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April 13, 2003 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Hawaiian Islanders News Release

Date: Saturday, April 19, 2003
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. PDT (4:00 p.m. HST)
Site: Centennial Arena (8,700)
Radio/TV: (none)
Series Record: Bakersfield leads 2-1.
Streaks: Hawaii: Won 2 (Won last 4 dating back to ‘02); Bakersfield: Lost 2
Coaches: Islanders – Cal Lee (2-0, first season) Blitz – James Fuller (9-9, second season)

THE STAKES: The Islanders will play its first division game of the season on the road as they face the defending Western Division champion Bakersfield Blitz. This will be Bakersfield’s first home game of the season and Hawaii’s second straight road game.

THE SERIES: This is the fourth meeting between the two teams with Bakersfield owning a 2-1 series advantage. In Bakersfield, the Blitz owns a 1-0 advantage. That contest took place on June 22 with the Blitz winning 56-48.


If the Islanders defeat the Blitz, it would …
• Give the ISLANDERS a 2-2 record with Bakersfield Islanders vs. Blitz Page 1
• Give the ISLANDERS an all time record of 3-7 on the road.
• Give the ISLANDERS a 2-3 record all time in the month of April.
• Give Hawaii Head Coach Cal Lee a 3-0 record
• Give Hawaii a five game winning streak dating back to last year and two straight on the road.

HEAD COACHES: Cal Lee was named head coach of the Hawaiian Islanders on October 23, 2002 giving fans across Hawaii an added excitement for the upcoming season. Lee is the most prolific football coach in Hawaii high school history. In 21 years as a head coach at St. Louis High School (Honolulu), his teams have compiled a 241-32-5 record which include 18 league titles and 15 state championships.

Bakersfield Blitz Head Coach James Fuller begins his second season in the af2, bringing six years of coaching experience and an admirable track record of success. Named as the 1st head coach in Blitz franchise history on December 7, 2001, Fuller posted a 9-8 record last season capturing a West division title and a playoff berth in the franchise’s inaugural season. Prior to joining the Blitz, Fuller spent two seasons in Oklahoma with the Wranglers of the Arena Football League; during his tenure he led the Wranglers to the No. 1 league rankings in total defense and pass defense in 2000.

LEAGUE TOP 10 FROM 2002: Returning Islanders that ranked among af2’s statistical leaders in 2002: ISLANDER LEADERS Player Rank Category Stat Nian Taylor 6th Scoring 32 Nian Taylor 6th Scoring TDs 32 Nian Taylor T-6th Kick Ret. Avg 24.8 Kimo Naehu 1st Scoring Kicks 17 Kimo Naehu T-1st FG Made 3 Kimo Naehu T-7th PAT 1 pts 8 Darnell Arceneaux 7th Passer Rating 107.1 Darnell Arceneaux 3rd Rushing 21.5 Eddie Klaneski 5th Tackles 12.0 Morrie Roe 3rd Sacks 2.5 Vai Notoa 5th Rushing 20.0 BLITZ LEADERS Player Rank Category Stat Chad Elliott 6th Passing 244.5 Chad Elliott 6th Total Offense 240.0 R. Leung’wai T-4th Fumb. Caused 1


Head Coach Cal Lee on the Bakersfield Game: “Going 2-0 is an exciting thing for our players and the bye came at a real good time. Now we have to focus and concentrate on Bakersfield because it is a conference game. They’ve got some great athletes and we are going to work hard this week to get ready.”


Join Islander Head Coach Cal Lee and host Alema Harrington for IslandersWeekly, an informative 30-minute look behind the scenes of a professional franchise. See highlights from last week’s game as well as a preview of upcoming opponents. You’ll also see interesting interviews with coaches, players and fans.

The show airs Monday through Friday at 8:30 p.m. on Oceanic Cable 16.


Pos. Name Injury Status WR/DB Eddie Klaneski Shoulder Day-to-Day WR/LB Robert Kemfort R.Ankle Short IR WR/DB Mike Funaro Back Short IR OL/DL Peter Salavea Hamstring Short IR OL/DL Morrie Roe Back Day-to-Day OL/DL Mose Tuia R. Leg Day-to-Day


September 6, 2001 – The league offices of arenafootball2 announces Honolulu will be awarded a franchise for the 2002 season. Charles Wang and his daughter Kimberly will be the operators of the team. Hawaii becomes the ninth (of 10) expansion team named for the 2002 season.

January 7, 2002 – Former all-state quarterback Darnell Arceneaux is assigned to the Islanders making him the first player in team history.

