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July 24, 2007 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings News Release


QUICK FACTS:

Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings (10-5) at Laredo Lobos (1-14)

Date: Saturday, July 28, 2007

Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. CDT

Site: Laredo Entertainment Center (8067) Laredo, TX

Coin Toss:

National Anthem:

Honorary Captain:

OFFICIALS:

Referee: Steve LaMantia

Umpire: Darren McDaniels Head Linesman: George Scoop Line Judge: Brian Simpson

Back Judge: Wayne Gautney

Radio: KWKH 1130AM - Darrell Rebouche

Net: www.kwkhonline.com

TV: None

Series Record: BattleWings, 1-0

Last Meeting: BattleWings, 64-45 on 4/27/07

Streaks: BattleWings L2, Lobos, L5

Coaches: Jon Norris (10-5, First season), 20-12 as an af2 head coach.

Mark Stoute, 1-14 in 1st season in Laredo

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Battle Wings: Darrell Rebouche

Office - (318) 746-8755*

Cell - (318) 422-5932

*I'm not there

darebouche@aol.com

Lobos: Joe Martiz (956) 740-0791

Or (956) 324-2001 martiz956@yahoo.com

GAME SCORE UPDATES: Sportsticker - 1-800-367-8935

THE STAKES:

The Lobos are playing for pride in the final game of their inaugural af2 season. The BattleWings have a lot to prove. They still have hope of hosting a playoff game, but a loss at Laredo would eliminate any possibility of a first-round home game.

The BattleWings are assured of a post-season game, so they are determined to play well in order to establish rhythm and confidence in their final regular season game.

LAST TIME THEY MET:

(Bossier City, LA) - The Bossier -Shreveport Battlewings overcame a sluggish start and rode their opportunistic defense to a 64-45 win over the Laredo Lobos.

The Battlewings, ranked #3 in the af2 coaches' poll, improved to 4-0 while the Lobos remained winless in four tries.

The outcome remained in doubt until the closing seconds when Wings' wide receiver PJ Winston, playing at defensive back in place of the injured Kenneth Williams, picked off a Daniel Forrest pass and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown.

The Lobos opened the scoring with a 31-yard Jonathan Scifres 1st-quarter field goal, but the Battlewings found the end zone first when quarterback Quincy Carter connected with Winston for a 27-yard touchdown pass. It was the first of three touchdown catches for Winston, in addition to his interception return for a score. For his efforts, Winston was named the Schutt offensive player of the game.

Kendrick "Boss" Walker worked his magic once again for the Wings, intercepting two passes. He also returned a Laredo kick-off 54 yards for a second quarter touchdown that gave the Battlewings 17-16 lead. Walker earned U.S. Army Ironman honors as well as being named ADT defensive player of the game. Carter connected on touchdown passes to Winston and Jamaal Perry in the second quarter, lifting Bossier-Shreveport to a 30-16 lead. Laredo responded with a 21-yard pass from Forrest to Mike McCullum to trim the lead to 30-23 at halftime.

With 2:03 remaining in the third quarter, Laredo grabbed a 37-33 lead with a four-play 37-yard drive punctuated by a 34 yard scoring pass from Forrest to Shaun Rochon.

Carter responded by leading the Battlewings to a score on a 17-yard pass to Manwell Talbert to regain the lead, which they would not relinquish.

Carter attempted 26 passes, completing 17 for 260 yards and 6 touchdowns. He threw two first-half interceptions. Jamaal Perry led the Battlewings with nine catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns.

THE IFs:

If The Battle Wings defeat the Lobos, it would ...

- Stop a two-game losing streak.

- Give the Wings a sweep in the season series with Laredo.

- Mean the BattleWings have won as many games in 2007 as they did I the previous three seasons combined.

THE SCHEDULES:

Bossier - Shreveport (10-5, Lost 2)

Date Opponent Result Score

4/7 FT. WAYNE 7:00 W 67-52

4/14 TEXAS 7:00 W 52-0

4/21 At Rio Grande 7:30 W 52-48

4/27 LAREDO 7:30 W 64-45

5/5 At Corpus Christi 7:00 W 62-27

5/12 At Arkansas 7:00 L 50-62

5/18 MANCHESTER 7:30 W 62-52

5/26 SOUTH GEORGIA 7:00 L 46-60

6/2 At Texas 7:00 W 64-21

6/8 At Alabama 7:00 W 49-32

6/16 CORPUS CHRISTI 7:00 W 81-35

6/29 At Amarillo 7:30 L 48-51

7/7 ARKANSAS 7:00 W 53-29

7/14 RIO GRANDE 7:00 L 39-42

7/21 At WB/Scranton 6:00 L 28-50

Date Opponent Time Streak Series

7/28 At Laredo 7:00 W1 1-0

LAREDO (1-14, LOST 5)

Date Opponent Result Score

4/7 BAKERSFIELD 7:00 L 52-58

4/14 At Rio Grande 7:30 L 49-72

4/21 TULSA 7:30 L 45-68

4/27 At BattleWings 7:30 L 45-64

5/5 ARKANSAS 7:30 L 45-64

5/13 at Texas 7:00 L 34-42

5/18 RIO GRANDE 7:30 L 21-48

5/26 AT Lubbock 7:30 L 71-44

6/2 At Okla. City 7:30 L 41-57

6/16 TEXAS 7:30 W 66-41

6/23 At Corpus Christi 7:30 L 38-55

6/30 At Bakersfield 9:00 L 6-33

7/7 RIO GRANDE 7:30 L 0-64

7/14 At Arkansas 7:00 L 21-41

7/21 CORPUS CHRISTI 7:30 L 14-28

Date Opponent Time Streak Series

7/28 BATTLEWINGS 7:30

BATTLEWINGS INJURY REPORT:

