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July 20, 2004 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Hawaiian Islanders News Release

QUICK FACTS:
HAWAIIAN ISLANDERS (8-6) at
CENTRAL VALLEY COYOTES (1-13)
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. HST (7:30 p.m. PST)
Site: Selland Arena (capacity: 8,911)
Officials: Steve Strimling (Referee), Torrance Crable (Umpire), Steve Hoslett (Head Linesman), Mike Cuttone (Linesman), Ken Sarna (Back Judge)
Radio: Live on KUMU2 AM 1500 (Alema Harrington)
Internet: Live on www.hawaiianislanders.com
Series Record: Hawaii leads the series 5-4 (Note: Central Valley was formally the Bakersfield Blitz and will assume all records from that team.)
Coaches: Islanders – Cal Lee (19-13, second season)
Coyotes – Fred Bilitnikoff, Jr. (0-5, interim coach for the remainder of the 2004 season)

TRAVEL INFORMATION:
DEPARTURE: Friday, July 23
United Airlines flights 934 departing at 8 a.m.
Arrive Los Angeles at 4:20 p.m.
United Airlines flight 6498 at 7:31 p.m.
Arrive Fresno at 8:25 p.m.

HOTEL INFORMATION:
Piccadilly Inn - University, 4961 N. Cedar Avenue,
Fresno, CA 93726, Phone (559) 224-4200.

RETURN: Sunday, July 25
United Airlines flights 6496 departing at 5:30 a.m.
Arrive Los Angeles at 6:28 a.m.
United Airlines flight 53 at 8:50 a.m.
Arrive Honolulu at 11:34 a.m.

THE STAKES: With the season on the brink, the Hawaiian Islanders take another step closer to qualify for the af2 playoffs with a big over Louisville last weekend and must continue to put pressure on the division leading Blitz as they face the Central Valley Coyotes.

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HAWAII CENT. VALLEY

HAWAIIAN ISLANDERS (8-6) Current Streak: Won 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
7/17 LOUISVILLE 8-6 Won 62-59
Date Opponent Time Streak Series
7/24 at Central Valley 4:30 W-3 Hawaii 5-4
7/31 at Bakersfield 4:00 L-1 Tied 1-1

CENT. VALLEY COYOTES (1-13) Current Streak: Lost 8
Date Opponent Rec. Result Score
3/27 HAWAII 0-1 Lost 35-68
4/10 BAKERSFIELD 0-2 Lost 48-65
4/23 at San Diego 0-3 Lost 34-59
5/01 PEORIA 0-4 Lost 33-34
5/08 at Green Bay 0-5 Lost 32-50
5/15 RIO GRAND VALLEY 1-5 Won 42-25
5/22 at Hawaii 1-6 Lost 48-54
5/29 BAKERSFIELD 1-7 Lost 24-41
6/05 SAN DIEGO 1-8 Lost 24-45
6/12 at Hawaii 1-9 Lost 42-70
6/19 at Bakersfield 1-10 Lost 26-33
7/03 at Oklahoma City 1-11 Lost 35-69
7/10 SAN DIEGO 1-12 Lost 49-63
7/17 at Bakersfield 1-13 Lost 19-45
Date Opponent Time Streak Series
7/24 HAWAII 7:30 L-3 Hawaii 5-4
7/30 at San Diego 7:00 L-3 SD 7-3


THE SERIES: This will be the 10th meeting between these two teams with Hawaii owing a 5-4 advantage. Hawaii owns a 3-0 series lead in 2004.

Date Score (caps denote home team)
4/13/02 Bakersfield 52, HAWAII 32
6/22/02 BAKERSFIELD 56, Hawaii 48
6/29/02 HAWAII 49, Bakersfield 35

4/19/03 BAKERSFIELD 58, Hawaii 43
5/10/03 HAWAII 50, Bakersfield 48
7/27/03 Bakersfield 75, HAWAII 61

3/27/04 Hawaii 68, CENTRAL VALLEY 35
5/22/04 HAWAII 54, Central Valley 48
6/12/04 HAWAII 70, Central Valley 42


THE IFs:
If the Islanders defeat the Coyotes, it would …
· Give the ISLANDERS a 4-0 series sweep over the Coyotes in 2004
· Give the ISLANDERS a 6-4 all-time series lead
· Give the ISLANDERS a 4-3 road record in 2004.
· Give Hawaii Head Coach Cal Lee a 20-13 record
· Give Hawaii a 3-1 record in July.


THIS WEEK’S QUOTES:
Head Coach Cal Lee: “We still have our guys competing and that’s what we want for our final stretch of games. Central Valley is a dangerous team and they would like nothing better than to finish their season with a win over us.”