January 19, 2002 - The Hawaiian Islanders hosts an open tryout at Central Oahu Regional Park. Over 30 players endured the soggy conditions and participated in the three-hour workout

February 4, 2002 – Islanders host Pacific Rim Training Camp where over 180 participants from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Samoa, and Fiji attended.

March 30, 2002 - Islanders defeat the Fresno Frenzy 50-47 before 4,376 fans at the Blaisdell Arena marking the first game, the first win and the first home win in team history.

June 14, 2002 – After suffering through a nine game losing streak, the Islanders defeat San Diego 53-34 as Darnell Arceneaux threw for three touchdowns and rushed for three more.

June 22, 2002 – Despite losing 56-48 at Bakersfield, quarterback Darnell Arceneaux rushes for an af2 record-tying five touchdowns.

July 20, 2002 – Hawaii rallies from a 21-0 deficit to upset the two-time defending af2 champion Quad City Steamwheelers 56-55 before 5,185 fans. Two days later, Nian Taylor was named National Ironman for the second consecutive week. Combined with his National Built Ford Tough award three weeks earlier, he becomes the first player to win three national awards in a four-week period.

July 27, 2002 – The Islanders defeat Fresno 46-36 for their first road win of the season. It was Hawaii’s first two game winning streak and four wins in their final six games.

October 23, 2002 – The Islanders announce that Cal Lee will become their new coach for the 2003 season.

March 12, 2003 – Training camp opens with 16 veterans making the 35-man squad. Islanders announced they sold nearly 1,200 season tickets compared to only 16 from last year.

March 30, 2003 – Exactly one year following the Islanders’ first season and first win against Fresno, Hawaii opens the 2003 with a 48-37 win over Green Bay and gives head coach Cal Lee is first win as an af2 coach.

FORWARD MOTION: The Islanders return home for their second game at the Blaisdell Arena when they face the San Diego Riptide on Saturday, April 26. Following that game, the Islanders travel to Wichita, Kansas to meet the Stealth on Saturday, May 3.

LAST SERIES MEETING: HAWAII 49, BAKERSFIELD 35 (Saturday, June 29, 2002, Honolulu). The Islanders picked up their second win in three tries as the Hawaii ground game rushed for 107 yards on 15 carries. Darnell Arceneaux threw for 170 yards and a personal best five touchdowns in the victory. The Blitz had a chance to win it but the Hawaii defense rallied as they stopped Bakersfield eight times in 13 possessions.


(Friday, April 4, 2003, Moline, Ill.) - The Hawaiian Islanders fought through the travel and the cold climate to upset Quad City 53-52.

The game will be remembered with a missed extra point by Quad City, however the Islanders got excellent performances from Vai Notoa and Chris Paogofie as they each scored a rushing touchdown. Hawaii tallied 74 yards on the ground compared to Quad City’s 3.

Darnell Arceneaux threw for 196 yards and four touchdowns including two to Nian Taylor who caught five passes for 72 yards. On defense, Taylor recorded four solos and one assist and was named the game’s MVP and Ironman.

Defensively Eddie Klaneski was Hawaii’s leading tackler with 4 solos, 2 assists and 2 pass breakups. He was voted as the ADT defensive player of the game.

HAWAII’S SECOND SEASON TRAVEL LOG: The Hawaiian Islanders will embark on eight road trips for the 2003 season.

Here’s a list of destinations and their approximate miles from Hawaii to the city and back:
• Quad City (Moline, Illinois), 8,564 miles
• Bakersfield, California, 5,286 miles
• Wichita, Kansas, 8,714 miles
• Cincinnati, Ohio, 8,868 miles
• Little Rock, Arkansas, 8,607 miles
• San Diego, California, 5,222 miles
• Tulsa, Oklahoma, 7,843 miles
• San Diego, California, 5,222 miles
Total Expected Air and Bus Travel in 2003:
** 58,326 miles **

RUN BABY RUN! Hawaii is an impressive 6-2 when the team rushes for 50 or more yards in a game. Here is a list of games where Hawaii rushed for 50 yards or more.
Yards Date Opponent Result
85 3/30/02 Fresno Won
53 6/01/02 at San Diego Lost
59 6/14/02 San Diego Won
107 6/28/02 Bakersfield Won
115 7/12/02 at Arkansas Lost
61 7/20/02 Quad City Won
55 3/30/03 Green Bay Won
74 4/04/03 at Quad City Won

