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July 13, 2004 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Hawaiian Islanders News Release

QUICK FACTS:
HAWAIIAN ISLANDERS (7-6) vs.
LOUISVILLE FIRE (8-5)
Date: Saturday, July 17, 2004
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. HST (12:30 a.m. EDT)
Site: Neal Blaisdell Arena (capacity: 6,033)
JN Chevrolet Fast Lane to Fame at Halftime: Natural Vibrations
Officials: Mike Weseloh (referee) Bryan Hoernig (umpire) George Gusman (head linesman) Matt Sumstine (line judge) Mike Goshima (back judge)
Radio: Live on KUMU2 AM 1500 (Alema Harrington, play-by-play & Eddie Klaneski, color)
Internet: Live on www.hawaiianislanders.com
Series Record: The series is tied 1-1. In 2004, Louisville defeated Hawaii 37-35 in week two.
Coaches: Islanders – Cal Lee (18-13, second season);
Fire – Tommy Johnson (13-16, second season).

TICKET & PARKING INFORMATIOIN:
Walk-Up Sales: Neal Blaisdell Arena, 777 Ward Avenue, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and through half time on game day. (591-2211 box office recording)
Phone Sales: Ticketmaster Toll free 1-877-750-4400.
Internet Sales: www.ticketmaster.com
Ticket Prices: $25 lower bowl reserved; $15 upper bowl sideline reserved; $10 upper bowl end zone general admission; $7 Youth (17 and below); $10 Handicap.
Parking: $5 (Open throughout the day)
Discounted Tickets:
· All Times Supermarket locations, Times Royal Card members receive $2 off the general admission price.
· Oceanic Kupa’a cardholders also receive $2 off general admission price at the Blaisdell box office.
· Hawaii Speed & Quickness Camp participants receive free admission to a Hawaiian Islanders home game with the purchase of an adult general admission ticket.

THE STAKES: With both teams fighting to stay in the playoff race, the Hawaiian Islanders and Louisville Fire meet in the second game of this home-and-home series.


vs.
HAWAII LOUISVILLE

HAWAIIAN ISLANDERS (7-6) Current Streak: Lost 1
Date Opponent Rec. Result Score
3/27 @ Central Valley 1-0 Won 68-35
4/10 @ Louisville 1-1 Lost 35-37
4/17 BOSSIER-SHREVEPORT 2-1 Won 63-60
4/24 BAKERSFIELD 3-1 Won 45-40
4/30 @ Bossier-Shreveport 3-2 Lost 42-61
5/08 @ San Diego 4-2 Won 55-54 (OT)
5/22 CENTRAL VALLEY 5-2 Won 54-48
5/28 SAN DIEGO 5-3 Lost 77-91
6/05 at Bakersfield 5-4 Lost 44-52
6/12 CENTRAL VALLEY 6-4 Won 70-42
6/19 SAN DIEGO 6-5 Lost 59-64
7/03 at San Diego 7-5 Won 40-37
7/10 BAKERSFIELD 7-6 Lost 41-43
Date Opponent Time Streak Series
7/17 LOUISVILLE 6:30 L-1 Tied 1-1
7/24 at Central Valley 4:30 W-2 Hawaii 5-4
7/31 at Bakersfield 4:00 L-1 Tied 1-1

LOUISVILLE FIRE (8-5) Current Streak: Won 1
Date Opponent Rec. Result Score
4/10 HAWAII 1-0 Won 37-35
4/16 MACON 2-0 Won 78-42
4/24 at Albany 3-0 Won 62-56
5/01 at W-B/Scranton 3-1 Lost 51-59
5/08 at Memphis 4-1 Won 70-63
5/15 ALBANY 4-2 Lost 56-60
5/22 at Green Bay 5-2 Won 59-54
5/29 WB/SCRANTON 6-2 Won 48-47
6/05 QUAD CITY 7-2 Won 62-61
6/12 at Peoria 7-3 Lost 31-35
6/19 PEORIA 7-4 Lost 50-51 (OT)
6/25 at Manchester 7-5 Lost 28-49
7/10 COLUMBUS 8-5 Won 63-61
Date Opponent Time Streak Series
7/17 at Hawaii 6:30 W-1 Tied 1-1
7/24 GREEN BAY 7:30 W-1 Lou 1-0
7/31 at Quad City 8:30 W-1 Quad 4-1


THE SERIES: The series is tied 1-1. In Hawaii, the Islanders lead 1-0. The two teams played in week two with Louisville winning 37-35.

