Azar Kick Ties an af2 Playoff Record
Southaven, MS-Steven Azar, place-kicker for the Memphis Xplorers, tied an af2 playoff record with a 51-yard field goal Friday night in the Xplorers 71-30 victory over the Amarillo Dusters.
Memphis was facing a fourth down and 13 with three minutes and 47 seconds remaining in the first half. Azar lined up and drilled the longest field goal in Xplorers history and tied the playoff record. The kick pushed the Xplorers lead to 23-14, which was the score at halftime.
"It was a big momentum shift for the team," said Xplorers Head Coach Danton Barto. "We were facing a fourth and long, and had the idea of backing them up into their own territory and letting the defense do its job. When Steven drilled it, the bench and the crowd went crazy."
Azar is now tied with Jeff Woods, who made a field-goal of the same length for the now defunct Carolina Rhinos on August 1, 2000 against the also defunct Augusta Stallions.
The Xplorers are the 2005 Mid West Division Champions and will host the Rio Grande Valley Dorados in the National Conference Championship game Friday night at the DeSoto Civic Center. Single game tickets start as low as $9 and can be purchased by calling 662-342-1755, visiting the DeSoto Civic Center box office, or by logging onto www. TicketMaster.com today. Memphis Xplorers Arena Football! Back in Black!
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