Arizona Rattlers game notes
Game: Arizona Rattlers at Dallas Desperados
Date: Friday, April 28, 2006
Kickoff: 5:30 p.m. (Pacific)
Site: Dallas, Tex.
Arena: American Airlines Center (15,919)
Radio: ESPN Radio 860 AM - (Kent Derdivanis, Dale Hellestrae) - delayed until Saturday at 4:45 p.m.
Live Radio: www.azrattlers.com
Series Record: Series tied 2-2
Last Meeting: Arizona 71, Dallas 48 - April 18, 2004 at America West Arena
Officials: Bill McCabe (R), Jeff Carr (U), Kelly Saalfeld (HL), Gary Cavaletto (LJ), Jimmy Bucanan (BJ)
Head Coaches: Arizona - Gene Nudo (first season, 7-6) Dallas - Will McClay (third season, 25-19-1)
2006 RATTLERS: Despite starting the season with three losses in a row, Arizona has fought their way to the top of the Western division by winning seven of their last ten. Last week, they snapped a two-game win streak after a last-second loss in Grand Rapids. The defeat put Arizona (7-6) in a first-place tie with San Jose in the West. This week, the Rattlers look to clinch a playoff spot with a road win over the Dallas Deperados, who boast the league's best record at 11-2. Head Coach Gene Nudo, who is on the sidelines this season for the first time since 1995 when he was an assistant, has led a team mixed with youth and veterans. QB Sherdrick Bonner has stayed healthy since returning from a shoulder injury in Week 3, throwing for 3,146 yards and 69 TD's in his last 12 games. WR/LB Randy Gatewood, who is the team's top target, has caught TD's in 11 of 13 games, including 20 scores in his last four. The "Ironman of the Year" candidate also leads the team in interceptions (3) and tackles (53). Other key offensive weapons include WR/LB Cosmo DeMatteo, who has caught 48 passes in the last eight games, but missed last week with a shoulder injury, WR/DB Curtis Fagan, who has 17 receptions in the last three contests and OS Damien Groce, who has five TD's in his last two games. WR/LB Wison Thomas and WR/DB Corey Johnson have returned to the lineup in recent weeks. Defensively, the team has relied on veteran DS Clarence Lawson, who is second on the team in tackles with 33 and wait for star DS Joe Todd to return. Linemen Kelvin Ingram and Wendall Gaines account for seven of the team's nine and a half sacks.
THE SERIES: This will be the fifth meeting between the two clubs, as they have split the first four. Of the four contests, the road team has won three times. Arizona won the only meeting in Dallas, 53-30, on May 18, 2002, while the Desperados have won two of three in Arizona, including a 65-64 overtime victory on March 2, 2003. The Rattlers took the most recent battle, 71-48, at America West Arena on April 18, 2004. The teams were division rivals during Dallas' inaugural year in 2002, but joined the Eastern Division the following year.
ARIZONA RATTLERS (7-6)
Date Opponent Time(P) 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. 4 Nashville Win 51-49
Mar. 10 Orlando Win 60-57
Mar. 17 @ Las Vegas Win 47-33
Mar. 24 Los Angeles Win 58-45
April 2 @ San Jose Loss 61-49
April 7 @ Utah Win 64-52
April 15 Chicago Win 61-42
April 23 @ G. Rapids Loss 45-42
April 28 @ Dallas 5:30 None
May 5 Las Vegas 7:00 None
May 12 @ Colorado 6:00 FSAZ(delay)
DALLAS DESPERADOS (11-2)
Date Opponent Time(M) TV
Jan. 29 Kansas City Win 58-44
Feb. 4 @ Utah Win 56-53
Feb. 11 @ Columbus Win 52-38
Feb. 17 Austin Loss 56-49
Feb. 25 Las Vegas Win 55-48
Mar. 5 @ Chicago Win 59-42
Mar. 12 @ Tampa Bay Win 64-35
Mar. 19 @ Orlando Win 87-62
Mar. 25 Philadelphia Loss 55-51
Apr. 1 Columbus Win 51-30
Apr. 9 @ New York Win 46-28
Apr. 15 Grand Rapids Win 55-25
Apr. 22 @ Georgia Win 62-59
Apr. 28 Arizona 5:30 None
May 7 @ Philadelphia 1:00 OLN
May 13 New York 5:00 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 against Grand Rapids: "They made all of the plays that they had to at the end of the game. We put ourselves in a situation where the team with the ball last had control. You have to give credit to their guys for playing a hard-fought game. To come all the way on the road here is tough, but we still had opportunities to come away with this one. The sad thing is that we all have to sit on this one for the rest of the week."
