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May 2, 2006 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) - Columbus Destroyers News Release

QUICK FACTS:
Tampa Bay Storm (7-7) at
Columbus Destroyers (7-7)
Date: Saturday, May 6, 2006
Kickoff: 7 p.m. (ET)
Site: Huntington Field at Nationwide Arena (17,171)
Officials: Pat Garvey (Referee), Wes Fritz (Umpire), Neil Brunner (Head Linesman), Gary Cavaletto (Line Judge), Billy Beckett (Back Judge)
Radio: Columbus' flagship station, WAZU-107.1 FM "The Big Wazoo," will broadcast the game live with Marty Bannister (play-by-play), Rob Blackman (color) and Archie (sideline) will have the call.
Television: The game will broadcast live on AFL Net.
Series Record: The Destroyers and Storm have met four times in history with the Storm holding a 4-0 edge. The last time the teams met came on the final week of the 2005 season. The Destroyers fell 78-53 in front of 12,990 fans at Nationwide Arena.
Series Streaks: The Destroyers have yet to beat the Storm in the four games the two teams have hooked up. Tampa Bay is on a four game win streak over the Destroyers, including a two-game win streak since the Destroyers moved to Columbus.
Coaches: Columbus, Doug Kay, first season in Columbus, fourth overall (7-7, 23-36 overall).
Tampa Bay Tim Marcum, 18th season (7-7, 184-77 overall).

OVERVIEW: The Columbus Destroyers and Tampa Bay Storm are both in need of a victory heading into tonight's game.

The teams are tied with Philadelphia at 7-7 for the sixth and final playoff spot in the National Conference. With the head-to-head match-up playing such a key role in the tiebreaker, a win would give either team a much-needed edge heading into the final weekend.

Columbus and Tampa Bay are both coming off road victories. Columbus defeated the Austin Wranglers (8-6) 40-33 in Texas, while the Storm handled the Kansas City Brigade (3-11) with ease, winning 58-42.

Tonight's game will mark the final regular season home game of the 2006 campaign for Columbus. The club will close out the regular season next Saturday, May 13, when they travel to San Jose to take on the SaberCats.
COLUMBUS DESTROYERS (7-7) Home Game 8
Date Opponent Time Result Record
1/29 GRAND RAPIDS 3:00 W, 57-28 1-0
2/3 at Nashville 8:00 L, 53-27 1-1
2/11 DALLAS 7:00 L, 52-38 1-2
2/19 at Kansas City 2:00 L, 45-24 1-3
2/24 ARIZONA 7:00 W, 42-26 2-3
3/3 at New York 7:30 W, 65-54 3-3
3/10 GEORGIA 7:00 L, 68-50 3-4
3/18 PHILADELPHIA 7:00 W, 53-20 4-4
3/25 at Colorado 9:00 W, 65-21 5-4
4/1 at Dallas 7:30 L, 51-30 5-5
4/9 ORLANDO 3:00 L, 39-36 5-6
4/14 NEW YORK 7:00 L, 64-57 5-7
4/21 at Philadelphia 7:00 W, 46-45 6-7
4/29 at Austin 8:00 W, 40-33 7-7
5/6 TAMPA BAY 7:00 - -
5/13 at San Jose 10:30 - -
*All Times Eastern

TAMPA BAY STORM (7-7) Road Game 7
Date Opponent Time Result Record
1/29 at Philadelphia 3:00 L, 52-34 0-1
2/3 at Grand Rapids 7:30 W, 51-43 1-1
2/10 GEORGIA 7:30 W, 61-60 2-1
2/19 ORLANDO 3:00 L, 67-64 OT 2-2
2/25 AUSTIN 7:30 W, 58-48 3-2
3/5 at Kansas City 4:00 W, 69-59 4-2
3/12 DALLAS 12:00 L, 64-35 4-3
3/18 NEW YORK 7:30 W, 60-44 5-3
3/26 at Georgia 3:00 L, 61-51 5-4
4/1 UTAH 7:30 W, 56-41 6-4
4/7 SAN JOSE 7:30 L, 52-43 6-5
4/15 at Austin 8:00 L, 60-59 6-6
4/22 at Orlando 7:30 L, 52-13 6-7
4/29 KANSAS CITY 7:30 W, 58-42 7-7
5/6 at Columbus 7:00 - -
5/13 at Nashville 8:00 - -
*All Times Eastern

A COLUMBUS WIN OVER TAMPA BAY WOULD...

