Colorado Crush game notes
Colorado Crush (10-4) at San Jose SaberCats (8-6)
Date: May 6, 2006
Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. MT
Site: HP Pavilion at San Jose (14,041)
Television: FSN (Tim Neverett: play-by-play, Howard Griffith: analyst, Dave Benz, sidelines)
* the game will be broadcast on tape delay airing at 9:00 p.m. MT
Radio: KHOW 630 AM (Mark Johnson: play-by-play, Andy Lindahl: analyst)
Coaches: Mike Dailey, Colorado (98-62, 10th Year)
Darren Arbet, San Jose (90-41, 8th Year)
Officials: Referee: Riley Johnson
Umpire: Rick Podraza
Head Linesman: Julian Mapp
Line Judge: Paul Engelberts
Back Judge: Bud McCleskey
Series Record: San Jose leads the all-time series 4-1
Colorado 40, @ San Jose 80 (2/22/03)
@ Colorado 49, San Jose 65 (4/27/03)
Colorado 35, @ San Jose 55 (3/14/04)
@ Colorado 41, San Jose 89 (4/22/05)
* @ Colorado 56, San Jose 48 (5/29/05)
* indicates postseason game
The 2006 Central Division Champion Colorado Crush head out for their final road game of the regular season when they travel to San Jose to face the SaberCats on Saturday, May 6th at 8:30 p.m. at the HP Pavilion.
The Crush are 0-2 versus the SaberCats in San Jose having fallen by an average of 30 points. Colorado has never defeated San Jose in the regular season going 4-1 all-time against the club, with their lone victory coming last season in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
Both teams enter the contest needing a win to help solidify their postseason positioning. A victory for the Crush would clinch the American Conference's top seed and give Colorado home field advantage throughout the playoffs for the second consecutive year. While a San Jose win clinches the Western Division for the SaberCats and moves them within one game of Colorado for the Conference's top seed.
Look for the Crush-SaberCats match-up to be a high scoring affair. Colorado holds the league's second highest scoring offense (56.3) and San Jose carries the AFL's fourth highest scoring offense (54.9).
The San Jose SaberCats enter the game riding the AFL's longest current win streak at five games. Last week, Colorado snapped Orlando's five-game win streak with a 75-54 victory over the Predators.
The SaberCats are led under center by nine-year veteran Mark Grieb. Last season, Grieb set a new AFL record with 4,796 passing yards and this season he has continued those efforts as he leads the AFL in total offense (304.4 yards per game) and passing yards (4,276).
SaberCat rookie WR/LB Ben Nelson is also making a strong case for AFL Rookie of the Year honors. Nelson has posted six games with 100+ yards receiving and is on pace to break Georgia's Troy Bergeron's 2005 rookie record of 1,372 receiving yards.
Tues, May 2- 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Practice at Mile High Greyhound Park
Wed, May 3- 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Practice at Mile High Greyhound Park
Thurs, May 4- 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Fri, May 5- Travel to San Jose
Sat, May 6- Crush at San Jose, 8:30 p.m. MT
Sun, May 7- Return to Denver
Mon, May 8- Practice TBA
COLORADO CRUSH (10-4)
Date OPPONENT RESULT SCORE
Jan. 29 CHICAGO W 65-56
Feb. 5 at Georgia W 61-59
Feb. 12 LAS VEGAS W 65-55
Feb. 18 at Nashville L 36-58
Feb. 26 at Philadelphia W 48-38
March 5 GRAND RAPIDS W 66-54
March 10 at Chicago W 49-42
March 19 at Los Angeles L 57-60
March 25 COLUMBUS L 21-65
April 1 NASHVILLE W 77-47
April 8 at Grand Rapids W 73-48
April 16 at Kansas City W 55-49
April 21 UTAH L 40-52
April 28 ORLANDO W 75-54
May 6 at San Jose
May 12 ARIZONA
CRUSH NEXT WEEK:
The Crush conclude the 2006 regular season hosting the Arizona Rattler on Friday, May 12 at 6:45 p.m. MT at Pepsi Center. At 7-7, Arizona is still looking to clinch a playoff berth and is within striking distance of San Jose for the Western Division's top spot. The Crush are 2-3 all-time against the Rattlers.
