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February 17, 2004 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) - Colorado Crush News Release


Colorado Crush (2-0)
at Chicago Crush (2-0)
Date: February 22, 2004
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m. MST
Site: Allstate Arena (16,000)
Officials: Steve Pamon – Referee, Jeff Carr – Umpire, Brent Durbin – Head Linesman, Tom Symonette – Line Judge, Tony Lombardo – Back Judge
Television: NBC (KUSA Ch. 9 in Denver)

Radio: KKZN 760 AM The Zone (Marc Stout and David Diaz-Infante)
Series Record: Chicago Leads 1-0
(This will be First Meeting in Chicago)
Last Meeting: Apr. 14, 2003 (Rush 76, CRUSH 58)
Coaches: Mike Dailey (2-0 in 2004, 65-46 Overall)
Mike Hohensee (2-0 in 2004, 75-71 Overall)

THE STAKES: First place in the American Central Division is on the line as the two undefeated teams square off. The Crush will be looking for their first three-game winning streak, their first two-game road win streak and their first-ever division lead without ties.

Colorado Crush
Date Opponent Time/Score Record
Fri, 2/6 LAS VEGAS W 43-42 1-0
Sat, 2/14 @ Grand Rapids W 55-37 2-0
Sun, 2/22 @ Chicago 1 p.m.
Fri, 2/27 AUSTIN 7 p.m.
Thu, 3/4 DETROIT 7 p.m.
Sun, 3/14 @ San Jose 6 p.m.
Sun, 3/21 @ Philadelphia 10 a.m.
Sat, 3/27 ARIZONA 7 p.m.
Sat, 4/3 INDIANA 1 p.m.
Sat, 4/10 @ Los Angeles 8:30 p.m.
Sun, 4/18 @ New York 1 p.m.
Fri, 4/23 GRAND RAPIDS 7 p.m.
Sun, 5/2 PHILADELPHIA 1 p.m.
Sun, 5/16 @ Indiana 1 p.m.
Sun, 5/23 @ Detroit 1 p.m.
Sun, 5/30 CHICAGO 2 p.m.

American Central Division
Team W L T PCT. PF PA H A Conf. Div. Strk
Chicago 2 0 0 1.000 106 84 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 W2
Colorado 2 0 0 1.000 98 79 1-0 1-0 2-0 1-0 W2
Detroit 1 1 0 .500 91 89 0-1 1-0 1-1 0-0 W1
Gr. Rapids 0 2 0 .000 67 105 0-1 0-1 0-2 0-2 L2
Indiana 0 2 0 .000 88 95 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-0 L2

ALL-TIME SERIES: The Rush won the only previous meeting, 76-58, at the Pepsi Center on 4/13/03 in Week 11 of last season, dropping the Crush to 1-10. The Crush led 14-7 midway through the first quarter, but surrendered 15 straight points to close the quarter and never led again. The Rush led by as many as 25 points en route to an easy win in front of a crowd of 17,417. Chicago’s Billy Dicken was named MVP and Lindsay Fleshman was Ironman.

RADIO/TV COVERAGE: This week’s game will be televised by NBC with Eli Gold calling the play-by-play, Charles Davis providing analysis and Mark Schanowski reporting from the sidelines. The game will be broadcast on KKZN (AM 760 The Zone), with Marc Stout handling the play-by-play duties and former Denver Bronco OL David Diaz-Infante serving as color commentator.
Practice Schedule
Monday, Feb. 16
No Practice

Tuesday, Feb. 17
4:00 p.m. Meeting @ Crush Facility

Wednesday, Feb. 18
11:00-1:00 p.m. Practice @ Crush Facility

Thursday, Feb. 19
11:00-1:00 p.m. Practice @ Crush Facility

Friday, Feb. 20
11:00-1:00 p.m. Practice @ Crush Facility

Saturday, Feb. 21
Depart for Chicago

Mike Dailey (Colorado Crush):
Dailey became the Crush’s second head coach on June 26, 2003. Dailey joined the Crush after seven seasons as head coach of the Indiana Firebirds, and his teams have compiled an overall record of 65-46, a winning percentage of .586. In 1999 Dailey led the Firebirds to their only ArenaBowl championship and a combined regular season/playoff record of 14-3, best in Firebirds history. He was named AFL Coach of the Year following that standout campaign. He joined the Firebirds prior to the 1992 season, spending five seasons as an assistant coach before being named head coach in 1997. Dailey began his Arena Football coaching career with the Washington Commandos where he served as offensive and defensive line coach. Prior to the AFL, Dailey worked as an Assistant Coach at Towson State University and was the Offensive Coordinator at Montgomery College-Rockville (MD).

