dorados have won a team-record 10 straight games. The Tulsa Talons (11-2, 372 points) moved up two spots this week from No. 5 to No. 3 after scoring a 49-32 road win at Lubbock. Bossier-Shreveport (10-3, 371 points) earned its way back into the Top-5 at No. 4 on the strength of the team's 53-29 home win against the Arkansas Twisters, a team that entered the week at No. 4 overall. The victory clinched the Battle Wings' first-ever playoff berth. The South Georgia Wildcats (312 points) also moved up in the ranks to No. 5 from No. 8 after handing the host Florida Firecats their first loss in six games, 47-40.
HUNT, RICHEY, DAVIS, JOHNSON EARN WEEK 15 HONORS: Oklahoma City wide receiver/defensive back AL HUNT, Everett wide receiver JOSH RICHEY and Tri-Cities defensive back SHANNON DAVIS have been named the U.S. Army Ironman, Schutt Offensive Player and ADT Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, for Week 15 of the 2007 season. In addition to these three awards, the af2 is also highlighting the player who makes the best catch of the week. The Cutters Catch of the Week Award for Week 15 goes to Mahoning Valley wide receiver CHRIS JOHNSON.
Hunt (5-11, 215, Northwest Okla. State), in his fourth af2 season, had another impressive all-around effort for Oklahoma City in the team's 56-45 home win against Alabama in Week 15. The veteran from Northwest Oklahoma State made his presence felt on offense with 9 catches for 103 yards and two receiving touchdowns. Hunt also scored one rushing touchdown for the Yard Dawgz. Hunt was also an impact player on defense with 1.5 tackles. This is Hunt's first Ironman of the Week Award this season. In his fourth year with Oklahoma City, Hunt earned American Conference All-af2 Second Team honors in 2006 and is the only player who has been with the Yard Dawgz since their inaugural season in 2004. Richey (6-3, 195, Northeastern State) had an impressive individual showing on Saturday night for Everett in the team's 75-49 win over Tennessee Valley. The Hawks playmaker, in his second af2 season, set an af2 record with his 9th consecutive 100-yard receiving game. Richey's 120 receiving yards were earned by 8 catches and lead to five touchdowns on the night. His performance landed him at third in the af2 with 120 receptions on the season. He leads the Hawks in receptions (120), receiving yards (1582), receiving touchdowns (38), and scoring (234 points). Davis (6-0, 210, Kent State) had a stellar night defensively in Week 15 for the Tri-Cities in the team's 59-50 home win over Amarillo. The Fever rookie from Kent State made quite an impression with four tackles, two interceptions (one 50-yard return TD), three pass breakups, one forced fumble and one blocked kick against the Dusters. One of Davis' interceptions resulted in a touchdown as well. Davis is currently third in tackles (53.0) for the Fever, and also leads the team in interceptions on the season (7). Davis has earned the ADT Defensive player of the game award three times this season and this is his first player of the week award. Johnson (6-2, 192, Georgia Southern), who is in his first week back after suffering a dislocated elbow, earned the Cutters Catch of the Week Award for his one-handed, 33-yard touchdown catch. The impressive play came in the first quarter of the Mahoning Valley Thunder's losing battle with the Louisville Fire. Although losing 32-57 to the Fire, Johnson's catch was supported by 9 others on the night (10 catches) for 140 yards and four touchdowns. He currently ranks fourth on the squad in receiving with 21 catches for 279 yards and five touchdowns.
TULSA HITS CENTURY MARK: The Tulsa Talons made history with Saturday night's road win at Lubbock, recording their 100th all-time win in af2 play. The Talons are one of just four teams (Alabama, Arkansas, Quad City) that have been in the af2 for its entire eight-year existence. Tulsa (11-2) had 84 regular season wins entering 2007 plus five playoff wins. The Quad City Steamwheelers (95) are also approaching their 100th career win.
INGOLD ONE WIN SHY TO TIE ALL-TIME WIN MARK: W-B/Scranton Head Coach RICH INGOLD continues to move up the all-time coaching win list. With the Pioneers' Week 15 win at Fort Wayne, the veteran leader now has 56 all-time wins and stands just one victory shy of the league's current all-time coaching wins leader CHRIS SIEGFRIED (57). The only other active coach with 50 career wins is Manchester Head Coach BEN BENNETT, who is currently third on the all-time list with 53. Ingold became the fourth coach in league history to win 50 games in Week 8 at Tennessee Valley. He is currently the winningest active coach in the league. Bennett joined the 50-win club with a Week 9 win at Mahoning Valley. Louisville's TOMMY JOHNSON hit a milestone in Week 6 by notching his 40th career af2 win. Johnson, currently with 45 victories, is just the tenth coach in league history to hit the 40-win plateau.
