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Georgia looks to Force its way into postseason this Sunday against Tampa Bay on NBC

May 4, 2005 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) News Release

NEW YORK – Georgia head coach DOUG PLANK and the AFLWA’s No. 1-ranked Force (9-4) look to become the first team to secure their Drive to ArenaBowl XIX Las Vegas ticket when they face seven-time ArenaBowl champion head coach TIM MARCUM and the No. 5-ranked Tampa Bay Storm (8-5) at Philips Arena this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on NBC.

A victory over the Storm this weekend, coupled with losses by Orlando and New Orleans, would allow the Force to claim their first Southern Division title in franchise history. Georgia can also secure a postseason berth with a victory and combination of losses by Orlando, New Orleans, New York and Dallas (see below).

The Storm have never missed a postseason during the 18-year history of the AFL and a victory against Georgia would put them a step closer to continuing their streak to 19.

Philadelphia Soul President and former NFL QB RON JAWORSKI will join AFL on NBC studio host AL TRAUTWIG and analyst GLENN PARKER in the studio for halftime commentary and postgame wrap-up interviews.

On the West Coast, U.S. Army Ironman of the Year candidate WR/DB KEVIN INGRAM (6-0, 195, West Chester) and the No. 7-ranked Los Angeles Avengers (8-5) head to HP Pavilion at San Jose to play Offensive Player of the Year candidate QB MARK GRIEB (6-3, 208, Cal-Davis) and the No. 3-ranked San Jose SaberCats (8-5) for the Western Division lead this Saturday at 10:30 p.m. ET on FSN Bay Area and FSN West.

Ingram, an All-Arena selection in 2004, leads the Avengers with 76 receptions for 877 yards and 19 touchdowns, while adding 52.5 total tackles and three interceptions on defense. Grieb, who was 2002 Offensive Player of the Year, leads the League in passing yards (3,997) and is on pace to break the single-season passing record set by Georgia QB JIM KUBIAK (4,762) in 2003 while with Dallas. The former All-Arena performer is projected to finish with 4,920 passing yards.

Elsewhere, Offensive Player of the Year candidates meet when OS DAMIAN HARRELL (6-3, 200, Florida State) and the Colorado Crush (8-5) head to the bayou to play OS AARON BAILEY (5-11, 190, Louisville) and the New Orleans VooDoo (8-5) at New Orleans Arena this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on NBC.

Harrell, who is in his seventh season, leads the Crush in receptions (93), receiving yards (1,183), touchdowns (33) and is No. 4 in the AFL with 198 points. Bailey leads the AFL in receptions (118), while leading the VooDoo in yards (1,414) and touchdowns (28).

Games slated for Week 15 include: Chicago at Arizona (FSN Arizona, FSN Chicago, INHD, AFN-delayed) on Friday; Columbus at New York (AFL Net-www.arenafootball.com), Orlando at Austin (FSN Southwest, Sun Sports), Grand Rapids at Nashville (FSN Detroit, FSN South-*Sunday, 12 a.m.), Dallas at Las Vegas (FSN Southwest, FSN West2-*Sunday, 12 a.m., INHD) and Los Angeles at San Jose (FSN Bay Area-*Sunday, 6:30 p.m., FSN West) on Saturday; Colorado at New Orleans (NBC, AFN-delayed) and Tampa Bay at Georgia (NBC, AFN) on Sunday. The Philadelphia Soul have a bye week.

ARENA FOOTBALL LEAGUE WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION (AFLWA) POLL
RANK TEAM RECORD VOTES (FIRST PLACE)
1 Georgia Force 9-4 126 (14)
2 Orlando Predators 9-5 84
3 San Jose SaberCats 8-5 76
4 Chicago Rush 8-5 67
5 Tampa Bay Storm 8-5 66 (2)
6 New York Dragons 8-5 65
7 Los Angeles Avengers 8-5 50
8 Colorado Crush 8-5 30
Also receiving votes: New Orleans VooDoo 24, Dallas Desperados 12, Nashville Kats 9 (1), and Las Vegas Gladiators 3.