IS 2-0 A GOOD START? Is starting off 2-0 mean anything? In 2002, 11 teams started 2-0 and eight qualified for the playoffs. If Quad City wasn’t on probation the number would have been nine. 2002 Teams that started 2-0 (record season record) Albany................................(13-3) Playoffs
Augusta.............................(13-3) Playoffs
Bakersfield.........................(9-7) Playoffs
Cape Fear.........................(13-3) Playoffs
Florida................................(9-7) Playoffs
Macon...............................(13-3) Playoffs
Richmond..........................(12-4) Playoffs
Tennessee Valley..............(13-3) Playoffs
Quad City..........................(10-6) On Probation


IT BEGINS AT QB: He might not have the top quarterback stats in the arenafootball2 league, but Hawaii’s 2-0 record can be contributed to the leadership of Darnell Arceneaux.

The second year quarterback leads the team in rushing averaging 21.5 yards per game and has thrown for 382 yards and eight touchdowns. A year ago, Arceneaux had only four passing touchdowns and he will continue to focus on the many talented receivers at his disposal.

Arceneaux set two af2 records last season including most yards rushing in a season (439) and most rushing touchdowns in a season (26). He also tied an af2 record with five rushing touchdowns in a game (Bakersfield (June 22) Arceneaux, who attended the University of Utah, was coached in high school by Cal Lee, Hawaii’s head coach.

THE ONE MAN WRECKING CREW CONTINUES TO SHINE: Another game means another good performance from Islander WR/DB Nian Taylor. Against Quad City, Taylor was named the game’s most valuable player and Ironman as he caught five passes for 72 yards and scored two touchdowns. He also was the second leading tackler on the team with four solos and one assist.

Last year, Taylor caught 29 passes for 543 yards and 11 touchdowns in five games. In addition, he scored touchdowns on a kickoff return and an interception.

Taylor earned three player of the week awards in a four weeks span which has never been done before.

HAWAII SPELLS DEFENSE...E – D – D – I – E: One team’s loss is another team’s gain and that how Hawaii feels about Defensive Specialist Eddie Klaneski. The former Fresno Frenzy star is having an impressive two game performance so far. Klaneski leads the team in tackles with 10 solos, and 4 assists. In addition, he also leads the team in pass breakups with 3 and has a tackle for loss. When Klaneski has the ball, he is dangerous. Through two weeks, he has one field goal return for 39 yards.


Date Action Player 4/2 Assigned to Hawaii Feiamma Armstrong 4/2 Assigned to Hawaii Mike Funaro 4/2 Assigned to Hawaii Evile Puna 4/2 Reassign to af2 Robert Kemfort 4/2 Reassign to af2 Taulia Lave 4/2 Reassign to af2 William Paulding 4/8 Assigned to Hawaii Taulia Lave 4/8 Reassign to af2 Leroy Shelton 4/10 Activate from Short IR Darrick Branch 4/10 Activate from Short IR Tiki Sagapolutele 4/10 Assigned to Hawaii Robert Kemfort 4/10 Reassign to af2 Feiamma Armstrong 4/10 Reassign to af2 Evile Puna 4/10 Reassign to af2 Greg Smith 4/10 Reassign to af2 Mike Tillis 4/11 Move to Short IR Robert Kemfort

ISLANDERS UNVEIL NEW LOGO: HONOLULU – The Hawaiian Islanders unveiled a new logo on March 27 that was designed by Hawaii native Kurt Osaki to capture the spirit of the team as it starts its second season in hopes of a league championship. “We are extremely pleased with the new logo,” said Owner Kimberly Wang. “Kurt’s new design captured the enthusiasm we have as we begin our second season as Hawaii’s only professional sports team.” Osaki redesigned the logo and branding for the University of Hawaii Athletics Department. His company also boasts a resume of logo designs for the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders and the New York Jets. Osaki Design has also worked with the National Hockey League, the NFL’s Europe League, Vince McMahon’s XFL and most recently, the redesign of the Aztec logo for San Diego State University.


Of the active players, eight played their college football careers at the University of Hawaii. Here are the names and the years that they played.
• Feiamma Armstrong (1999-2000)
• Matt Elam (1997-99)
• Channon Harris (1999-2001)
• Robert Kemfort (1997-2000)
• Eddie Klaneski (1994-97)
• Morrie Roe (1995-97)
• Peter Salavea (1995)


The 2003 af2 playoffs will feature 12 teams and span four weeks with the American Conference champion meeting the National Conference champion in the 2003 ArenaCup on the weekend of August 22. Six

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