Pos. Name Injury Status

OL Greg Hodges Knee Doubtful

WR Anthony Chambers Shoulder IR

DB Brent Withers Knee IR

DB Kendrick Walker Wrist IR

OL/DL Nick Codutti Elbow Probable

WR Terrance Jefferson Groin IR

DIVISION STANDINGS:

Af2 Southwest

Rio Grande Valley Dorados 14-1 .933 9-1 .900

Bossier-Shreveport BattleWings 10-5 .666 6-1 .857

Corpus Christi Sharks 5-10 .333 4-6 .400

Texas Copperheads 2-13 .133 2-6 .250

Laredo Lobos 1-14 .066 1-7 .125

HEAD COACHES:

Jon Norris, Bossier - Shreveport: (First season)

Jon Norris came to the BattleWings from the Austin Wranglers of the AFL where he served as the Defensive Coordinator and Line Coach. He made a demonstrative difference in Austin where in 2005, the offensive line gave up only 4 sacks which led the AFL. Norris spent 3 seasons with the Dallas Desperados in the AFL where he served as line coach and special teams coach. His line racked up some impressive stats, both offensively and defensively. Under Norris' leadership, Will Pettis led AFL with 88 kickoff returns for 1750 yards and 4 TD's. Norris moved to Dallas after a stint as assistant head coach and offensive and defensive line coach for the Oklahoma Wranglers. His Oklahoma defense finished 3rd in AFL with 21 sacks. Norris served as head coach for the Tulsa Talons (af2) and led them to the playoffs in their inaugural season with an offense that averaged 52.7 points per game and a defense that led the league with 33 interceptions Norris spent time in the NFL with the New England Patriots in 1984 and 1985. He played for the Chicago Bears in 1987 and 1988. Norris is married with two sons.

Mark Stoute, Laredo: (First season)

Stoute comes to Laredo after spending the 2006 af2 season as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator with the American Conference Champion Green Bay Blizzard. Stoute's presence helped the Blizzard offense to a No. 1 league ranking in rushing offense and rushing touchdowns. The unit also ranked among the af2's elite in total offense.

Before his stint with Green Bay, Stoute served as the fullback/linebackers coach and special teams coordinator for the AFL's Tampa Bay Storm in 2005. IN 2004, he was the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator for the Indiana Firebirds where he also worked as the director of player personnel, helping mold QB Adrian McPherson into the league's Rookie of the Year.

In 2003, Stoute served as the head coach of the Mohegan Wolves (af2). He took over a team that won just three games in 2002 and turned them into a 10-6 and went to the playoffs.

Stoute's Arena Football career began in 1995 when he was Assistant Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach for the Connecticut Wolves. A year later he switched over to the other side of the ball, taking over as offensive coordinator and receivers coach for the Charlotte Rage.

OFF THE NET:

Despite playing in just five games, "Boss" Walker of the BattleWings is 9th in the league in missed field goal return yardage with 106 yards.

TEAM NOTES/TRENDS:

The BattleWings have been beset by a couple of significant injuries. OL Greg Hodges hurt his knee against Arkansas and likely will not return. Defensive Backs Kendrick Walker and Brent Withers have suffered major injuries, as has WR Anthony Chambers. Withers and Chambers will not return in 2007.

The BattleWings have lost three of their last four games. They started the season with five consecutive wins. Over the last ten games, they are 5-5.

SERIES NOTABLES:

The Lobos gave the BattleWings fits in April. Laredo had a lead in the 3rd quarter.

FAMILIAR FACES:

Lobos FB/LB Dean Littleton is a product of East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas. Littleton was a Division III All-America defensive tackle.

RECENT ROSTER MOVES (most recent first):

Date Action Player

6/12 Activated Quincy Carter

6/12 Recallable reassignment Frank Henson

6/6 Assigned Frank Henson

6/6 Reassignment Dane King

5/31 Activate Tramissian Davis

5/31 Activate Kendrick Bournes

5/29 Injured reserve Brent Withers

5/29 Injured reserve Anthony Chambers

5/24 Assigned Dane King

5/24 Injured reserve Kendrick Walker

5/17 Team Suspension Quincy Carter

5/3 Activated from refused to report Reggie Hargrove

5/3 Assigned Frank Henson

4/23 Team suspension Charlie Myles

4/21 Injured Reserve Kendrick Bournes

4/12 Activated Charlie Myles

4/12 Activated Greg Hodges

4/12 Reassignment Marcus Harris

4/12 Team Suspension Victor Carter

3/30 Team Suspension Greg Hodges

3/29 Recallable Assignment Adrian Burnette

3/29 Recallable Assignment Edmundo Martinez

3/29 Reassignment Ederrick Coleman

3/29 Reassignment Chris Highshaw

3/29 Reassignment Booker Jenkins

3/29 Reassignment Damian Huren

3/27 Assigned Terrence Jefferson

3/27 Assigned Tramissian Davis

3/18 Reassignment Patrick Craig

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