Following is each team’s postseason-clinching scenario for Week 15:

GEORGIA FORCE: Can clinch the Southern Division title with a victory over Tampa Bay AND losses by Orlando and New Orleans.

Georgia can clinch a postseason spot if one of the following occurs in combination with a Georgia victory over Tampa Bay:
· Georgia’s win is by 11-or-more points AND Dallas loses to Las Vegas
· Orlando loses to Austin AND New York loses to Columbus
· Orlando loses to Austin AND Dallas loses to Las Vegas
· New Orleans loses to Colorado AND New York loses to Columbus
· New Orleans loses to Colorado AND Dallas loses to Las Vegas

COLORADO CRUSH: Can clinch a postseason berth with a victory over New Orleans AND a Las Vegas loss to Dallas AND a Los Angeles loss to San Jose

SAN JOSE SABERCATS: Can clinch a postseason berth with a victory over Los Angeles AND a Las Vegas loss to Dallas

The Arizona Rattlers, Austin Wranglers, Columbus Destroyers and Grand Rapids Rampage have been eliminated from postseason participation.




CHICAGO RUSH (8-5) AT ARIZONA RATTLERS (4-9)
FRIDAY, MAY 6 AT 10 P.M. ET
FSN ARIZONA, FSN CHICAGO & INHD
KENT DERDIVANIS, RON WOLFLEY & KEVIN MC CABE

With last week’s 63-62 win over Las Vegas, Chicago has moved into first place in the Central Division… The Rush, who are tied at 8-5 with Colorado, own the tie-breaker over the Crush for the Central Division’s automatic playoff spot… Chicago’s remaining opponents (Arizona, Grand Rapids, Nashville) have a combined winning percentage of .289… Arizona, who has been eliminated from the playoffs, can still play a major role in the determining who makes it to the postseason… Arizona’s next two games are against the Western Division leading San Jose SaberCats and the Las Vegas Gladiators, who are one game back of the final playoff spot… Since joining the League in 2001, MIKE HOHENSEE and the Rush have never missed the playoffs… Chicago is 3-3 on the road this season and 3-1 against teams with losing records… Chicago’s only loss to a team with a losing record was to Columbus (1-12) 52-39, on the road in Week 4… Arizona is 2-1 this season against teams from the Central Division… The last time the Rush played the Rattlers in Arizona, the Rattlers won 46-35 in the Conference Championship in 2002… The Rush rank No. 4 in YPG (302.1) due to the combined efforts of WR/LB ETU MOLDEN, FB/LB BOB MC MILLEN and OS HENRY DOUGLAS… Molden is ranked No. 8 in scoring (162), McMillen is ranked No. 8 in rushing (154) and tied at No. 6 in rushing TDs (9) and Douglas is ranked No. 2 in all-purpose yards (1,189)… Arizona OS SIAHA BURLEY is ranked No. 1 in scoring (236), No. 4 (105) in receptions and No. 3 in receiving yards (1,381) and No. 5 in all-purpose yards (2,134).

2005 LEADERS RUSH RATTLERS
SERIES LEADER Arizona leads 3-0
LAST FIVE GAMES 4-1 3-2
LAST GAME Won vs. Las Vegas, 63-62 Lost at Los Angeles, 56-59
2005 LEADERS RUSH RATTLERS
PASSING Philyaw: 378-263-10, 3013, 54 TDs Germaine: 243-155-6, 1987, 40 TDs
RECEIVING Douglas: 82-965, 16 TDs Burley: 105-1381, 38 TDs
RUSHING McMillen: 53-154, 9 TDs K. Taylor: 9-469, 3 TDs
TACKLES Johnson: 64.0 Lawson: 72.5
SACKS Moyer: 6.0 Glover: 4.0
INTERCEPTIONS Shaw, Molden: 3 Joseph: 4
KICKING Gispert: 73-86 PAT; 9-13 FG; 100 PTS Brenner: 35-40 PAT; 3-5 FG; 44 PTS
TEAM OFFENSE 50.8 PPG (8); 302.8 YPG (4) 50.2 PPG (12); 288.3 YPG (6)
TEAM DEFENSE 48.5 (t-6); 299.9 (12) 51.1 PPG (10); 257.7 YPG (3)