A look at how Colorado and San Jose match-up on both sides of the ball based on 2006 regular season statistics:
Statistical COLORADO SAN JOSE
Category Rank Stat Rank Stat
Scoring Offense 2nd 56.3 4th 54.9
Scoring Defense 10th 52.6 14th 53.3
Total Offense (yds/g) 9th 287.4 1st 316.1
Total Defense (yds/g) 4th 272.2 11th 286.4
Pass Offense 6th 272.4 1st 301.1
Pass Defense 5th 251.9 11th 270.9
Rushing Offense 13th 14.9 12th 15.0
Rushing Defense 9th 20.3 4th 15.4
Passer Rating 8th 111.4 6th 114.7
Def. Passer Rating 9th 107.9 12th 112.1
Kickoff Returns (y/rtn) 7th 17.7 14th 16.4
MFG Returns 6th 18.4 17th 9.5
Turnover Margin 16th -6 3rd +6
Field Goals 4th 7-13 13th 7-17
PATs 5th 99-108 11th 84-97
First Downs 4th 294 2nd 305
Opp. First Downs 10th 277 6th 265
Penalties (yds/g) 11th 42.7 18th 49.1
Sacks By 5th 17-76 9th 14-83
Sacks Against 5th 8-57 12th 14-80
Time of Possession 8th 30:26 4th 31:05
Red Zone Offense 4th 66-79 2nd 59-68
Red Zone Defense 18th 60-68 10th 57-71
Crush QB John Dutton began his AFL career with San Jose, playing there from 2000-02, leading the SaberCats to the ArenaBowl XVI title where he was named the game's MVP ... San Jose WR/LB Kevin McKenzie played in 37 games for Colorado during the 2004 and 2005 seasons winning a championship with the Crush last year.
THE CRUSH THIS SEASON ARE:
O H R
Overall Record 10-4 5-2 5-2
Overtime Games 0-0 0-0 0-0
Score first 6-1 3-1 3-0
Opponent scores first 4-3 2-1 2-2
Score 40+ points 10-2 5-1 5-1
Score less than 40 points 0-1 0-0 0-1
Games decided by 10+ pts 6-3 4-2 2-1
Games decided by 7 pts or less 2-0 1-0 1-0
Games decided by 3 pts or less 1-1 1-0 0-1
Lead at halftime 7-1 3-0 4-1
Trail at halftime 2-3 1-2 1-1
Are tied at halftime 1-0 1-0 0-0
Lead after 3rd quarter 9-1 5-0 4-1
Trail after 3rd quarter 0-3 0-2 0-1
Are tied after 3rd quarter 1-0 0-0 1-0
Lead time of possession 6-2 3-1 3-1
Trail time of possession 4-2 2-1 2-1
Positive turnover margin 6-0 3-0 3-0
Negative turnover margin 2-4 1-2 1-2
Even turnover margin 2-0 1-0 1-0
More total yards offense 6-3 1-1 5-2
Less total yards offense 4-1 4-1 0-0
On Fridays 1-1 0-1 1-0
On Saturdays 2-2 1-1 1-1
On Sundays 7-1 4-0 3-1
vs. American Conference 6-3 4-1 2-2
vs. Central Division 5-1 3-0 2-1
vs. Western Division 1-2 1-1 0-1
vs. National Conference 4-1 1-0 2-0
vs. Eastern Division 1-1 0-1 1-0
vs. Southern Division 3-0 1-0 2-0
Feb. 10, 2006- Signed QB Todd Hammel. Placed on Injured Reserve OL/DL Chris Berg.
Feb. 17, 2006- Activated from Injured Reserve OL/DL Craig Heimburger. Placed on Injured Reserve OL/DL Aaron Johnson.
Feb. 20, 2006- Waived WR/DB Toure Carter.
Feb. 25, 2006- Activated from Injured Reserve OL/DL Chris Berg.
March 5, 2006- Placed on Emergency Hold K Clay Rush. Signed Emergency K Jason Ball.
March 6, 2006- Placed on Injured Reserve K Clay Rush. Activated from Emergency Kicker Jason Ball.
March 9, 2006- Activated from Injured Reserve OL/DL Aaron Johnson. Placed on Injured Reserve OL/DL Craig Heimburger.