Date Score (caps denote home team)
5/31/03 HAWAII 67, Louisville 48
4/10/04 LOUISVILLE 37, Hawaii 35

THE IFs:
If the Islanders defeat the Fire, it would …
· Give the ISLANDERS a 2-1 series lead against the Louisville Fire
· Give the ISLANDERS a 5-3 record at the Blaisdell Arena in 2004.
· Give Hawaii Head Coach Cal Lee a 19-12 record
· Give Hawaii Head Coach Cal Lee a record of 12-5 at home (two seasons)
· Give Hawaii a 6-3 record against West Division opponents

FIRE FIGHTERS APPRECIATION DAY
Presented by Cycle City and Harley Davidson
· Tickets were donated to the Hawaii Fire Fighters Association.

JN CHEVROLET FAST LANE TO FAME HALFTIME SHOW
Powered by Revolution Motor Sports and Citco Lubricants.
Dance performance by: Islanders Girls
Music by: Natural Vibrations

THIS WEEK’S QUOTES:
Head Coach Cal Lee: “Our season and our playoff hopes now rest on us. If we want to make the playoffs, we have to start this week and as they say, ‘play it game by game.’ We know what’s in front of us and all we have to do is practice hard because our fans deserve the best from our guys.”

ISLANDERS’ INJURY REPORT:
Pos. Name Injury Status
DS Eddie Klaneski Knee Long IR
OL/DL Mose Tuia Knee Long IR
OL/DL Andy Ramos Knee Long IR
OL/DL Evile Puna Knee Questionable
FB/LB Keiki Misipeka Leg Short IR
OL/DL Antoine Simpson Concussion Probable
QB Darnell Arceneaux Knee Questionable
WR/LB Robert Kemfort Concussion Day-to-day
WR/DB Anthony Arceneeaux Thumb,Tooth Day-to-day


RECENT ROSTER MOVES:
Date Action Player
6/24 Activate off Short IR Morrie Roe
6/24 Place on Short IR Evile Puna
6/24 Place on Suspended Darnell Arceneaux
7/01 Activate off Long IR Gabe Amey
7/01 Activate off Long IR Fabian Manumaleuna
7/01 Activate off Short IR Antoine Simpson
7/01 Place on Suspended list Robert Kemfort
7/01 Place on Suspended list Nate Jackson
7/01 Place on Suspended list Antoine Simpson
7/01 Assigned to Hawaii Macquade Afaese
7/01 Assigned to Hawaii Johnny Wayfer
7/01 Place on Short IR Keiki Misipeka
7/09 Reassigned to af2 Johnny Wayfer
7/09 Reassigned to af2 Macquade Afaese
7/09 Activated off Short IR Evile Puna
7/09 Activated off Suspend Darnell Arceneaux

TALE OF THE TAPE: Here’s how Hawaii and Louisville match up against each other:
Statistical HAWAII LOUISVILLE
Category Rank Stat Rank Stat
Scoring Offense 6 53.3 5 53.5
Scoring Defense 18 51.1 19 51.8
Total Offense 3 276.3 1 295.6
Total Defense 25 285.7 23 282.9
Pass Offense 7 254.3 1 274.9
Pass Defense 23 263.0 21 255.8
Rushing Offense 9 22.0 10 20.7
Rushing Defense 17 22.7 22 27.1
Scoring (Non-Kick) T6 610 8 586
Scoring (Kicking) 11 81 2 105
Pass Rating 6 111.0 12 108.5
Pass Def. Rating 20 111.1 21 113.3
Kickoff Returns 2 22.2 14 19.7
MFG Returns 6 20.7 12 17.0
Turnover Margin T17 -0.31 T6 +0.62
Field Goal Pct. T14 .312 T12 .318
PAT Kick Pct. 14 .750 1 .913
Sacks By T17 12 T19 11
Sacks Against T6 11 3 6
First Downs 5 214 1 236
Opp. First Downs 19 217 16 211
Least Penalty Yds 19 67.4 1 36.7
Opp. Penalty Yds 6 52.9 13 61.0
Red Zone Off Pct. 7 .787 18 .718
Red Zone Def Pct. 15 .747 6 .681


ISLANDERS ILLUSTRATED:
Join host Alema Harrington for Islanders Illustrated, 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 11 times each week with a new show on Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. on Oceanic Cable 16. Check local listing for air times

