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Blizzard Freeze Hawks Playoff Hopes

July 17, 2006 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Everett Hawks News Release

EVERETT, WA-The Green Bay Blizzard put an end to the Everett Hawks' playoff hopes on Saturday night. In front of 3,884 fans at the Everett Events Center, the Blizzard defeated the Hawks 55-to-52. In a fast-paced shoot-out, the Blizzard struck first with a touchdown on the first drive of the game. The Hawks answered right back with a touchdown of their own on a QB Brian Baker pass to OS Hassan Brockman. After another Blizzard touchdown, Brian Baker and OS J.R. Thomas hooked up for a 34-yard touchdown strike, and after a missed extra point the Blizzard led 41-to 13.

Following the Hawks' big play, the Blizzard took the field at their own four-yard line and marched toward the end zone. The drive culminated with a 25-yard bomb from QB James MacPherson to WR/DB Luke Leverson which gave the Blizzard a 21-to13 advantage. After exchanging a couple of more touchdowns, Brian Baker and Hassan Brockman connected again on a 21-yard pass across the middle of the field with 21 seconds left in the half. The Hawks then put an end to a Blizzard drive by blocking a field goal to end the half.

The Blizzard would score first in the second half, but the Hawks countered with a TD of their own when Brian Baker and J.R. Thomas found each other again. The Hawks then forced a turnover on downs but failed to capitalize when they missed a field goal that would have given them the lead. The Blizzard would find the end zone again on a MacPherson pass to WR/DB Gerald Harris. The Blizzard took a 41-to-32 lead into the fourth quarter.

On the first possession of the final quarter, Baker and Thomas would connect again on a deep touchdown that pulled the Hawks within three at 38-to-41. After exchanging another pair of touchdowns, the Hawks got a big defensive play when Toure' Butler intercepted James MacPherson and put the Hawks within striking distance. The Hawks took advantage of the big play and got another Baker-to-Thomas touchdown to give them the lead with 50 seconds left. However, the Blizzard quickly retaliated and Luke Leverson grabbed another touchdown that sealed the deal giving the Blizzard a 55-to-52 victory in Everett. Blizzard QB James MacPherson went 23-of-34 for 316 yards and 6 touchdowns, while Hawks QB Brian Baker went 24-of-44 for 353 and 8 touchdowns.

ADT Defensive Player of the Game: Blizzard #99 Asa Francis

U.S. Army Ironman of the Game: Hawks #68 Clay Harris

Schutt Offensive Player of the Game: Hawks #4 J.R. Thomas

Cutters Catch of the Game: Blizzard #0 Luke Leverson

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