COLUMBUS DESTROYERS (1-12) AT NEW YORK DRAGONS (8-5)
SATURDAY, MAY 7 AT 7 P.M. ET
AFL NET (www.arenafootball.com)

The Dragons look to stay atop the East with a win against the division-rival Destroyers… New York is undefeated in divisional play this year (5-0) while the Destroyers are seeking their first divisional win (0-4)… With a win, the Dragons will finish the season with a perfect divisional record for the first time since 1997…The Dragons are a perfect 6-0 this season at home… The last time these teams met, QB AARON GARCIA threw for 326 yards and seven touchdowns to lead the Dragons to a narrow 56-55 victory in Columbus… Garcia, the only player in professional football history to throw for 700-or-more touchdowns, is the No. 4 rated passer in the League (117.3)… Columbus OS DAMIEN GROCE has returned three kickoffs for touchdowns this season, ranks No. 8 in the League in receiving yards (1,123), and is 61 receiving yards away from breaking the team record for single-season receiving yards… Dragons WR/DB WILL HOLDER is the League-leader in combined kickoff/field-goal return yard average…Dragons Rookie DS BILLY PARKER leads the League in interceptions (7) and is tied for No. 6 on the single-season rookie interception ranks while teammate DS CHRIS ANGEL ranks No 4. in the League with 82.5 tackles.

2005 LEADERS DESTROYERS DRAGONS
SERIES LEADER New York leads 7-4
LAST FIVE GAMES 0-5 2-3
LAST GAME Lost vs. Austin, 55-58 Won at Dallas, 65-57
2005 LEADERS DESTROYERS DRAGONS
PASSING D’Orazio: 232-147-5, 1553; 24 TDs Garcia: 416-269-11, 3270, 69 TDs
RECEIVING Groce: 89-1123, 17 TDs Horacek: 70-945, 23 TDs
RUSHING D’Orazio: 37-158, 5 TDs White: 40-175, 12 TDs
TACKLES Franklin, Hefflin: 59.5 Angel: 82.5
SACKS L. Jones, McCleary, Pelshak, Ray, Washburn, Janek: 1.0 Owen: 2.5
INTERCEPTIONS Hefflin, Franklin, Robinson, Polk, Isom: 1 Parker: 7
KICKING Videtech: 66-72 PAT; 11-22 FG; 100 PTS Bironas: 79-92 PAT, 5-12 FG, 94 PTS
TEAM OFFENSE 43.5 PPG (16); 260.6 YPG (16) 52.8 PPG (4); 261.8 YPG (15)
TEAM DEFENSE 55.5 PPG (15); 279.2 YPG (8) 51.2 PPG (t-11); 301.1 YPG (13)



ORLANDO PREDATORS (9-5) AT AUSTIN WRANGLERS (5-9)
SATURDAY, MAY 7 AT 8:30 P.M. ET
FSN SOUTHWEST & SUN SPORTS TV
KEVIN ESCHENFELDER & GARY REASONS

Orlando holds the second-best record in the League (9-5) and is 4-2 in the Southern Division… Austin has only won one game in the Southern Division… The Predators won the first meeting in Week 9 against the Wranglers, 51-52… This week, the Predators will have to survive without rookie OS JIMMY FRYZEL, who is just one of the Predators lost this season to injury… Fryzel is still leading the team in receiving yards (979) and was the leading receiver against the Wranglers with 10 receptions for 15 yards and three TDs… In Week 12, Predators QB JOE HAMILTON was also lost to injury… Backup QB CHRIS SANDERS has taken over and has led the Predators two a 2-1 record in the past three games… Sanders was under center for eight snaps against the Wranglers, completing five of them for 48 yards, one INT and one TD… Wranglers QB JOHN FITZGERALD, who did not play in Week 9 against Orlando, is looking to improve the series record to 2-2… Fitzgerald is currently ranked No. 4 in completion percentage (66.5) and No 5 in passing yards (3,364)… Wranglers WR/LB DARRIN CHIAVERINI leads the team and is tied at No. 2 in the League in receptions (106)… On defense, Predators OL/DL EJ BURT is ranked No. 4 in the League in sacks with 8.0 and Wranglers DS CEDRIC WALKER is tied at No. 7 in the League with 74.5 combined tackles.