LEAGUE TOP 10s: Players from this week’s matchup who rank among af2’s statistical leaders:
HAWAIIAN ISLANDERS
Player Rank Category Stat
Kimo Naehu 8 Scoring (kick) 81
Kimo Naehu T7 PAT Made 66
Darnell Arceneaux 8 Pass Rating 113.5
Darnell Arceneaux 6 Rushing 14.4
Darnell Arceneaux 10 Passing Yards 232.0
Darnell Arceneaux 9 Total Offense 2,957
Josh Robinson T4 Interceptions 6
Josh Robinson 3 Tackles 71.0
Anthony Arceneaux 1 KO Ret Avg. 28.7
Anthony Arceneaux 10 Scoring 170
Anthony Arceneaux 10 Scoring (TDs) 170
LOUISVILLE FIRE
Player Rank Category Stat
Peter Martinez 2 Scoring (kick) 105
Peter Martinez 2 PAT Made 84
James Scott 6 Receptions 90
James Scott 10 Rec. Yards 1,150
Matt Sauk 1 Passing Yards 277.5
Matt Sauk 3 Total Offense 3,616
Dennis Fryzel 3 Fumb. Recov 4
Justin Thomas T6 Pass Defend 20

FORWARD MOTION: The Hawaiian Islanders conclude the regular season with two road games. On July 24, the Islanders face Central Valley while on July 31, Hawaii meet the Bakersfield Blitz.


WEST DIVISION STANDINGS
TEAM WON LOST GB
1 BAKERSFIELD 9 4 --
2 HAWAII 7 6 2.0
3 SAN DIEGO 6 7 3.0
4 CENT. VALLEY 1 12 8.0

WEST DIVISION PLAYOFF RACE:
BAKERSFIELD (9-4)
Games Remaining: 3 (2 home, 1 away)
· Week 16 – Central Valley
· Week 17 – at San Diego
· Week 18 – Hawaii

HAWAII (7-6)
Games Remaining: 3 (1 home, 2 away)
· Week 16 – Louisville
· Week 17 – at Central Valley
· Week 18 – at Bakersfield

SAN DIEGO (6-7)
Games Remaining: 3 (2 home, 1 away)
· Week 16 – at Green Bay
· Week 17 – Bakersfield
· Week 18 – Central Valley

ARENAFOOTBALL2 PLAYOFF FORMAT:
The 2004 af2 playoffs will feature 12 teams and span four weeks with the American Conference champion meeting the National Conference champion in the 2004 ArenaCup on the weekend of August 26-28.

Six teams from each the American and National Conference will qualify for the postseason. Within each conference the two division champions with the best overall records earn a bye in the first round. The remaining division champion hosts the lowest seeded wildcard team, while the other two wild card teams play each other at the venue of the team with the better overall record.

In the second round, the two teams, which earned a first round bye, host the winners of the first round games. The division winner with the best overall record hosts the lowest seeded winner from round one, while the other division winner hosts the other first round winner.

Winners of second round games meet for the conference finals, and the team with the better overall record is the host. The American Conference champion meets the National Conference champion in the 2004 ArenaCup. The participating team with the better overall record hosts the championship game.

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 2003 season and he delivered on his promise. He turned a 5-11, 2002 season to an 11-7 record in 2003. He also gave Hawaii its first west division crown. 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.

Louisville Fire head coach Tommy Johnson began his football career as a player at DeFuniak Springs (Fla.) High School. He later transferred to Niceville High School. Johnson then attended the University of Alabama, where he played defensive back. Johnson then continued his football career with the Jacksonville Jaguars for a year. He also was given the opportunity to compete in NFL Europe. He started his Arena football career with the Albany Firebirds, and moved on to the Carolina Cobras. Johnson presently holds the record for the longest interception return for a touchdown in AFL history. In 2001, Johnson began his coaching career with the Fire as defensive coordinator. After two seasons as defensive coordinaton Johnson was named head coach three games into the 2003 season. Johnson and the Fire look to capitalize on the late run the Fire made in 2003 winning two of their final three games.


PRE-GAME FESTIVITIES:
Meadow Gold Dairies Family FANFest: An interactive fan experience that’s a great place for Islanders fans and their families to get "IN the Game". FANFest is located at the Blaisdell Arena box office parking lot during every home game from 4:30 pm until kickoff. Kids can enjoy the Islanders inflatable replica arena football field, a quarterback challenge, face painting, poster making, milk mustaches, Meadow Gold Dairies samples, and great entertainment. Kawika Moo, Gusto the Gecko, and Tiny Tadani of OC-16's Tiny TV will be part of the festivities at every FANFest. Exclusive to Meadow Gold Dairies FANFest, thirty lucky fans at each FANFest will be chosen to sit in the "Kawika Moo Bullpen", the endzone VIP seats, for that night's game


ISLANDERS BUSINESS CLUB: Sponsored by NetEnterprise and First Insurance, business club members enjoy exclusive hospitality treatment with heavy pupus by Hard Rock Café, Compadres Bar & Grill, Chai’s Island Bistro, TGI Fridays, Dixie Bar & Grill and Meritage Restaurant. For more information on joining the IBC, contact Tau Harrington at 53-ARENA.

