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February 28, 2006 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) - Columbus Destroyers News Release

QUICK FACTS:
Columbus Destroyers (2-3) at
New York Dragons (3-2)
Date: Friday, Mar. 3, 2006
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Site: Nassau Coliseum (11,295)
Officials: Bill McCabe (Referee), Jeff Carr (Umpire), Kelly Saalfeld (Head Linesman), R.G. Detillier (Line Judge), Jimmy Buchanan (Back Judge)
Radio: Columbus' flagship station WAZU-107.1 FM "The Big Wazoo" will broadcast the game live with Jeff Piecoro (play-by-play) and Rob Blackman (color) on the call.
Television: None.
Series Record: The Destroyers and Dragons have met 12 times, and the Dragons hold an 8-4 edge. The Dragons, along with the Las Vegas Gladiators are the most common opponent for the Destroyers as the Destroyers have faced both teams 12 times.
Series Streaks: The Destroyers and Dragons both enter this weekend's contest coming off a victory this past weekend. The Dragons have won the past two meetings.
Coaches: Columbus, Doug Kay, first season in Columbus, fourth overall (2-3, 18-32 overall).
New York, Weyland Harding, second season (3-2, 13-8 overall).

OVERVIEW: The Destroyers are familiar with the Iowa Barnstormers/New York Dragons franchise as the teams have met 12 times in history. There only is one other team that can say the same thing as the Dragons is the New Jersey Red Dogs/Gladiators/Las Vegas Gladiators franchise.

The Buffalo Destroyers and Iowa Barnstormers faced off twice, with the Barnstormers taking home victories in both games. Following the 2000 season, the Barnstormers franchise became the New York Dragons. The Dragons and Destroyers have met 10 times and the Dragons have a 6-4 edge. The Dragons are 4-1 at home against the Destroyers.

Both teams enter the game coming off a win this past weekend. It is a big game for both teams as the Destroyers are looking to gain some ground in the Eastern Division battle and hold an early head-to-head edge over the Dragons. The Dragons will look to maintain their hold on their second place tie with Philadelphia.

COLUMBUS DESTROYERS (2-3)
Date Opponent Time Result Record
1/29 GRAND RAPIDS 3:00 W, 57-28 1-0
2/3 at Nashville 8:00 L, 27-53 1-1
2/11 DALLAS 7:00 L, 38-52 1-2
2/19 at Kansas City 2:00 L, 24-45 1-3
2/24 ARIZONA 7:00 W, 42-26 2-3
3/3 at New York 7:30 - -
3/10 GEORGIA 7:00 - -
3/18 PHILADELPHIA 7:00 - -
3/25 at Colorado 9:00 - -
4/1 at Dallas 7:30 - -
4/9 ORLANDO 3:00 - -
4/14 NEW YORK 7:00 - -
4/21 at Philadelphia 7:00 - -
4/29 at Austin 8:00 - -
5/6 TAMPA BAY 7:00 - -
5/13 at San Jose 10:30 - -
*All Times Eastern

NEW YORK DRAGONS (3-2)
Date Opponent Time Result Record
1/28 NASHVILLE 7:00 L, 28-57 0-1
2/3 at Chicago 8:30 W, 51-47 1-1
2/11 at Utah 9:00 W, 84-81 2-1
2/19 at Philadelphia 3:00 L, 59-75 2-2
2/26 ORLANDO 1:00 W, 35-55 3-2
3/3 COLUMBUS 7:30 - -
3/12 at Austin 3:00 - -
3/18 At Tampa Bay 7:30 - -
3/24 KANSAS CITY 7:30 - -
4/1 GRAND RAPIDS 7:00 - -
4/9 DALLAS 1:00 - -
4/14 at Columbus 7:00 - -
4/22 at Los Angeles 10:30 - -
4/29 PHILADELPHIA 7:00 - -
5/6 GEORGIA 7:00 - -
5/13 at Dallas 8:00 - -
*All Times Eastern

A COLUMBUS WIN OVER NEW YORK WOULD...

