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July 14, 2003 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Hawaiian Islanders News Release

QUICK FACTS:
HAWAIIAN ISLANDERS (9-5) at SAN DIEGO RIPTIDE (5-9)
Date: Friday, July 18, 2003
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. HST (7:30 p.m. PDT)
Site: SD Sports Arena (capacity: 12,000)
Officials: Mike Weseloh (Referee), Matt Jordan (Umpire), Brian Matthew (Head Linesman), Scot Reilly (Linesman), Greg Wilson (Back Judge)
Radio: Live on KUMU2 AM 1500 (John Miro, Tom Yoshida)
Internet: Live on www.hawaiianislanders.com
Series Record: Hawaii leads 3-2 Streaks: Hawaii: Lost 2; San Diego: Lost 1
Coaches: Islanders – Cal Lee (9-5, first season) Riptide – Cree Morris (12-18, second season)

HOME GAME TICKET INFORMATION:

Walk Up Sales: Neal Blaisdell Arena, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On game day, the Box Office will open from 4:30 p.m. through halftime.
Ticketmaster Outlets including: UH Manoa Campus Center, MWR Naval Base Kunia, Brigham Young University Hawaii Campus, and selected Foodland/Sack N Save locations during their normal business hours.
Phone Sales: Ticketmaster (808) 526-4400.
Internet Sales: www.ticketmaster.com
Ticket Prices: (Lower level and Loge are sold out)
• $10 Upper level adult
• $7 Upper level Children (Age 4-17)
(Convenience fees apply at all outlets)

THE STAKES: With two weeks remaining in the season, the Hawaiian Islanders and San Diego Riptide will decide who remains in the playoff race and who will be eliminated. The Riptide will need a win and some help to stay in the race while Hawaii needs a win to draw closer to a division title. A loss could blow their chances of a playoff home date. Hawaii is a perfect 3-4 on the road while San Diego is 2-4 at home in 2003.

THE SERIES: This will be the sixth meeting between the two teams with Hawaii owning a 3-2 advantage. In San Diego, the teams are tied 1-1.

THE IFs:

If the Islanders defeat the Riptide, it would …
• Give the ISLANDERS a 4-2 record with San Diego
• Give the ISLANDERS an 4-4 record on the road in 2003 and an all-time record of 5-11 on the road.
• Give the ISLANDERS an all-time record of 3-2 record in the month of July.
• Give Hawaii Head Coach Cal Lee a 10-5 record
• Snap a two game losing streak.

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.

San Diego Head Coach Cree Morris is in his second year with the team. Morris spent three years at San Diego State, before transferring to Division II St. Mary’s (CA). In two seasons with the Gaels, he threw for 3,451 yards and 24 TDs, and six rushing scores. He is listed 16 times in the school’s all-time record books after leading them to consecutive winning seasons in just 15 starts.

COACHES LUNCHEON AT BIG ISLAND STEAKHOUSE

Each Monday, join host Alema Harrington for The Coaches Luncheon at Big Island Steak House. Islander coaches and players gather for a roundtable discussion as they review and preview the 2003 opponents. See highlights from last week’s game as well a chance to meet your favorite player.

The luncheon runs from noon to 1 p.m. at the Aloha Tower Marketplace.

THIS WEEK’S QUOTES:

Head Coach Cal Lee on San Diego:

“This will be another big challenge for us because we’ve taken the first two games from them. We have to prepare ourselves for whatever they throw at us..”

ISLANDERS’ WEEKLY:

Join host Alema Harrington for Islanders Weekly, an informative 30-minute look behind the scenes at the Hawaiian Islanders, the only professional franchise in the state. 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 items that make the Islanders your only team in town. The show airs Tuesday through Friday at 8:30 p.m. on Oceanic Cable 16.