Nudo on Dallas: "They have the league's best record for a reason. They have a veteran leader at quarterback that is having a career season. They also have some great receivers and a physical front line. We have to be ready to challenge them in every aspect of the game. They are a competitive and fast team. We cannot afford to come into this game flat."
Nudo on the chance of clinching a playoff berth with a win: "Last week we had a chance to get in the playoffs, but we let it get away. Hopefully, we can respond with a performance that can erase what happened last week. We can't worry about anyone else but ourselves. If we win, we are in. We control our own destiny. We have guys with a lot of character who just have to go out there and seize the opportunity."
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 will return to Arizona for their home finale on Friday, May 5th at US Airways Center against the Las Vegas Gladiators, in their last divisional game of the season. The contest is set to kick off at 7:00 p.m. (PST) and can be heard on ESPN 860 AM.
THE "IF" SECTION
If the Rattlers defeat Dallas it would:
- be their eighth victory in their last 11 games
- be their 14th win in their last 21 games
- give them a 2-0 all-time record in Dallas
- give them a 5-2 record on Friday
- give them a 3-4 road record for the season
- clinch them a spot in the playoffs
Rattlers Coaching HistorySeason - Head Coach Record
1992-2004 Danny White 122-57 (playoffs 20-10)
2005 Todd Shell 7-9
2006 Gene Nudo 7-6
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.
SECOND HALF SURGE: 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 12-20 record during the first half of the season, but the team boasts a 23-6 record during the second half of the season, making championship runs in 2003 and 2004.
Record Year- Seson Result 1st Half 2nd Half Final record
2003 lost ArenaBowl XVII 4-4 6-2 13-7
2004 lost ArenaBowl XVIII 3-5 8-0 13-6
2005 missed playoffs 1-7 6-2 7-9
2006 ???? 4-4 3-2 ???
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, San Jose, 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 36,233 passing yards (No. 3 on the AFL career chart), 729 touchdowns (No. 4), 4,684 pass attempts (No. 3), and 2,864 completions (No. 3). Bonner has also won more games than any other quarterback in AFL history with 101 regular season victories and 17 playoff wins.
Career Passing Yards
1. Andy Kelly - Utah Blaze 39,145
2. Clint Dolezel - Dallas Desperados 36,548
3. Sherdrick Bonner - Arizona Ratters 36,233
4. Aaron Garcia - New York Dragons 36,102
1. Aaron Garcia - New York Dragons 759
2. Andy Kelly - Utah Blaze 751
3. Clint Dolezel - Dallas Desperados 745
4. Sherdrick Bonner - Arizona Ratters 729
1. Andy Kelly - Utah Blaze 5,735
2. Clint Dolezel - Dallas Desperados 4,709
3. Sherdrick Bonner - Arizona Ratters 4,684
4. Aaron Garcia - New York Dragons 4,468
1. Andy Kelly - Utah Blaze 3,533
2. Clint Dolezel - Dallas Desperados 3,065
3. Sherdrick Bonner - Arizona Ratters 2,864
4. Aaron Garcia - New York Dragons 2,833
SCORING MACHINE: WR/DB Randy Gatewood scored a touchdown in 13 of his 16 games last season. He has scored touchdowns in 11 of 13 games this season and has a total of 196 touchdowns in his career as a Rattler.
PLAYERS TO WATCH THIS WEEK:
Dallas OL/DL Colston Weatherington: Weatherington recorded his sixth and a half sack of the season and forced a fumble during last week's win against Georgia. Those plays helped him earn "Defensive Player of the Game" honors. The three-year veteran is just a half of a sack behind Chicago's Khreem Smith and Orlando's Henry Taylor for the league's lead (7). If Weatherington is able to make more plays on Dallas' front line, which has been consistent, the Rattlers might have a tough time putting up the points they need to pull an upset.
