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June 2, 2006 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Everett Hawks News Release

QUICK FACTS:
Everett Hawks (1-7)
vs. Birmingham Steeldogs (0-0)
Date: Saturday, June 1, 2006
Kickoff: 7:30 P.M. PST
Site: Everett Events Center Arena
National Anthem: Hannah Weeks
Coin Toss: Official
Officials: Bernie Hulscher (Referee)
Rich Troyer (Umpire); Robert Day (Head Linesman);
Ryan Fleming (Line Judge); Shane Anderson (Back Judge).
Radio:
TV: Fox Sports Northwest (FSN) - Tape Delayed 6/4/06
Series Record: 0-1
Last Meeting: Birmingham beat the Hawks 36-41
Streaks: Birmingham won the first meeting
Coaches: Anthony Wells (1-7, 0-0 playoffs, First Season)
Ron Selesky (2-14; 0-0 playoffs, Second Season)

THE STAKES: The Everett Hawks avenging their first road loss of the year. The Hawks continuing on the path to a winning season.

THE SERIES: Birmingham leads 1-0.

THE IFs:
If Everett defeats Steeldogs, it would ...
- Give Everett a 1-1 series record with Steeldogs
- Give Everett a 2-7 record in 2006
- Give Coach Wells his 2nd win as an af2 head coach
- Give Everett Hawks a two-game regular season winning streak
- Give Everett Hawks its second af2 win in team history

EVERETT HAWKS (1-7)
Date Opponent Time Result Score
3/30 BAKERSFIELD 7:30 L 54-60
4/8 @ BIRMINGHAM 5:00 L 36-41
4/15 @ SPOKANE 7:00 L 41-44
4/30 CENTRAL VALLEY 2:00 L 41-60
5/6 STOCKTON 7:00 L 40-50
5/13 SPOKANE 7:30 L 29-58
5/20 @ TULSA 5:00 L 49-53
5/27 STOCKTON 7:30 W 41-40
Date Opponent Time Streak Series
6/3 BIRMINGHAM 7:30 0-0
6/10 @ CENTRAL VALLEY 7:30 0-0
6/17 @ STOCKTON 7:00 0-0
6/24 CENTRAL VALLEY 7:30 0-0
7/8 BAKERSFIELD 7:30 0-0
7/15 GREENBAY 7:30 0-0
7/22 @ SPOKANE 6:00 0-0
7/29 @ BAKERSFIELD 7:00 0-0

Birmingham Steeldogs(4-4)
Date Opponent Result Score
4/8 EVERETT HAWKS 7:00 W 41-36
4/14 RIO GRANDE 7:00 L 44-43
4/21 @ LOUISVILLE FIRE 6:30 L 40-62
4/29 @ S. GEORGIA 7:30 W 40-34
5/5 LOUISVILLE FIRE 6:00 W 63-60
5/13 @ FLORIDA 7:00 L 44-62
5/20 @TENNESSEE 7:00 L 17-21
5/27 MACON KNIGHTS 7:30 W 71-30
Date Opponent Time Streak Series
6/3 @ EVERETT HAWKS 7:00 0-0
6/10 S. GEORGIA 5:30 0-0
6/17 @ MEMPHIS 5:00 0-0
6/24 FLORIDA FIRECATS 3:00 0-0
7/8 @ RIO GRANDE 7:30 0-0
7/15 @ MACON KNIGHTS 7:00 0-0
7/22 MEMPHIS 7:00 0-0
7/29 TENNESSEE VALLEY 7:00 0-0
* ALL TIIMES ARE EST
HEAD COACHES:

Coach Anthony Wells, Everett Hawks
Coach Wells joins the Everett hawks via the N.I.F.L. Cincinnati Marshals. His head coaching expertise with the Marshals was added to individualize the Hawks coaching staff. After working with the defense in his first week with the Hawks, Wells was named the new head coach.

Coach Wells, nickname "t-wells," began his football career at Rochester High School in Pennsylvania where he also competed in track and basketball.