2005 LEADERS PREDATORS WRANGLERS
SERIES LEADER Orlando leads, 2-1
LAST FIVE GAMES 3-2 2-3
LAST GAME Lost at Philadelphia, 60-64 Won at Columbus, 58-55
2005 LEADERS PREDATORS WRANGLERS
PASSING Hamilton: 364-238-11, 2901, 57 TDs Fitzgerald: 457-304-12, 3364, 62 TDs
RECEIVING Fleming: 83-912, 26 TDs Chiaverini: 106-872, 17 TDs
RUSHING Price: 34-160, 7 TDs Bryant: 34-85, 8 TDs
TACKLES McEntyre: 48.5 Walker: 74.5
SACKS Burt: 8.0 Humphrey: 2.5
INTERCEPTIONS McEntyre, Harris: 4 Hunter: 4
KICKING Gowins: 66-80 PAT; 11-19 FG; 99 PTS Sievers: 38-41 PAT; 5-11 FG; 53 PTS
TEAM OFFENSE 50.5 PPG (10); 284.3 YPG (9) 46.4 PPG (15); 289.8 (5)
TEAM DEFENSE 47.1 PPG (4); 274.1 YPG (7) 55.9 PPG (16); 304.7 YPG (16)



GRAND RAPIDS RAMPAGE (2-11) AT NASHVILLE KATS (5-7-1)
SATURDAY, MAY 7 AT 9:30 P.M. ET
FSN DETROIT & FSN SOUTH
ELI GOLD & DAVID ARCHER

Nashville must win their final three games if they wish to have a chance of making the playoffs… Two of their final three games are against their Central Division rivals, the Colorado Crush and the Chicago Rush… The Rampage will also have a chance to prevent their final two opponents, Chicago and Los Angeles, from making the playoffs… The Kats won the first meeting of the season 40-27 and have not loss since… The Kats won their last three games and have not lost in their last five… Last week, the Kats defeated the Western Division leading San Jose SaberCats 57-55… In the win, Kats QB LEON MURRAY threw eight TDs to four different receivers… QB MICHAEL BISHOP led the Rampage to a 58-52 upset over the Central Division leading Colorado Crush… Bishop won the Offensive Player of the Game Award after completing 25-of-31 passes for 310 yards and five TDs and rushing the ball five times for 32 yards and two TDs… Bishop is 15 yards shy of tying the single-season rushing record (429) set by MAJOR HARRIS with Columbus in 1991… The Kats are ranked No. 6 in total defense (273.7 YPG)… The defense is anchored by WR/DB KAHLIL CARTER, who is tied at No. 2 in INTs (6) and tied at No. 9 in passes defended, and OL/DL HENRY TAYLOR, who is tied at No. 9 in sacks (4.5)… Since joining the Kats in Week 11, WR/DB T.T. TOLIVER has recorded 17 receptions for 300 yards and seven TDs and has at least one TD reception in every game.

2005 LEADERS RAMPAGE KATS
SERIES LEADER Nashville leads 3-2
LAST FIVE GAMES 1-4 4-0-1
LAST GAME Won vs. Colorado, 58-52 Won at. San Jose, 57-55
2005 LEADERS RAMPAGE KATS
PASSING Bishop: 367-209-9, 2806; 45 TDs Murray: 335-193-10, 2192, 38 TDs
RECEIVING Hines: 49-676, 9 TDs Coleman: 69-759, 10 TDs
RUSHING Bishop: 68-414, 16 TDs Alexander: 38-105, 5 TDs
TACKLES Mason: 50.0 Jenkins: 65.5
SACKS Powell, Avery, Simpson: 2.0 Taylor: 4.5
INTERCEPTIONS Robinson: 3 Carter: 6
KICKING Martinez: 66-75 PAT; 14-34 FG; 108 PTS Dodson: 43-56 PAT; 5-18 FG; 58 PTS
TEAM OFFENSE 46.6 PPG (14); 287.7 YPG (7) 41.8 PPG (17); 257.5 YPG (17)
TEAM DEFENSE 59.5 PPG (17); 283.1 YPG (9) 45.0 PPG (1); 273.7 YPG (6)