March 13, 2006 Waived K Jason Ball.
March 18, 2006- Re-Signed FB/LB Rich Young. Activated from Injured Reserve K Clay Rush, FB/LB Rich Young. Placed on Injured Reserve OL/DL Chris Watton.
March 24, 2006- Re-Signed OL/DL Chris Berg. Activated from Injured Reserve OL/DL Craig Heimburger. Placed on Injured Reserve OL/DL Chris Berg.
March 31, 2006- Re-Signed OL/DL Seante Williams. Activated from Injured Reserve OL/DL Chris Watton, OL/DL Seante Williams. Placed on Injured Reserve OL/DL Craig Heimburger, FB/LB Rich Young.
April 7, 2006- Re-Signed WR/DB Evan Hlavacek. Activated from Injured Reserve WR/DB Evan Hlavacek. Placed on Injured Reserve OL/DL Seante Williams.
April 29, 2006- Activated from Injured Reserve OL/DL Craig Heimburger. Placed on Injured Reserve WR/DB Evan Hlavacek. Signed to Practice Squad DS Tony Scott.
MIKE DAILIEY, Colorado (98-62, 10th Year): Dailey enters his third season in Colorado and tenth as head coach in the AFL, after becoming the Crush's second head coach on June 26, 2003. Dailey joined the Crush following 13 seasons in the Albany/Indiana Firebirds organization, including the final seven as head coach.
One of the most successful and well-respected coaches in AFL history, his teams have made seven postseason appearances and he has won four division titles and two championships.
Last season under Dailey's guidance, the Crush captured their first Central Division title en route to claiming a 51-48 victory in ArenaBowl XIX giving Colorado their first AFL championship in only their third year of existence. With the team's win over Chicago in the American Conference championship game on June 5th, Dailey became the fourth winningest coach in AFL history surpassing Perry Moss.
In his first season in Colorado, Dailey helped guide the Crush to the largest turnaround in AFL history, inheriting a 2-14 team and leading them to an 11-5 record in 2004, tied for the best in the league. He also led the Crush to their first playoff appearance and first win, advancing to the AFL Semifinals.
In 1999, Dailey led the Firebirds to their only ArenaBowl championship and was named AFL Coach of the Year. Before being named head coach of the Firebirds in 1997,
Dailey served as an assistant in Albany for five seasons.
Dailey began his AFL coaching career with the Washington Commandos where he served as offensive/defensive line coach in 1990. He joined the Firebirds organization in the same capacity in 1991.
Prior to the AFL, Dailey worked as an assistant coach at Towson State University and was the offensive coordinator at Montgomery College-Rockville (Md.). Dailey got his start in coaching in 1981 as a 22-year-old assistant at Georgetown Prep High School in Rockville, Md. The move to coaching followed a semi-pro football career in the Washington D.C. area.
All-Time Winningest AFL Coaches
Rank Name-Team Wins
1. Tim Marcum- Tampa Bay 183
2. Danny White- Utah 147
3. Mike Hohensee- Chicago 100
4. Mike Dailey- Colorado 98
5. Darren Arbet- San Jose 90
6. Perry Moss- not active 86
7. Michael Trigg- not active 80
8. John Gregory- not active 73
9. Jay Gruden- Orlando 73
DARREN ARBET, San Jose (90-41, 8th Year): Now in his eighth season at the helm of the SaberCats, two-time Coach of the Year Darren Arbet moved into sole possession of 5th place on the AFL's all-time wins list surpassing Perry Moss when San Jose defeated Tampa Bay on Apr. 7. It was Arbet's 87th career victory.
Last season Arbet led the SaberCats to their 6th consecutive winning season and playoff appearance. Since the start of the 2000 season his teams have compiled a 74-29 (.718) regular season record and have set league records for most regular season wins (13 - 2002), most wins in a season (16- 2002), most consecutive wins in a regular season (12 - 2002), most wins to end a season (11 - 2000) and the longest regular season win streak (15 - 2000-01).
Last season Arbet became the second fastest head coach to reach 80 career wins, doing it in 111 games. Only Tampa Bay's Tim Marcum, who reached the 80-win mark in 96 games, got to that milestone quicker.