After High School, Well's attended Kent State University where he received a degree in communications. His football career continued at Kent State under the direction of Glenn Mason who helped him to receive a 1st team all-conference honorable mention and later to become an All-American.

Wells is an eight year veteran of the Arena Football League where he had stints with the Florida Bobcats, Miami Hooters, and the Cleveland Thunderbolts. He played from 1991 to 1999 as a 6'2, 220 pound, wide receiver / defensive back.

His coaching career immediately preceded his playing career and includes AF2 offensive coordinator positions with the Wilkes-Barre Pioneers (13-3), the Charleston Swamp-foxes (9-7), and the Pensacola Barracuda's. Wells continued his success upon receiving the head coaching job with the Cincinnati Marshals. Wells took over at mid-season and lead the mediocre Marshals at 4-4, into the Atlantic division champ game, ending the season at 10-6.

Coach Wells resides in Miami Florida and enjoys listening to Outcast and playing cards.

Coach Ron Selesky
Head Coach Ron Selesky is an Arena Football League and af2 coaching veteran. He served as the defensive coordinator for the Columbus Destroyers in 2005 under Head Coach Chris Spielman. Prior to that, Selesky spent the 2004 season on the sidelines for the Carolina Cobras, beginning the year as the team's defensive coordinator before finishing the season as the head coach.

Selesky earned af2 Coach of the Year honors in 2002, guiding the expansion Albany Conquest to a regular-season mark of 13-3 and a Northeast Division title. He spent the 2001 season as the head coach of the Louisville Fire, leading the team to a 6-10 mark.

Selesky spent the 2003 season as head coach and director of football operations for the Buffalo Destroyers, prior to the team relocating to Columbus, Ohio. He also served as the director of player personnel and assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Storm from 1997 to 1999. With the Storm, his teams compiled a 31-11 regular season record and earned a berth in the 1998 ArenaBowl.

Born in Brunswick, N.J., Selesky played college football at North Central College (Division III) in Naperville, Ill., where he was a four-year starter at left offensive tackle. Following his collegiate career, Selesky went on to play for the NFL's Minnesota Vikings in 1987 and attended NFL camps with the San Diego Chargers (1988), Miami Dolphins (1990) and Detroit Lions (1992). He also spent time as a scout with ProQuest Management from 1995-1997.

LAST SERIES MEETING: Hawks lost 36-41

SERIES NOTABLES:
Ryan Hawk finished 21 of 37 for 242 yards and 5 touchdown passes in their 1st meeting with the Hawks. A touchdown pass in the last 4 minutes gave Birmingham their come from behind victory. Their OS Kerry Wright caught 9 passes for 114 yards and 3 TD's. In the past several weeks the Hawks have added OL/DL veteran Ufuoma Pela; rookie Vichael Foxx; and activated from short term IR Defensive Specialist John Fields (ADT Defensive Player of the Game in the Hawks 1st af2 victory). They have also added Linebacker Tavarius Davis, and DS Ruschard Dodd-Masters and Toure' Butler to the secondary. This defensive combination has elevated an earlier questionable pass defense to now being ranked 6th in the league.

LEAGUE TOP 10s: Players from this week's matchup who rank among af2's statistical leaders:
Hawks
Player Rank Category Stat
Myers, Milton 5 Yds Per Catch 15.5
Ziegler, Kai 1 Fumbles Rcvd .5
Brockman, Hassan 8 MFG Return 18.3
Steeldogs
Player Rank Category Stat
Hawk, Ryan 10 Total Offense 246.0
Browden, Terrell 5 Rushing Yards 12.6
Wright, Kerry 4 All Purpose 162.6