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 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.
October 23, 2002 –Cal Lee become the Islanders 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.
April 4, 2003 – A missed extra point gives Hawaii a stunning 53-52 win over Quad City. It only the third time in 25 games in which the Steamwheelers have lost a game at home.
July 5, 2003 – Hawaiian Islanders qualifies for the playoffs, its first in franchise history.
July 21, 2003 – With Hawaii’s win over San Diego and the Bakersfield-Wichita tie, the Islanders clinch their first west division title and the number three seed in the playoffs.
Aug. 1, 2003 – Hawaii defeats Wichita 57-30 in the first round of the af2 playoffs.
Aug. 9, 2003 – The eventual af2 champion Tulsa Talons ends Hawaii season with a 59-38 win in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

2004 HAWAIIAN ISLANDER TRANSACTIONS
(by player)


Afaese, Macquade - Assigned (7/01/04)
- Reassigned (7/09/04)

Aguiar, Kealii - Assigned (3/11/04)

Ako, Chauncey - Assigned (5/27/04)
- Reassigned (6/03/04)
- Assigned (6/10/04)

Ah Yat, Brian - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Short IR (3/22/04)
- Activated (4/08/04)
- Reassigned (4/22/04)

Akiona, Randyn - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Reassigned (4/08/04)
- Assigned (4/15/04)

Amey, Gabe - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Short IR (3/22/04
- Activated (4/08/04)
- Short IR (4/15/04)
- Long IR (4/28/04)
- Activated (7/01/04)

Arceneaux, Anthony - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Short IR (5/06/04)
- Activated (5/21/04)

Arceneaux, Darnell - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Team Suspension (6/24/04)
- Activated (7/09/04)

Correia, Joe - Assigned (5/13/04)

Davis, James - Assigned (3/11/04)

Harris, Channon - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Reassigned (4/08/04)
- Activated (5/07/04)
- Reassigned (5/21/04)

Jackson, Nate - Assigned (5/13/04)
- Suspended List (7/01/04)

Kajioka, Shayne - Assigned (4/28/04)
- Reassigned (5/03/04)

Kemfort, Robert - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Short IR (4/28/04)
- Activated (5/14/04)
- Suspended List (5/14/04)
- Activated (5/27/04)
- Suspended List (7/01/04)

Klaneski, Eddie - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Short IR (3/22/04)
- Activated (4/08/04)
- Long IR (5/06/04)

Manumaleuna, Fabian - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Reassigned (3/22/04)
- Assigned (4/22/04)
- Short IR (5/27/04)
- Long IR (6/10/04)
- Activated (7/01/04)

Maul, Desmond - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Reassigned (4/16/04)
- Assigned (4/28/04)
- Reassigned (6/17/04)

Misipeka, Keiki - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Short IR (5/21/04)
- Activated (6/03/04)
- Short IR (7/01/04)

Muagututia, Halakilangi - Assigned (6/10/04)
- Refuse to report (6/11/04)
- Activated (6/17/04)

Naehu, Kimo - Assigned (3/11/04)

Notoa, Vai - Assigned (3/11/04)

Puna, Evile - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Short IR (5/14/04)
- Reassigned (4/08/04)
- Assigned (4/15/04)
- Short IR (5/14/04)
- Activated (5/27/04)
- Short IR (6/03/04)
- Activated (6/18/04)
- Short IR (6/24/04)
- Activated (7/09/04)

Ramos, Andy - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Long IR (6/17/04)

Robinson, Joshua - Assigned (3/11/04)

Roe, Morrie - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Short IR (4/15/04)
- Short IR (4/28/04)
- Activated (5/21/04)
- Short IR (6/10/04)
- Activated (6/24/04)

Sagapolutele, Tiki - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Recall Reassign (3/22/04)
- Reassigned (4/28/04)
- Assigned (5/27/04)

Simpson, Antoine - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Short IR (4/28/04)
- Activated (5/14/04)
- Short IR (6/18/04)
- Activated (7/01/04)
- Suspended List (7/01/04)

Siofele, Joe - Assigned (6/17/04)

Smith, Aaron - Assigned (3/11/04)

Souza, Sean - Assigned (6/03/04)

Taylor, Nian - Assigned (3/11/04)

Tuia, Mose - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Short IR (5/27/04)
- Long IR (6/10/04)

Ura, Teruhiro - Intl Squad (3/11/04)

Wayfer, Johnny - Assigned (7/01/04)
- Reassigned (7/09/04)

Withy-Allen, Shawn - Assigned (3/11/04)

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