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June 5, 2007 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings News Release

QUICK FACTS:

Bossier-Shreveport BattleWings (7-2)

At Texas Copperheads (5-4)

Date: June 8, 2007

Kickoff: 7:00pm

Site: BJCC

National Anthem: TBA

Coin Toss: TBA

OFFICIALS:

Referee: Marc Curls

Umpire: Mark Baynes

Head Linesman: Victor Pettus

Line Judge: Larry Neal

Back Judge: Tony Ross

Radio: KWKH am1130 - Darrell Rebouche

Net: www.kwkhonline.com

TV: None

Series Record: 3-1 Steeldogs

Last Meeting: 63-42 Battlewings on 3/27/2004

Streaks: BattleWings, L1 Copperheads L2

Coaches: Jon Norris (7-2, First season), 17-9 as an af2 head coach.

Ron Selesky, (5-, 2nd year at Alabama) 31-26 as an af2 head coach

THE STAKES:

The Battlewings started the second half of the season with a win at Texas. They must continue to win if they hope to achieve their goal of earning the af2 Southwest division title. The Steeldogs are looking up at two teams in the af2 South. While this is a non-division game, it is a crucial encounter for both squads.

THE SERIES: The Steeldogs won the first three showdowns between these franchises, but they have not faced on another in three seasons. This renders information about previous games essentially superfluous.

LAST TIME THEY MET:

Quarterback Sherrard Poteete threw four touchdown passes as the BattleWings opened the 2004 season with a home victory over the Steeldogs.

Kenton Evans, who played against the Battlewings last week as the Texas quarterback, shared the duty with Jeff Aaron against the Wings in 2004. Evans fared better, completing 14 of 17 passes with four touchdowns. Aaron was intercepted twice. The Steeldogs turned the ball over six times.

THE IFs:

If the BattleWings defeat Alabama, it would ...

- Give Jon Norris an 18-9 record as an af2 head coach.

- Help them keep pressure on the southwest division front-runners, the RGV Dorados

- Give the BattleWings a two-game road winning streak.

- Give the BattleWings a two-game winning streak against the Steeldogs.

FAMILIAR FACES:

DIVISION STANDINGS:

Southwest

Rio Grande Valley Dorados 7 - 1 .875 4 - 1 .800

Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings 7 - 2 .778 5 - 0 1.000

Texas Copperheads 2 - 7 .222 2 - 3 .400

Corpus Christi Sharks 1 - 7 .125 1 - 4 .200

Laredo Lobos 0 - 9 .000 0 - 4 .000

PLAYERS/MATCHUPS TO WATCH:

- The BattleWings defensive pressure against Steeldog QB Ryan Hart.

- Bakari Brown against the injury-riddled BattleWings defensive backfield.

- Jason Schule any time he touches the ball.

- This game will feature two of the most reliable kickers in af2.

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.

THIS WEEK'S QUOTES:

Jon Norris, on the Steeldogs:

They are an excellent team and very well coached. They play in a tough division, so don't let their record fool you. We are expecting quite a challenge this week."

On his team's new faces: "I thought Kert Turner performed well, as we expected him to. Chris Ibezam's performance was much improved over his outing in Little Rock. We're trying to Bring Tramissian Davis along a little bit at a time, and I'm encouraged by what I saw."

On the short week of preparation: "The schedule makers didn't do us any favors, that's for sure. You never want to play back to back road games with less than a full week of preparation time in between. Our players will respond well. I wouldn't expect anything less."