- Give the Destroyers a 3-3 record on the season
- Give the Destroyers their first road victory of the season
- Give the Destroyers their first win at New York since the team moved to Columbus in 2004
- Give the Destroyers a 5-8 record overall against the Dragons

DESTROYERS Last Week:
Arizona Rattlers 26
Columbus Destroyers 42
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Columbus quarterback John Kaleo had two second-half touchdown runs to break open a one-point game at the half as the Destroyers defeated the Arizona Rattlers, 42-26 in front of 12,097 fans on Huntington Field at Nationwide Arena. Kaleo's touchdown runs were the 50th and 51st of his career.

Arizona offensive specialist Damien Groce earned Offensive Player of the Game honors after he caught five passes for 84 yards and three touchdowns. Columbus fullback/linebacker Leroy Thompson and defensive specialist Jerald Brown earned Ironman of the Game and Defensive Player of the Game awards, respectively.

Thompson finished the game with 28 rushing yards and a touchdown on 10 carries as well as a tackle and pass breakup on defense. Brown recorded two interceptions, one pass breakup and a tackle.

The Destroyers defense flexed their muscles on the opening drive, stopping the Rattlers on four consecutive plays from within the 10-yard line, including two plays from the 1-yard line. The Destroyers took over on downs and proceeded to march the length of the field as Thompson ran the ball in from the three yards out to give the Destroyers a 7-0 lead.

After the Destroyers' defense posted their second consecutive defensive stop, the offense responded with their second consecutive touchdown. An 11-yard touchdown pass from Kaleo to offensive specialist Carl Bond, gave the Destroyers a 14-0 lead in the opening minutes of the second quarter, a lead the Destroyers would refuse to relinquish.

Keeping the score close, Columbus and Arizona entered halftime with the Destroyers leading 21-20 after exchanging touchdowns. Columbus fullback/linebacker Harold Wells scored his first career rushing touchdown on an 11-yard plunge.

Columbus opened the second half with a 1-yard touchdown run by Kaleo, which was his 50th all-time. After Brown intercepted Bonner in the endzone, Bond again found himself on the receiving end of a Kaleo touchdown pass, putting the Destroyers up 35-20 at the end of the third quarter. Columbus and Arizona would once again exchange touchdowns to finish the game with a 42-26 Columbus victory.

THIS WEEK's OPPONENT:

The New York Dragons have been a part of the Arena Football League since the 2001 season after starting out as the Iowa Barnstormers in 1995.

The Barnstormers/Dragons have been a successful franchise throughout history as the team competed for a pair of ArenaBowl titles in 1996 and 1997. In the franchise's 11-plus seasons, the team has compiled a record of 103-75.

The Dragons are under the guidance of second year head coach Weyland Harding. Harding is a familiar name to the Destroyers franchise as he was a coach for the team in both Buffalo and Columbus in 2000, 2002 and 2003.

Since the franchise moved to New York, the Dragons have held a 6-4 mark against the Destroyers with a 4-1 record at Nassau Coliseum.

The Dragons have been led by quarterback Aaron Garcia, who has been with the franchise since 1998. Garcia, a future AFL Hall of Famer, was injured this past weekend in the third quarter of the Dragons 55-35 victory over Orlando. Garcia fractured his tibia in his right leg. He is out indefinitely and will miss this weekend's game after being placed on the Injured Reserve list on Monday.

LAST MEETING WITH NEW YORK:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - The Columbus Destroyers trailed 9-7 after the first quarter of play and were unable to recover in a 56-44 loss to the New York Dragons in front of 11,727 fans at Nassau Coliseum.

The Dragons got on the scoreboard first, after Aaron Garcia found Kevin Swayne from 34 yards out. On the next drive, they would add a 32-yard field goal to go ahead 9-0.

