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Firecats Benton Mr. 1000

July 19, 2007 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Florida Firecats News Release

Estero, FL- Florida Firecats receiver Magic Benton became the arenafootball2's 1st player to score 1000 career points in their 55-44 win over the Alabama Steeldogs.

Benton began the night with 996 points and quickly set the milestone scoring on Florida's opening drive of the ball game. He finished the night with 5 receptions for 94 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

"The records are nice but I'd rather have another championship," said Benton about the milestone. "When I am done playing it will be nice to look back at my accomplishments but for now I'm just focusing on the next game."

In 15 games this year Magic has caught 111 passes for 1,552 yards and 27 TD's. His 1,552 yards currently rank him 4th in the af2 this year.

Benton is the league and Firecats' most prolific receiver holding records for receptions (578), receiving yards (7,683), and touchdown receptions (163). He is the only player to have played with the Firecats since their inaugural season in 2001, starting in Florida's 1st game.

The Florida Firecats will have some time to prepare for their final opponent of the regular season thanks to a bye week this weekend. The Firecats return to action in Manchester, New Hampshire Saturday July 28th against the Wolves.

Kickoff is set for 7:05 pm Saturday July 28th. Fans can listen to the game online at, &

Florida will be looking for a win to keep their hopes of winning the South Division alive and along with it a chance to host a 1st round game at home. The Firecats also need some help from either Alabama or Tulsa against South Georgia; a South Georgia loss to either team and a Firecats win would clinch the division for the 4th straight year.

If the Firecats win the division they will host a 1st round game Saturday August 4th.

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