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February 28, 2006 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) - Arizona Rattlers News Release

QUICK FACTS:
Game: Nashville Kats at Arizona Rattlers
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2006
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. (Mountain)
Site: Phoenix, Ariz.
Arena: US Airways Center (16,321)
Television: None
Radio: ESPN Radio 860 AM (Kent Derdivanis, Dale Hellestrae, Craig Grialou)
Series Record: Arizona leads 3-2 (1-0 in playoffs)
Last Meeting: Arizona 48, Nashville 35 - March 26, 2005 at Gaylord Entertainment Center
Officials: Dennis Lipski (R), Rick Nelson (U), Kavin McGrath (HL), Darrel Leftwich (LJ), Rich Wilborn (BJ)
Head Coaches: Arizona - Gene Nudo (first season, 1-4) Nashville - Pat Sperduto (fifth season, 42-28-1)

2006 RATTLERS: The Rattlers, who won their first game after starting the season with three straight losses, could not keep the win streak going, as they dropped to 0-2 on the road after a loss at Columbus. Despite the loss, Arizona is in a four-team tie for second place in the West, as every other team in the division except Utah (2-3) sits at 1-4. This week the Rattlers return home to take on one of the league's hottest teams in Nashville, who has won four of their first five. New Rattler Head Coach Gene Nudo, who is on the sidelines this season for the first time since 1995 when he was an assistant, looks for his second victory of the season with a team that has brought back 12 returnees. QB Sherdrick Bonner has stayed healthy since returning from a shoulder injury, throwing for 862 yards and 13 touchdowns in his last three games. He needs just 22 touchdown passes to become the third player in AFL history to throw for 700. Another veteran, WR/LB Randy Gatewood, has recorded touchdown receptions in three of the first four games and continues to contribute defensively. The team has also brought back FB/LB Bo Kelly, who leads the team with four rushing TD's. New faces include OS Damien Groce, who is the team's leading receiver with 28 catches for 450 yards and eight touchdowns. Other key additions include WR/LB Cosmo DeMatteo, who has caught 16 passes in the last three games, and WR/DB Curtis Fagan, who debuted last week. Eight of the returnees are linemen, including Wendall Gaines, Kelvin Ingram, and Mark Tucker. Defensively, the team relies on veteran DS Clarence Lawson, who leads the team in tackles with 29 and veteran Joe Todd, who has recorded one interception.
THE SERIES: This will be the sixth regular season meeting between the two clubs and seventh overall. The most recent contest was a 48-35 Arizona win in Nashville last season. The last time the Kats visited Arizona, they were victorious, breaking a two-game losing streak at the Snake Pit, 66-46, on May 5, 2000. The Rattlers beat the Kats twice during the 1999 season. The first victory was a 65-64 road win on June 25 and the second was a 34-30 home playoff victory on August 7. The Rattlers lost the first game of the series, 56-49 in Nashville.

ARIZONA RATTLERS (1-4)
Date Opponent Time(M) TV
Jan. 29 @ Los Angeles Loss 40-31
Feb. 3 Austin Loss 53-34
Feb. 12 San Jose Loss 55-50
Feb. 18 Utah Win 45-38
Feb. 24 @ Columbus Loss 42-26
Mar. 6 Nashville 7:00 None
Mar. 10 Orlando 7:00 None
Mar. 17 @ Las Vegas 8:30 FSAZ
Mar. 24 Los Angeles 7:00 FSAZ
April 2 @ San Jose 3:00 NBC
April 7 @ Utah 7:00 FSAZ(delay)
April 15 Chicago 7:00 OLN
April 23 @ G. Rapids 11:00a None
April 29 @ Dallas 5:00 None
May 6 Las Vegas 7:00 None
May 12 @ Colorado 6:00 FSAZ(delay)