DENVER- The Colorado Crush (10-4) moved one step closer to claiming home field advantage throughout the AFL playoffs with a 75-54 win over Orlando (9-5) snapping the Predators five game win streak.
Offensive Player of the Game, Colorado offensive specialist, Damian Harrell set or tied multiple AFL and career marks on the night helping lift the Crush to their 10th victory of the season. Harrell established a new career-high with 15 receptions for 172 yards and a career-high tying five touchdowns. His five scores on the night gives him 51 total touchdowns on the season tying the AFL single-season record for most touchdowns. Harrell also broke the league mark for receiving touchdowns in a single-season of 46 touchdowns. His 172 receiving yards for the game moves his career total to 10,137 receiving yards, as he becomes only the sixth player in AFL history to surpass the 10,000 receiving yard mark.
The game began with both quarterbacks throwing interceptions on their first drives. Colorado's John Dutton and Orlando's Joe Hamilton would settle in though with big first halves, combining for seven touchdowns. Colorado made the game's first score when Damian Harrell hauled in his AFL record setting 47th receiving touchdown of the season on a six-yard pass from Dutton. Orlando would answer with one play to bring the score to seven-all when Hamilton found Jimmy Fryzel on a 45-yard pass. Both teams exchanged scores the rest of the first quarter, and Colorado held a 21-14 advantage after one period.
The Crush defense forced their second stop of the game on Orlando's first drive of the second quarter when Predator kicker Jay Taylor missed a 22-yard field goal attempt. Colorado quickly seized the opportunity as Dutton hit Andy McCullough on a one-play 30-yard touchdown pass. Crush kicker Clay Rush would miss the ensuing PAT attempt leaving the score, 27-14, Colorado. The miss was Rush's first in his last 50 attempts, which was the longest streak in the AFL since 2004. Each team would score two more times before the halftime break with the final touchdown coming on a two-yard pass from Dutton to Harrell with two seconds showing on the clock giving the Crush a 41-28 lead after two quarters of play.
Both teams scored on their opening drives of the second half, before Hamilton threw his second interception of the game on Orlando's second possession. Defensive Player of the Game Rashad Floyd hauled in the Hamilton miscue and returned it 15 yards for a score to put the Crush up 54-35. Colorado built their largest lead of the game of 27 points, 75-48, with 8:32 remaining in the game when Dutton threw his career-high tying ninth touchdown pass to McCullough on a nine-yard strike. Dutton finished the game passing for 345 yards on 29-of-39 throws with nine touchdowns and one interception. Orlando would tack on one more score on a two-yard catch by Doug Miller from Predator back-up QB Jake Eaton, as the Crush took the 75-54 win.
LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET:
DENVER -- The Colorado Crush defense came up with a pair of fourth-quarter stops -- including one with 42 seconds remaining -- to preserve a 56-48 first-round Arena Football League playoff win over the San Jose SaberCats in front of 13,315 at Pepsi Center on Sunday afternoon.
With the win, the Crush (11-6) advances to the American Conference championship game, where the team will face the Chicago Rush, who defeated the Los Angeles Avengers in a concurrent game Sunday afternoon. The SaberCats saw their bid for back-to-back ArenaBowl titles end with the loss; their season concludes at 9-8.
Colorado turned back three years of frustration in the win -- the team's first in five tries against the SaberCats. The SaberCats won the previous four meetings in the series by an average of 31 points, and had throttled Colorado 89-41 just 37 days earlier at Pepsi Center.
The Crush served notice early that the shellacking of April would not be repeated. Wide receiver/linebacker Kevin McKenzie opened the contest with a 56-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, and Colorado's defense subsequently notched the first of four stops by holding San Jose to three yards on a 5-play opening drive. The Crush then scored on a 37-yard touchdown pass from John Dutton to Andy McCullough to take a 14-0 lead just 4:55 into the game -- a far cry from the teams' last meeting, when the SaberCats scored 35 straight points en route to a 56-14 halftime lead.
Colorado would not trail until the 4:27 mark of the third quarter, when San Jose's Barry Wagner scored on a 1-yard run to put the SaberCats in front 42-35. But that lead lasted just one minute and 47 seconds, as the Crush responded by tying the score on a Dutton pass to Willis Marshall. San Jose would never lead again.
