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July 20, 2006 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Amarillo Venom News Release

Bossier Battlewings (2-12) vs. Amarillo Dusters (4-10)
Date: Saturday, July 22nd, 2006
Kickoff: 7:05 pm CST
Site: Amarillo National Bank Field
Referee: Tony Maranto
Umpire: Chad Bowers
Head Linesman: Gary Calip
Line Judge: Eugene Hall
Back Judge: Scott Gasaway

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: 4th Meeting, Dusters lead series 3-0
Streaks: Dusters L7, Battlewings L4
Coaches: John Fourcade, Bossier Battlewings
Steve Perdue, Amarillo Dusters

THE STAKES: The Dusters have not won a game since losing QB Steve Panella to injury (7 straight losses). Amarillo has won all three previous meetings between these two teams. Bossier has lost four consecutive games, and looks to gain their third win of the season and their first-ever victory against the Dusters.

"We've got one last shot at home to give our fans something positive to cling to as we go into the off-season. It's so frustrating to see how many great opportunities we've had early in games over the last 6 weeks...just get squandered. When we were rolling, we were capitalizing on other team's mistakes. In this slump, we've not capitalized on the opponents' mistakes, and we've made it worse by making mistakes ourselves. This is it. Bossier wants a win just as bad as we do."


Dusters utility man Jarrod "J-Rod" Rouanzoin will be making his final appearance at home for the Dusters on Saturday night, as he prepares for retirement from pro football following the Tulsa game on July 29th. Rouanzoin has 29 tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, and 2 fumble recoveries on defense this season. Offensively, he has rushed for 47 yards, thrown for 238 yards and 7 td's, and has 277 receiving yards to go along with 5 td receptions.

Saturday night will be busy for Dusters fans. A sellout crowd is expected for the game, thanks in large-part to Valero Energy and First United Bank. At the end of business on Thursday, less than 300 tickets remained for the contest. Valero purchased over 700 tickets for their employees, and First United Bank purchased tickets for their employees and fans as well. Some free tickets are still available through each of the three branches of First United, located at 34th & Osage, downtown at 8th & Tyler, and at the Colonies branch at 8501 SW 45th. Free Rally Towels will be distributed to the first 1,000 fans through the doors, sponsored by Beef O' Brady's. Fans will also have a chance to win an autographed game ball for only $1.00 !

League President Jerry Kurz will be in attendance, along with potential ownership groups from two expansion cities in Texas. Kurz plans to meet with the new Dusters owner and potential investors in the team prior to the game. The two expansion delegates will be on hand to meet with Kurz, and to learn more about arena football and how it is played.

Ray Gates (6'2, 280) will be making his 2006 debut with the Dusters, as he lines up at Defensive Line Specialist this Saturday night against Bossier City. The former All-Lone Star Conference Defensive End from Tarleton State was a key contributor for the Dusters in 2005, playing TE/DE and FB/LB. Offensively, Gates had 3 carries for 26 yards, and had 4 receptions for 43 yards in the regular season. Defensively, he had 3.5 tackles and 1 sack during the regular season. He turned his game up another notch in the playoffs, helping lead the Dusters to an upset road playoff win against Oklahoma City.

Nick Codutti played center and noseguard for the Dusters earlier this season, prior to being released. Josh Richey was the team's starting Offensive Specialist in Week 1 and Week 2, prior to being released. Both players will be in the starting lineup for the Battlewings, as Codutti gets the nod at C/NG and Richey will line up at WR/LB.

Amarillo Scoring Offense #22 39.1 ppg
Bossier Scoring Offense #23 31.6 ppg

Amarillo Scoring Defense #19 53.3 ppg
Bossier Scoring Defense #20 54.4 ppg

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