NASHVILLE KATS (4-1)
Date Opponent Time(M) TV
Jan. 28 @ New York Win 57-28
Feb. 3 Columbus Win 53-27
Feb. 12 @ Chicago Loss 55-56
Feb. 18 Colorado Loss 45-24
Feb. 25 Grand Rapids Win 47-31
Mar. 4 @ Arizona 9:00 None
Mar. 10 @ Utah 9:00 None
Mar. 17 Chicago 8:00 FSN
Mar. 25 San Jose 8:00 FSN, WB
Apr. 1 @ Colorado 9:00 FSN
Apr. 9 @ Las Vegas 3:00 FSN
Apr. 14 Philadelphia 8:00 INHD
Apr. 21 Kansas City 8:00 WB
Apr. 29 @ Grand Rapids 8:00 None
May 6 @ Los Angeles 10:30 None
May 13 Tampa Bay 8:00 None


RATTLER HEAD COACH: Gene Nudo enters his first season as head coach to become the third head coach in franchise history. Nudo joined the Rattlers coaching staff in 1995 as an assistant head coach before becoming a part of the team's front office in 1996. A true pioneer in the AFL, Nudo coached the first-ever Arena Football games in Rockford, Ill. (1986) as well as its "Showcase Game" in Rosemont, Ill. (1987). He would later serve as the Director of Player Personnel and assistant coach for the Chicago Bruisers (1987-88), helping guide them to a berth in ArenaBowl II.

THIS WEEK'S QUOTES:

Rattler head coach Gene Nudo on last week's loss to Columbus: "I felt that our offense and defense played consistent, but we were not successful at putting points up on the board. We had too many penalties and too many drops. Not scoring on the first possession set the tone. We need to do a better job of setting the tone early and overcome mistakes during the game."

Nudo on Nashville: "They have an excellent defense. They pass rush well while forcing sacks and interceptions. We are going to have to contain the pressure they have been known to put on quarterbacks. As far as their quarterback is concerned, he is a guy that has a great arm and has done a good job in the offense. Overall they have a good mix of receivers that have all been contributing. They are a very balanced team."

Nudo the rest of the West: "Most of the teams in our division are really struggling. All we can do is focus on our games. We have a real tough opponent coming in here in Nashville. The only way we are going to win is if we move the ball and start to put points on the board. We can't be worried about anyone else but making ourselves better. If we do that, good things will come."

ARIZONA RATTLERS
2005 Results (7-9)
Date Opponent Result Score
Jan. 28 @ G. Rapids Win 58-38
Feb. 3 Orlando Loss 51-40
Feb.12 @ Georgia Loss 61-47
Feb. 19 Colorado Loss 69-74
Feb. 27 @ New York Loss 61-37
Mar. 6 Los Angeles Loss 33-29
Mar. 13 @ Tampa Bay Loss 59-56
Mar. 19 Las Vegas Loss 66-63
Mar. 26 @ Nashville Win 48-35
April 3 @ San Jose Loss 48-27
April 8 Columbus Win 70-53
April 22 Austin Win 52-26
April 30 @ Los Angeles Loss 59-56
May 6 Chicago Win 61-43
May 14 San Jose Win 54-44
May 22 @ Las Vegas Win 49-42

NEXT GAME: The Rattlers stay home for the second consecutive week when the Orlando Predators make a trip to US Airways Center on March 10. It will be a matchup of two of the AFL's most storied franchises. The game is set to kick off at 7:00 p.m. (MST) and can be heard on ESPN Radio 860 AM.

THE "IF" SECTION
If the Rattlers defeat Nashville it would:
- be their fifth win against Nashville in their last six meetings
- be their eighth win in their last 13 games
- give them a 2-0 record on Saturday
- give them their second-consecutive home win
- keep them within one game of the division lead

Rattlers Coaching HistorySeason - Head Coach Record
1992-2004 Danny White 122-57 (playoffs 20-10)
2005 Todd Shell 7-9
2006 Gene Nudo 1-4

DIVISION ADDITION: The league's Western division took new shape this year with the addition of the expansion Utah Blaze. The Blaze are coached by former Rattler head coach Danny White, who is the team's head coach, while former Rattler WR/LB Hunkie Cooper is an assistant.