TALE OF THE TAPE: Here's how the Hawks and Steeldogs stack up:
Statistical YOUR TEAM THEIR TEAM
Category Rank Stat Rank Stat
Scoring Offense 20 36.2 15 44.9
Scoring Defense 8 45.8 6 43.6
Total Offense 17 220.8 4 289.2
Total Defense 7 243.6 8 247.8
Pass Offense 19 203.5 14 260.1
Pass Defense 6 224.5 7 225.4
Rushing Offense 16 17.2 3 29.1
Rushing Defense 10 19.1 14 22.4
Scoring (Non-Kick) 20 36.2 15 44.9
Scoring (Kicking) 20 4.0 10 5.9
Pass Rating 19 .556 15 .536
Pass Def. Rating 21 62.2 10 62.7
Kickoff Returns 17 16.2 23 12.3
MFG Returns 10 17.8 17 9.9
Turnover Margin 19 -7 4 +7
Field Goals 19 .222 6 .385
PAT Kicking 20 .722 17 .744
Sacks By 22 4 6 15
Sacks Against 14 13 9 8
First Downs 20 123 10 142
Opp. First Downs 1 111 7 133
Penalties 14 59.4 6 47.1
Opp. Penalties 9 60.2 14 56.0

HAWK'S INJURY REPORT:
Pos. Name Injury Status
OL/DL Jones, Brett Knee Long Term
FB/LB Wild, Mike Neck Short Term
FB/LB Null, Jason Knee Short Term
FB/LB Mckenzie, T. Knee Long Term

THIS WEEK'S QUOTES:

Coach Wells on the Sreeldogs:

"The Steeldogs backfield trio of Hawk, Wright and Browden are ranked in the top 10 in all of the league's offensive categories. Our defensive secondary will need to stay with their assignments or it will be a long night".

"Coach Selesky always has his teams prepared to play. Coming off the tremendous victory last week, the Hawks can not have any mental lapses".

MILESTONES: Second win in the Af2.

FORWARD MOTION: Spokane is an expansion team in the Af2 this year also. This series would be the equivalent of a "cross-town rivalry" because they are in our own back yard. Spokane won their first game.

PLAYERS/MATCHUPS TO WATCH:

The difference in the game may come down to the Hawks kick return specialist Hassan Brockman. Brockman is averaging 18.3 yards per return. Kerry Wright, OS who burned the Hawks in their first meeting has been listed on short term IR.

KEY DATES IN TEAM/LEAGUE HISTORY:

Everett Hawks looking for Second Af2 win (and second consecutive win).

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME AWARD
(selected by media)
Week Opp. Player
1 Blitz Rennard Reynolds
9 Stockton Hassan Brockman

IRONMAN OF THE GAME AWARD
(selected by media)
Week Opp. Player
9 Stockton Milton Myers
1 Blitz Kendrick Walker

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME AWARD
(selected by media)
Week Opp. Player
9 Stockton John Fields
7 Shock Toure' Davis

CATCH OF THE GAME
(selected by media)
Week Opp. Player
9 Stockton Tavarius Davis
7 Spokane Hassan Brockman
6 Stockton Hassan Brockman

RECENT ROSTER MOVES (most recent first):
Date Action Player
6/2 Assigned by the League Michael Rose
6/2 Assigned by the League Dakarai Pearson
6/2 Assigned by the League Deontrae Johnson
6/2 Placed on Short Term IR Jason Null
6/2 Placed on Reassignment Jamley Austin
6/2 Placed on Reassignment Edward Powell
6/2 Placed on Team Suspension A.J. Street
5/25 Traded to Bakersfield for future consideration Chuck Jones
5/25 Placed on Re-assignment Dannie Snyder
5/25 Placing on Long Term IR Thomas McKenzie
5/25 Activated from Short Term IR John Fields
5/25 Assigned by the league Clint Dodson
5/25 Assigned by the league Vichael Foxx
5/25 Assigned by the league Adrian Cockfield
5/25 Placed on Re-assignment Charles Davis
5/25 Placed on Re-assignment Kelvin Wallace
5/25 Placed on Re-assignment Chris Cole
5/23 Traded to Macon for future consideration D.J. Humphries
5/22 Placed on Recallable Reassignment by the League Charles Davis
5/22 Placed on Recallable Reassignment by the League D.J. Humphries

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