- Give the Destroyers an 8-7 record on the season
- Add to the franchise record (8) for wins in a season
- Tie a new franchise record (4) for home wins in a season
- Give the Destroyers a 1-4 record against the Storm
- Give the Destroyers the head-to-head edge against the Storm in the playoff race

DESTROYERS Last Week
Columbus Destroyers 40
Austin Wranglers 33
AUSTIN, Texas - Call 'em the comeback kids.

Columbus Destroyers' wide receiver/defensive back and ADT Defensive Player of the Game B.J. Barre intercepted a John Fitzgerald pass in the end zone as time expired, as the Destroyers again rallied and held off an opponent on the road to defeat the Austin Wranglers 40-33 in front of 10,340 fans at the Frank Erwin Center on Saturday night.

Again, it was the Destroyers defense that forced four Austin, second half turnovers, coupled with a solid ground game and kicking that helped them overcome a 26-16 halftime deficit. All four turnovers came either at the goal line or in the end zone. The first stop came on the first play of the second half.

The second half appeared to start out perfectly for the Wranglers when wide receiver/defensive back Sedrick Robinson returned the second half kickoff all the way back to the Destroyers 1-yard line only to have the ball poked away by wide receiver/defensive back B.J. Barre. The ball was recovered in the end zone by defensive specialist Brandon Hefflin, his fourth of the season, which ties him for the League lead. Kicker Mark Lewis drilled a 26-yard field goal to cut the Wranglers lead to 26-19.

The Destroyers then got a huge defensive stop inside the red zone. After Austin was stopped once in the red zone, a penalty on third down gave the Wranglers a second chance, but on an attempt on third down from the 1-yard line, fullback/linebacker Torrance Marshall fumbled before he got to the end zone. Destroyers' rookie Brad Greetis recovered the ball at the Destroyers 1-yard line.

Quarterback John Kaleo hit wide receiver/linebacker Carl Bond on a 46-yard pass to set Columbus up at the Austin 3-yard line. A few plays later, Leroy Thompson plunged in from 1-yard out to tie the game 26-26.

Destroyers' defensive specialist Jerald Brown just missed snagging his 11th interception of the season at the goal line, but the ball popped loose. On the next play, the Wranglers regained the lead on the following possession when Fitzgerald hit Kevin Nickerson in the right corner of the end zone from 21 yards out to give Austin a 33-26 lead with 9:59 left.

The Wranglers marched deep into Destroyers territory, but were stopped when Brown intercepted his League-leading 11th pass of the season in the end zone. Kaleo then hit Saunders from four yards out to give the Destroyers a 40-33 lead with 1:27 remaining.
THIS WEEK's OPPONENT

The Tampa Bay Storm is one of the most storied franchises in the history of the Arena Football League. Ever since the team took the field in its first season in 1991, the Storm has made the playoffs every single year.

The Storm have taken home five ArenaBowl championships in their 15 seasons. The Storm won ArenaBowl V, in their first year in the League, and then went on to win ArenaBowl's VII, IX, X, and XVII. The Storm currently is tied with Columbus and Philadelphia for the final playoff spot.

Four members of the Storm organization have been inducted in the Arena Football's Hall of Fame. Current head coach Tim Marcum was inducted in 1997, current Orlando coach and former Tampa Bay quarterback Jay Gruden was inducted in 1998, Joe March was inducted in 2000 and Gary Mullen was inducted in 1997.

Current Destroyers and former Storm quarterback John Kaleo became the eighth player in AFL history to pass for over 19,000 yards and 300 touchdowns on Mar. 8, 2003.

LAST MEETING WITH TAMPA BAY

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus Destroyers closed out the 2005 season with a 78-53 loss to the Tampa Bay Storm, in front of 12,990 fans at Nationwide Arena on May 22.

Despite leading 20-7 after the first quarter of play, the Destroyers trailed 28-27 at the half. Tampa Bay then exploded for 30 unanswered points to start the second half and take a commanding 57-27 lead.

Tampa Bay quarterback Shane Stafford spread the ball around to six different receivers, as he completed 26-of-38 passes for 277 yards and five touchdowns. Stafford also rushed for three scores to take home Offensive Player of the Game honors.

Four different receivers caught touchdown passes for the Storm, who were led by Demetris Bendross. For the game, Bendross had six receptions for 95 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Destroyers' quarterback Matt D'Orazio completed 16-of-26 passes for 213 yards and seven touchdowns on the night. Corneluis White found himself on the receiving end of six passes for 97 yards and three scores.

