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May 4, 2004 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Green Bay Blizzard News Release

QUICK FACTS:
Central Valley Coyotes (0-4) @Green Bay Blizzard (1-3)
Date: Saturday, May 8, 2004
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CST
Site: The Resch Center
National Anthem: Angel Till
Coin Toss: TBA
Officials: Pat Miles (referee), Fred Bryan (Umpire), Rick Kruger (Headlinesman), Matt Kukar (Line Judge), Tom Wohlleber ( Back Judge)
Radio: None
Series Record: 0-0 First meeting
Streaks: Green Bay L3, Central Valley L4
Coaches: Brian Noble (1-3, first season),


THE STAKES: The winner would take a 1-0 series lead.

THE SERIES: First meeting

THE IFs:
If Green Bay wins, it would …
· Give Green Bay their second victory on the season.
· Give Green Bay a 2-3 record in 2004
· Give Brian Noble his second win as Blizzard Head Coach
· Keep Green Bay with in two games of first place in Midwest division
· Give Green Bay their first home win of the year



GREEN BAY (1-3, Lost 3)
Date Opponent Streak Result Score
4/9 @ San Diego Won 67-49
4/16 WILKES B/S Lost 39-75
4/24 @ Wichita Lost 53-68
5/1 @ Quad City Lost 26-47
Date Opponent Time Streak Series
5/8 CENTRAL VALLEY 7:30 L4 0-0
5/14 OKLAHOMA CITY 7:30 W1 0-0
5/22 LOUISVILLE 7:30 L1 1-1
5/28 @ Manchester 6:30 W1 0-0
6/5 PEORIA 7:30 W1 0-2
6/12 @ Birmingham 7:30 W3 0-0
6/18 QUAD CITY 7:30 W1 0-3
6/25 @ Albany 6:30 L4 0-0
7/3 BYE
7/9 ALBANY 7:30 L4 0-0
7/17 SAN DIEGO 7:30 W1 2-1
7/24 @ Louisville 6:30 L1 1-1
7/31 @ Peoria 7:00 W1 0-2

Central Valley Coyotes (0-4, Lost 4)
Date Opponent Result Score
3/27 HAWAII Lost 35-68
4/10 BAKERSFIELD Lost 48-65
4/16 BYE
4/23 @ San Diego Lost 34-59
5/1 PEORIA Lost 33-34
Date Opponent Time Streak Series
5/8 @ Green Bay 7:30 L3 0-0
5/15 RIO GRANDE 7:30 W2 0-0
5/22 @ Hawaii 7:30 L1 0-1
5/29 BAKERSFIELD 7:30 W1 0-1
6/5 SAN DIEGO 7:30 W1 0-1
6/12 @ Hawaii 7:30 L1 0-1
6/19 @ Bakersfield 7:30 W1 0-1
6/25 BYE 7:30
7/3 @ Oklahoma City 7:30 W1 0-0
7/10 SAN DIEGO 7:30 W1 0-1
7/17 @ Bakersfield 7:30 W1 0-1
7/24 HAWAII 7:30 L1 0-1
7/30 @ San Diego 7:30 W1 0-1
All times are CST.

HEAD COACHES: Green Bay’s Brian Noble steps into the position of Head Coach of the Green Bay Blizzard, this popular former Packer brings along an impressive resume of NFL experience, leadership skills and community service. Coach Noble’s responsibilities are to prepare the team for success on the field, and draw upon his media knowledge to contribute to the organization in other ways as well.

For nine years, Noble was a ferocious hitter and defensive leader who roamed the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field as an inside linebacker for the Green Bay Packers. After being drafted in the fifth round by Green Bay in 1985, he jumped into the starting lineup in only his second regular season game and went on to scoop up the Packers’ “Rookie of the Year” award. During his tenure with the Green and Gold, Brian led the team in total tackles four times and also displayed his toughness as a solid special teams player. Prior to his pro career, Noble was a standout football player at Arizona State University and Fullerton Junior College.

During and subsequent to his playing days, Noble worked in both television and radio. As an analyst for the Packers post-game radio show, fans across Wisconsin are familiar with his keen insight on the game and no-holds-barred commentary. In addition to other media ventures, he developed and produced the syndicated television show “Hitting the Outdoors,” which has reached millions of households throughout the Midwest.