SLOW STARTERS: The Rattlers have hardly been known for breaking out of the gates quickly in recent years. In their last four seasons, Arizona has a combined 9-20 record during the first half of the season. Despite the slow starts, the Rattlers were still able to make championship runs in 2003 and 2004.

Record to start seasonYear - season result First 8 (final overall record)
2003 lost ArenaBowl XVII 4-4 (13-7)
2004 lost ArenaBowl XVIII 3-5 (13-6)
2005 did not qualify for playoffs 1-7 (7-9)
2006 ??? 1-4

25 PERCENT OF THE TOP 20: The league's historical committee announced the top 20 players in AFL history on January 18, 2006. A total of five players with Rattler ties made the list, including current Rattler QB Sherdrick Bonner and WR/DB Randy Gatewood. Former Rattlers included WR/LB Hunkie Cooper, QB Aaron Garcia, and FB/LB Bob McMillen.

Top 20 Players of All-time
1. Eddie Brown - Albany, Indiana
2. Barry Wagner - Orlando, San Jose
3. George LaFrance - Detroit, Tampa Bay, New Jersey
4. Jay Gruden - Tampa Bay, Orlando
5. Hunkie Cooper - Arizona
6. James Baron - Chicago, Nashville
7. Sylvester Bembery - New England, Albany, Tampa
8. Sherdrick Bonner - Arizona
9. Stevie Thomas - Tampa Bay, Orlando, New Jersey
10. Dwayne Dixon - Washington, Detroit
11. Aaron Garcia - Arizona, Iowa, New York
12. Kurt Warner - Iowa
13 Sam Hernandez - Las Vegas, Anaheim, San Jose
14. Cory Fleming - Carolina, Orlando, Nashville
14. Greg Hopkins - Albany, Indiana, Los Angeles
16. Alvin Rettig - Detroit
17. Randy Gatewood - Arizona
17. Gary Mullen - Denver, Detroit, Cincinnati
19. John Corker - Detroit, Miami
20. Bob McMillen - Arizona, Chicago

13 = 8 = GREAT: Arizona quarterback Sherdrick Bonner is one of the league's best all-time field generals, as he was honored as eighth-greatest on the league's top 20 of all-time. In addition to owning every Rattler passing record, he is steadily working his way up the league charts. Currently, Bonner ranks in the top four in four different all-time passing stats with 33,929 passing yards (No. 3 on the AFL career chart), 678 touchdowns (No. 3), 4,394 pass attempts (No. 3), and 2,717 completions (No. 4). Bonner has also won more games than any other quarterback in AFL history with 95 regular season victories and 17 playoff wins.

Career Passing Yards
1. Andy Kelly - Kansas City Brigade 38,052
2. Aaron Garcia - New York Dragons 36,101
3. Sherdrick Bonner - Arizona Ratters 33,929

Career Touchdowns
1. Aaron Garcia - New York Dragons 757
2. Andy Kelly - Kansas City Brigade 733
3. Sherdrick Bonner - Arizona Ratters 678

Career Attempts
1. Andy Kelly - Kansas City Brigade 5,580
2. Aaron Garcia - New York Dragons 4,472
3. Sherdrick Bonner - Arizona Ratters 4,394

Career Completions
1. Andy Kelly - Kansas City Brigade 3,480
2. Clint Dolezel - Dallas Desperados 2,891
3. Aaron Garcia - New York Dragons 2,785
4. Sherdrick Bonner - Arizona Ratters 2,717

SCORING MACHINE: WR/DB Randy Gatewood scored a touchdown in 13 of his 16 games last season. He has scored touchdowns in four of five games this season and has a total of 173 touchdowns in his career as a Rattler.

PLAYERS TO WATCH THIS WEEK:

Nashville QB Clint Stoerner: Stoerner, who is in his second AFL season and first with the Kats, will enter the contest against Arizona coming off a performance where he only completed 12 passes (four touchdowns) and two interceptions. Despite the unusually low numbers, the Kats defense helped him lead the team to a home victory over Grand Rapids. The second-year star, who ranks in the league's top ten in quarterback rating, will have a chance to bounce back from last week's tough outing. If he is able to get back on track, it could be a long night for the banged up Rattler defense.

