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July 20, 2004 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Florida Firecats News Release

QUICK FACTS:
Florida Firecats (9-5) at Columbus Wardogs (6-8)
Date: Monday, July 26, 2004
Kickoff: 7:40 p.m. EST
Site: Columbus Civic Center (7,600)
National Anthem:
Coin Toss:
Game Ball Delivery:
Officials: (Referee), (Umpire), (Head Linesman), (Line Judge), (Back Judge)
Radio: ESPN 770 (Dave Parks)
TV: None
Series Record: Florida 6-0
Last Meeting: Columbus 34 FLORIDA 64
Streaks: Florida W2 Columbus L2
Florida Coach: Ben Bennett (19-11 regular season; 0-1 playoffs, Second season)
Columbus Coach: John Fourcade (10-20 regular season, Second Season)

THE STAKES: Florida now carries their own fate. If Florida wins their next two games, they will take a #2 seed into the playoffs, and they will win the American South Division. Florida would then receive a first round bye and a home playoff game in the second round. While Florida has won every contest with Columbus, including two this season, they will have to play aggressive football to walk away from this game as the victors.

THE SERIES: The two teams have met six prior times, and Florida has won each contest. They have twice met this season, with Florida winning 62-33 and 54-34.

THE IFs:
If Florida beats Columbus, it would …
· Give Florida a 7-0 series record with Columbus
· Give Florida a 5-3 away record in 2004
· Give Ben Bennett a 20-11 regular season record as a head coach
· Give Florida a 10-5 record for the season
· Give Florida a 9-5 record against the American Conference
· Leave Florida one win away from securing the American South Division and a first round bye in the playoffs.


HEAD COACH: Firecats’ Head Coach Ben Bennett played college ball at Duke under Steve Spurrier. Bennett was the 1980 ACC Rookie of the Year, and he was named ACC Player of the Year in 1982 and 1983. Bennett went on to have one of the most prolific careers of any quarterback in Arena Football League history. He was named the AFL Most Valuable Player in 1988 while playing with the Chicago Bruisers. He is the only quarterback in AFL history to lead three different teams to a total of five Arena Bowls.

LEAGUE TOP 10s:
FIRECATS
Player Rank Category Stat
Cainon Lamb 9 Scoring 180
Cainon Lamb T-8 Scoring (TD) 180
Steve Gorrie 1 Rushing 447
Chris Morant 6 Rushing 173
Cainon Lamb 10 All Purpose 2,013
Ken Mastrole 10 Total Offense 2,864
Chris Morant T-10 Forced Fumbles 2
Chris Morant 1 Tackles For Loss 10.5
Quincy Sorrell 1 Tackles 85.5

WARDOGS
Player Rank Category Stat
Kyle Rowley 5 Pass Rating 114.7
Adrian Cockfield 1 Receptions 113
Adrian Cockfield 7 Rec. Yards 1,313
Terrell Sutton 2 Interceptions 8
Troy Bergeron 3 KO Return Avg. 28.0
Kyle Rowley 3 Passing Yards 263.9
Adrian Cockfield 6 All Purpose 2,317
Kyle Rowley 4 Total Offense 3,695


FIRECATS RECORD WATCH
Player Record Stat To Break
C.Lamb (Career) Rec Yds 2,216 +113
C.Morant(Team) Sacks 4.0 +4.0

1000 RECEIVING YARDS WATCH
Player Rec. Yds To 1000
C.Lamb 966 yds. +34


af2 SINGLE SEASON RUSHING RECORD
MOST YARDS GAINED
1. STEVE GORRIE, FLORIDA, 2004, 447 YARDS
2. Darnell Arceneux, Hawaii, 2002, 439 yards
3. Sherard Poteete, Bossier, 2002, 405 yards
4. Quentin Cradle, Memphis, 2001, 402 yards
5. Wilmont Perry, Cape Fear, 2003, 397 yards
6. Darnell Small, Arkansas, 2002, 370 yards
7. Jeremy Scruggs, Memphis, 2001, 333 yards
8. Matt D’Orazio, Rochester, 2002, 332 yards
9. Kenyata Spruill, Charleston, 2001, 324 yards
10. Randy Sullivan, Carolina, 2001, 316 yards


TALE OF THE TAPE: Here’s how Florida and Columbus stack up:
Statistical FIRECATS WARDOGS
Category Rank Stat Rank Stat
Scoring Offense 11 48.7 18 44.7
Scoring Defense 1 36.4 25 53.8
Total Offense 13 250.2 5 276.4
Total Defense 1 197.9 18 258.3
Pass Offense 22 204.0 2 267.4
Pass Defense 1 184.4 7 215.6
Rushing Offense 1 46.2 25 8.9
Rushing Defense 4 13.4 26 42.7
Scoring (Non-Kick) 10 606 20 546
Scoring (Kicking) 20 74 14 80
Pass Rating 8 111.0 6 113.2
Pass Def. Rating 6 98.9 14 105.9
Kickoff Returns 11 20.0 26 16.9
MFG Returns 6 21.0 17 16.8
Turnover Margin 20 -5 15 -3
Field Goals 6 .357 7 .350
PAT Kicking 17 .720 10 .776
Sacks By 13 18 26 4
Sacks Against 1 5 19 21
First Downs 9 224 T-5 232
Opp. First Downs 2 181 17 217
Penalties 20 919 9 738
Opp. Penalties 5 708 26 969
Red Zone Offense 4 79.8% 22 67.1%
Red Zone Defense 2 63.1% 25 81.1%