Columbus offensive specialist Damien Groce had a solid night all-around. Groce caught four passes for 53 yards and a touchdown and added seven kickoff returns for 160 yards. He had a long return of 52 yards.
ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS VS. TAMPA BAY
Date Score
May 22, 2005 Tampa Bay 78, at Columbus 53
Apr. 25, 2004 Tampa Bay 46, at Columbus 36
Mar. 8, 2003 at Tampa Bay 52, Buffalo 27
July 2, 1999 Tampa Bay 59, at Buffalo 14
DESTROYERS NOTABLES

DROP BACK
For the second consecutive week, the Columbus Destroyers rallied and then held off a late opposing charge on the road to defeat the Austin Wranglers 40-33 in front of 10,340 fans at the Frank Erwin Center on Saturday night. Destroyers' wide receiver/defensive back B.J. Barre intercepted a John Fitzgerald pass in the end zone as time expired to secure the Destroyers victory. The win was the seventh of the season, the most in franchise history. Barre took home ADT Defensive Player of the Game honors after he recorded the interception, added a forced fumble and had 5.5 tackles (5UT-1AT). Kicker Mark Lewis was named Offensive Player of the Game after he made all four of his field goal attempts from 21, 17, 37 and 26 yards. He also was perfect on extra points, going 4-of-4. He now has made 36 consecutive extra points.

FORWARD MOTION
The Destroyers will close out the regular season on the road when they travel to take on American Conference power San Jose. The SaberCats (8-6) and Destroyers have met five times in history with San Jose holding a
5-0 edge. The teams have not met since the Destroyers moved to Columbus in 2004. The last meeting came in 2003, when the Buffalo Destroyers traveled to San Jose and suffered a 58-41 setback in front of 13,047 fans at the HP Pavilion.

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). Through 13 games of the 2006 season, Kay has guided the Destroyers to a 6-7 record.

TIM MARCUM: The cover of the Tampa Bay Storm Media Guide says it all. Tim Marcum is holding an Arena Football with two hands. On those two hands are seven ArenaBowl championship rings. Marcum has spent 18 seasons in the AFL and the past 12 with the Storm. He began his coaching career in the League in 1987 with the Denver Dynamite. In each of his seasons as a coach, Marcum's teams have qualified for the playoffs. He has coached in 10 of the 19 ArenaBowl's that have taken place to date. He was named Coach of the Year, twice.
IN THE PLAYOFF HUNT
The Columbus Destroyers are extremely close to clinching a playoff spot. If the Destroyers win their final two games of the season, they will qualify for the ArenaBowl XX playoffs, which begin the weekend of May 19-21. The Destroyers can even clinch a playoff spot tonight. If the Philadelphia Soul loses to the Dallas Desperados today and the Destroyers defeat the Tampa Bay Storm, the Destroyers will clinch a playoff spot. It will be the first playoff berth since the team moved to Columbus in 2003 and first playoff berth since the 2002 Buffalo Destroyers qualified for the playoffs.

FRANCHISE RECORDS BROKEN
The Columbus Destroyers had the best weekend in franchise history this past Saturday night at Austin. The team set new franchise records in the 40-33 victory over the Wranglers. The Destroyers set a new franchise mark for wins in a season, with seven. The previous record was held by the 2001 and 2002 Buffalo Destroyers, as well as the 2004 Columbus Destroyers, who all had six wins in their respective seasons. The win also was the fourth road win of the season for the Destroyers, which breaks the old mark of three, set by the 2004 Columbus Destroyers. The team still has one road game remaining on the schedule.

GAME TONIGHT IMPORTANT FOR MANY REASONS
This weekend's contest between the Destroyers and Storm will have more than just a win or a loss on the line. Both teams are fighting for playoff position and currently sit tied with Philadelphia at 7-7 for the sixth and final playoff spot in the National Conference. The winner of this game will get a major edge in the playoff race heading into the final weekend. The game also will match-up two former coaching partners. Destroyers' head coach Doug Kay and Tampa Bay head coach Tim Marcum were the defensive coordinator and head coach, respectively, of the ArenaBowl VII Tampa Bay Storm in 1993. Exactly 10 years later, Destroyers quarterback John Kaleo, wide receiver/linebacker David Saunders and offensive/defensive lineman Kelvin Kinney all teamed with Marcum to help the Storm claim the ArenaBowl XVII title in 2003.