Arizona WR/DB Curtis Fagan: Fagan played in his second game as a Rattler last week, while recording three receptions for 39 yards. With opposing defenses keying on Arizona's top receiver Damien Groce and experienced veteran Randy Gatewood, Fagan could become the option that helps a Rattler offense that is averaging just 37 points per game. Fagan will also have a chance to show his abilities on defense more often, as the Rattlers are without WR/DB Jeremiah Pope and WR/LB Wilson Thomas, who are both on injured reserve. With seven of the last eight touchdown passes going to Damien Groce, Fagan could become the offensive sleeper the Rattlers need.
LAST GAME:
RATTLERS DOWNED BY DESTROYERS, 42-26

Columbus, Ohio (Feb. 24, 2006) - Despite three touchdowns, offensive specialist Damien Groce's return to Columbus wasn't the type of return he hoped for, as the Arizona Rattlers (1-4) scored only six points in the second half in a 42-26 loss to the Columbus Destroyers (2-3) in front of 12,097 at Nationwide Arena.

Groce, who led the team with five catches for 84 yards, was signed by the Rattlers in Week 2 after spending last season in Columbus.

The Rattlers put themselves in a hole early, turning it over on downs on each of their first two possessions while Columbus scored touchdowns on their first two offensive series to jump ahead, 14-0.

Arizona's opening drive ended when lineman Wendall Gaines could not pull down a potential touchdown pass from Sherdrick Bonner in the endzone on a fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line.

"We couldn't make plays. We couldn't catch balls," said Rattler head coach Gene Nudo. "We made some real bonehead mistakes down the stretch."

Bonner finished 15-of-37 for 206 yards and three touchdowns - all to Groce, who earned "Offensive Player of the Game" honors.

"We couldn't get it together tonight," said Groce. "We are going to have to stay together and turn things around."

The Rattlers' first score came on the ground when fullback/linebacker Bo Kelly ran in a score from 16 yards out. The touchdown marked his longest rush of the season.

After Arizona recorded their first stop, Bonner found Groce on a one-play strike from 28 yards to bring the Rattlers within one, 14-13. The Rattlers were unable to tie the game when Gary Kral's extra point attempt sailed right.

The two teams traded touchdowns before the end of the half, as Bonner found Groce again on a 20-yard strike to cut the deficit to one, 21-20, with under a minute left in the first half.

On the next Columbus possession, defensive specialist Clarence Lawson recovered a Carl Bond fumble, but the Rattlers were unable to capitalize on the turnover, as Kral's 25-yard attempt went wide left as the half expired.

The Destroyers scored touchdowns on three-straight possessions to start the second half, while Arizona scored just one fourth-quarter touchdown.

The third quarter opened with a Columbus scoring drive, capped by quarterback John Kaleo's three-yard touchdown run, to put the Destroyers up 28-20.

The Rattlers seemed to dodge a bullet on their next possession when a Bonner interception was negated by a roughing the passer penalty, but Columbus' defensive specialist Gerald Brown made up for the missed opportunity when he intercepted a pass intended for Groce in the endzone.

Two plays later, Kaleo found wide receiver/defensive back Carl Bond for a 27-yard touchdown pass to give the Destroyers a 35-20 lead heading into the final quarter.

Arizona finally ended their second-half scoring drought when Bonner found Groce for his third score of the game on a fourth-and-goal with 9:41 to go in the contest. Kral's extra point attempt was blocked to keep the deficit at 35-26.

Kaleo added his second rushing touchdown of the game with 6:30 to go in the game to make it 42-26 and help the Destroyers break their three-game losing streak.

Columbus recorded another turnover when Brown, who was named "Defensive Player of the Game", intercepted Bonner for a second time with under a minute left.

"Today was a big step backwards," Nudo said. "We need to just regroup and get ready for Nashville."

