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March 9, 2006 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) - Austin Wranglers News Release


New York Dragons (3-3) at Austin Wranglers (5-1)
Date: Sunday, March 12, 2006
Kickoff: 2:00 p.m. (CST)
Site: The Frank Erwin Center (14,866)
Officials: Referee: David Lambros; Umpire: Paul Frerking; Head Linesman: Bill Ward; Line Judge: Brian Matthews; Back Judge: Joe Duncan;

Series Record: Austin holds the series lead 1-0

Coaches (record reflects regular season and playoffs):

Skip Foster, AW - 3rd season (19-19)
Weylan Harding, NYD - 2nd season (13-9)

TV: Fox Sports Net Southwest with Kevin Eschenfelder (Play-by-Play) and Gary Reasons (Analyst)

Radio: KVET, AM 1300, The ZONE with Bucky Godbolt, Erin Hogan and Kevin Dunn (LIVE)

The Austin Wranglers will be televised on FSN Southwest for five games in 2006. Fans can check out other AFL action around the league Sundays on NBC.

All 16 Wranglers games can be heard on KVET (1300, The Zone) with Erin Hogan, Bucky Godbolt and Kevin Dunn at home and Kent Koen with Glyn Milburn on the road.

The Arena Football League recently announced a list of the top 20 AFL games in the League's 20-year history. The New York franchise has been involved in three of the top 10 -- twice as the Iowa Barnstormers in an ArenaBowl X loss to Tampa Bay and a 77-76 victory over Albany in 2000, and as the Dragons in a 99-68 win against Carolina in 2001. The 20th season concludes in Las Vegas for the second consecutive year when ArenaBowl XX is played at The Thomas & Mack Center on Sunday, June 11. Follow the 20th season action on and for ArenaBowl XX info,

Following a successful five-game road trip that saw Austin beat Arizona, Kansas City, Dallas and Georgia, while losing one game to Tampa Bay, the Wranglers return to the Frank Erwin Center for their last seven of ten games this season. In their lone game at home in 2006, the Wranglers dominated the Las Vegas Gladiators 64-46. Coming to town this week are the New York Dragons of the National Conference who are currently 3-3 on the season. The Wranglers goal all season has been to play better at home and so Sunday's game is their next test.

In a highly touted match-up of two Southern Division powerhouses, it came down to the wire as the Austin Wranglers battled back to beat the Georgia Force 53-52 on Saturday afternoon at the Philips Arena in Atlanta. Several defensive stops, consistent play on special teams and a number of forced turnovers led to the win, as the Wranglers were down by two touchdowns at one point in the first half. The most important stop came when Wranglers fullback/linebacker Torrance Marshall broke-up a Matt Nagy pass intended for Derek Lee in the end zone, preventing <> from scoring in the final minute of play. The Wranglers got the ball back on downs, but were already ahead by one point and managed to run out the clock using a pass play to Derrick Lewis and two running plays with Kevin Nickerson and Dane Krager.
Taking the final lead of the game, the Wranglers used some trickery on fourth and goal as Fitzgerald faked a handoff to Sir Mawn Wilson and took the ball in himself for the two-yard touchdown run. Fitzgerald finished the day 23-of-32 for 213 yards and four touchdowns, including one rushing TD.

In the only meeting between these two teams, the Wranglers won 57-47 in Austin last season. Fitzgerald had arguably his best game of 2005, as he was 30-of-39 with 348 yards and six touchdowns. The Dragons will be without famed quarterback Aaron Garcia, as he suffered a broken leg earlier this season. Filling in for Garcia is Juston Wood. Wood, in his debut performance last week, was 36-of-52 for 332 yards and four touchdowns to go with four interceptions.

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