af2 Week Twelve: Friday Night Matchups
June 14, 2007 - arenafootball2 (af2) News Release
CINCINNATI JUNGLE KATS (1-8) AT ALBANY CONQUEST (3-6)
FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2007 - Times Union Center (13,901) 7:00 P.M. ET
* Broadcast via B2 Networks
The expansion Jungle Kats travel east this weekend to Albany, N.Y. to battle the Conquest. This will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams. Cincinnati enters Week 12 well rested after a bye last week. Cincinnati has lost four games in a row and eight out of nine for the season. Overall, Cincinnati's troubles in 2007 have been equally distributed between an underachieving offense (29.7 ppg - 29th out of 30 teams) and defense (60.3 ppg allowed - 30th out of 30 teams). The team also ranks at the bottom of the league standings in turnover margin at minus-21 (16 turnovers gained, 37 lost). Last time the Jungle Kats took the field in Week 10 against Mahoning Valley, the Thunder won in convincing fashion, 57-20. WR/DB HASSAN BROCKMAN scored first for the Jungle Kats on a 55-yard kick return early in the first quarter. QB AARON MARSHALL completed 20-of-39 passes for 182 yards, one touchdown and one rushing score. Marshall's rushing touchdown came as the clock ran out in the fourth quarter. WR/DB JAMES LEWIS (48-470; 5 TDs) had a good game, connecting with Marshall 10 times for 76 yards. Cincinnati's offense should get a boost this week with the return of WR Derin Graham. Despite missing the last three games, Graham still leads Cincinnati's receiving corps with 484 receiving yards and eight TDs. Defensively, DB GEORGE WILLIAMS led the Jungle Kats effort against Mahoning Valley with 6.0 tackles, one tackle for loss and two pass breakups. DB DESMOND WASHINGTON leads the Jungle Kats in tackles (49.0). DL JAMAR NEELY leads the team in tackles for loss (6.0) and sacks (5.0). The Conquest enter this week coming off a 47-35 loss at Manchester in Week 11. QB RYAN HART completed 27-of-43 passes for 258 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions in the decision. It was just the second time this season Hart has thrown two interceptions in a game. Despite his off night, the rookie from Rutgers ranks among the league's best in touchdown passes (5th - 53) and passer rating (2nd - 118.8). WR BAKARI BROWN caught nine passes for a total of 70 yards against the Wolves. He currently leads the league in receptions with 100. WRs CHRIS CURD (7 catches, 67 yards, 3 TDs) and ANTWUN WILLIAMS (9 catches, 129 yards, 2 TDs) also contributed offensively for Albany. Defensively, DBs CALVIN WASHINGTON and ATCHESON CONWAY led the team with 6.5 tackles each. Washington leads the team overall in tackles (43.5) and interceptions (3). Cincinnati will not back down from Albany, but the Jungle Kats need an inspired effort on both sides to stay close with the Conquest.
STOCKTON LIGHTNING (4-5) AT AMARILLO DUSTERS (1-8)
FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2007 - Amarillo Civic Center (4,870) 8:30 P.M. ET
The Lightning travel to Texas this week for their first-ever affair with the Amarillo Dusters. Stockton enters this week's matchup well rested coming off a bye week in Week 11. Last time the Lightning were in action, they scored a 54-51 home win over Tri-Cities in Week 10. The win over the Fever was Stockton's second in a row, securing the Lightning's first winning streak in franchise history. WR/DB CLARENCE CUNNINGHAM led all Lightning receivers with six catches for 121 yards, while QB EVAN GRAY was 19-of-36 for 245 yards and four touchdowns. Gray completed the game without throwing a single interception. PETER TUIALUULUU also recorded two rushing touchdowns in the win. Gray has thrown 34 TDs on the season with just six interceptions. WR SALE' KEY has been Gray's favorite target so far, catching 73 passes for 831 yards and 21 TDs. WR/DB KENYATTE MORGAN is another threat for Stockton. The versatile veteran leads the af2 in kick return yards (1,075) and ranks second on the Lightning with 67 catches for 746 yards and eight TDs. Defensively, DB TRAVIS SEATON is currently ranked seventh in the league with 57.0 tackles, 6.5 of which he earned against the Fever in Week 10. FB/LB JASON HUNT and FB/LB LYNDELL HAWKINS each recorded 1.5 sacks in the game. Hunt has a team-best 6.5 sacks in 2007. The Dusters come into this week's contest after suffering their ninth straight loss on Saturday, this time at Central Division foe Oklahoma City, 46-36. QB STEVE PANELLA has been the team's top offensive talent to date. Panella, a veteran who has stayed healthy this season, has 47 total touchdowns (35 passing, 12 rushing) and has thrown for over 2,000 yards (2,023). He ranks second in the league in rushing TDs with 12. Panella threw for 202 yards and five touchdowns (1 INTs) in the Dusters' Week 11 loss. On the receiving end, WR STEVE BERGESKI leads the team with 64 catches for 814 yards and 20 touchdowns, two of which came against the Yard Dawgz. K JACOB FELTON has been one of the team's steadier players as well. Felton currently ranks third in the af2 in field goal accuracy (60.0 percent) and seventh in extra point accuracy (85.7 percent). On the defensive side of the ball, DB JAHMAL FENNER leads the team in total tackles with 38.5, while DL NALA SALUNI and FB/LB JON SESSLER lead the team in sacks with 2.0 each. DB AARON WILLIAMS is another impact player on defense with a team-best six interceptions on the season (7th in af2). Despite their record, the Dusters are not an easy out, especially at home. Expect this contest to be close from start to finish.
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