The Destroyers got on the board when Ryan Vena found Damien Groce from 4 yards out. The Destroyers would close to within a point on numerous occasions, but were never able to fully overcome the deficit.

Garcia took home Offensive Player of the Game honors after he completed 29-of-37 passes for 307 yards and seven touchdowns. He only threw one interception.

New York wide receiver/linebacker Chris Anthony took home Ironman of the Game honors. Anthony led the team in receiving with seven receptions for 45 yards and three touchdowns. Anthony also had a kickoff return for 13 yards in the victory.
ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS VS. ARIZONA
Date Score
May 7, 2005 at New York 56, Columbus 44
Mar. 26, 2005 New York 56, at Columbus 55
Apr. 10, 2004 at Columbus 65, New York 55
Mar. 20, 2004 at New York 62, Columbus 41
May 11, 2003 New York 49, at Buffalo 30
Apr. 6, 2003 Buffalo 46, at New York 39
June 8, 2002 at Buffalo 40, New York 35
Apr. 28, 2002 at New York 69, Buffalo 54
June 8, 2001 at Buffalo 58, New York 51
Apr. 27, 2001 at New York 70, Buffalo 58
Apr. 22, 2000 Iowa 56, at Buffalo 35
June 12, 1999 at Iowa 49, Buffalo 42
DESTROYERS NOTABLES:

DROP BACK
The Destroyers returned to the winning column this past Friday as they defeated the Arizona Rattlers by a count of 42-26 in front of 12,097 fans on Huntington Field at Nationwide Arena. Destroyers' defensive specialist Jerald Brown intercepted two passes for the second straight week to take home ADT Defensive Player of the Game honors. Quarterback John Kaleo completed 21-of-34 passes for 202 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Kaleo also became the seventh player in Arena Football League history to rush for 50 touchdowns or more in his career when he rushed for his first of two scores Friday.

FORWARD MOTION
After Friday's game at New York, the Destroyers will return home for their first two-game homestand of the season. On Friday, Mar. 10, the Destroyers will host the Georgia Force (3-2) at 7 p.m. and return to Eastern Division action the following weekend when they host the Philadelphia Soul on Saturday, Mar. 18. The Destroyers and Force have met four times in history with the Force holding a 3-1 edge. The Destroyers and Force met in Week 6 in 2005 with the Force winning 55-48.

HEAD COACHES
DOUG KAY: The Destroyers hired Doug Kay as head coach on July 14, 2005. Kay is in his first season in Columbus and brings 12 years of Arena Football coaching experience. In 10 of his 12 seasons, Kay's teams have qualified for the playoffs, including two ArenaBowl championships. Kay also has coached the Charlotte Rage (1995) and the Carolina Cobras (2000-01).

WEYLAND HARDING: In his second season as the head coach of the Dragons, Harding is no stranger to the Destroyers franchise. Harding began his coaching career with the Destroyers in 2000 as the defensive backs coach. He returned to the Destroyers in 2002 as the defensive coordinator where he continued that role through the 2004 season.
WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU?, PART 2: Destroyers defensive specialist Jerald Brown is really coming on as of late. For the second consecutive week, Brown intercepted two passes. This past weekend, he helped the Destroyers hold off the Arizona Rattlers 42-26. In his first game against his former team, Brown picked off AFL veteran quarterback Sherdrick Bonner first in the Rattlers' endzone to stop Arizona's first drive of the second half with the Destroyers leading 28-20. The Destroyers went on to score on the ensuing drive to take a 35-20 lead into the fourth quarter. Brown then sealed the victory in the fourth quarter when he picked off Bonner's pass with 18 seconds remaining on the clock. He combined to return both kicks for a total of 60 yards. On the season, he has returned four interceptions for an Arena Football League best 108 yards. His four interceptions rank second-best in the League.

