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June 2, 2005 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Amarillo Venom News Release

South Georgia Wildcats (2-6) at Amarillo Dusters (5-3)
Date: Saturday, June 4th, 2005
Kickoff: 7:05 pm CST
Site: Toyota Field at the Amarillo Civic Center
Referee: David Malone
Umpire: Ruben Fowler
Head Linesman:Hugo Cruz
Line Judge: Wayne Winkler
Back Judge: Mike Williams

Radio: KPUR 1440 AM & internet broadcast at
Donny Hooper Play by Play
Warren McCarty Color Commentary
Ray Boring Sideline Reporter
Tyler Hooper Field Mic

Series Record: 1st Meeting
Streaks: Dusters L1, Wildcats L2
Coaches: Chris Siegfried, South Georgia Wildcats
Steve Perdue, Amarillo Dusters

THE STAKES: The Dusters look to bounce back from a heart-breaking 69-63 loss to the Florida Firecats, while the Wildcats look to snap a 2-game losing streak and keep their playoff hopes alive. Entering this weekend’s action, every team in af2 has played 8 games (half of the regular season schedule), so each game now has playoff implications. The Dusters are in sole possession of 2nd place in the Midwest Division of the National Conference. The Dusters are also tied with Rio Grand Valley and Central Valley for the 3rd spot in the National Conference playoff seeding, behind Memphis (7-1) and Tulsa (6-2). The Wildcats are currently in 3rd place in the South Division of the American Conference. Six teams from each conference will reach the playoffs.

“They’ve been up and down all year, and they are loaded with talent. Four of their six losses have been by less than ten points. They’ve been in close games, and have come up a bit short. They’ve got an AFL quarterback in Bobby Pesavento, and they have been playing very solid defense over the past few weeks. They’ve only allowed fifty or more points in one game this season, and that was in week one. Coach Siegfried played this game, he knows this game, and he’s not used to losing ball games. He’s been in the playoffs every season that he’s coached in this league, and I think he’s got his team fighting so hard right now. They know they need a win against us if they want to have a shot at the playoffs, and we have our backs against the wall ourselves. Basically you’ve got two teams trying to find themselves.”

OS Chavis McCollister reported to camp overweight and was inactive for the first two regular season games. After losing weight and upgrading his attitude, he got his chance to play against Bossier City in week 3. In the past six games, McCollister has made a meal out of opposing defenders. Thus far, he has 59 catches for 921 yards (15.6 yards per catch) for 19 touchdowns. He is currently on pace to become only the 3rd player in af2 history to record a 2,000 yard receiving season. Current New Orleans VooDoo receiver Carl Bond had 2,086 yards in 2000 for Tallahassee and Anthony Bright of Jacksonville had 2035 yards receiving in 2001.

The Amarillo Dusters are developing a huge fan base nationwide, as the number of listeners for the game broadcast over the website has doubled since the season opener. “We have lots of players’ families listening in across the country, and we’ve received dozens of e-mails from fans nationwide who are just interested in the Dusters and curious about us as an expansion team, “ said Dusters play by play broadcaster Donny Hooper. “We have a unique broadcast for this level of football, in that we have a 15-year veteran football official as our sideline reporter (Ray Boring). He offers tremendous insight as to what is actually happening on the field. Tyler Hooper runs the parabolic field mic, so much like an NFL radio broadcast, our listeners can actually hear the quarterback bark the snap count, and try to draw the opponent offsides. Warren McCarty brings so much knowledge of the arena game to the broadcast, and helps the listener ‘see’ the routes and visualize the play itself. And mixed in with all of that, we have a great time and cut-up as much as we can. We have so much fun, and I think it makes our broadcast fun to listen to.” The broadcast can be heard locally on 1440 AM The Score, Amarillo’s ESPN Radio affiliate. Fans can also tune in via the Dusters website at

Thus far, teams have failed to stop Chavis McCollister. He is currently on pace (153.5 yards per game) to reach 2,000 yards receiving in the regular season, despite not playing in the first two games of the year. The South Georgia Wildcats are currently ranked 10th in scoring defense, and have played very well of late. Former Oklahoma Sooners standout Antwone Savage hopes to return to Texas and do damage for the Wildcats, and find a way to contain McCollister.

The Dusters suffered no significant injuries in Saturday night’s loss against the Florida Firecats. Lawrence Hardman suffered a severe foot sprain in practice on Wednesday, and was placed on Long-Term IR.

WR/DB Lawrence Hardman foot Long-Term IR (out for min. 4 weeks)
OL/DL Sione Ohuafi Knee Long-Term IR (week to week)
FB/LB Gil Hernandez Knee Long-Term IR (out for season, ACL tear)
WR/LB Anton Paige Knee Long-Term IR (out for season, ACL tear)
FB/LB Ray Gates Knee Long-Term IR (out for season, PCL tear
FB/LB Jesse Hunnicutt Hand Long-Term IR (out for 4 weeks, broken hand)

Placed on Long-Term IR WR/DB Lawrence Hardman 6’0 190 Abilene Christian
Placed on Recallable Reassignment WR/DB Marcus Owens 6’1 185 Minnesota-Mankato
Placed on Re-assignment OL/DL Dannie Snyder 6’2 290 Mississippi State
Placed on Re-assignment OL/DL Barrett Allen 6’4 275 Abilene Christian

Assigned FB/LB Devin Lemons 6’3 235 Texas Tech
Assigned FB/LB Dewayne Miles 6’0 260 West Texas A&M

Activated from Short-Term IR WR/LB Anthony Dingle 5’11 190 Stephen F. Austin

Activated from Practice Squad OL/DL Brett Jones 6’2 280 Missouri Western
Activated from Practice Squad FB/LB Tony Dancy 6’1 250 Ferrum
Activated from International Squad OL/DL Nala Saluni 6’2 290 West Texas A&M
Placed on Re-assignment OL/DL Mike Thomas 6’2 310 Utah

Remains on Long-Term IR OL/DL Sione Ohuafi 6’3 300 Indiana
Placed on Long-Term IR FB/LB Ray Gates 6’2 270 Tarleton State
Placed on Long-Term IR FB/LB Jesse Hunnicutt 6’3 250 Texas A&M

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