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Coyotes Spoil Riptide Playoff Hopes, 48-34

July 31, 2004 - arenafootball2 (af2) - San Diego Riptide News Release

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – San Diego’s playoff hopes were dashed as the Central Valley Coyotes continued to spoil post season dreams defeating San Diego, 41-34. Central Valley continued to ride on a momentum high that started with a win last weekend against the Hawaiian Islanders, reminding everyone to never rule out the underdog.

Central Valley completely dominated the game on both sides of the ball, never letting the ‘Tide any where near a win. Central Valley’s defense smothered Kevin Feterik, sacking him four times, forcing two interceptions and three sacks. On top of that, Feterik completed just 18-of-34 passes for 171 yards. The ‘Tide saw their chances slip away after losing 43 yards due to penalties and having several kicks botched. Chris Arnce missed two crucial PAT’s, a field goal, had a kick off go out of bounds, and had an onside kick returned for a touchdown.

The waters were rough from the start for the Riptide as Feterik’s third pass of the game was intercepted and ran in for a touchdown by VonKeith Spencer, his seventh interception on the year. On the ‘Tide’s next drive, Feterik was sacked, however, the Riptide read the blitz on the next play and ran a screen play to Brad Greetis who broke one for 25-yards. On the next play of the series, Feterik completed a pass to Jesus Reyes to put the ‘tide on the board, but a missed PAT left them down one. San Diego held the Coyotes to third down on the San Diego 11-yard line, but weren’t able to stop Borba as he completed a pass to LaMonte Jones, giving the Coyotes an eight point cushion, 14-6 at the end of the quarter.

San Diego was completely shut out in the second quarter for the first time all season. The Coyotes shut out was led by backup quarterback Justin Wood’s two touchdown throws and a VonKeith interception. The Riptide did get a little bit of redemption as they blocked one PAT. On San Diego’s first drive of the quarter, they suffered penalty after penalty, and ended with a missed field goal. On the last play of the half, Feterik threw up a prayer, but it was intercepted by Spencer in the end zone, leaving the Coyotes up 27-6.

The Riptide defense shut down the Coyotes forcing them to four and out on their first drive, but the Coyotes got the ball right back after a Riptide fumble. San Diego’s defense would not give up. On the Coyotes next drive, Trevor Misipeka sacked Borba, forcing a fumble, and Henry Stephens recovered the ball to run in 19 yards for a touchdown. San Diego’s on-side kick attempt ended the worse way possible as Kendall Edwards caught the ball and ran it in for a quick score. After the teams skirmished back and forth, San Diego’s Nakoa McElrath intercepted a pass and returned it 46 yards for a touchdown, putting the ‘Tide within 14 at the end of the quarter.

The fourth quarter started strong for the ‘Tide defense as they deflected two passes and forced the Coyotes to four and out. San Diego’s offense charged ahead going 40 yards on two passing plays, fighting off three penalties, and finally finding the end zone on a 10 yard pass from Feterik to McElrath. But it was too late as Wood connected on a 13 yard touchdown pass to Darnell Lacy, putting the team on cruise control to a win. San Diego would score one last time on a Carter touchdown reception in the final seconds of the game and a two point conversion, but Offensive player of the game Justin Wood added salt to San Diego’s wounds as he ran in 11-yards on a quarterback keeper to give the Coyotes a definite win, 48-34.

U.S. Army Ironman of the Game: Nakoa McElrath (SDG)

Baby Ruth Offensive Player of the Game: Justin Wood (CEN)

ADT Defensive Player of the Game: VonKeith Spencer (CEN)

SHARK BITES FROM WEEK 18: This was Central Valley’s first win over San Diego this season… This was the first time the ‘Tide ended a season with a .500 record… The Riptide were held below 200 net yards for the third time this season… This was the third straight time they were successful on a two-point conversion… This was the third straight game they recorded an interception… This was the first time since Week 2 that the Riptide did not score on the ground… This was the fifth time this season that the team lost a fumble… The Coyote’s Kenyatte Morgan came within 15 yards of breaking the all time af2 all purpose yards record… VonKeith Spencer recorded two interceptions, bringing his season total to eight… Dwight Carter’s six receptions gave him over 100 on the season… Carter’s touchdown put him over the 150 point marker… Nakoa McElrath’s three receptions put him over the 50 reception mark on the season… McElrath’s two touchdowns tied him with Carter for 25 on the year… McElrath recorded his sixth interception of the season and returned it for a touchdown for the first time this season…

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