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June 1, 2004 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings News Release

QUICK FACTS:
Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings (2-7)
at Memphis Xplorers (4-4)
Date: Saturday, June 5, 2004
Kickoff: 7 p.m. CDT
Site: DeSoto Civic Center, South Haven, MS

Radio: KWKH 1130 AM (Charlie Chitwood)
TV: Live Sports Network
Series Record: (4-2) Memphis leads
Last Meeting: Memphis 69-29 on April 23, 2004
Streaks: Battle Wings 4 Losses, Xplorers 1 loss
Coaches: Head-Keith Barefield, First-year; Ronnie Alexander, Defensive Coordinator; Assistants: John Lewis and John Bachman

THE STAKES: Things were supposed to get better for the Battle Wings after their tough, early schedule, but Columbus slapped consecutive losses on Bossier-Shreveport. Five additions have been made to the Battle Wings’ lineup to help break the losing streak.

THE SERIES: Memphis owns the series so far with wins the last three times the teams met. The Battle Wings won 44-25 in the teams’ initial meeting in May of 2001; Memphis 61-51 in April of ’02; Bossier, 67-61, in May “02; Memphis 62-35 and 56-35 in May and June of ’03 respectively. Memphis handed the Battle Wings their worst loss in franchise history 69-29 in April of this year.

Battle Wings (2-7)
Date Opponent Result Series
3/27 BIRMINGHAM 7:00 W 63-41 1-0
4/10 @Florida 6:30 L 46-31 0-1
4/17 @Hawaii 11:30 L 63-60 0-1
4/23 MEMPHIS 7:00 L 69-29 2-4
4/30 HAWAII 7:00 W 61-42 1-1
5/8 @Tulsa 7:30 L 65-59 1-4
5/15 Tennessee Valley 7:30 L 52-14 1-3
5/21 COLUMBUS 7:00 L 54-50 1-1
5/29 Columbus 6:30 L 51-41 1-3
6/5 @Memphis 7:00 2-4
6/11 @Laredo 7:30 0-0
6/18 RIO GRANDE 7:00 0-0
7/2 ARKANSAS 7:00 2-4
7/9 PEORIA 7:00 3-0
7/23 TENN. VALLEY 7:00 1-3
7/31 @Arkansas 7:00 2-4

Memphis (4-4)
Date Opponent Time Result Score
4/10 Birmingham 7:00 L 44-27
4/17 FLORIDA 7:00 W 54-51
4/23 Battle Wings 7:00 W 69-29
5/1 Tenn. Valley 7:00 L 43-33
5/8 LOUISVILLE 7:00 L 70-63
5/15 ARKANSAS 7:00 W 37-35
5/22 Bakersfield 7:00 W 72-51
5/29 Florida 7:00 L 43-20
6/5 BATTLE WINGS 7:00
6/12 BAKERSFIELD 7:00
6/18 Manchester 6:30
6/26 TENN. VALLEY 7:00
7/3 CAPE FEAR 7:00
7/16 Arkansas 7:30
7/24 MACON 7:00
7/31 Columbus 7:00

HEAD COACHES: First-year Battle Wings head coach Keith Barefield’s resume includes 19 years in the field, 10 as head coach at Evangel University in Springfield, MO where he compiled a 66-33-2 record. He coached 48 All-Americans before moving to San Antonio’s Cornerstone Christian School to begin the football program there. While at Cornerstone, Barefield compiled a 23-2 record in two years at the helm including the 2002 Texas state championship.
Just recently, Barefield has been named the offensive coordinator at national prep power Evangel Christian in Shreveport (1999 National Champions).

Memphis: .Danton Barto was a star at the University of Memphis football team where he still holds the record for career tackles (473). He played professionally in the Canadian Football League and Arena 1. This is his third year to be head coach for the Xplorers.



SERIES NOTABLES: Memphis has won the last three meetings against the Battle Wings scoring 62, 56 and 69 in consecutive contests while allowing a total of 54.



LEAGUE TOP 10s: Players from this week’s matchup who rank among af2’s statistical leaders:
Battle Wings
Player Rank Category Stat
Bo Smith 7 Scoring 114
Bo Smith 6 tie Touchdowns 19
Jason Ball 4 Scoring Kick 56
Sherard Poteete 2 Rushing 150 yds.
Bo Smith 6 KO Ret. Avg. 25.4
Jason Ball 3 tie Field Goals 6-for-21
Jason Ball 9 PAT Kicks 38-of-49
Kevin Thomas 7 tie Fum. Forced 2
S. McAfee 1 tie Fum. Recov. 5
Willie Sheppard 8 tie Passes Defn. 13
Willie Sheppard 9 Tackles 39
Xplorers
Player Rank Category Stat
Brian Jones 9 tie Rushing 100 yds.
Kevin Prentiss 9 Receptions 54/654
Kevin Prentiss 2 Kick Ret. Avg. 31.5
Kevin Prentiss 10 All Purpose Yd 173.2/gm
Ryan Carr 2 tie Fum. Forced 3
Nate Grace 3 tie Fum. Forced 2
Ryan Carr 7 tie Fum. Recov. 2
Jamal Dinkins 7 tie Fum. Recov. 2
Dahnel Singfield 5 tie Passes Defn. 15

TALE OF THE TAPE: Here’s how BATTLE WINGS and Xplorers stack up:
Statistical Battle Wings Xplorers
Category Rank Stat Rank Stat
Scoring Offense 17 45.3 13 46.9
Scoring Defense 21 53.7 10 45.8
Total Offense 24 187.3 21 216.4
Total Defense 24 287.0 4 214.5
Pass Offense 24 161.1 21 194.4
Pass Defense 23 265.3 3 189.6
Rushing Offense 7 26.2 10 22
Rushing Defense 15 21.7 19 24.9
Scoring (Non-Kick) 9 352 15 322
Scoring (Kicking) 4 56 7 51
Pass Rating 22 92.2 16 103.7
Pass Def. Rating 21 114.8 12 104.9
Kickoff Returns 6 22.0 1 24.7
MFG Returns 13 18.2 11 19.5
Turnover Margin 16 Minus 1 13 Even
Field Goals 14 6-21 16 3-11
PAT Kicking 7 38-49 5 42-50
Sacks By 21 6 9 12
Sacks Against 7 6-73 18 15-59
First Downs 24 100 15 114
Opp. First Downs 25 150 11 116
Penalties 17 53.8 11 53.6
Opp. Penalties 24 64.3 23 69.2



MILESTONES: This will be the seventh meeting between the two teams.

DROPBACK: The Battle Wings dropped their fourth game in a row last week, losing to Columbus 51-41.

FORWARD MOTION: Bossier-Shreveport travels to Laredo where there could still be some bad blood between the two cities since Laredo defeated Bossier-Shreveport’s CHL hockey team on a questionable call for the league championship earlier this year in a 7-game showdown.

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