FIRECATS WHEN THEY:
SCORE 30-LESS……….. 0-0
SCORE 31-40…………… 0-3
SCORE 41-50…………… 3-1
SCORE 51-60…………… 4-1
SCORE 61+……………… 2-0

ALLOW 30-LESS………. 6-0
ALLOW 31-40………….. 3-0
ALLOW 41-50………….. 0-1
ALLOW 51-60…………..0-4
ALLOW 61+…………….. 0-0

AT HOME………………………………………..5-2
ON THE ROAD…………………………………4-3
FIRECATS SCORE FIRST…………………...4-2
OPPONENT SCORES FIRST………………..5-3
LEADING AFTER 1ST QUARTER……………8-3
TRAILING AFTER 1ST QUARTER………….1-0
TIED AFTER 1ST QUARTER………………….0-2
LEADING AT HALF……………………………9-1
TRAILING AT HALF…………………………..0-4
TIED AT HALF………………………………….0-0
LEADING AFTER 3RD QUARTER……………9-1
TRAILING AFTER 3RD QUARTER…………..0-4
TIED AFTER 3RD QUARTER………………….0-0
AGAINST TEAMS BELOW .500…………..…5-2
AGAINST TEAMS .500………………………..0-1
AGAINST TEAMS ABOVE .500……………..4-2

PLAYERS TO WATCH:
QB Ken Mastrole- Mastrole has an extensive professional resume. He began his career with the Chicago Bears, and he played a season with the Amsterdam Admirals of the NFL Europe. He threw for 2,284 yards and 55 touchdowns in only 11 games last season.

WR/LB Cainon Lamb- Lamb returns to the Firecats after a stellar 2003 season. He caught 110 passes for 1,297 yards and 32 touchdowns. Lamb is on pace to own all Firecat receiving and scoring records by the end of the season.

WR/LB Anthony Snead- Snead comes to the Firecats after spending the 2003 season with the Macon Knights. He caught 90 passes for 1,140 yards and 17 touchdowns.

OS Magic Benton- Benton caught 77 passes for 821 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2003. Benton has been with the Firecats since the team was established.

FB/LB Chris Morant- Morant has been getting it done on all phases of the ball this season, whether it be on offense, defense, or special teams.

DS Quincy Sorrell- Sorrell returns to the Firecats after a solid 2003 season. Sorrell had 54 tackles, 2 interceptions, and two forced fumbles last year.

FB/LB Steve Gorrie- Gorrie came into the NFL draft as one of the top ranked fullbacks in the draft. He is also a former Division II Player of the Year. Gorrie currently leads the league in rushing.

DS Roy Stabler- Stabler led the team last year with 79.5 tackles. He also had four interceptions, 19 pass breakups, and four fumble recoveries.

OL/DL Victor Hall- Hall is number ten on the AFL all-time sack list. He was the line coach last year for the Firecats. He recently came out of retirement to return to the game.

OL/DL Comone Fisher- Fisher had 23 tackles, 2 sacks, and 2 fumble recoveries in 2003 for the Firecats.


LAST SERIES MEETING: Columbus came into southwest Florida, and the Firecats topped the Wardogs 54-34, winning their fourth straight game.

FORWARD MOTION: The Firecats return home to take on the Tennessee Valley Vipers. The Firecats knocked off the Vipers 53-30 in Huntsville earlier in the year. If Florida defeats Columbus this week, then the Firecats and Vipers will be playing for the #2 seed and a first round bye in the playoffs.



U.S. ARMY IRONMAN OF THE WEEK
BABY RUTH REAL DEAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF
Week Team Player
1 T-Valley Jerrian James
2 Okla. City Al Hunt
3 WB/Scran Leroy McFadden
4 Tulsa Bjorn Barre
5 FLORIDA STEVE GORRIE
6 Louisville Takuya Furatani
7 Green Bay Deronn Finley
8 Columbus Terrence Samuel
9 San Diego Nakoa McElrath
10 Cape Fear Mitch Galloway
11 T-Valley Travis McAlpine
12 Birmingham Carlos McNearny
13 Columbus Adrian Cockfield
14 Bakersfield Eric Mahanke
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ADT DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Week Team Player
1 Rio Grande Karleton Thomas
2 Birmingham Jerry Turner
3 Louisville Justin Thomas
4 Louisville Demtrius Formey
5 Quad City Matt Forbes
6 Birmingham Anthony Jordan
7 Cent. Valley Ricky Lenng-Wai
8 Hawaii Joshua Robinson
9 Peoria Lawrence Matthews
10 Green Bay Robert Garth
11 Wichita Henry Bryant
12 Wilkes-Barre Jamie Hattley
13 Macon Marcus Bradley
14 Peoria Brandon Campbell
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BABY RUTH REAL DEAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Week Team Player
1 Quad City Jeff Hewitt
2 Green Bay Randall Lane
3 Cape Fear Matt Burstein
4 Wichita Aaron Sparrow
5 Manchester Chris Sanders
6 Bossier Bo Smith
7 Green Bay Chris Greisen
8 Memphis Brian Jones
9 Louisville Anthony Payton
10 Bossier Sherard Poteete
11 Albany Tony Locke
12 Tulsa Bob Bees
13 Columbus Troy Bergeron
14 Columbus Troy Bergeron
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