ISLANDERS’ INJURY REPORT:

Pos. Name Injury Status OL/DL Andy Ramos Knee, Elbow Day-to-day WR/DB Nian Taylor Hamstring Probable RB/LB Josh White Quad Probable QB Mike Tillis Eye Probable OL/DL Taulia Lave Knee, Shoulder Day-to-day WR/DB Darrell Jones Finger Probable OL/DL Mose Tuia Finger Probable

KEY DATES IN TEAM HISTORY:

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 go on a bye in week 15 then travel to meet the Central Division leading Tulsa Talons on Saturday, July 12 in week 16.

LAST SERIES MEETING: HAWAII 39, SAN DIEGO 38

(Saturday, June 21, 2003 – SD Sports Arena, San Diego, CA) – Anthony Arceneaux's 9-yard pass from Mike Tillis with 45-seconds left lifted the Hawaiian Islanders to a 39-38 win over the San Diego Riptide Saturday night before 5,134 fans at the San Diego Sports Arena.

The Riptide had a chance to win the game on the last play of the game but a 33-yard field goal by Ryan Geisler sailed left as Hawaii won their second straight and their sixth in the last seven games. San Diego, who lost last week to Wichita on a similar missed field goal on the last play from scrimmage, falls to 4-8 and have lost five in a row.

“We were very fortunate to win this one,” said Islander head coach Cal Lee. “Both teams gave great effort out there and thanks to our defense and Zeus who played an outstanding game.”

Josh “Zeus” White became the first Islander to be named to all three awards selected by the media (Game MVP, Ironman and ADT Defensive Player of the Game). White led Hawaii with 9 carries for 52 yards and three touchdowns while on defense picked up six solo tackles, two quarterback sacks and two forced fumbles.

Quarterback Mike Tillis completed 14-of-26 passes for 157 yards and three touchdowns and ran his record to 3-1 as Hawaii’s starting quarterback. Nian Taylor was Hawaii’s leading receiver with five catches for 35 yards and two touchdowns There were 11 lead changes throughout the game and no team had more than a six-point lead.

San Diego quarterback Kane Claunch completed 27-of-38 passes for 269 yards and four touchdowns however, the Hawaii defense forced the Riptide to convert four field goals.

“The defense did a great job because field goals are just like stopping a team on offense,” said Lee.

DROPBACK: TULSA 48, HAWAII 47

(Saturday, July 12, 2003, Tulsa Convention Center, Tulsa, OK) Mitch Allner’s 35-yard pass from Craig Strickland with 36 second remaining lifted Tulsa to a 48-47 win over the Hawaiian Islanders before 5,568 fans at the Tulsa Convention Center.

The win gave Tulsa (11-3) no worse than a second seed in the upcoming af2 playoffs, which begins in three weeks. Hawaii (9-5) remains one game ahead of Wichita (8-6), which lost to Bakersfield (7-7) Saturday night.

Darnell Arceneaux came in the first quarter for Mike Tillis and completed 11-of-25 passes for 184 yards and 5 touchdowns and was named the game’s most valuable player. Arceneaux played in his first game since May 24 when he suffered a hairline fracture in his right hand and was on the injured reserved.

“Darnell played a great game,” said Islander head coach Cal Lee. “We knew he was going to get some playing time and the time was right in the first quarter.”

Darrick Branch was Hawaii’s leading receiver with five catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns. Anthony Arceneaux caught three passes for 32 yards and two touchdowns.

On defense, Branch led Hawaii with four solos and one assists. Teammate Kohei Satomi recorded three solos and was named the ADT Defensive Player of the Game.

Hawaii dominated the offensive side of the ball with 265 yards and held Tulsa to 178 total yards.

PLAYERS/MATCHUPS TO WATCH:

ARCENEAUX RETURNS TO LINEUP: It was just a matter of time but when Mike Tillis went down with an injury, Darnell Arceneaux came in and led the team.

Against Tulsa, Arceneaux completed 11-of-25 passes for 184 yard and five touchdowns. He also spread his passes out to six different receivers. Arceneaux was recently named head coach of St. Louis High School where current Islander head coach Cal Lee once led. Arceneaux takes over a Crusader program that won state titles in 1999 and 2002.

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