DALLAS DESPERADOS (7-5-1) AT LAS VEGAS GLADIATORS (7-6)
SATURDAY, MAY 7 AT 10 P.M. ET
FSN SOUTHWEST, FSN WEST2 & INHD
ANDREW SICILIANO & JOHN JACKSON

The Desperados have not played the Gladiators since they moved to Las Vegas… The last meeting between these teams was in 2002 and the then-New Jersey Gladiators won, 45-44… Gladiators QB CLINT DOLEZEL faced the Desperados once in 2003 as a member of the Grand Rapids Rampage and led his team to a 45-42 victory… In that game, he complete 22-of-30 passes for 241 yards and five TDs…Currently, Dolezel is ranked No. 6 in the League in completion percentage (66.0)… Dolezel’s favorite target this season has been OS MARCUS NASH who is leading the League in receiving yards (1,482), is tied at No. 2 in receptions (106) and is ranked No. 3 in scoring (204)… Desperados QB CLINT STOERNER has completed 261-of-414 passes for 3,270 yards and 63 TDs, putting him on pace to break almost every AFL rookie passing record… QB JIM KUBIAK set the current records with Buffalo in 2001 when he completed 295-of-484 passes for 3,787 yards and 64 TDs… In last week’s loss against New York, Stoerner become the sixth rookie QB in League history to throw for 3,000 yards in his first season… Desperados WR/DB WILL PETTIS, a U.S. Army Ironman of the Year candidate, is currently ranked No. 3 in the League in all-purpose yards with 2,157.

2005 LEADERS DESPERADOS GLADIATORS
SERIES LEADER Las Vegas leads, 1-0
LAST FIVE GAMES 1-3-1 2-3
LAST GAME Lost vs New York, 57-65 Lost at Chicago, 62-63
2005 LEADERS DESPERADOS GLADIATORS
PASSING Stoerner: 414-261-11, 3270, 63 TDs Dolezel: 338-223-12, 2703, 59 TDs
RECEIVING Shelley: 78-1005, 20 TDs Nash: 106-1482, 32 TDs
RUSHING Toombs: 47-175, 11 TDs Carter: 32-106, 5 TDs
TACKLES Milligan: 56.0 Bonner: 62.0
SACKS Pettijohn: 5.5 Carter: 9.0
INTERCEPTIONS Jones, Pettis: 4 Taylor: 6
KICKING Martinez: 87-94 PAT; 12-25 FG; 123 PTS Lewis: 68-84 PAT; 6-12 FG; 86 PTS
TEAM OFFENSE 55.2 PPG (3); 277.1 YPG (10) 48.5 PPG (13); 313.2 YPG (2)
TEAM DEFENSE 49.3 PPG (9); 249.2 YPG (1) 48.5 PPG (t-6); 252.3 YPG (2)



LOS ANGELES AVENGERS (8-5) AT SAN JOSE SABERCATS (8-5)
SATURDAY, MAY 7 AT 10:30 P.M. ET
FSN BAY AREA & FSN WEST
RANDY HAHN, MIKE PAWLAWSKI & F.P. SANTANGELO

This matchup features teams that have identical records and are currently tied for the Western Division lead… With a Las Vegas loss to Dallas, the winner of this game can clinch a playoff spot and gain sole possession of first place in the Western Division… The SaberCats are 5-0 against the Avengers at home… SaberCats WR/DB RASHIED DAVIS (36) needs two TDs to tie the team record for single season TDs (38) and one 100-yard receiving game to break the team single-season record of seven… Since the start of the 2000 season, the SaberCats are 38-5 (.868) at home… The SaberCats have scored 70-or-more points in a game 23 times in franchise history and they have done it four times in 11 meetings against the Avengers… SaberCats QB MARK GRIEB needs one passing touchdown to take sole possession of the No. 6 spot on the all-time list (420)… Grieb leads the League in passing yards (3,997), completion percentage (70.1) and QB rating (128.3) and ranks No. 4 in TD passes (72)… Grieb needs to average 255.0 yards in his final three games to break the AFL single-season passing record… Avengers K REMY HAMILTON leads the League in points by a kicker (159) and field-goal percentage (.800)… Hamilton is on pace to shatter the single-season field goal percentage record.