BARRE EARNS LEAGUE HONOR
Force a touchdown saving fumble and intercept a pass on the final play of the game to secure a 40-33 victory, mix in 6.5 tackles (6UT-1AT) and you have a recipe for the Arena Football League's ADT Defensive Player of the Week for Week 14. Destroyers' wide receiver/defensive back B.J. Barre took home that honor after recording all of the above. The Wranglers, leading 26-16, took the opening kickoff and almost returned it for a touchdown, but Sedrick Robinson was stripped at the 1-yard line by Barre, and recovered by the Destroyers. It was Barre who won the game for the Destroyers when he intercepted a pass in the end zone as time expired to give the Destroyers the win. He had 6.5 tackles, as well.
PLAYOFF RACE HITS FINAL STRETCH
With two games remaining in the 2006 season, the final games of the season will impact the playoff picture more so each week, especially in the National Conference. Two of the nine teams have identical 8-6 records and three others are tied with records of 7-7. The two division winners receive a first-round bye with the third seed hosting the sixth seed and the fourth seed hosting the fifth seed in the Wild Card Round. If the playoffs were to start today, the Destroyers would miss the playoffs by one game. Below is the National Conference playoff picture through Week 12. The "y" indicates if the team has clinched a playoff spot and home field throughout the National Conference playoffs. The "x" indicates that a team has clinched a playoff berth.

NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Rank Team Record GB
1. y-Dallas 12-2 -
2. x-Orlando 9-5 3
3. New York 9-5 3
4. Georgia 8-6 4
(win point differential vs. Austin)
5. Austin 8-6 4
6. Columbus 7-7 5
(win head-to-head vs. Philadelphia and Tampa Bay)
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7. Philadelphia 7-7 5
(win head-to-head vs. Tampa Bay)
8. Tampa Bay 7-7 5
9. Kansas City 3-11 9

PERFECT 10
Destroyers' wide receiver/linebacker David Saunders cannot be kept out of the end zone. It's practically impossible these days. In his past 10 consecutive games, Saunders has caught at least one touchdown pass. In this past Friday's win over Austin, Saunders caught 10 passes for 73 yards and two touchdowns. Saunders scored the first and last touchdowns of the game for the Destroyers. He added 1.5 tackles (1UT-1AT) on defense and was named Defensive Player of the Game. Saunders has jumped to the top of the Destroyers receiving chart, leading the team in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. For the season, Saunders has 68 receptions for 739 yards and 16 touchdowns. Defensively, Saunders has added 18 tackles (12UT-12AT), three pass breakups and three fumble recoveries.

TALK ABOUT A CLOSE "ONE"
In the game of Arena Football, a lot of times, games are decided by a narrow margin. For the first 10 games of the season, the Destroyers had not had a game decided by 10 points or less. The past four games have been the exact opposite, including this past weekend's win over Austin. The 40-33 victory did not come until the final horn sounded and B.J. Barre intercepted a pass on the final play of the game. It was the second straight week that a game came down to the final play.
KICKER GETS HIS KICKS
Even with a nagging injury to his kicking foot, kicker Mark Lewis has continued to be consistent lately. This past weekend against Austin, Lewis drilled all four of his extra point attempts and added four field goals. He connected on attempts of 21,17, 37 and 26 yards and was named Offensive Player of the Game. Lewis has now made 36 consecutive extra points, which is a personal best. He also has made seven of his last eight field goals. On the season, Lewis has made 49-of-52 extra points and 19-of-28 field goals. He leads the League in extra point kicking percentage (94.7 percent) and is second in field goals made. Lewis is second in field goal percentage (67.9 percent). Lewis has played in only 11 of the Destroyers 14 games.

CLOSING IN ON THE RECORD
As the Destroyers hit the final two regular season games of the 2006 campaign, different players are closing in on or have set a Destroyers' single-season or career record. John Kaleo is within reach of a few passing records. He is on pace to crush the record for passes attempted in a season. Jim Kubiak set the record in 2001 with 484 attempts, but Kaleo is on pace to attempt 533 passes, which would break the career record of 522 set by Ryan Vena (2004-05). Kaleo also is on pace to set the season record for pass completions. Kubiak holds the current mark of 295, but Kaleo has completed 282 passes already this season. He is on pace to complete 322 passes, four shy of the career mark set by Vena.