RUSHING TO A RECORD: The game of Arena Football is not known for its running game. Rather, it is more widely known for its passing game. However, the Destroyers this season have seen two players hit career milestones on the rushing side of things. Earlier this season, fullback/linebacker Leroy Thompson rushed for his 1,000th career rushing yard, becoming the sixth player in AFL history to do so. This past weekend against the Rattlers, quarterback John Kaleo hit a career milestone when he rushed for his 50th and 51st touchdowns of his career. Kaleo is the seventh player in AFL history to rush for 50 or more touchdowns in his career. He joins teammate Thompson (64), Todd Hammel (64), Les Barley (71), Bo Kelly (73), Andre Bowden (93) and Barry Wagner (125).

DEFENSE CONTINUES TO SHINE: The Destroyers defense has been a force all season and has really given opposing offense's some fits. That trend continued this past weekend, as the Destroyers forced two turnovers and held the Rattlers to 26 points en route to a 42-26 victory. The Destroyers are second in the League in points allowed, giving up an average of 41.2 points per outing. They rank in the top five in the remaining defensive categories. The team leads the AFL in fewest touchdowns allowed. On the season, Destroyers opponents have scored 23 touchdowns against the defense. The Nashville Kats are second, having allowed 24 touchdowns this season, and the Kansas City Brigade is third, having allowed 25 touchdowns this season.

CALL IT A TRIFECTA, IN A BIG WAY
The Columbus Destroyers will welcome their 300,000th fan through the doors when they host the Georgia Force on Friday, Mar. 10 at Nationwide Arena. Through 19 home games in two-plus seasons of play, the Destroyers have welcomed 288,957 fans, leaving them 11,043 fans shy of the 300,000 mark. As a franchise, the Destroyers also will welcome their 600,000th fan in franchise history the same day. Since the teams inception in 1999, the team has seen 589,825 fans come through the doors.
STILL PERFECT
Destroyers kicker Mark Lewis is perfect. At least he is Mr. Automatic when it comes to extra points. Lewis was acquired via trade with Arizona right before the start of the 2006 season, and the move has more than paid off. Lewis has yet to miss an extra point this season, including the five extra points that he connected on this past Saturday. Lewis added an 18-yard field goal as well. He is tied for the Arena Football League's lead in field goal percentage. He is the only player in the AFL who remains perfect on extra points. Lewis is 4-of-8 on field goals, which is good enough for fourth-best in the AFL in field goal percentage. Lewis has missed the past two games against the Kansas City Brigade and Arizona Rattlers due to an ankle injury. Emergency kicker Danny Kight, a journeyman kicker, has filled in nicely in both games. Kight only has missed one extra point and is 7 for 8 in the two games he has played in. As a team, the Destroyers are a combined 21-of-22 on extra points. The percentage of .955 is third-best in the League, behind Los Angeles and Orlando, who are both 25-of-26 (.962).

JUST GET OUT IN FRONT
There is an easy solution to the Destroyers season. All the team has to do is score first and be leading after the first quarter and halftime. When the Destroyers score first, as they have done twice this season, they are 2-0. If they manage to hold that lead through the first quarter and into the locker room at halftime, again, in both instances, the Destroyers have gone on to win.

OFFENSIVE BOND
Recently acquired Destroyers offensive specialist Carl Bond has made an immediate impact on the team. Bond, acquired on Feb. 17, when he signed as a Free Agent, has quickly jumped into the No. 2 slot on the Destroyers in receiving. In his Destroyers debut at Kansas City, Bond led the team in receiving with six receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown. In his home debut this past weekend against Arizona, Bond all but mirrored that performance, leading the team in receiving again with six receptions for 73 yards and two scores. His combined total of 12 receptions for 148 yards and three touchdowns is good enough for second-best on the team, behind wide receiver/linebacker Thabiti Davis. Bond is averaging 12.3 yards per catch and 74.0 yards per game.