LAST SERIES MEETING: First meeting between the teams

FAMILIAR FACES: none

LEAGUE TOP 10s: Players from this week’s match up who rank among af2’s statistical leaders:
YOUR TEAM
Player Rank Category Stat
Randall Lane 1 Scoring 84
Randall Lane 1 Scoring TDs 84
Randall Lane 2 Receiving YDS 523
Randall Lane 5 All Purpose 793
Randall Lane 5 Receptions 33
Ronnie Washburn T5 FUMBLES RCVD 2
COYOTES
Player Rank Category Stat
VonKeith Spencer T9 Pass defended 8

TALE OF THE TAPE:

Statistical BLIZZARD COYOTES
Category Rank Stat Rank Stat
Scoring Offense 15 46.2 T21 39.0
Scoring Defense 24 59.8 25 64.0
Total Offense 18 235.5 14 249.0
Total Defense 25 296.5 23 290.3
Pass Offense 13 234.2 16 227.7
Pass Defense 25 288.0 24 280.0
Rushing Offense 25 1.2 10 21.3
Rushing Defense 4 8.5 6 10.3
Scoring (Non-Kick) T14 170 20 143
Scoring (Kicking) T22 15 25 25
Pass Rating 22 85.4 18 93.2
Pass Def. Rating 23 112.4 24 122.3
Kickoff Returns 20 17.1 2 26.3
MFG Returns T22 0.0 T19 11.0
Turnover Margin T18 -3 25 -9
Field Goals T23 .000 T7 .333
PAT Kicking 21 .625 25 .364
Sacks By T12 5 T24 1
Sacks Against T4 3 T4 3
First Downs T21 51 T23 45
Opp. First Downs 10 56 4 48
Penalties 7 51.2 1 36.7
Opp. Penalties 10 59.2 4 53.3
Red Zone Off 17 70.0 19 66.7
Red Zone Def T24 87.5 20 80.0


BLIZZARD INJURY REPORT:
Pos. Name Injury Status
DS Terrence Wood Ankle SIR
DS Kenny Williams Knee LIR
WR/DB Terrence Banks Ankle LIR

THIS WEEK’S QUOTES:

DROPBACK: The Blizzard lost to the Quad City Steamwheelers 47-26. The loss was there third in a row on the season and to the Steamwheelers.

FORWARD MOTION: The Blizzard take to their home turf for the next three weeks, before returning to the road on May 28th.

TEAM NOTES/TRENDS:
Robert Garth: Garth is second on the Blizzard with 20 receptions for 247 yards and 7 touchdowns.
Give it to Randall: Lane is closing in on numerous franchise records. Lane is team leader in scoring (84), receptions (33) yards (523), touchdowns (14), and all-purpose yards (793).
Turnovers: The Blizzard have turned the ball over 15 times in the past three weeks. The Blizzard have a -3 turnover margin on the year.

PLAYERS/MATCHUPS TO WATCH:
Blizzard OS Randall Lane vs. Coyotes’ secondary: Lane is the leading scorer in the af2 with 14 touchdowns and second in receiving yards with 523.

KEY DATES IN TEAM/LEAGUE HISTORY:
March 30, 2003 – The Blizzard played their first game in franchise history against the Hawaiian Islanders.
April 19, 2003 – The Blizzard played their first home game at the Resch Center against the Wichita Stealth.
June 28, 2003 – The Blizzard recorded their first franchise win against the San Diego Riptide.
April 9, 2004 – The Blizzard recorded their first franchise road win against the San Diego Riptide.

BABY RUTH REAL DEAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME (selected by media)
Week Opp. Player
1 BYE
2 SD Randall Lane GB
3 GB Leroy McFadden WBS
4 GB Damon Thompson WIC
5 GB Jeff Hewitt QC

ADT DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Week Opp. Player
1 BYE
2 GB Brad Greetis SD
3 GB Leroy McFadden WBS
4 GB Brian Livingston WIC
5 GB Danny Thomas QC

ARMY IRONMAN AWARD (selected by media)
Week Opp. Player
1 BYE
2 SD Robert Garth GB
3 GB Leroy McFadden WBS
4 GB Ty Ardoin WIC
5 GB Brian Berg QC

RECENT ROSTER MOVES (most recent first):
Date Action Player
4/29 Assigned Matt Bunyan
4/29 Assigned Taalib-Din Smith
4/29 Re-assigned John Humphries
4/29 Short Term IR Terrence Wood
4/21 Assigned Dustin Sagedahl
4/21 Placed on League Exempt Dave Sherrod
4/15 Activated From SIR Quentin Ware-Bey
4/15 Reassigned Tony Ebeling
4/7 Activated from RTR Brett Wetten
4/7 Recallable Re assign Dustin Sagedahl
4/7 Reassignment Ben Arnold
4/7 Assigned Ronnie Washburn
4/2 Assigned Patrick Heard
4/2 Assigned Terrence Wood
4/2 Assigned Reggie Poole
4/2 Activated from RTR Greg Krauss

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