Ron Selesky - Alabama

Selesky earned af2 Coach of the Year honors in 2002, guiding the expansion Albany Conquest to a regular-season mark of 13-3 and a Northeast Division title. He spent the 2001 season as the head coach of the Louisville Fire, leading the team to a 6-10 mark. He is an Arena Football League and af2 coaching veteran. He served as the defensive coordinator for the Columbus Destroyers in 2005 under Head Coach Chris Spielman. Prior to that, Selesky spent the 2004 season on the sidelines for the Carolina Cobras, beginning the year as the team's defensive coordinator before finishing the season as the head coach. Selesky spent the 2003 season as head coach and director of football operations for the Buffalo Destroyers, prior to the team relocating to Columbus, Ohio. He also served as the director of player personnel and assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Storm from 1997 to 1999. With the Storm, his teams compiled a 31-11 regular season record and earned a berth in the 1998 ArenaBowl.

THE SCHEDULES:

Bossier - Shreveport (6-2, Won 1)

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

Date Opponent Time Streak Series

6/8 At Alabama 7:00 W1 1-3

6/16 Corpus Christi 7:00 W1 1-0

6/29 At Amarillo 7:30 W1 1-3

7/7 ARKANSAS 7:00 L8 2-9

7/14 RIO GRANDE 7:00 W1 3-3

7/21 At WB/Scranton 6:00 None 0-0

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

ALABAMA (5-4, Lost1)

Date Opponent Result Score

3/30 At Tenn. Valley 7:00 L 27-44

4/12 S. GEORGIA 7:00 W 57-54

4/21 LOUISVILLE 7:00 W 63-47

4/28 At Tulsa 7:00 L 33-57

5/3 TEXAS 7:00 W 58-27

5/12 QUAD CITY 7:00 W 53-51

5/19 At Louisville 7:00 W 65-33

5/26 At Cincinnati 7:00 W 65-33

6/2 At Florida 7:00 L 21-29

Date Opponent Time Streak Series

6/8 BATTLEWINGS 7:00 L1

6/16 At WB/Scranton 7:30

6/30 TENN. VALLEY 7:00

7/7 At Oklahoma City 7:00

7/14 FLORIDA 7:00

7/21 At S. Georgia 7:00

7/28 CINCINNATI 7:00

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

STEELDOGS

Player Rank Category Stat

Ryan Hart 4 Passing avg. 271.8 ypg

Ryan Hart 4 Total offense 271.8 ypg

Ryan Hart 2 Pass efficiency 123.0

Ryan Hart T3 Passing TD's 49

Ryan Hart 1 Completions 202

Bakari Brown 1 Rec./ game 11.4

Bakari Brown 5 Scoring (TD's) 17.0 ppg

Bakari Brown 1 All Purpose yards 214.5 ypg

Antwuan Williams T8 Scoring (TD's) 15.8 ppg

Jeff Glas T6 Scoring (kick) 7.5 ppg

Jeff Glas T4 Field Goals 6 of 8

Eric Scott T7 Sacks 6.5

Eric Scott 4 Tack. for loss 9

BATTLEWINGS

Player Rank Category Stat

Jason Schule 3 Rushing avg. 27.8 ypg

Jason Schule 1 Rushing TD's 13

Jason Schule 4 Yards/ rush 5.3

Jason Schule 1 Rushing yards 250

Quincy Carter 6 Passing avg. 266.2

Quincy Carter 6 Total offense 271.7 ypg

Quincy Carter 3 Pass efficiency 117.9

Quincy Carter 1 Yards/ play 8.3

Quincy Carter 2 Yards/ completion 13.5

PJ Winston 5 Yards/ catch 17.4

Jamaal Perry Receptions

Kendrick Walker T4 Interceptions 6

Kendrick Walker 4 MFG return yards 106

Brian Hazelwood 1 Scoring (kick) 9.7 ppg

Brian Hazelwood 1 Field Goals 10 of 14

Brian Hazelwood 3 PAT kicking 57 of 70

Kenneth Williams 4 Tackles 59.5/6.6 pg

Elex Reed 1 Sacks 12

Elex Reed 1 Tackles for loss 16.5

Phillip Geiggar T7 Int. ret. TD's 1

Phillip Geiggar 5 Int. ret. yds. 3 for 101

TEAM NOTES/TRENDS:

The BattleWings are re-tooling for the second half of the season. Injuries to key players like Boss Walker, Brent Withers and Anthony Chambers have led to obvious roster moves.

