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July 27, 2004 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Florida Firecats News Release

QUICK FACTS:
Tennessee Valley Vipers (11-4) at Florida Firecats (10-5)
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2004
Kickoff: 7:40 p.m. EST
Site: Germain Arena (7,126)
National Anthem:
Coin Toss:
Game Ball Delivery:
Officials: Mike Pavese (Referee), Brent Sowell (Umpire), Rich Misner (Head Linesman), Mike Mongoven (Line Judge), Barry Hendon (Back Judge)
Radio: ESPN 770 (Dave Parks)
TV: None
Series Record: Tennessee Valley 2-1
Last Meeting: Florida 53 TENNESSEE VALLEY 30
Streaks: Florida W3 Tennessee W3
Florida Coach: Ben Bennett (20-11 regular season; 0-1 playoffs, Second season)
Tennessee Valley Coach: Kevin Guy (51-13 regular season, 4-4 playoffs, Fifth Season)

THE STAKES: The playoffs have unofficially started for both of these teams. The winner of this game will take a number two seed into the playoffs. With the number two seed, the victor will receive a first round bye and a home playoff game in the second round. A win for either team would give incredible momentum heading into the playoffs.

THE SERIES: Prior to this season, the Tennessee Valley Vipers had won both of the match ups with the Florida Firecats. Earlier this year, the Firecats knocked off the Vipers 53-30 in Huntsville, ending a Tennessee Valley home winning streak that dated back to 2002.

THE IFs:
If Florida beats Tennessee, it would …
· Give Florida a 2-2 series record with Tennessee Valley
· Give Florida a 6-2 home record in 2004
· Give Ben Bennett a 21-11 regular season record as a head coach
· Give Florida an 11-5 record for the season
· Give Florida a 10-5 record against the American Conference
· Give Florida a #2 seed for the playoffs
· Give Florida a first round bye in the playoffs and a second round home game

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 (TD) 180
Ken Mastrole 10 Passer Rating 110.9
Steve Gorrie 1 Rushing 475
Chris Morant 8 Rushing 181
Ken Mastrole 10 Total Offense 3070
Chris Morant 2 Tackles for Loss 10.5
Quincy Sorrell 1 Tackles 95.5

VIPERS
Player Rank Category Stat
Jerrian James 4 Scoring 220
Jerrian James 4 Scoring (TD) 220
Jerrian James 7 All Purpose Yards 2350
Michael Conway T-4 Fumble Rec. 3
Henry Freeman 9 Tackles 69.0


FIRECATS RECORD WATCH
Player Record Stat To Break
C.Lamb (Career) Rec Yds 2,263 +66
C.Morant(Team) Sacks 4.0 +4.0

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

100 TACKLES WATCH
Player Tackles To 100
Quincy Sorrell 95.5 4.5

af2 SINGLE SEASON RUSHING RECORD
MOST YARDS GAINED
1. STEVE GORRIE, FLORIDA, 2004, 475 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 Tenn. Valley stack up:
Statistical FIRECATS VIPERS
Category Rank Stat Rank Stat
Scoring Offense 12 48.3 14 48.0
Scoring Defense 1 35.7 4 39.3
Total Offense 13 250.3 20 237.0
Total Defense 1 196.6 3 226.7
Pass Offense 23 203.8 16 224.9
Pass Defense 1 183.1 3 207.9
Rushing Offense 1 46.5 23 12.1
Rushing Defense 3 13.5 13 18.8
Scoring (Non-Kick) 10 642 11 640
Scoring (Kicking) 19 81 20 78
Pass Rating 8 110.8 16 100.2
Pass Def. Rating 6 100.2 3 95.0
Kickoff Returns 9 20.2 20 18.7
MFG Returns 9 19.9 1 23.3
Turnover Margin 19 -5 1 +25
Field Goals 4 .400 20 .267
PAT Kicking 19 .716 26 .635
Sacks By 14 19 17 17
Sacks Against T-1 5 5 9
First Downs 9 238 14 234
Opp. First Downs 2 195 3 200
Penalties 21 984 20 978
Opp. Penalties 5 749 3 717
Red Zone Offense 2 80.2% 10 76.0%
Red Zone Defense 1 62.1% 2 62.7%

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

ALLOW 30-LESS………. 7-0
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…………………………………5-3
FIRECATS SCORE FIRST…………………...4-2
OPPONENT SCORES FIRST………………..6-3
LEADING AFTER 1ST QUARTER……………8-3
TRAILING AFTER 1ST QUARTER………….2-0
TIED AFTER 1ST QUARTER………………….0-2
LEADING AT HALF……………………………10-1
TRAILING AT HALF…………………………..0-4
TIED AT HALF………………………………….0-0
LEADING AFTER 3RD QUARTER……………10-1
TRAILING AFTER 3RD QUARTER…………..0-4
TIED AFTER 3RD QUARTER………………….0-0
AGAINST TEAMS BELOW .500…………..…6-2
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: The Firecats went into the rough waters of the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, and they topped the Vipers 53-30, ending a Vipers home winning streak that dated back to 2002.


FORWARD MOTION: The Firecats will not know their fate until after this Saturday’s game. A win would give the Firecats a first round bye and a second round home playoff game.


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
15 FLORIDA STEVE GORRIE/ CHRIS MORANT
16 Wilkes-Barre Rocco Forgione

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
15
16 Laredo Traco Rachal

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
15
16 Cent. Valley Kenyatte Morgan

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