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Cool's kick wins ArenaBowl for Orlando

by AFL Press Release
August 20, 2000 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I)


AFL Press Release

ORLANDO, Fla. (August 20, 2000) - David Cool kicked a 19-yard field goal as time ran out as the Orlando Predators won ArenaBowl XIV Sunday, defeating the Nashville Kats, 41-38, in the Arena Football League's championship.

Cool, the third-year kicker, out of Georgia Southern was perfect after missing a 22-yarder with 7:03 left but redeemed himself to give the Predators (14-3) their second title in the past three seasons.

Backup quarterback James Brown, the rookie out of Texas, replaced starter Andy Kelly with 11:48 left in the fourth period for Nashville (12-6).

Brown threw an interception on his second play from scrimmage, but tossed a 45-yard touchdown pass to Darryl Hammond that helped the Kats tie the game at with 5:37 remaining in the game. Brown's two-point conversion flip to Cory Fleming tied the game at 38-all.

The Predators came back, after the ensuing kickoff, to drive from their own 12 yard-line with Rick Hamilton's two runs to the three-yard line setting up a fourth down situation as time was winding down. The Predators called time our with 1.7 seconds for the winning attempt.

Cool previously missed from 52 and 57 yards before making good on a 38-yarder at 3:20 of the thirds that gave Orlando a 32-30 margin.

The Predators' Connell Maynor threw for 202 yards on 17 of 28 attempts with four touchdowns, including three in the first 19 minutes of the game. It was Maynor's five-yard pass to Joe Douglass at 10:45 of the second quarter that gave Orlando a 29-7 lead.

Nashville came back behind Kelly who connected with Fleming for one yard and Hammond from five yards out for scores, closing the Predators' lead to 29-23 at halftime.

Lineman James Baron caught a swing pass from Kelly, rambled down the sideline and his 6-foot-4, 270-pound frame leaped two defenders before scoring with 9:43 left in the third. Kicker Steve McLaughlin converted the extra point, giving the Kats their first lead of the game, 30-29.

Baron was named the game Tinactin Ironman of the game for his play on both sides of the ball. He had two of the Kats' record six sacks on Maynor.

Kelly was 13 of 24 passing with 180 yards and four touchdowns before exiting with left leg injury at 11:06 of the fourth period.

Bret Cooper had six catches for 69 yards and his 12-yard grab to open the fourth period gave Orlando a 38-30 lead.

Maynor, the seventh-year Arena League pro out of North Carolina A&T, is now second only to his head coach Jay Gruden, who played for the Tampa Bay Storm, in ArenaBowl touchdown passes. Gruden collected 17 in his career and Maynor now has 10.

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