McCullough and Damian Harrell each broke the century mark in receiving yardage worth 122 and 102 yards through the air, respectively. Each scored twice. San Jose's Mark Grieb threw for 392 yards and six touchdowns in the loss.
THINGS TO WATCH:
Colorado Crush offensive specialist and reigning AFL Offensive Player of the Year Damian Harrell currently leads the AFL in scoring, scoring TDs, receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.
Versus Orlando (4/30), Harrell hauled in a career-high 15 receptions and a career-high tying five touchdowns. As part of his five-TD performance against the Predators, he set a new AFL single-season record for most receiving touchdowns (previously 46) and tied the AFL mark for most single-season total touchdown of 51.
With his 172 receiving yards on the night vs. Orlando, he became only the sixth player in AFL history to surpass the 10,000 career receiving yard mark.
Harrell also leads the AFL with 306 points scored. He is on pace for 350 points, which would break the single-season record of 310 set by San Jose WR/DB Barry Wagner in 1997, while Wagner was playing for the Orlando Predators.
HARRELL REC YARDS TDS
2006 Current 138 1,730 51
AFL Rank 1st 1st 1st
2006 Pace 158 1,977 58
AFL Record 154 1,982 46
TACKING ON ONE:
While Damian Harrell and Kyle Moore-Brown are continuing their AFL record streaks, kicker Clay Rush quietly posted a record streak of his own.
Rush connected on 49 straight PAT attempts, the longest streak in the AFL since 2004 when Jay Taylor of Orlando made 45 consecutive PATs.
Rush's streak spanned over two months from the third quarter at Philadelphia (2/26) to second quarter of vs. Orlando (4/30).
ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH:
After finishing their inaugural season 0-8 at home, the Crush are now 20-5 under Mike Dailey (2-0 in the postseason) at Pepsi Center. Two of the three losses consist of an overtime field goal by Indiana's kicker Clay Rush (now with Colorado) in 2004, and a 51-48 Chicago win in 2005 on a field goal with three seconds remaining.
BUILDING A WINNING TRADITION:
The Crush are the winningest team in the AFL since head coach Mike Dailey's arrival, having tied for the league's best record in 2004 (11-5) and finishing with the American Conference's top seed in 2005 (10-6).
Team 2004 2005 2006 Total
Colorado 11 10 10 31
Orlando 10 10 9 29
New York 9 10 9 28
San Jose 11 9 8 28
Tampa Bay 9 10 7 26
Chicago 11 9 5 25
Los Angeles 9 10 3 22
After allowing 14 sacks in 2003 (12 on Dutton), the Crush pass protection has been stellar under head coach Mike Dailey. The team allowed just four sacks in 2004, and none after Week 6 at San Jose (3/14/04). Colorado did not allow a sack in their final 446 offensive plays of the 2004 regular season (10+ games).
The Crush allowed just six sacks in 2005, which includes an unforced fumble by QB John Dutton that the Crush recovered, on the opening play vs. Los Angele (2/27/05). On the 2005 season, Colorado held 10 opponents sackless.
The Crush have now allowed just 13 sacks in their last 38 regular season games (total of 1,783 plays).
IS THAT THE SAME TEAM:
Just one week after scoring a franchise-low 21 points vs. Columbus (3/25), the Crush came back and tied their franchise-high scoring 77 points against Nashville (4/1).
In addition to the team record for points, Colorado also set a club-record for total touchdowns with 11 and set season highs for margin of victory (30), penalties (13) and penalty yardage (74).
The defeat handed Nashville their worst loss ever while, the Kats allowed more points than they ever have -- a history that includes the team's previous incarnation from 1997-2001.
Individually, a few Crush players had career nights against Nashville.
- WR/DB Ahmad Hawkins' two touchdown receptions were a career-high.
- Kicker Clay Rush tied his franchise record of making 11 extra points without a miss, matching the mark he set last year against the Philadelphia Soul, the only other time the Crush has scored 77 points.
- QB John Dutton threw a career-high tying nine touchdown passes.
- OS Damian Harrell tied his career-high with five touchdown receptions.
OH WHAT A NIGHT:
In a 65-21 loss to the Columbus Destroyers on March 25th, the Crush set several new club records- some good and some not so good.