2005 LEADERS AVENGERS SABERCATS
SERIES LEADER San Jose leads 8-3
LAST FIVE GAMES 3-2 3-2
LAST GAME Lost vs Arizona, 56-59 Lost vs Nashville,55-57
2005 LEADERS AVENGERS SABERCATS
PASSING Kaleo: 451-277-8, 3297, 62 TDs Grieb: 428-300-11, 3997, 72 TDs
RECEIVING Ingram: 76-877, 19 TDs Roe: 89-1155, 25 TDs
RUSHING Ford: 41-138, 9 TDs Kinsinger: 27-60, 9 TDs
TACKLES Simmons: 76.5 Wright: 42
SACKS Demary: 11.5 Jacobs. 4.0
INTERCEPTIONS Hopkins: 5.0 Thomas: 6
KICKING Hamilton: 75-83 PAT; 28-35 FG, 159 PTS Frantz: 93-112 PAT; 2-8 FG, 99 PTS
TEAM OFFENSE 52.2 PPG (6); 270.2 YPG (13) 61.9 PPG (1); 322.6 YPG (1)
TEAM DEFENSE 49.2 PPG (8); 304.5 YPG (15) 51.2 PPG (t-11); 284.8 YPG (10)



COLORADO CRUSH (8-5) AT NEW ORLEANS VooDoo (8-5)
SUNDAY, MAY 8 AT 1 P.M. ET
NBC
TOM HAMMOND, PAT HADEN & LEWIS JOHNSON

Colorado owns a one-game lead on the last available playoff spot in the American Conference… New Orleans is one game back of the last available playoff position in the National Conference… The VooDoo are 11-3 at home over the past two seasons… The Crush are looking to end their three-game losing streak, two of which came on the road… The VooDoo are 3-0 this season against teams from the Central Division, including a 46-40 victory over the division-leading Chicago Rush… In that game, Crush QB JOHN DUTTON was 23-of-35 passing for 239 yards and three TDs and OS DAMIAN HARRELL finished the game with 10 receptions for 134 yards and three TDs… New Orleans QB ANDY KELLY has been “Mr. Consistent” this season, throwing for at least 265 yards each game and throwing fewer then five TDs only once… Kelly needs just three TD passes to become the second player in professional football to throw 700… Harrell has caught a TD pass in a League-high 46 consecutive games and is ranked No. 4 in the League in scoring (198)… Harrell, who also ranks No. 7 in receptions (93) and No. 5 in receiving yards (1,183), will need to out-perform VooDoo OS AARON BAILEY, who ranks No. 5 in scoring (180), No. 1 in receptions (118) and No. 2 in receiving yards (1,414)… Bailey’s and Harrell’s success this season is a direct result of the play of Kelly and Dutton… Kelly ranks No. 2 in TDs passes (77) and passing yards (3,832), while Dutton ranks No. 3 in TDs (74) and No. 7 in passing yards (3,287)… Crush K CLAY RUSH has converted 54-of-114 kickoffs into touchbacks.