ISLANDERS’ INJURY REPORT:
Pos. Name Injury Status
DS Eddie Klaneski Knee Long IR
OL/DL Mose Tuia Knee Long IR
OL/DL Tiki Sagapolutele Shoulder Short IR
FB/LB Fabian Manumaleuna Ankle Short IR
QB Darnell Arceneaux Knee Questionable
WR/DB Anthony Arceneeaux Thumb, Day-to-day
OL/DL Kealii Aguiar Ankle Probable
OL/DL James Davis Abdominal Probable
OS Gabe Amey Lower Back Probable


RECENT ROSTER MOVES:
Date Action Player
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
7/16 Activated off Long IR Andy Ramos
7/16 Activated off Suspend Antoine Simpson
7/16 Assigned to Hawaii Johnny Wayfer
7/16 Placed on Short IR Tiki Sagapolutele
7/16 Placed on Short IR Fabian Manumaleuna
7/16 Reassigned to af2 Evile Puna
7/16 Activated off Short IR Keiki Misipeka
7/16 Placed on Suspend Keiki Misipeka

TALE OF THE TAPE: Here’s how Hawaii and Central Valley match up against each other:
Statistical HAWAII CENT. VALLEY
Category Rank Stat Rank Stat
Scoring Offense 4 53.9 24 35.1
Scoring Defense 18 51.6 19 51.9
Total Offense 2 282.7 18 237.8
Total Defense 25 292.1 11 246.4
Pass Offense 5 258.8 18 218.5
Pass Defense 25 269.9 11 224.5
Rushing Offense 6 23.9 12 19.3
Rushing Defense 18 22.2 T15 21.9
Scoring (Non-Kick) 4 664 24 416
Scoring (Kicking) T9 89 T21 70
Pass Rating 4 113.4 22 95.6
Pass Def. Rating 20 113.7 25 117.8
Kickoff Returns 2 21.8 7 20.4
MFG Returns 6 20.7 4 21.5
Turnover Margin T15 -0.29 25 -1.50
Field Goal Pct. 12 .312 T14 .300
PAT Kick Pct. 12 .768 13 .763
Sacks By T19 12 T19 12
Sacks Against T6 13 T20 23
First Downs 3 240 17 203
Opp. First Downs 24 241 7 200
Least Penalty Yds 1 35.1 17 61.2
Opp. Penalty Yds 5 52.6 T22 65.3
Red Zone Off Pct. T6 .790 24 .622
Red Zone Def Pct. 14 .742 20 .783


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 T7 Scoring (kick) 89
Kimo Naehu 4 PAT Made 74
Darnell Arceneaux 7 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 T6 Interceptions 6
Josh Robinson 2 Tackles 79.5
Anthony Arceneaux 2 KO Ret Avg. 28.7
Anthony Arceneaux 7 Scoring 182
Anthony Arceneaux 7 Scoring (TDs) 182
CENTRAL VALLEY COYOTES
Player Rank Category Stat
Kenyatte Morgan 4 Receptions 100
Kenyatee Morgan 1 All Purpose 3,018
Justin Levine T7 FG Made 8

FORWARD MOTION: The Hawaiian Islanders conclude the regular season on July 31 when they face the division leading Bakersfield Blitz.


WEST DIVISION STANDINGS
TEAM WON LOST GB
1 BAKERSFIELD 10 4 --
2 HAWAII 8 6 2.0
3 SAN DIEGO 7 7 3.0
4 CENT. VALLEY 1 13 9.0

WEST DIVISION PLAYOFF RACE:
BAKERSFIELD (10-4)
Games Remaining: 2 (1 home, 1 away)
· Week 17 – at San Diego
· Week 18 – Hawaii

HAWAII (8-6)
Games Remaining: 2 (0 home, 2 away)
· Week 17 – at Central Valley
· Week 18 – at Bakersfield

SAN DIEGO (7-7)
Games Remaining: 3 (2 home, 0 away)
· 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.

Fred Biletnikoff Jr., New Coyotes interim head coach Fred Biletnikoff Jr. is the third head coach in Central Valley’s 3-year history.
Biletnikoff Jr. began his second season in the af2, having joined the Coyotes in January as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator. His first stint with an arenafootball2 team was in 2002 with the Fresno Frenzy, where he served as an offensive assistant. Along with his Coyotes responsibilities, Biletnikoff Jr. will also continue to serve as offensive coordinator and running backs coach for the Fresno City Rams, where he has been since 2000.
Before joining the Rams staff at Fresno City College, Biletnikoff spent two seasons (‘91-‘92) at Alameda High School coaching wide receivers and defensive backs. In 1993 he joined the football staff at Chabot College with current Coyotes defensive Coordinator Doug Murray, where he coached running backs, wide receivers and was also offensive coordinator.


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)
- Short IR (7/16/04)

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)
- Activated (7/16/04)
- Suspended List (7/16/04)

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)
- Reassigned (7/16/04)

Ramos, Andy - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Long IR (6/17/04)
- Activated (7/16/04)

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)
- Short IR (7/16/04)

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)
- Activated (7/16/04)

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)
- Activated (7/16/04)

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

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