Colorado committed a record seven turnovers on the night (four fumbles and three interceptions). The previous mark was six turnovers at San Jose (2/22/03).
The Crush's 21-point output was the club's lowest in their four-year history (previous 28 points @ New York 5/21/05).
The 44-point defeat was the second worse in team history only behind a 48-point loss to San Jose (41-89 on 4/22/05).
The lone bright spot on the night was the Crush defense was able to limit the Destroyers to just 173 yards of total offense setting a new team-record (188 @ New York, 4/18/04).
IT'S NOT OVER TILL IT'S OVER:
Since head coach Mike Dailey has arrived in Colorado in 2004, the Crush have claimed victory in the final minute of the game in six contests. Both of the Crush wins in 2006 have come down to the final 60 seconds of play.
- vs. Las Vegas (2/6)- QB John Dutton tosses two touchdown passes to OS Damian Harrell in the final 12 seconds to give Colorado a stunning 43-42 victory.
- at Detroit (5/23)- QB John Dutton found WR/DB Willis Marshall for a 10-yard touchdown pass with one second on the clock as the Crush won 45-42.
- vs. Nashville (5/13)- K Clay Rush splits the uprights on a 31-yard field goal as time expires to give Colorado a 52-49 win.
- vs. Georgia (6/12)- K Clay Rush connects on a 20-yard field goal as time expires to give the Crush a 56-48 victory in ArenaBowl XIX.
- vs. Chicago (1/29)- QB John Dutton hits OS Damian Harrell for a touchdown with one second remaining as the Crush go on to win 65-56.
- at Georgia (2/5)- QB John Dutton finds OS Damian Harrell for a 13-yard touchdown with 45 seconds left to lift Colorado to a 61-59 victory.
Following his selection to the All-Ironman team last season, Willis Marshall is making a case to make it two years in a row.
Against Grand Rapids (3/5), Marshall amassed 275 all-purpose yards, the second highest single-game total in team history (291- Willis Marshall, vs. San Jose 4/22/05).
His 198 kickoff return yards vs. the Rampage were also second all-time in club history (227- Willis Marshall, vs. San Jose 4/22/05).
Currently, he stands fourth in the AFL in all-purpose yards with 2,290 on the season (54 rushing, 814 receiving and 1,422 return).
MAN OF STEEL:
A true AFL Ironman, Kyle Moore-Brown is in his 12th season in the league and has never missed a game. ArenaBowl XIX marked his AFL record 176th consecutive start. The first 139 all came with the Firebirds organization before he signed with the Crush prior to the 2004 season.
With Grand Rapids OL/DL Otis Moore missing two games in 2005, Moore-Brown now stands alone in the record books with 172 straight regular season games. Each had appeared in every game since 1995, with Moore-Brown having the overall edge with more playoff appearances.
AFL Record for Consecutive Games
Player (current team) Reg. Season Playoffs Total
Kyle Moore-Brown (Col.)* 172 18 190
Otis Moore (Gra.) 153 1 155
JUST FOR KICKS:
Crush kicker Clay Rush is among the all-time great AFL kickers. A two-time AFL Kicker of the Year, Rush currently ranks fourth on the all-time scoring list by kickers and fifth for field goals made.
AFL All-Time Leading Scorers (Kickers)
Rk Player Years Pres. Tm Points
1. Mike Black 1993-04 n/a 1,240
2. Steve Videtich 1996-pres. Utah 1,366
3. Remy Hamilton 1998-pres. L.A. 1,197
4. Clay Rush 1999-pres. Colorado 1,021
5. Daron Alcorn 1997-04 n/a 771
6. Kenny Stucker 1994-99, 2003 n/a 754
AFL Most All-Time Field Goals Made
Rk Player Years Pres. Tm FGM
1. Mike Black 1993-04 n/a 175
2. Steve Videtich 1996-pres. Utah 165
3. Remy Hamilton 1998-pres. L.A. 156
4. Kenny Stucker 1994-99, 2003 n/a 118
5. Clay Rush 1999-pres. Colorado 117
6. Daron Alcorn 1997-04 n/a 100
A BROKEN RECORD:
Damian Harrell has caught a touchdown pass in an AFL record 63 straight regular season games, including all 59 games as a member of the Crush. That streak is also the longest active streak of consecutive games scoring a TD. He broke the record for consecutive games with a receiving touchdown on 4/3/05 in the win over Las Vegas. It is also second-longest streak of consecutive games with a TD. Harrell's streak began with the Toronto Phantoms vs. Carolina on 7/4/02.
