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July 27, 2004 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings News Release

QUICK FACTS:
Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings (5-10)
Vs. Arkansas Twisters (3-12)
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2004
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. CDT
Site: ALLTEL Arena, North Little Rock, AR

Radio: KWKH AM (Charlie Chitwood)
TV: none
Series Record: The Twisters hold a 5-2 series lead.
Last Meeting: Arkansas 67-61(OT) (July 2, 2004)
Streaks: Bossier-Shreveport, Lost 3; Arkansas, Won 1
Coaches: Head-Keith Barefield, First-year; Ronnie Alexander, Defensive Coordinator; Assistants: John Lewis and John Bachman

THE STAKES: The main thing at stake tonight is going to be which team is going out a winner. The two teams had to go into overtime the last time they met before the Twisters could pull out a 6-point win in the extra period.

THE SERIES: The Twisters hold a 5-2 lead in the series. The Battle Wings won two in a row from Arkansas after the initial Twisters win in 2001, but Arkansas has won the last four meetings (61-51, 57-54, 47-21 and 67-61).

Battle Wings (5-10)
Date Opponent Result Series
3/27 BIRMINGHAM 7:00 W 63-41 1-3
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 1-2
5/29 Columbus 6:30 L 51-41 1-3
6/5 @Memphis 7:00 W 67-28 3-4
6/11 @Laredo 7:30 W 78-63 1-0
6/18 RIO GRANDE 7:00 W 63-59 1-0
7/2 ARKANSAS 7:00 L 67-61 2-4
7/9 PEORIA 7:00 L 46-38 3-0
7/23 TENN. VALLEY 7:00 L 62-35 1-4
7/31 @Arkansas 7:00 2-5

Arkansas (3-12)
Date Opponent Result Score
4/3 SAN DIEGO 7:00 W 48-38
4/9 @ Peoria 7:00 L 22-13
4/17 BIRMINGHAM 7:00 L 56-40
5/1 @ Bakersfield 7:00 L 49-21
5/8 TENN. VALLEY 7:00 L 53-34
5/15 @ Memphis 7:00 L 37-35
5/22 TULSA 7:00 L 61-53
5/29 @ Oklahoma City 7:30 L 75-54
6/5 @ Tenn. Valley 7:30 L 36-23
6/12 ALBANY 7:00 L 66-54
6/25 QUAD CITY 7:30 L 54-23
7/2 Battle Wings 7:00 W 67-61
7/9 @ Laredo 7:00 L 50-47
7/16 MEMPHIS 7:00 L 64-46
7/24 @ Rio Grande 7:30 W 42-28
7/31 BATTLE WINGS 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 in seven separate polls).

Arkansas: Former Arkansas Razorback great Gary Anderson enters his third season as the Head Coach of the Arkansas Twisters. Anderson, 40, was promoted to head coach prior to the 2001 after spending the inaugural Twisters season as an assistant coach in charge of special teams and running backs.

Anderson starred at running back and wide receiver for the University of Arkansas from 1979-82 and is regarded as one of the best athletes to ever play for the Razorbacks. He finished his college career with 392 rushes for 1999 yards and 94 receptions for 1075 yards. Anderson was voted as a member of the Razorback’s All-Decade team for the 1980’s.

Anderson was a first-round draft pick in the NFL and USFL. He played for Tampa Bay, San Diego and Detroit in the NFL.


LEAGUE TOP 10s: Players from this week’s matchup who rank among af2’s statistical leaders:


Battle Wings
Player Rank Category Stat
Bo Smith 5 Scoring 210
Bo Smith 5 Scoring TDs 35
Jason Ball 5 Scoring Kick 103
Sherard Poteete 2 Rushing 21.5 avg
Sherard Poteete 9 Total Offense 210.7 avg
Jason Ball 2 Field Goals 11-29
Jason Ball 9 PAT Kicking 70-87
Willie Sheppard 6 Tie Fum. Forced 3
S. McAfee 2 Fum. Recover 6
Twisters
Player Rank Category Stat
Kevin Williams 7 Rushing 12.4 avg
Kevin Williams 8 KO Returns 24.2 avg
Darnell Small 6 Tie Fum. Forced 3
Darnell Small 1 Tack for loss 11
Darnell Small 3 Tie Sacks

TALE OF THE TAPE: Here’s how BATTLE WINGS and Twisters stack up:
Statistical Battle Wings Twisters
Category Rank Stat Rank Stat
Scoring Offense 8 50.2 21 40.5
Scoring Defense 24 53.9 16 50.0
Total Offense 23 222.7 22 223.0
Total Defense 20 276.9 18 257.9
Pass Offense 24 193.0 23 199.3
Pass Defense 20 253.6 16 235.6
Rushing Offense 3 29.7 7 23.7
Rushing Defense 19 23.3 16 22.3
Score (Non-Kick) 9 650 21 538
Scoring (Kicking) 6 103 25 66
Pass Rating 21 97.8 24 93.2
Pass Def. Rating 20 111.1 13 104.9
Kickoff Returns 8 20.3 2 21.9
MFG Returns 2 23.0 11 19.6
Turnover Margin 17 -0.33 20 -0.53
Field Goals 6 11-29 24 5-27
PAT Kicking 7 .805 14 .750
Sacks By 23 10-38 5 26-99
Sacks Against 7 14-126 23 31-151
First Downs 25 195 20 208
Opp. First Downs 11 239 16 220
Penalties 12 57.4 avg 11 57.1 avg
Opp. Penalties 13 57.8 avg 23 68.9 avg

DROPBACK: The Wings dropped a 62-35 decision to Mid-South Division champion Tennessee Valley.

FORWARD MOTION: Tonight will be the season finale for both teams.

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