Arizona WR/DB Corey Johnson: Johnson saw more snaps than he did all season last week against Grand Rapids. In just his second game of the season, the eight-year veteran recorded three tackles and caught a pass for seven yards. As opposing defenses keep their focus on Gatewood and Groce, Johnson could play a key role on the offensive side of the ball. He will also look to make an impact on defense, while attempting to add to his 40 career interceptions. If Arizona can get a balanced game out of Johnson, they could create the edge they need to register their third road victory of the season.
PLAYOFF HOPES PUT ON HOLD, RAMPAGE BEAT RATTLERS, 45-42
Grand Rapids, Mich. (April 23, 2005) - The Arizona Rattlers' playoff hopes were put off another week when Rampage kicker Peter Martinez nailed a 36-yard field goal as time expired to give Grand Rapids a 45-42 victory in front of 5,297 at Van Andel Arena.
The loss puts the Rattlers (7-6), who could have clinched a playoff spot with a win, in a first-place tie with San Jose in the Western Division, while the Grand Rapids victory is their fourth win of the season, all against Western Division teams at home.
"It seems like we traveled across the world to come over here and lay an egg," said Rattler head coach Gene Nudo. "They made the plays down the stretch and we didn't. It was a team loss today."
Grand Rapids' winning field goal was set up after a key fourth down conversion from their two-yard line with 36 seconds left in the game.
Quarterback Sherdrick Bonner was 22-of-35 for 261 yards and six touchdowns, while Rampage quarterback Chad Salisbury, who was named "Offensive Player of the Game" completed 22 of his 45 passes for 266 yards and five touchdowns.
Martinez, who hit field goals at the end of each half, made four of his five attempts.
Arizona scored on two of four possessions during the first half, while Grand Rapids put up points on four of their first five.
The Rampage struck first when Salisbury found wide receiver/defensive back Josh Bush for a 35-yard touchdown on fourth down.
After Rattler kicker Gary Kral missed a 26-yard field goal, Grand Rapids added a 16-yard field goal of their own to put them up 9-0 with 1:37 left in the first quarter.
Arizona cut their deficit when offensive/defensive lineman Wendall Gaines scampered into the endzone from 21 yards out to make it 9-7 with 13:42 remaining in the first half.
Grand Rapids answered with 10 straight points after Martinez nailed a 19-yard field goal after Bonner was intercepted by defensive specialist Johnny Harris to put Grand Rapids up 19-7 with 3:17 left in the second quarter.
On the ensuing drive, the Rattlers faced a fourth-and-12 at the Grand Rapids 14-yard line when wide receiver/defensive back Randy Gatewood made a juggling catch in the endzone to make it 19-14 with under a minute left in the half.
The Rampage added a field goal going into the break when Martinez hit a 25-yarder as time expired. The play was set up after Martinez missed a 43-yarder off of the post that was recovered by offensive/defensive lineman Jason Berger.
The Rattlers entered the fourth quarter trailing by one, 29-28, after Bonner threw his second touchdown to Gatewood to start the second half and found offensive specialist Damien Groce on their next series to give the Rattlers their first lead, 28-22. The second score was set up by a fumble recovery by wide receiver/defensive back Curtis Fagan.
Bush scored his second touchdown of the game with just over three minutes left in the third quarter to give the Rampage the lead back. They extended the lead to seven, 35-28, when Salisbury connected with Hines for a second time after the Rampage defense forced Arizona to turn it over on downs. Grand Rapids had a chance to increase their lead to eight, but Martinez's extra point attempt was blocked by offensive/defensive lineman Asi Faoa.
Arizona had a chance to tie the game at 35 with 5:36 left in the contest after an acrobatic touchdown by wide receiver/defensive back Wilson Thomas, but Kral's extra point attempt went wide left to keep the score at 35-34.
The teams traded touchdowns on the next two drives, while the Rattlers converted a successful two-point conversion from Bonner to Gatewood to tie it at 42 after Groce scored his second touchdown of the game with just under three minutes left.
On the ensuing Rampage possession, Salisbury kept the drive alive with a 19-yard completion to Hines on fourth-and-10 at their two-yard line. The catch would help set up the winning kick.
"They made a couple of more plays then we did," said Bonner. "We came out flat and it really hurt us."
ARIZONA (7-6) 0 14 14 14 -- 42
GRAND RAPIDS (4-9) 9 13 7 16 -- 45
QUEST FOR 100: Rattler quarterback Sherdrick Bonner became the first QB in AFL history to win 100 games when he led the Rattlers to a 64-52 victory over the Utah Blaze on April 7, 2006.