THABITI = TO BEAT YOU
Destroyers wide receiver/linebacker Thabiti Davis stands a mere 6-foot-3 and weighs in at 215 pounds, which equates to one very large target. Quarterbacks John Kaleo and Billy Dicken have taken a liking to the massive Davis as he leads the team in receiving. Davis has caught 28 passes for 343 yards and five touchdowns. Davis is on pace to have close to 1,100 receiving yards this season. It would mark the second time in his four-year Arena Football League career in which he has eclipsed the 1,000-receving yards mark. He just missed the mark in 2005 with New Orleans, as he had 995 receiving yards.
BIG RETURN ON INVESTMENT
The Columbus Destroyers have earned a big return on their investment into all of their kickoff return specialists. This season, the Destroyers are second in the Arena Football League in kickoff returns and second in missed field goal returns. As a team, the Destroyers have returned 28 kickoffs for 588 yards, but have yet to return a kickoff for a touchdown. The kickoff return average of 21.0 is second-best in the League. If you add interception and fumble returns into the mix, defensive specialist Jerald Brown could add another 148 return yards. He has one fumble recovery that he returned 40 yards for a touchdown and returned four interceptions for 108 yards over the past two weekends.

RED MEANS STOP
When the Columbus Destroyers defense sees red, it knows that it means to stop. In this instance, it doesn't mean for the Destroyers defense to stop, but stop the opposing offense once it gets to the red zone. Destroyers opponents have been stopped on six trips to the red zone this season. The Destroyers are allowing the opponent to score on 73.9 percent of its attempts inside the red zone, which is good enough for fourth-best in the League. In 23 attempts by the opposing offense, the Destroyers only have allowed 13 touchdowns and four field goals. Three of the defensive stops have come by way of interception, all three by defensive specialist Jerald Brown.

EVEN MORE "D" ON THIRD AND FOURTH DOWN
Another position that Destroyers opponents do not want to be in, other than the red zone, is facing the Destroyers defense in a third- or fourth-down situation. On the season, Destroyers opponents only have been successful on 11-of-39 third down attempts. The defense has been successful on stopping opponents 63.1 percent of the time, which is the second-best in the AFL behind Austin (68.6 percent). On fourth down, the Destroyers are just as good. In seven chances on fourth down, Destroyers opponents have only made it three times. The Destroyers' defensive success rate of stopping opponents 57.1 percent of the time ranks fifth-best in the League.

FAMILIAR FACES
With former Destroyers defensive coordinator Weyland Harding now in his second season as the head coach of the New York Dragons, a few familiar faces will be on the sidelines for this weekend's game. On the field, offensive/defensive lineman Troy Pelshak will take on his former team. Pelshak was with the Destroyers during the 2005 season. On the bench, the entire coaching staff consists of former Destroyers coaches. Other than Harding, offensive coordinator Tony Kimbrough held the same role in 2000 and 2001 with the Destroyers. Line coach/special teams coordinator Jerome Brown was with the Destroyers in 2003 as the offensive/defensive line coach and wide receiver/linebacker coach/special teams coordinator Chad Lindsey held the same role in 2003.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
WEEK GAME RECIPIENT (TEAM)
Week 1 1/28 vs. GRR Thabiti Davis (CMB)
Week 2 2/3 at NSH Clint Stoerner (NSH)
Week 3 2/11 vs. DAL Clint Dolezel (DAL)
Week 4 2/19 at KCB Jerel Myers (KCB)
Week 5 2/24 vs. ARI Damien Groce (ARI)
Week 6 3/3 at NYD
Week 7 3/10 vs. GEO
Week 8 3/18 vs. PHI
Week 9 3/25 at COL
Week 10 4/1 at DAL
Week 11 4/9 vs. ORL
Week 12 4/14 vs. NYD
Week 13 4/21 at PHI
Week 14 4/29 at AUS
Week 15 5/6 vs. TBS
Week 16 5/13 at SJS