Mike Hohensee (Chicago Rush):
In his 11th season as a head coach in the Arena Football League. Hohensee was hired as the first coach in Rush history on September 26, 2000. He
 has a regular-season record of 70-64 (including a
26-20 mark with the Rush) ... has a career 5-7 mark in the postseason.
 has led the Rush to three-consecutive playoff berths and a 2002 Central Division title
 is 1-0 against the Crush franchise.
 became the sixth head coach in AFL history to achieve 70 career wins (postseason wins included) ... his 70th win was April 13, 2003, at Colorado (76-58).

LEAGUE TOP 10s: Players from this week’s match-up who rank among the AFL’s statistical leaders in 2003.
Colorado Crush
Player Rank Category Stat
John Dutton 1st Yds/Completion 8.51
John Dutton 1st Fumble Recoveries 3
Kevin McKenzie T-1st Interceptions 1
Rashad Floyd T-1st Interceptions 1
Ahmad Hawkins T-1st Interceptions 1
Anthony Brenner 3rd Scoring (Kickers) 20
Saul Patu T-3rd Sacks 1.0
John Dutton 6th Completion Pct. 69.1%
Damian Harrell 8th Receiving Yards 186
John Dutton 9th QB Rating 123.9
John Dutton 10th Pass Completions 38
John Dutton 10th Passing Yards 468

TALE OF THE TAPE: Here’s how the Crush and the Rush stack up (through Week 2):
Category Rank Stat Rank Stat
Points per Game T-7th 49.0 6th 53.0
Points Allowed 4th 39.5 T-5th 42.0
Total Offense 13th 242.0 4th 273.5
Total Defense 3rd 223.5 1st 176.5
Pass Offense 11th 229.5 12th 228.0
Pass Defense 4th 203.0 1st 170.5
Rushing Offense 16th 12.5 1st 45.5
Rushing Defense 10th 20.5 1st 6.0
Kickoff Returns 19th 12.8 11th 18.7
Turnover Margin T-9th 0 3rd +3
Field Goal % T-3rd .500 1st 1.000
First Downs T-13th 17.5 5th 19.5
Opp. First Downs T-9th 18.0 T-11th 18.5
3rd Down Efficiency 19th .222 2nd .727
4th Down Efficiency T-1st 1.000 T-1st 1.000

Colorado Crush
Player Pos. Injury Status
Maurice Anderson OL/DL Right Knee on IR
Wade Davis WR/DB Lt. Hamstring Strain on IR
Windrell Hayes WR/DB Right Knee on IR
Nate Jacquet WR/DB Rt. Achilles’ Rupture on IR
John Peaua FB/LB Lt. Knee MCL Sprain on IR
Kamau Peterson WR/DB Left Ribs on IR
Derrick Pickens OL/DL Right Shoulder on IR
Tony Scott DS Foot Sprain on IR
Dwayne Stukes WR/DB Left Quad Strain on IR

Head Coach Mike Dailey on the Grand Rapids win: “It is always great to win, particularly on the road. Grand Rapids is always a hard place to play. I am excited though at the way we played. We are 2-0 and showed a great deal of improvement in all phases of the game from Week 1 to Week 2.”

Head Coach Mike Dailey on Chicago: “It is a big game for both teams. Both teams are 2-0 and this is a division game. They’ve got a very good team and Mike (Hohensee) is a great football coach. We are familiar with them and I am sure they are familiar with us. It should be a heck of a battle come Sunday.”

The Crush will return home to face the expansion Austin Wranglers in their first-ever meeting. The Wranglers won their inaugural game, 49-48 in overtime, over Orlando a week ago. They are 1-0 after having a bye in Week 1.