ARIZONA (1-4) 0 20 0 6 -- 26
COLUMBUS (2-3) 7 14 14 7 -- 42

QUEST FOR THE 700 CLUB: Rattler quarterback Sherdrick Bonner needs just 22 touchdowns to become the third player in AFL history to throw for 700. New York Dragon QB Aaron Garcia and Kansas City Brigade QB Andy Kelly are the only other players to accomplish such a feat.

GETTING PASS DEFENSIVE: The Rattlers rank second in the league in pass defense, allowing just 1103 yards in five games (220 yard/per game average).

Passing Defense Avg. Yds per game
1. Kansas City Brigade 1084 216.8
2. Arizona Rattlers 1103 220.6
3. Nashville Kats 1116 223.2
4. Los Angeles Avengers 1166 233.2

ARIZONA CONNECTIONS: The Rattlers have three players with local connections: OL/DL Vince Amey (Arizona State alum), and QB Dennis Gile (prepped at Cortez High in Phoenix). Two Rattlers - OL/DL Wendall Gaines and OL/DL Mark Tucker - played for the Arizona Cardinals.

NFL RATTLERS: Twelve Rattlers have spent time on NFL rosters - OL/DL Vince Amey (1998 Oakland), OL/DL Sebastian Barrie (1992 Green Bay, 1994 San Francisco and Arizona), QB Sherdrick Bonner (1998 Atlanta), DS Wendell Davis (1996-99 Dallas, 1999 Washington), WR/DB Curtis Fagan (2005 Tampa Bay), OL/DL Wendall Gaines (1993-96 Arizona, 1997 Kansas City, 1998-99 Philadelphia), WR/DB Randy Gatewood (1995 Miami), OL/DL Kelvin Ingram (1995-96 New Orleans, 1996-97 Seattle), WR/DB Jeremiah Pope (2004 Philadelphia), WR/DB Wilson Thomas (2003 Kansas City, 2004), OL/DL Mark Tucker (1991 Atlanta, 1992 Indianapolis, 1993-94 Arizona, 1995 Jacksonville), and WR/DB Talib Wise (2005 Chicago). Three Ratters -- Amey (7th round), Davis (6th round), and Tucker (7th round) -- were NFL Draft picks. Davis is the most experienced, having played in 34 NFL games.

RECENT ROSTER MOVES:
Date Action Player
2/27 Released OL/DL Ethan Banning
Activated from IR OL/DL Ethan Banning
2/23 Signed from Practice Squad WR/DB Darrell Jones
Activated from IR OL/DL Asi Faoa
Placed on IR WR/DB Jeremiah PopeFB/LB Steve Warren
2/17 Re-signed QB Sherdrick BonnerWR/LB Randy GatewoodOL/DL Mark Tucker
Activated from IR WR/DB Curtis FaganOL/DL Kelvin Ingram
Placed on IR OL/DL Ethan BanningWR/LB Wilson Thomas
Signed to practice squad QB Dennis Gile
2/16 Signed to practice squad OL/DL Ricky Gaspar
2/11 Activated from IR OL/DL Anthony HutchOL/DL Steve Warren
2/10 Re-signed OL/DL Anthony Hutch
2/8 Waived OL/DL Ricky GasparQB Dennis GileOL/DL Trevor Misipeka
2/2 Signed OL/DL Ricky GasparQB Dennis GileOL/DL Zach Rupp
2/1 Signed OS Damien Groce
Placed on IR OL/DL Kelvin IngramFB/LB Frank Trentadue
1/31 Released OS Shannon Culver
1/26 Placed on practice squad OL/DL Ricky GasparQB Dennis GileOS Darrell JonesOL/DL Zach Rupp
1/21 Placed on IR OL/DL Sebastian BarrieDS Wendell DavisWR/LB Curtis FaganFB/LB Asi FaoaOL/DL Anthony HutchOL/DL Steve MascorroFB/LB Steve Warren