ADT DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
WEEK GAME RECIPIENT (TEAM)
Week 1 1/28 vs. GRR Cecil Doggette (CMB)
Week 2 2/3 at NSH Monty Montgomery (NSH)
Week 3 2/11 vs. DAL Cecil Doggette (CMB)
Week 4 2/19 at KCB Denario Smalls (KCB)
Week 5 2/24 vs. ARI Jerald Brown (CMB)
Week 6 3/3 at NYD
Week 7 3/10 vs. GEO
Week 8 3/18 vs. PHI
Week 9 3/25 at COL
Week 10 4/1 at DAL
Week 11 4/9 vs. ORL
Week 12 4/14 vs. NYD
Week 13 4/21 at PHI
Week 14 4/29 at AUS
Week 15 5/6 vs. TBS
Week 16 5/13 at SJS

IRONMAN OF THE GAME
WEEK GAME RECIPIENT (TEAM)
Week 1 1/28 vs. GRR David Saunders (CMB)
Week 2 2/3 at NSH Cronelius Bonner (NSH)
Week 3 2/11 vs. DAL Will Pettis (DAL)
Week 4 2/19 at KCB Jacques Rumph (KCB)
Week 5 2/24 vs. ARI Leroy Thompson (CMB)
Week 6 3/3 at NYD
Week 7 3/10 vs. GEO
Week 8 3/18 vs. PHI
Week 9 3/25 at COL
Week 10 4/1 at DAL
Week 11 4/9 vs. ORL
Week 12 4/14 vs. NYD
Week 13 4/21 at PHI
Week 14 4/29 at AUS
Week 15 5/6 vs. TBS
Week 16 5/13 at SJS
Week 17 5/22 vs TBS

DYNAMITE NITE
When the Destroyers return home on Friday, Mar. 10 at 7 p.m. to take on the Georgia Force on Huntington Field at Nationwide Arena, it will be "Dynamite Night" presented by Pepsi. This movie-themed night includes a special appearance by Uncle Rico, the popular character from the comedy hit, Napoleon Dynamite. The night also features a special offer. Purchase the special ticket package and get a FREE "Vote 4 Pedro" t-shirt (while supplies last).

DESTROYERS TACKLE HUNGER
When the Columbus Destroyers kicked off the 2005 AFL season, the team also kicked off a new community initiative in conjunction with the Mid-Ohio FoodBank to "Tackle Hunger" in Central Ohio. Continuing in 2006, fans are asked to bring non-perishable food items to each home game at Nationwide Arena for donation to the Mid-Ohio FoodBank. In turn, fans will receive one raffle ticket per donated food item for a chance to win a team-autographed, authentic AFL football. One winner will be announced during the fourth quarter of each game.

LEAGUE LEADERS: Columbus players from this week's match up who rank among the league leaders:

DESTROYERS' LEADERS
Player Rank Category Stat
Leroy Thompson 5 Rushing 14.2
Leroy Thompson 2 Rush Attempts 25
Leroy Thompson 5 Rush Yards 71
John Kaleo 9 Pass Attempts 164
Mark Lewis 9 Field Goals 4
Mark Lewis 4 Field Goal Pct. 50.0
Mark Lewis 9 Field Goals Made 4
Mark Lewis 1 PAT Kicking Pct. 100.0
Lincoln Dupree 4 MFG Return Avg. 28.0
Jerald Brown 2 Int. Per Game 0.80
Jerald Brown 2 Interceptions 4
Lincoln Dupree 4 Kick Return Avg. 21.5
Lincoln Dupree 10 Kick Returns 17
Lincoln Dupree 10 Kick Return Yards 366
Jerald Brown 1 Int. Return Yards 108
Cecil Doggette 18 Total Tackles 27.0
Kelvin Kinney 24 Total Sacks 1.0
Eddie Galles 1 Fumbles Rcvd. 2

TALE OF THE TAPE: Here's how the Destroyers and Dragons match up:

2006 LEAGUE TEAM RANKINGS
Statistical Destroyers Dragons
Category Rank Stat Rank Stat
Scoring Offense 17 36.8 3 55.4
Touchdowns Scored 17 24 2 39
Total Offense 18 214.0 8 287.0
Yards Per Play 18 4.7 1 7.5
Scoring Defense 2 206 18 295
Total Defense 5 263.0 17 318.6
Rushing Offense 8 20.6 18 8.0
Rushing Avg./Carry 9 2.5 13 1.8
Rushing Touchdowns 14 5 18 2
Rushing Defense 9 19.0 16 26.0
Passing Offense 18 193.4 6 279.0
Pass Attempts 7 189 15 169
Passing Yards 18 967 6 1395
Passing Yards/Catch 16 10.3 13 10.8
Had Intercepted 4 7 12 4
Pass Completions 17 94 5 129
Pass Comp. Pct. 18 49.7 1 76.3
Passing TDs 18 15 1 33
Passing Defense 6 244.0 15 292.6
Pass Rating 18 69.6 1 132.1
Pass Def. Rating 6 94.5 15 116.3
Field Goal Percentage 14 38.5 2 75.0
Field Goals Made 5 5 11 3
FG Attempted 2 13 17 4
PAT Kicking Pct. 3 95.5 7 90.9
PAT's Made 17 21 6 30
PAT's Attempted 18 22 8 33
MFG Return Attempts 13 1 6 3
MFG Return Yards 11 28 3 78
MFG Returns Avg. 2 28.0 4 26.0
Kickoff Returns 10 28 2 32
Kickoff Ret. Yards 2 588 5 512
Kickoff Return Avg. 2 21.0 11 16.0
Kickoff Return TDs 8 0 1 2
Interceptions 6 6 5 7
Interception Ret. Yds. 3 108 5 96
Interception Ret. TDs 10 0 3 1
Fumbles Recovered 4 6 14 3
Turnover Margin 8 +0 11 -1
First Downs 17 77 8 100
Opponent First Downs 2 88 18 116
Third Down Conv. 9 21-45 7 14-29
Fourth Down Conv. 17 2-8 7 4-7
Penalties 8 35-195 6 32-181
Opponent Penalties 9 31-198 15 27-165
Red Zone Offense 17 63.6 8 85.7
Red Zone Defense 4 73.9 9 80.0
Sacks By 13 3 6 6
Sacks Against 3 2 18 19
Time of Possession 4 159:13 16 142:38
How The 2006 DESTROYERS WERE BUILT:

10/11/04: Signed offensive/defensive lineman Chris Janek.

10/14/04: Signed offensive/defensive lineman Ken Jones.

4/11/05: Claimed wide receiver/defensive back Jeremy Unertl off waivers from Las Vegas.

10/4/05: Signed quarterback John Kaleo, offensive specialist Thabiti Davis, defensive specialist Cecil Doggette and offensive/defensive linemen Juan Porter and Mike Sutton. Released wide receiver/linebacker Cornelius White.

10/5/05: Signed wide receiver/linebacker David Saunders, offensive/defensive lineman Howard Duncan and defensive specialist Rickie Davis.

10/6/05: Signed defensive specialist Jerald Brown, fullback/linebacker Harold Wells and wide receiver/linebacker Sir Mawn Wilson.

10/7/05: Re-signed offensive/defensive lineman Chris Janek. Signed quarterback Billy Dicken, wide receiver/defensive back B.J. Barre and offensive/defensive lineman John Culp. Waived wide receiver/linebacker Chris Curd and offensive/defensive lineman Bryan Ray.

10/10/05: Traded defensive specialist Art Smith to Kansas City in exchange for offensive/defensive lineman Dan Rumishek.

10/11/05: Waived wide receiver/defensive back Bobby Britton.

10/13/05: Signed wide receiver/linebacker Eddie Galles.

10/17/05: Signed offensive/defensive lineman Kelvin Kinney and wide receiver/defensive back Lincoln Dupree.