AFL Consecutive Games with a TD Reception
Player (team) Stk began Stk ended # Games
Damian Harrell (Tor/Col) 2002 (Wk 12) --- 63
Eddie Brown (Albany) 1997 (Wk 3) 2000 (Wk 1) 41
Eddie Brown (Albany) 1994 (Wk 1) 1996 (Wk 14) 33
Chris Jackson (LA) 2000 (Wk 1) 2002 (Wk 7) 28
AFL Consecutive Games Scoring a Touchdown
Player (team) Stk began Stk ended # Games
Eddie Brown (Alb/Ind) 1997 (Wk 3) 2002 (Wk 3) 65
Damian Harrell (Tor/Col) 2002 (Wk 12) --- 63
Chris Jackson (LA) 2000 (Wk 1) 2003 (Wk 14) 47
Barry Wagner (Orlando) 1992 (Wk 10) 1996 (Wk 11) 43
Eddie Brown (Albany) 1994 (Wk 1) 1996 (Wk 14) 33
THE STREAK STOPS HERE:
In Week 2, with the Crush's 61-59 victory over Georgia, Colorado snapped the Force's 11-game regular season home winning streak. Georgia's steak was tied for the third longest in AFL history. The Force had also won two playoff games in Philips Arena pushing their mark to 13 straight home games before the lost to Colorado.
Three weeks later, the Crush ended the Philadelphia Soul's perfect mark at home for the 2006 season. The Soul had started the year a perfect 3-0 at the Wachovia Center before Colorado captured a 48-38 victory on 2/26/06.
In a Week 7 contest at Chicago (3/10), the Crush broke through for their first-ever victory in Allstate Arena in three times with a 49-42 win. The victory also gave Colorado their first-ever season sweep over the Rush.
Last week, Colorado ended the Orlando Predators five-game win streak with a 75-54 victory at Pepsi Center. During their run, the Predators had only been allowing 30.8 points per game before the Crush posted 75 points.
AMONG THE BEST:
Here is a break-down on where some of the Crush players rank in the AFL in various categories this season:
PLAYER CATEGORY AFL RANK
OL/DL- Dustin Barno
QB- John Dutton
Passing TDs 2nd
Passing Yards 4th
Total Offense 4th
DS- Rashad Floyd
Passes Defended 5th
OS- Damian Harrell
Scoring (TDs) 1st Receptions 1st
Receiving Yards 1st
Receiving TDs 1st
WR/DB- Ahmad Hawkins
MFG Returns T-2nd
MFG Return Yards 3rd
WR/LB- Willis Marshall
All-Purpose Yards 4th
Kick Returns 2nd
Kick Return Yards 2nd
K- Clay Rush
PAT Kicking Pct. 5th
AND THE AWARD GOES TO:
The Crush have been recognized for some of their achievements this season, both as a team and as players by being honored with the following awards:
AFLWA Schutt Top 12 Poll
# 1 ranking- Week 1
# 1 ranking- Week 2
# 1 ranking- Week 3
# 1 ranking- Week 4
# 1 ranking- Week 7
# 1 ranking- Week 8
AFL Offensive Player of the Week
John Dutton- Week 1
Damian Harrell- Week 12
Damian Harrell- Week 14
AFL ADT Defensive Player of the Week
Rashad Floyd- Week 10
Rashad Floyd- Week 11
Beckett.com Player of the Week
John Dutton- Week 1
Damian Harrell- Week 12
AFLWA Player of the Week
Damian Harrell- Week 1
AFLWA Player of the Week
John Dutton- Week 10
ArenaFan Offensive Player of the Week
Damian Harrell- Week 1
Damian Harrell- Week 6
ArenaFan Defensive Player of the Week
Rashad Floyd- Week 3
Rashad Floyd- Week 10
AFLWA pre-season Offensive Player of the Year
AFLWA pre-season Defensive Player of the Year
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