Flipping to the defensive side of the ball, fumbles forced and fumbles recovered is a popular record that has fell or is falling this season. Brandon Hefflin forced three fumbles in 2005, only to have that mark tied this season by Ken Jones and B.J. Barre. The record is not that safe, however. Kelvin Kinney has two forced fumbles to his credit. If that record isn't jumbled enough, fumbles recovered is even more jumbled. Hefflin and Chris Pope recovered two fumbles in 2005, and five players have recovered two fumbles this season, but Hefflin broke the record and now has four to his name.

The record for sacks in a season is 5.5, set by Kerwin Hairston in 2001. Kinney and Jones are both hot on the trail of Hairston. Jones currently has 4.0 sacks while Kinney has 3.5. Jerald Brown set the interception record for the season, but also has broken the interception return yards record with 133 return yards this season.

FAMILIAR FACES
Normally it's players from the opposing team that are the familiar faces who used to play for the Destroyers. This week there are no former Destroyers players who now are members of the Storm. There are, however, four former Storm players who now play for Columbus, and a former Storm coach. Coach Doug Kay, QB John Kaleo, WR/LB David Saunders, OL/DL's Kelvin Kinney and Mike Sutton all played or coached for the Storm.

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 Carl Bond (CMB)
Week 7 3/10 vs. GEO Chris Jackson (GEO)
Week 8 3/18 vs. PHI Mike Brown (PHI)
Week 9 3/25 at COL John Kaleo (CMB)
Week 10 4/1 at DAL Clint Dolezel (DAL)
Week 11 4/9 vs. ORL Javarus Dudley (ORL)
Week 12 4/14 vs. NYD Mike Horacek (NYD)
Week 13 4/21 at PHI Darcey Levy (CMB)
Week 14 4/29 at AUS Mark Lewis (CMB)
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 B.J. Barre (CMB)
Week 7 3/10 vs. GEO Adam Metts (GEO)
Week 8 3/18 vs. PHI Jerald Brown (CMB)
Week 9 3/25 at COL Brandon Hefflin (CMB)
Week 10 4/1 at DAL Duke Pettijohn (DAL)
Week 11 4/9 vs. ORL Kenny McEntyre (ORL)
Week 12 4/14 vs. NYD Jerald Brown (CMB)
Week 13 4/21 at PHI Brandon Hefflin (CMB)
Week 14 4/29 at AUS B.J. Barre (CMB)
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 Cornelius 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 DaShane Dennis (NYD)
Week 7 3/10 vs. GEO Jamin Elliot (GEO)
Week 8 3/18 vs. PHI David Saunders (CMB)
Week 9 3/25 at COL Thabiti Davis (CMB)
Week 10 4/1 at DAL Dialleo Burks (DAL)
Week 11 4/9 vs. ORL B.J. Barre (CMB)
Week 12 4/14 vs. NYD Chris Anthony (NYD)
Week 13 4/21 at PHI Mike Brown (PHI)
Week 14 4/29 at AUS David Saunders (CMB)
Week 15 5/6 vs. TBS
Week 16 5/13 at SJS

Bold indicates player won League award as well.

ROOSTER'S WING BASH &
DISPATCH/MIX 97.1 FAMILY NIGHT
At the Destroyers game this Saturday, May 6 when Columbus faces the Tampa Bay Storm, it will be Rooster's Wing Bash & Dispatch/Mix 97.1 Family Night. Rooster's presents a pre-game party featuring live entertainment, Rooster's wings and Bud Light on the McConnell Street Plaza for the final regular-season game.

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
John Kaleo 9 Total Off. Yards 3,274
John Kaleo 10 Total Off. TDs 56
Mark Lewis 9 Scoring (Kick) 111
Harold Wells 5 Rushing Yards 134
Harold Wells 8 Yards Per Rush 3.3
John Kaleo 5 Pass Attempts 467
John Kaleo 10 Passing TDs 50
John Kaleo 9 Passing Yards 3,256
John Kaleo 7 Pass Completions 282
Darcey Levy 6 Yards Per Catch 15.5
Carl Bond 7 Yards Per Catch 15.2
Mark Lewis 2 Field Goals Made 19
Mark Lewis 2 Field Goal Pct. 67.9
Mark Lewis 3 Field Goal Att. 28
Mark Lewis 1 PAT Kicking Pct. 94.7
Jerald Brown 1 Interceptions 11
B.J. Barre 7 Kick Return Avg. 20.5
Jerald Brown 1 Int. Return Yds. 133
Jerald Brown 6 Int. Return TDs 1
Brandon Hefflin 14 Tackles 68.5
Cecil Doggette 28 Tackles 56.0
Jerald Brown 31 Tackles 54.5
B.J. Barre 39 Tackles 46.5
Ken Jones 13 Sacks 4.0
Kelvin Kinney 21 Sacks 3.5
B.J. Barre 9 Fumbles Forced 3
Ken Jones 9 Fumbles Forced 3
Brandon Hefflin 1 Fumbles Recvd. 4
David Saunders 4 Fumbles Recvd. 3
Ken Jones 4 Tackles for Loss 7.0
Jerald Brown 5 Passes Defended 23