GETTING PASS DEFENSIVE: The Rattlers rank third in the league in pass defense, allowing just 3285 passing yards and holding opposing quarterbacks to a 97.7 passer rating.
Passing Defense Opp. Yds pass rat.
1. Dallas Desperados 3594 95.3
2. Columbus Destroyers 3309 96.5
3. Arizona Rattlers 3285 97.7
4. Philadelphia Soul 3544 101.2
SNAKES STACK STOPS: Arizona has been one of the league's stingiest teams when it comes to giving up touchdowns. Opponents have found the endzone on just 54.25 percent of their possessions.
Defense Touchdown %Rank Team Opp Poss. TD's TD %
1. Columbus Destroyers 156 76 48.72
2. Dallas Desperados 151 77 50.99
3. Orlando Predators 152 78 51.32
4. Philadelphia Soul 156 82 52.56
5. Arizona Rattleers 153 83 54.25
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 Green Bay Packers), 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.
ARIZONA CONNECTIONS: The Rattlers have four players with local connections: OL/DL Vince Amey (Arizona State alum) and WR/DB Johnny Marshall (Northern Arizona and Brophy High School alum). Two Rattlers - OL/DL Wendall Gaines and OL/DL Mark Tucker - played for the Arizona Cardinals.
CATCH RATTLE AND ROLL: The Rattlers lead the league in yards per catch, averaging over 13 yards per reception.
Passing Yards per catchRank Team Comp Yards Avg.
1. Arizona Rattlers 262 3490 13.3
2. Dallas Desperados 305 3831 12.6
3. Nashville Kats 244 2979 12.2
4. Orlando Predators 269 3265 12.1
RECENT ROSTER MOVES:
Date Action Player
4/14 Activated from IR WR/DB Corey Johnson
Signed from practice sqad WR/DB Johnny Marshall
Placed on IR WR/DB Jeremiah Pope
4/13 Waived DS Art Smith
4/6 Activated from IR DS Clarence Lawson
Placed on IR DS Joe Todd
4/5 Signed FB/LB Joey Dozier
Placed on IR FB/LB Frank Trentadue
Signed to practice squad OL/DL Jeff Ruffin
4/4 Waived OL/DL Ricky Gaspar
4/1 Activated from IR OS Damien GroceWR/DB Jeremiah PopeWR/DB Wilson Thomas
Placed on IR OL/DL Anthony HutchOS Darrell JonesWR/DB Talib Wise
3/23 Activated from IR OL/DL Wendall Gaines
Signed to practice squad QB Dennis Gile
3/22 Waived QB Dennis Gile
3/16 Signed from practice squad DS Art Smith
Signed to practice squad WR/DB Johnny Marshall
Placed on IR OS Damien Groce
3/14 Signed from practice squad QB Dennis Gile
3/9 Signed from practice squad DS Erin Damond
Signed to practice squad OL/DL Tim CroffWR/DB Arthur Smith
Placed on IR DS Wendell Davis
THE RATTLERS ARE ...
- 5-2 at US Airways Center
- 2-4 on the road
- 5-0 when they score more than 50 points
- 3-0 when they score 60 or more points
- 7-5 when they allow less than 60 points
- 5-3 when they allow less than 50 points
- 2-0 when they allow less than 40 points
- 4-2 when they score first
- 3-0 when they commit fewer turnovers
- 1-4 when they commit more turnovers
- 6-2 when a player scores three or more touchdowns
- 0-1 when they score two or more TDs on the ground
- 6-3 when Sherdrick Bonner throws five or more TDs
- 3-2 when Damien Groce scores two or more TDs
- 3-0 when Damien Groce catches seven or more passes
- 0-1 when Bo Kelly scores two or more TDs
- 2-3 when they commit fewer penalties
- 5-2 when they record at least one sack
- 1-4 when they go scoreless for at least one quarter
- 1-0 when they pitch a shutout in a quarter
- 2-1 when the game is decided by 7 or fewer points
- 4-1 when leading at halftime
- 1-6 when trailing at halftime
LAST MEETING WITH DALLAS
RATTLERS RUN BY DESPERADOS, 71-48
Phoenix, Ariz. (April 18, 2004) - Momentum is a funny thing. It can swing your way one minute, and go against you the next. Sunday at America West Arena, the momentum was decided by two plays, and they both went the Arizona Rattlers' way in route to a 71-48 victory over the Dallas Desperados.