THE RATTLERS ARE ...
- 1-2 at US Airways Center
- 0-2 on the road
- 0-0 when they score more than 50 points
- 0-0 when they score 60 or more points
- 1-4 when they allow less than 60 points
- 1-2 when they allow less than 50 points
- 1-0 when they allow less than 40 points
- 0-2 when they score first
- 0-0 when they commit fewer turnovers
- 0-3 when they commit more turnovers
- 1-1 when a player scores three or more touchdowns
- 0-1 when they score two or more TDs on the ground
- 1-1 when Sherdrick Bonner throws five or more TDs
- 1-1 when Damien Groce scores two or more TDs
- 1-0 when Damien Groce catches seven or more passes
- 0-1 when Bo Kelly scores two or more TDs
- 0-3 when they commit fewer penalties
- 1-1 when they record at least one sack
- 1-2 when they go scoreless for at least one quarter
- 0-0 when they pitch a shutout in a quarter
- 1-0 when the game is decided by 7 or fewer points
- 1-1 when leading at halftime
- 0-3 when trailing at halftime

LAST MEETING WITH NASHVILLE
RATTLERS BEAT KATS, 48-35

Nashville, Tenn. (March, 26 2005) -- The Arizona Rattlers finally ended their franchise worst seven-game losing streak by drubbing the Nashville Kats 48-35. The Rattlers brought back wide receiver/defensive back Orshawante Bryant from the injured reserve list as he sparked the offense with two touchdown receptions.

Both teams started off on the wrong foot as Rattler quarterback Joe Germaine, subbing for the injured Sherdrick Bonner, fumbled at the Nashville eight-yard line after a six and a half minute drive. The Arizona defense held the Kats and forced a 36-yard field goal attempt by Kat kicker Gary Kral. Kral missed the attempt while the Rattlers drove to pay dirt on the ensuing drive when Bryant caught a 4-yard scoring pass from Germaine to go up 7-0 and give the Rattlers the only points of the first quarter.

The Kats answered and tied it up at seven when quarterback Leon Murray hit offensive specialist Travis McGriff with a 34-yard touchdown pass. The teams traded touchdowns for the rest of the quarter. Wide receiver/defensive back Randy Gatewood and offensive specialist Siaha Burley each pulled in scoring passes before Bryant pulled in another 4-yard scoring toss with just two seconds left in the half to give The Rattlers a 28-21 lead at the break.

Nashville tied it up to start the second half when fullback/linebacker Levelle Brown scored from a yard out. Germaine's second fumble on the Rattler's next possession put the Kats out front for the first time, 35-28.

The Rattlers tied it at 35 when Germaine found Gatewood from 10 yards out while the Arizona defense held Nashville on fourth down after defensive specialist Terrance Joseph broke up a pass to McGriff.
Arizona retook the lead for good when fullback/linebacker Phil Glover ran for a four-yard touchdown. Kral missed a long field goal on Nashville's next drive and the Rattlers subsequently clinched the game when Germaine hit Burley for a six-yard score.

Joseph ended the Kats' chances of a comeback with an interception and Arizona ran out the clock which helped him earn "Defensive Player of the Game" honors with the pick, six tackles, and two pass breakups.

Germaine was solid in place of Bonner, finishing 27-of-37 for 314 yards and six touchdown passes to earn "Offensive Player of the Game" honors.

Burley led the Rattlers with 107 yards on 11 catches, Bryant caught five passes for 65 yards, and Gatewood pulled in four balls for 72 yards. All three caught two touchdown passes each. Gatewood was named the "Ironman of the Game."

For Nashville, Murray finished the game 17-of-34 for 217 yards and three touchdown passes and an interception. McGriff pulled in five passes for 78 yards and scored a touchdown. Wide receiver/defensive back Lindsay Fleshman added five receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown.