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

2006 LEAGUE TEAM RANKINGS
Statistical Destroyers Storm
Category Rank Stat Rank Stat
Scoring Offense 17 44.7 8 50.9
Touchdowns Scored 18 80 8 98
Total Offense 17 253.8 3 305.3
Yards Per Play 17 5.8 5 6.7
Scoring Defense 1 42.9 13 53.2
Total Defense 5 272.6 15 296.7
Rushing Offense 7 20.1 16 12.3
Rushing Avg./Carry 11 2.3 15 1.9
Rushing Touchdowns 7 23 9 22
Rushing Defense 5 16.9 11 20.8
Passing Offense 17 233.6 3 293.0
Pass Attempts 12 492 2 553
Passing Yards 17 3,271 3 4,102
Passing Yards/Catch 13 11.2 7 11.8
Had Intercepted 5 18 13 12
Pass Completions 15 292 2 349
Pass Comp. Pct. 14 59.3 10 63.1
Passing TDs 18 51 6 76
Passing Defense 7 255.7 13 275.9
Pass Rating 18 90.6 9 111.5
Pass Def. Rating 2 96.8 13 114.5
Field Goal Percentage 3 .618 14 .407
Field Goals Made 2 21 9 11
FG Attempted 1 34 7 27
PAT Kicking Pct. 3 .932 7 .895
PAT's Made 16 69 8 85
PAT's Attempted 17 74 7 95
MFG Return Attempts 12 4 2 9
MFG Return Yards 14 62 6 105
MFG Returns Avg. 12 15.5 15 11.7
Kickoff Returns 15 74 7 83
Kickoff Ret. Yards 7 1,455 15 1,192
Kickoff Return Avg. 3 19.7 18 14.4
Kickoff Return TDs 13 0 13 0
Interceptions 3 19 7 15
Interception Ret. Yds. 7 201 12 132
Interception Ret. TDs 8 2 16 0
Fumbles Recovered 1 21 17 7
Turnover Margin 1 +12 11 -1
First Downs 16 246 1 311
Opponent First Downs 5 265 7 266
Third Down Conv. 16 36.4 14 42.0
Fourth Down Conv. 18 26.1 6 50.0
Penalties 5 90-526 1 75-463
Opponent Penalties 14 89-549 1 110-660
Red Zone Offense 11 78.6 10 78.9
Red Zone Defense 1 68.7 9 80.0
Sacks By 15 9-31 16 8-29
Sacks Against 13 18-83 11 14-74
Time of Possession 7 30:45 6 30:53
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.

3/1/06: Activated OS Carlos Johnson from Injured Reserve. Released OS Carlos Johnson.

3/2/06: Signed Emergency K Danny Kight. Placed K Mark Lewis from Emergency Hold.

3/6/06: Waived Emergency K Danny Kight. Recalled K Mark Lewis from Emergency Hold.

3/9/06: Signed WR/DB Lance Taylor from the Practice Squad. Activated FB/LB Chris Browning and OL/DL Brad Greetis from Injured Reserve. Placed FB/LB Leroy Thompson on Injured Reserve. Waived WR/DB Lincoln Dupree.

3/13/06: Signed OS Marcus Knight. Waived WR/DB Lance Taylor and WR/LB Eddie Galles.

3/16/06: Activated OS Henry Douglas from Injured Reserve. Placed DS Cecil Doggette on Injured Reserve.

3/23/06: Activated FB/LB Leroy Thompson from Injured Reserve. Placed FB/LB Chris Browning on Injured Reserve.

3/29/06: Placed WR/DB Henry Douglas on Injured Reserve.

3/30/06: Activated DS Cecil Doggette from Injured Reserve.

4/8/06: Signed OS Darcey Levy from the Practice Squad.

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