Third-year standout WR/DB Kevin McKenzie (5-11, 183, Washington State), was named the AFL’s U.S. Army Ironman of the Week after spearheading
the Crush with a great two-way performance in the 55-37 victory over Grand Rapids on 2/14. McKenzie recorded four receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown, added a 3-yard rushing touchdown, while recording 2.5 tackles and a 44-yard interception return for a touchdown on defense. This marks the second time that the former WSU Cougar has earned an AFL weekly honor.

The Crush are off to a 2-0 start, already equaling the win total from their entire inaugural season. They currently sit atop the American Central Division (tied with Chicago). Along with the quick start have come a few franchise firsts. Their 43-42 win over Las Vegas on 2/6 was their first home win after going 0-8 at the Pepsi Center in 2003. They are over .500 for the first time and have their first two-game winning streak. Should they win beat Chicago it would mark the first time they have ever been alone in first place, their first three-game winning streak, their first two-game road winning streak, and mark a franchise record for wins in a season.

OS Damian Harrell: In his sixth AFL season, Harrell has amassed 5,400 receiving yards on 384 catches, an average of 14.06 yards/catch, along with 108 career touchdowns (1 on return). He caught seven passes for 134 yards and a TD at Grand Rapids on 2/14, and scored two TDs in the final 12 seconds vs. Las Vegas to lift the Crush to a remarkable 43-42 come-from-behind win and was named Offensive Player of the Game.

QB John Dutton: The former Arena Bowl MVP (2002 w/ SJ) looked like it at Grand Rapids as he completed 20-of-24 passes for 264 yards and 4 TDs as he was named Offensive Player of the Game. A week earlier he threw two TDs in the final 12 seconds as the Crush defeated Las Vegas 43-42 to earn their first home win in franchise history. Finished 18-of-31 for 204 yards with the two TDs and an interception in the game.

Crush FB/LB Chad Dukes needs 23 rushing yards to pass Bo Kelly for third place on the AFL’s all-time rushing list. Dukes is already one of only four players in AFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in his career.

Career Rushing Yards
Player Team 2004 Career
Les Barley — — 1,382
Andre Bowden TAM — 1,194
Bo Kelly LV — 1,063
Chad Dukes COL 14 1,040
Bob McMillen CHI 43 907
Major Harris — — 832
Travis Pearson — — 829
Cedric McKinnon — — 793

OL/DL Kyle Moore-Brown: A true AFL Ironman, he is in his 10th season in the league and has never missed a game. The game at Chicago will mark his 142nd consecutive start.

Week Opp. Player
1 vs. Las Vegas Damian Harrell (COL))
2 @ Gr. Rapids John Dutton (COL)

(selected by media)
Week Opp. Player
1 vs. Las Vegas Ahmad Hawkins (COL)
2 @ Gr. Rapids Rashad Floyd (COL)

(selected by media)
Week Opp. Player
1 vs. Las Vegas Kevin McKenzie (COL)
2 @ Gr. Rapids Kevin McKenzie (COL)

WEEK 3 AFL ON NBC SCHEDULE, Sun., Feb. 22nd:

Colorado at Chicago, 1 pm
San Jose at Los Angeles, 1 pm
Tampa Bay at Austin, 1 pm
New Orleans at Georgia, 1 pm
Dallas at New York, 1 pm

(all times are Mountain)
The Crush were named recipient of the Arena Football League’s 2003 Commissioner’s Award. The Award is presented annually to the AFL franchise that has the best business operations in the League.
“This is a tremendous and unique honor for our organization. The collective commitment to excellence displayed by dozens of individuals in our organization allowed us to experience a memorable inaugural season in the AFL,” stated Ronald O. Sally, president of the Colorado Crush.

In addition to a new coaching staff, the Crush features a revamped roster. Only five players from last year’s inaugural season made the 2004 opening day roster.

Returning 2003 Players
John Dutton Saul Patu
Damian Harrell Bryant Shaw
Ahmad Hawkins

Legendary Denver Broncos QB and Crush chief executive officer and co-owner John Elway was among four players named as the NFL Hall of Fame class of 2004. Elway is the winningest quarterback in NFL history (148-82-1) and led the Broncos to five Super Bowls, including championships in his final two seasons. He was named MVP of Super Bowl XXXIII.

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