ARIZONA (2-7) 7 21 7 13 -- 48
NASHVILLE (1-7) 0 21 14 0 -- 35



ARENA FOOTBALL LEAGUE STANDINGS:

AMERICAN CONFERENCE
Western Division
W L Pct. Pts. OP
Utah 2 3 .400 288 286
Arizona 1 4 .200 186 231
Las Vegas 1 4 .200 234 286
Los Angeles 1 4 .200 226 277
San Jose 1 4 .200 241 269

Central Division
W L Pct. Pts. OP
Colorado 4 1 .800 275 266
Nashville 4 1 .800 270 178
Chicago 3 2 .600 278 265
Grand Rapids 2 3 .400 236 244

NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Eastern Division
W L Pct. Pts. OP
Dallas 4 1 .800 270 239
Philadelphia 3 2 .600 245 221
New York 3 2 .600 277 295
Columbus 2 3 .400 184 206

Southern Division
W L Pct. Pts. OP
Austin 4 1 .800 258 220
Orlando 3 2 .600 228 241
Georgia 3 2 .600 272 206
Tampa Bay 3 2 .600 268 270
Kansas City 1 4 .200 182 218

THIS WEEK IN THE AFL (all times EST):

Friday, March 3
Columbus at New York 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 4
Austin at Georgia 12:00 p.m.
Nashville at Arizona 9:00 p.m.
San Jose at Utah 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 5
Dallas at Chicago 12:00 p.m.
Los Angeles at Orlando 12:00 p.m.
Grand Rapids at Colorado 3:00 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Kansas City 4:00 p.m.
Philadelphia at Las Vegas 7:00 p.m.

LAST WEEKS RESULTS

Friday, February 24
Arizona 26, Columbus 42
Kansas City 19, Georgia 51

Saturday, February 25
Austin 48, Tampa Bay 58
Grand Rapids 31, Nashville 37
Las Vegas 48, Dallas 55
Utah 68, Los Angeles 66

Sunday, February 26
San Jose 48, Chicago 54 (OT)
Orlando 35, New York 55
Colorado 48, Philadelphia 38

INDIVIDUAL GAME-BY-GAME AWARDS

"OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME": Voted on by the media, the award goes to the player who was the most valuable to his team's offensive success in the game, win or lose.

W Opp. Offensive Player of the Game
1 @ Los Angeles K Remy Hamilton (L.A.)4-for-4 on FG's, 3-of-3 on XP's, 15 pts
2 Austin QB John Fitzgerald (AUS)16-of-29, 122 yds, 2TD's, 1 rush TD
3 San Jose WR/LB Calvin Schexnayder (S.J.)9 catches, 147 yards, 2TD's
4 Utah OS Damien Groce (ARI)11 catches, 194 yards, 4TD's
5 @ Columbus OS Damien Groce (ARI)5 catches, 84 yards, 3TD's

"U.S. ARMY IRONMAN OF THE GAME": Voted on by the media, the award goes to the two-way player who best demonstrated the ideals of the AFL's style of ironman football

W Opp. Ironman of the Game
1 @ Los Angeles WR/DB Kevin Ingram (L.A.)7 catches, 126 yards, 1TD, 1 INT
2 Austin FB/LB Dane Krager (AUS)9 rushes, 22 yds, 3TD's, 2 tackles
3 San Jose WR/DB Charles Pauly (S.J.)3 catches, 78 yds, 1TD, 1INT
4 Utah WR/DB Randy Gatewood (ARI)3 catches, 32 yds, 1TD, 3 tckls, 1PB
5 @ Columbus FB/LB Leroy Thompson (CBS)10 carries, 28 yds, 1TD, 1tackle, 1PB

"ADT DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME": Voted on by the media, the award goes to the player who was the
most valuable to his team's defensive success in the game, win or lose.
W Opp. Defensive Player of the Game
1 @ Los Angeles WR/DB Kevin Ingram (L.A.)2 tackles, 1 interception
2 Austin DS Damon Mason (AUS)4 tackles, 3 pass breakups, 3 INT's
3 San Jose DS Clevan Thomas (S.J.)9 tackles, 1 forced fum., 1 breakup
4 Utah DS Joe Todd (ARI)7 tackles, 5 pass breakups, 1 INT
5 @ Columbus DS Jerald Brown (CBS)1 tackle, 2 INT's, 1 pass breakup

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