TOP ALL-TIME COACHING VICTORIES
1. Chris Siegfried 57
2. Rich Ingold* 56
3. Ben Bennett* 53
4. Kevin Guy 52
5. Bobby Humphrey 51
6. Danton Barto 49
* denotes active coaches
DORADOS SHATTER SACK RECORD: In a record-breaking season so far for Rio Grande Valley, the Dorados added another on Saturday by setting a new af2 standard for most sacks in a season with 56. The former league record total was 52 sacks in a season, set by Carolina in 2001. DL QUINTON STATON leads the team individually with a team-record and af2 season high 16.5 sacks. Teammate KEENAN WASHINGTON is third overall with 13 sacks.
UNBE-LEVY-BLE SEASON FOR BROWN: After a strong rookie campaign for the Firecats in 2006, LEVY BROWN has emerged as arguably the league's top defensive back in 2007. The statistics don't lie. Brown currently leads the league in tackles with 116.0 and in interceptions with 13. If he continues on his current pace, the former FAMU standout has a great chance to set the af2 single season records for total tackles (121.5 - William Haith, MAN - 2005) and interceptions (15 - Kelly Snell, TVV - 2002).
RICHEY FLYIN' HIGH FOR HAWKS: Everett standout receiver JOSH RICHEY set the af2 record for most consecutive 100-yard receiving games with his ninth straight on Saturday in the team's home win against Tennessee Valley. The second-year player from Northeastern State University (Okla.) caught a eight passes for 120 yards and five touchdowns against the Vipers.
Richey entered the week tied in the league history books with eight consecutive 100-yard receiving games. Jacksonville's Anthony Bright was the first to set that standard in 2001. Quad City's Kris Peters equaled the mark in 2006. Richey's current 9-game streak began on May 6 with seven catches for 112 yards and a pair of scores in Everett's 2007 home debut, a 43-41 victory over Central Valley. He currently leads the af2 in receiving yards (1,582), receiving touchdowns (38) and scoring (234 points).
BOSSIER-SHREVEPORT CLINCHES BEST SEASON EVER: After assuring themselves just their second winning season in team history, the Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings set a new team record for most wins in a season. The Battle Wings Week 15 win against Arkansas was their 10th victory of the season. Bossier-Shreveport's previous team best was nine wins in one season (2001). The victory against the Twisters also assured the team of its first-ever playoff berth.
W-B/SCRANTON STILL THE ONE: Entering Week 16 of the season, there is only one team that remains undefeated - the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers (13-0). The Pioneers, off to their best start in team history (3rd best start in af2 history), are currently ranked No. 1 in the Weekly Coaches Poll. The Pioneers remained undefeated in 2007 after a 48-47 Week 15 road win against Mahoning Valley. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's current 12-week presence at the top of the Coaches Poll has far surpassed the seven-week run at No. 1 that the Florida Firecats enjoyed in 2005. The Pioneers travel to No. 12 Manchester this Friday to tackle the Wolves (7-6). Below is a chart detailing the best starts in af2 history.
TEAM START SEASON
Quad City 16-0 2000
Tennessee Valley 14-0 2003
W-B/Scranton* 13-0 2007
Augusta 7-0 2002
Richmond 7-0 2002
Tulsa 7-0 2007
* denotes active steaks
Of the top six starts in af2 history, however, only one team finished strong as well. The Quad City Steamwheelers ran the table in the league's inaugural 2000 season and won all 16 regular season games and three playoff games, culminating with an ArenaCup Championship. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's fate, however, is yet to be determined.
SEBASTIEN NEW CAREER INTERCEPTION LEADER: Veteran DB MATT FORBES of the Louisville Fire began the year tied for first on the all-time regular season interceptions list with 27. He moved into first place outright on the all-time list in Week 1 when he recorded his 28th career interception. Entering Week 10, Forbes held the all-time lead over another veteran DB ALLISTAIR SEBASTIEN, 29-28. Sebastien then recorded two interceptions on June 1 against Tulsa to take over the top spot, 30-29. Forbes evened the score the very next night with an interception in a home win against Green Bay. Sebastien has regained the overall lead after recording his 31st career pick in the Wolves' Week 14 win against South Georgia. He currently has 32 while Forbes has 31. Florida WR/DB BRENT BURNSIDE is tied for fourth overall with 25 career interceptions.