The game started out as an offensive explosion, as neither team could find a way to stop the other. Only a Jason Wells missed extra point separated the two teams after almost two complete quarters, and the score 28-27. The Dallas defense finally broke through, stopping the Arizona offense on fourth down deep in Desperados territory, giving Dallas the ball with 1:24 remaining until half. Glen Gauntt continued his perfect first half, driving the Desperados down to the Arizona seven, but Bryan Henderson stripped the ball from him, and then recovered the fumble to put the Rattlers offense in business at the Arizona 20. The Rattlers took advantage of the turnover, and turned it into a Randy Gatewood 30-yard touchdown pass. Dallas could only get one play off before the end of the half, and Arizona held a 35-27 lead at intermission. Arizona would be kicking off to start the second half, so Bryan Henderson's sack and fumble recovery held even greater importance, allowing the Rattlers to hold the lead at the break.
The second half looked as if it would be more of the same, as Duke Pettijohn pulled Dallas to within two with a four yard TD run. Jason Wells would again miss the PAT, and Arizona held a 35-33 lead early in the third quarter. The Rattlers answered right back, with Gatewood hauling in his third TD of the day, this one a 20-yard toss from Sherdrick Bonner to put Arizona up 42-33. On the next drive, Glen Gauntt finally threw an incompletion after starting the game 13-13, but Bobby Sippio caught an eight yard pass from Gauntt to pull Dallas back to within two. The Rattlers went right back to the air, as Bonner found Justin Taplin for a great, leaping 20-yard score to give Arizona a 49-40 lead with 3:15 left in the third. Then on the ensuing kickoff, perhaps the biggest play of the game took place.
Bobby Sippio took the Nelson Garner kickoff three yards deep in his end zone, and tried to break himself free for the return. To the delight of the 13,069 Rattler fans in the Snake Pit, Sippio took the ball past the goal line, then brought it back into the end zone where Tom Pace stopped him for the safety. It gave the Rattlers a 51-40 lead, possession, and the all-important momentum. Dallas never recovered from the safety, giving up 29 unanswered points, and giving Arizona their third straight win 71-48. Arizona improved to 6-5, while Dallas drops to 6-4 on the year.
Glen Gauntt finished the game 23-29 for 314 yards and six touchdowns. Gauntt also threw an interception to Orshawante Bryant. Sherdrick Bonner had a brilliant day, going 20-34 for 272 yards and eight touchdowns. Bonner has thrown 17 touchdowns in his last two games. Randy Gatewood caught three touchdowns, part of his five catch, 76-yard afternoon. Siaha Burley contributed six catches for 72 yards and two scores for Arizona. Will Pettis led the Desperados with nine catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Bryan Henderson recorded two sacks, both of which led to Glen Gauntt fumbles, to break the franchise single season sack mark. Henderson has seven on the season, breaking the team record of six held by Stacey Evans and Andy Coviello. One of Henderson's forced fumbles led to a Wendall Gaines eight-yard fumble return TD.
DALLAS (1-0) 13 14 13 8 -- 48
ARIZONA (0-1) 21 14 16 20 -- 71
ARENA FOOTBALL LEAGUE STANDINGS:
W L T Pct. Pts. OP
San Jose 7 6 0 .538 716 710
Arizona 7 6 0 .538 618 615
Las Vegas 5 8 0 .384 662 713
Utah 5 8 0 .384 705 714
Los Angeles 3 10 0 .230 656 770
W L T Pct. Pts. OP
Colorado 9 4 0 .692 713 683
Nashville 7 6 0 .538 642 615
Chicago 5 8 0 .384 651 684
Grand Rapids 4 9 0 .307 576 694
W L T Pct. Pts. OP
Dallas 11 2 0 .846 745 575
New York 8 5 0 .615 698 712
Philadelphia 7 6 0 .538 611 593
Columbus 6 7 0 .461 586 568
W L T Pct. Pts. OP
Orlando 9 4 0 .692 656 576
Austin 8 5 0 .615 659 636
Georgia 7 6 0 .538 724 611
Tampa Bay 6 7 0 .461 654 703
Kansas City 3 10 0 .230 566 666
LAST WEEKS RESULTS
Friday, April 21
Columbus 46, Philadelphia 45
Utah 52, Colorado 40
Saturday, April 22
Dallas 62, Georgia 59
Tampa Bay 13, Orlando 52
Kansas City 58, Nashville 52
Austin 59, San Jose 63
Sunday, April 23
Arizona 42, Grand Rapids 45
Las Vegas 47, Chicago 67
New York 70, Los Angeles 61
THIS WEEK IN THE AFL (all times EST):
Friday, April 28
Arizona at Dallas 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 29
Chicago at Georgia 7:00 p.m.