10/21/05: Signed fullback/linebackers Leroy Thompson and Chris Browning.

11/2/05: Signed offensive/defensive lineman Brad Greetis.

11/3/05: Signed wide receiver/linebacker Mike Nizzi.

11/7/05: Signed wide receiver/defensive back Hugh Smith.

11/10/05: Signed offensive/defensive lineman Ken Kocher.

11/18/05: Singed offensive/defensive lineman Elliott Harris. Placed offensive/defensive lineman Elliott Harris on Other League Exempt (Green Bay-NFL).

11/28/05: Signed quarterback Josh Harris.

11/29/05: Traded defensive specialist Dwaine Carpenter and future considerations to Arizona in exchange for offensive/defensive linemen Norman Heuer and Shane Jones.

12/2/05: Signed wide receiver/defensive back Ira Gooch. Waived offensive specialist Randall Lane.

12/6/05: Singed offensive/defensive lineman Hardy Mitchell. Waived fullback/linebacker Sedrick Irvin.

12/30/05: Waived offensive/defensive lineman Jason Berger. Released offensive/defensive lineman Jamarr Ward.

1/4/06: Waived-Non-Claimable quarterback Josh Harris.

1/6/06: Signed quarterback Tim Hicks, offensive specialist Carlos Johnson and kicker Miro Kesic.

1/9/06: Waived defensive specialist Rick Sherrod.

1/10/06: Placed offensive/defensive lineman Hardy Mitchell on Injured Reserve. Waived quarterback Tim Hicks.

1/16/06: Waived-Injured offensive/defensive lineman Norman Heuer and Shane Jones.

1/19/06: Signed kicker Luis Berlanga. Waived-Injured wide receiver/linebacker Mike Nizzi. Waived fullback/linebacker Deon Dyer, defensive specialist Rickie Davis and kicker Miro Kesic. Released wide receiver/linebacker Sir Mawn Wilson.

1/21/06: Traded future considerations to Las Vegas in exchange for kicker Mark Lewis. Waived wide receiver/defensive back B.J. Barre, Ira Gooch and Hugh Smith as well as kicker Luis Berlanga.

1/23/06: Re-signed kicker Mark Lewis. Signed kicker Luis Berlanga and wide receiver/defensive backs B.J. Barre, Carl Bond and Ira Gooch to Practice Squad. Placed fullback/linebacker Chris Browning, offensive/defensive linemen John Culp and Brad Greetis, and offensive specialist Carlos Johnson on Injured Reserve.

1/31/06: Signed wide receiver/defensive back Lance Taylor. Waived wide receiver/defensive back Carl Bond.

2/1/06: Signed wide receiver/defensive back Ira Gooch from practice squad. Placed defensive specialist Brandon Hefflin on Injured Reserve.

2/7/06: Traded WR/DB Jeremy Unertl to Chicago in exchange for OS Henry Douglas.

2/10/06: Signed WR/DB B.J. Barre from Practice Squad. Re-signed OL/DL Howard Duncan. Placed FB/LB Harold Wells on Injured Reserve. Activated FB/LB Chris Browning from Injured Reserve.

2/17/06: Signed WR/DB Carl Bond. Activated OL/DL John Culp off of Injured Reserve. Waived OL/DL John Culp. Placed WR/LB Eddie Galles on Injured Reserve. Activated WR/DB Brandon Hefflin off of Injured Reserve.

2/18/06: Signed Emergency K Danny Kight. Placed K Mark Lewis on Emergency Hold.

2/20/06: Waived - Emergency K Danny Kight. Activated K Mark Lewis from Emergency Hold.

2/23/06: Signed Emergency K Danny Kight. Placed K Mark Lewis on Emergency Hold. Activated FB/LB Harold Wells from Injured Reserve. Placed FB/LB Chris Browning on Injured Reserve.

2/27/06: Waived Emergency K Danny Kight. Recalled K Mark Lewis from Emergency Hold.

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