ALL-TIME REGULAR SEASON
1. Allistair Sebastien* 32
2. Matt Forbes* 31
3. Arkee Thompson 27
4. Michael Brown 25
Brent Burnside* 25
* denotes active players
BENTON ON CUSP OF 1,000: The af2's all-time leading scorer, Florida's MAGIC BENTON, is just four points away from becoming the first player in af2 history to record 1,000 career points. After a three-score performance in a loss to South Georgia in Week 15, Benton currently sits just four points shy of the 1,000 mark at 996. Behind Benton is Arkansas veteran WR/LB KEVIN WILLIAMS with 940 career points. Rio Grande Valley WR/DB GEORGE WILLIAMS broke past 800 career points thanks to a five-touchdown performance in a Week 11 home win against Texas. Currently with 890 points, The veteran playmaker could break past the 900-point plateau this week when the Dorados play at Bossier-Shreveport. Other active players who entered the 800-point club in 2007 are two teammates on Oklahoma City (JARRAIL JACKSON, 840; AL HUNT, 820) and Quad City's JACK WALKER, JR. (826). Below is a breakdown of the leading scorers in af2 history:
MOST POINTS SCORED, NON-KICKING, CAREER
PTS PLAYER YEARS PLAYED
996 Magic Benton* 2001-present
940 Kevin Williams* 2001-present
890 George Williams* 2001, 2003-present
840 Jarrail Jackson* 2000-01, 2005-present
826 Jack Walker, Jr.* 2002-03, 2005-present
820 Al Hunt* 2003-present
780 Mitch Allner 2000-04
756 Cainon Lamb 2002-05
738 Kevin Prentiss 2003-2006
* denotes active players
POSTSEASON APPEARANCES: The Tulsa Talons officially clinched their eighth straight trip to the af2 playoffs in Week 14 despite a road loss at Central Division rival Arkansas. Tulsa's eight playoff appearances are the most in league history. Florida secured its sixth straight trip to the postseason with a Week 14 win at Oklahoma City. The Firecats rank second overall in playoff appearances. Quad City and Tennessee Valley are tied for the third most postseason appearances in league history with five. The Talons are one of four teams (Arkansas, Alabama, Quad City) that have been a part of the af2 since the league's inception in 2000.
MOST PLAYOFF APPEARANCES, ALL-TIME
QUAD CITY 5
TENNESSEE VALLEY 5
PLAYOFF SCENARIOS FOR WEEK 16
Spokane can clinch a playoff spot with a win against TRI
Central Valley can clinch a playoff spot with a win and a loss by STK
Quad City can clinch a playoff spot with a win and a loss by STK
Tri-Cities can clinch a playoff spot with a win and a loss by STK
Rio Grande Valley can clinch the Southwest Division and at least one home playoff game with a win against BSB
Oklahoma City can clinch a playoff spot with a win and a loss by ALA and TVV
Tulsa can clinch the Central Division and at least one home playoff game with a win and a loss by ARK
IF THE SEASON ENDED TODAY - af2 PLAYOFF PICTURE: Sixteen teams qualify for the playoffs, eight from each conference (American and National). The eight qualifying teams in each conference consist of the three division champions and five Wild Cards, determined by best overall record. Seeding in each conference is based on overall record, with the top three seeds in each conference reserved for the division champions, regardless of record. In the First Round (August 3-5), the first three seeds in each conference are the three division winners. The next five teams are seeded by next best five overall records. Teams ranked 1-4 earn home playoff games with 1 hosting 8, 2 hosting 7, 3 hosting 6 and 4 hosting 5. In the Second Round (August 10-12), the winner of the 1-8 game plays the winner of the 4-5 game. The winner of the 2-7 game plays the winner of the 3-6 game. The home team is decided by the team with the higher seed. The winners of the Second Round will meet for the Conference Championships on the weekend of August 17-19. The team with the better overall record hosts the Conference Championship game. The winners of the Conference Championships face off in the 2007 ArenaCup on Saturday, August 25 at the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City, La.
American Conference Standings
1. W-B/Scranton (13-0) - xy - Clinched East Division and No. 1 seed
2. Spokane (9-4) - Current West Division Leader
3. Quad City (8-5) - Current Midwest Division Leader
4. Tri-Cities (8-5) - Owns better win % in common games over CVC (BAK, BOI, EVE, SPK, STK)
5. Central Valley (8-5)
6. Manchester (7-6) - Owns better win % in common games over GBB and LOU (ALB, CIN, FTW, MVT)
7. Louisville (7-6) - Owns HTH advantage over GBB
8. Green Bay (7-6)
9. Stockton (6-7)
10. Albany (5-8) - Owns SOS advantage over BAK, BOI and MVT
11. Mahoning Valley (5-8) - Owns better win % in common games over BAK and BOI (TRI)
12. Boise (5-8) - Owns HTH advantage over BAK
13. Bakersfield (5-8)
14. Fort Wayne (5-9)
15. Everett (4-9)
16. Cincinnati (1-12)
NATIONAL CONFERENCE STANDINGS
1. Rio Grande Valley (12-1) - y - Current Southwest Division Leader
2. Tulsa (11-2) - y - Current Central Division Leader
3. Florida (10-4) - y - Current South Division Leader
4. Bossier-Shreveport (10-3) - y
5. South Georgia (9-4) - y - Owns HTH advantage over ARK
6. Arkansas (9-4) - y
7. Oklahoma City (7-6)
8. Lubbock (6-7)
9. Tennessee Valley (5-8) - Owns HTH advantage over ALA
10. Alabama (5-8)
11. Amarillo (3-10) - Owns better win % in common games over CCS (ARK, BOS, OKC, RGV, TUL)
13. Corpus Christi (3-10)
12. Texas (2-11)
14. Laredo (1-12)
x - clinched division championship, y - clinched playoff spot
* HTH = Head-to-head; SOS = Strength of schedule
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