MILESTONES:

The Battle Wings are seeking the second winning season in franchise history. The team's best season was 9-7. The Battle Wings, in six af2 seasons, have yet to reach the playoffs.

The Battle Wings have won more games in 2007 than they did over the last two seasons combined.

RECENT ROSTER MOVES (most recent first):

Date Action Player

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

FORWARD MOTION:

The Battlewings will home next weekend to play the Corpus Christi Sharks, a division opponent.

TALE OF THE TAPE: Here's how the Steeldogs and the Wings match up:

Statistical BATTLEWINGS STEELDOGS

Category Rank Stat Rank Stat

Scoring offense 4 57.7 21 45.8

Scoring defense 7 41.0 11 43.9

Pass offense 11 247.1 23 220.7

Pass defense 21 247.0 13 236.9

Kickoff returns 6 19.7 26 14.5

Turnover margin T9 +5 T11 +2

Rushing offense 3 35.1 ypg 16 19.2 ypg

Rushing defense 8 15.6 ypg 23 26.0 ypg

Total offense 5 282.2 ypg 23 239.9 ypg

Total defense 18 262.6 19 262.9

Pass efficiency 8 111.2 15 98.4

Pass def. efficiency 8 85.7 21 106.5

First downs 17 154 14 158

Opp. first downs T20 161 15 154

Sacks by 2 26 T14 13

Penalties 14 58.2 ypg T9 52.8 ypg

Opp. Penalties 26 49.1 10 61.3

Red Zone offense 4 37 of 44 5 31 of 37

Red Zone defense 4 23 of 35 8 27 of 38

3rd dn conversions 6 26 of 53 16 27 of 71

Opp 3rd dn conv. 16 32 of 78 26 26 of 56

Sacks against T5 7 25 22

Field Goals 4 10 of 14 17 5 of 18

PAT kicking 10 57 of 70 T8 47 of 57

Points kicking 1 87 7 62

Yards/ off. Play 1 7.2 22 5.5

Total off. Yards 2 2540 20 2159

Offensive TD's T3 65 T19 55

Yards per rush 2 4.5 15 2.7

Rushing TD's T4 16 T14 13

Pass yds/ comp. 4 12.7 27 10.2

Passing TD's T7 49 T16 42

Int. ret. avg. 9 15.5 ypr 1 24.7 ypr

Fumble ret. avg. 2 35.0 ypr 12 12.0 ypr

Interception returns T4 14/ 1 td 21 7/ 1 td

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME AWARD

(Selected by media)

Week Opp. Player

2 FTW Quincy Carter

3 TEX Quincy Carter

4 RGV Quincy Carter

5 LAL PJ Winston

6 CCS Jamaal Perry

8 MAN Gary Cooper

10 TEX Gary Cooper

IRONMAN OF THE GAME AWARD

(Selected by media)

Week Opp. Player

2 FTW Kendrick Walker

3 TEX Kendrick Walker

5 LAL Kendrick Walker

6 CCS PJ Winston

8 MAN Jason Schule

9 SGW PJ Winston

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME AWARD

(Selected by media)

Week Opp. Player

2 FTW Elex Reed

3 TEX Elex Reed

4 RGV Kenneth Williams

5 LAL Kendrick Walker

6 CCS Elex Reed

8 Man Marc Bacote

10 TEX Marvin Byrdsong

BATTLEWINGS INJURY REPORT:

Pos. Name Injury Status

WR Anthony Chambers Shoulder IR

DB Brent Withers Knee IR

DB Kendrick Walker Wrist IR

NG Quincy Myles Hamstring Doubtful

OL/DL Nick Codutti Elbow Doubtful

WR Terrance Jefferson Groin IR

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