Austin Wranglers Announce 2008 Schedule
AUSTIN-The Austin Wranglers will celebrate the commencement of the team's fifth year of Arena Football in Austin with an opening weekend home game at the Frank Erwin Center against the Corpus Christi Sharks. The March 29 match-up will feature two of Arena Football's premier head coaches, including Austin's Ben Bennett, an Arena Football League (AFL) Hall-of-Fame inductee, and Corpus Christi's Mike Trigg, who coached the Grand Rapids Rampage to victory in ArenaBowl XV.
The 2008 Austin Wranglers home schedule features games with some of the elite teams in arenafootball2. The Rio Grande Valley Dorados, Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings, South Georgia Wildcats, and Spokane Shock, all of whom made it to the playoffs in 2007, will visit the Frank Erwin Center during the 2008 campaign. In addition to the Corpus Christi Sharks and Rio Grande Valley Dorados, the Austin Wranglers home schedule will include match-ups against three other State of Texas-based teams, including the Lubbock Renegades, Amarillo Dusters, and Texas Copperheads.
Austin will open the season with two consecutive home games - Corpus Christi and Lubbock - before taking to the road for the first time in Week 3 to face Amarillo. Following a Week 4 home match-up against Rio Grande Valley, the Wranglers will travel to Oklahoma City to face an Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz team that has made it to the playoffs in each of the franchise's four years of existence. The Austin road schedule includes games against two other out-of-state teams, including a Week 11 game against Bossier-Shreveport and a Week 13 game in Fresno, California, against the Central Valley Coyotes.
Corpus Christi Sharks (March 29 Frank Erwin Center/June 14 @ Corpus Christi)
Game features two of Arena Football's top coaches - Ben Bennett (Austin) and Mike Trigg (Corpus Christi). In addition to being an AFL Hall-of-Fame inductee (2000), Coach Bennett has coached one ArenaCup Champion team (Florida Firecats, 2004), and in five years as a head coach his team's have never won fewer than ten games. Coach Trigg coached the Grand Rapids Rampage (AFL) to victory in ArenaBowl XV, and was the head coach of the Philadelphia Soul (AFL) for the team's first two seasons.
Rio Grande Valley Dorados (April 20 Frank Erwin Center/July 19 @ Rio Grande Valley)
2008 marks the fifth season of play for the Rio Grande Valley Dorados. Last year, the Dorados finished the regular season as the National Conference, Southwest Division champions with a 15-1 record. Former Kansas State standout Chris Canty could be found playing both sides of the ball for the Dorados in 2007.
Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings (June 7 @ Bossier-Shreveport/July 26 Frank Erwin Center)
The oldest franchise in the National Conference, Southwest Division, the Battle Wings have been around since the 2001 af2 season. Last season the Battle Wings enjoyed their most successful one to date, finishing the regular season with 11 wins and five losses. The 2007 squad was led by former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Quincy Carter. Bossier-Shreveport advanced to the National Conference Championship game after upsetting the Southwest Division champion Rio Grande Valley Dorados. The Battle Wings were knocked out by the eventual ArenaCup champion Tulsa Talons.
Open Player Tryouts
The Austin Wranglers will hold open player tryouts on Saturday, December 1, 2007, at Yellow Jacket Stadium in Austin. For more information and for registration, please visit www.austinwranglers.com.
2008 AUSTIN WRANGLERS REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE
ALL TIMES CENTRAL
(Home Games in BOLD)
Week 1 Saturday, March 29, 2008 Corpus Christi Sharks 7:00 p.m.
Week 2 Saturday, April 5, 2008 Lubbock Renegades 7:00 p.m.
Week 3 Saturday, April 12, 2008 at Amarillo Dusters 7:10 p.m.
Week 4 Sunday, April 20, 2008 Rio Grande Valley Dorados 3:00 p.m.
Week 5 Sunday, April 27, 2008 at Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz 3:05 p.m.
Week 6 Sunday, May 4, 2008 South Georgia Wildcats 3:00 p.m.
Week 7 BYE
Week 8 Saturday, May 17, 2008 at Texas Copperheads 7:30 p.m.
Week 9 Saturday, May 24, 2008 Spokane Shock 7:00 p.m.
Week 10 Sunday, June 1, 2008 Amarillo Dusters 3:00 p.m.
Week 11 Saturday, June 7, 2008 at Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings 7:05 p.m.
Week 12 Saturday, June 14, 2008 at Corpus Christi Sharks 7:00 p.m.
Week 13 Saturday, June 21, 2008 at Central Valley Coyotes 9:00 p.m.
Week 14 Saturday, June 28, 2008 Texas Copperheads 7:00 p.m.
Week 15 BYE
Week 16 Friday, July 11, 2008 at Lubbock Renegades 7:00 p.m.
Week 17 Saturday, July 19, 2008 at Rio Grande Valley Dorados 7:35 p.m.
Week 18 Saturday, July 26, 2008 Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings 7:00 p.m.
*Please note that the Lone Star Arena Football Classic (high school all-star game) will be played at the Frank Erwin Center on Saturday, February 9, 2008.
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