Philadelphia at New York 7:00 p.m.
Kansas City at Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m.
Columbus at Austin 8:00 p.m.
Nashville at Grand Rapids 8:00 p.m.
Utah at Las Vegas 10:30 p.m.
San Jose at Los Angeles 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 30
Orlando at Colorado 6:00 p.m.
New York 8-5 (win head-to-head vs. AUS)
Georgia 7-6 (win common opponents vs. PHI)
Tampa Bay 6-7 (win common opponents vs. CLB)
Kansas City 3-10
San Jose 7-6 (win head-to-head vs. ARI)
Arizona 7-6 (win head-to-head vs. NAS)
Chicago 5-8 (win head-to-head vs. LVG & UTA)
Las Vegas 5-8 (win head-to-head vs. UTA)
Grand Rapids 4-9
Los Angeles 3-10
y-clinched playoff berth.
Arizona can clinch a playoff with one of the following:
1. a win
2. a Utah loss
3. a Grand Rapids loss AND a San Jose win
4. a Grand Rapids loss AND a Chicago loss
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
6 Nashville OS T.T. Toliver (NAS)8 catches, 132 yards, 4TD's
7 Orlando WR/DB Darrell Jones (ARI)9 returns, 203 yards, 2 TD KO returns
8 @ Las Vegas WR/DB Darrell Jones (ARI)8 catches, 144 yards, 3TD's
9 Los Angeles QB Sherdrick Bonner (ARI)16-of-29, 236 yards, 7 TD's
10 @ San Jose WR/LB Ben Nelson (S.J.)11 catches, 203 yards, 5 TD's
11 @ Utah WR/DB Randy Gatewood (ARI)12 catches, 149 yards, 7 TD's
12 Chicago QB Sherdrick Bonner (ARI)19-of-25, 195 yards, 7 TD's
13 @ Grand Rapids QB Chad Salisbury (G.R.)22-of-45, 266, 5 TD'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
6 Nashville WR/DB Randy Gatewood (ARI)8 catches, 88 yds, 2 TD's, 2 INT's
7 Orlando WR/DB Cosmo DeMatteo (ARI)7 catches, 70 yards, 1TD, 3.5 tackles
8 @ Las Vegas WR/DB Talib Wise (ARI)6 catches, 39 yards, 3 tackles
9 Los Angeles WR/DB Randy Gatewood (ARI)7 catches, 112 yds, 5 TD's, 3.5 tackles
10 @ San Jose WR/DB James Roe (S.J.)10 catches, 111 yds, 4 TD's, 1.5 tack
11 @ Utah WR/LB Wilson Thomas (ARI)2 catches, 47 yds, net recovery TD, FR
12 Chicago WR/DB Randy Gatewood (ARI)7 catches, 80 yards, 4 TD's, 6 tackles
13 @ Grand Rapids WR/DB Josh Bush (G.R.)4 catches, 74 yds, 2 TD's, 67 KOR yds
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
6 Nashville DS Monty Montgomery (NAS)7.5 tackles, 2 INT's, 1 pass breakup
7 Orlando DS Jeroid Johnson (ORL)2 INT returns for TD's, 4 tackles
8 @ Las Vegas DS Erin Damond (ARI)7 tackles, 1 fumble recovery, 1 INT
9 Los Angeles DS Joe Todd (ARI)6.5 tackles, 7 pass breakups
10 @ San Jose DS Joe Todd (ARI)8 tackles, 2 pass breakups
11 @ Utah DS Clarence Lawson (ARI)2 tackles, fumble recovery, 1 INT
12 Chicago DS Erin Damond (ARI)8 tackles, MFG return for a TD
13 @ Grand Rapids DS Johnnie Harris (G.R.)4.5 tackles, 1 INT, 1 pass breakup
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