2005 LEADERS CRUSH VooDoo
SERIES LEADER Colorado leads 1-0
LAST FIVE GAMES 2-3 2-3
LAST GAME Lost at Grand Rapids, 52-58 Lost at Tampa Bay, 36-47
2005 LEADERS CRUSH VooDoo
PASSING Dutton: 470-285-13, 3287, 74 TDs Kelly: 574-381-9, 3832, 77 TDs
RECEIVING Harrell: 93-1183, 33 TDs Bailey: 118-1414, 28 TDs
RUSHING Young: 19-56, 4 TDs Thompson: 34-80, 7 TDs
TACKLES Floyd: 98.5 Pointer: 64.0
SACKS Young: 5.0 Cohen: 9.0
INTERCEPTIONS Hawkins, McKenzie: 5 Spears: 3
KICKING Rush: 85-98 PAT; 13-28 FG; 124 PTS Schmitz: 81-89 PAT, 10-19 FG, 111 PTS
TEAM OFFENSE 56.2 PPG (2); 267.2 YPG (14) 51.5 PPG (7); 302.8 YPG (3)
TEAM DEFENSE 54.1 PPG (13); 321.9 YPG (17) 46.5 PPG (3); 258.7 YPG (4)



TAMPA BAY STORM (8-5) AT GEORGIA FORCE (9-4)
SUNDAY, MAY 8 AT 1 P.M. ET
NBC
ALLEN BESTWICK, RAY BENTLEY & FRED KALIL

Entering Week 15, the Storm and the Force are both undefeated at home and have a 5-2 record in the Southern Division… Since the League expanded its schedule to 16 games in 2003, no team has finished the season undefeated at home… The Storm won the first meeting between these two teams in Week 10, 48-38… In that game, Storm QB SHANE STAFFORD completed 24-of-36 passes for 319 yards and five TDs with nine of those passes being caught by OS FREDDIE SOLOMON for 109 yards… Stafford is one of the League’s top QBs ranked No. 4 in passing yards (3,591) and needs only 57 passing yards to become the second QB in Storm history to reach 10,000 career yards… JAY GRUDEN is the only other member o the Storm to reach this milestone (15,623)… Force QB MATT NAGY is ranked No. 3 in the League in completion percentage (67.0)… Entering Week 15, Storm WR/LB LAWRENCE SAMUELS is ranked No. 5 in the League in receptions (103) and No. 9 in receiving yards (1,115)… The Force have three of the League’s best receivers… Rookie of the Year candidates OS TROY BERGERON and WR/DB DEREK LEE and veteran WR/LB CHRIS JACKSON rank No. 10, 11, and 12 in the League, respectively, in receiving yards (1,100, 1,035, 1,014)… Lee is also ranked No. 6 in receptions (940) and Bergeron is ranked No. 4 in all-purpose yards (2,147)… Jackson joined the Force midseason from Grand Rapids and has recorded 31 receptions for 363 yards and eight TDs in only three games… On defense, Storm DS TREMAIN JONES is ranked No. 3 in combined tackles (96.0)… Two of the Force’s defenders are ranked among the Top 10 in total tackles… Force WR/DB WILLIE GARY is ranked No. 6 in the League in combined tackles (75.5). and DS KEVIN GAINES is ranked No. 9 in combined tackles (73.0) and is tied at No. 2 in the League in INTs (6).

2005 LEADERS STORM FORCE
SERIES LEADER Tampa Bay leads, 6-1
LAST FIVE GAMES 4-1 3-2
LAST GAME Won vs. New Orleans, 47-36 Lost at Orlando, 49-52
2005LEADERS STORM FORCE
PASSING Stafford: 519-338-9, 3591, 65 TDs Nagy: 297-199-9, 2304, 50 TDs
RECEIVING Samuels: 103-1115, 13 TDs Lee: 94-1035, 27 TDs
RUSHING Penright: 20-53, 4 TDs Thomas: 31-98, 5 TDs
TACKLES Jones: 96.0 Gary 75.5
SACKS Certain, Hall, Muhammad: 2.0 Wilson: 4.5
INTERCEPTIONS Ordway: 5 Gaines: 6
KICKING George: 79-85 PAT, 16-28 FG, 127 PTS Garner: 80-89 PAT; 7-12 FG; 101 PTS
TEAM OFFENSE 50.5 PPG (9); 284.3 YPG (8) 50.4 PPG (11); 276.2 YPG (11)
TEAM DEFENSE 47.4 PPG (5); 272.5 YPG (5) 45.8 PPG (2); 296.0 YPG (11)

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