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July 26, 2004 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Hawaiian Islanders News Release

QUICK FACTS:
HAWAIIAN ISLANDERS (8-7) at
BAKERSFIELD BLITZ (10-5)
Kickoff: 7 p.m. PDT (4 p.m. HST)
Site: Bakersfield Centennial Garden (9,000)
Officials: Jim Crowley (Referee), Kevin Matthews (Umpire), Brian Matthew (Head Linesman), Shawn Hochuli (Line Judge), Greg Wilson (Back Judge)
Radio: Live on KUMU2 AM 1500 (Alema Harrington)
Internet: Live on www.hawaiianislanders.com
Coaches: Islanders – Cal Lee (19-14, second season)
Blitz-Rick Van Horne (10-5, first season)

TRAVEL INFORMATION:
DEPARTURE: Friday, July 30
Hawaiian Airlines flight 10 at 8:10 a.m.
Arrive Los Angeles at 4:30 p.m.
Bus to Bakersfield

HOTEL INFORMATION:
Holiday Inn Select - 801 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield, California 93301. Phone – (661) 323-1900

RETURN: Sunday, Aug. 1
Hawaiian Airlines flight 9 at 6:00 p.m.
Arrive Honolulu at 8:35 p.m.

THE STAKES: While not completely out of the playoff picture, the Hawaiian Islanders face very tall odds in qualifying for the 2004 ArenaCup playoffs. With last weekends lost at Central Valley, Hawaii will need a victory over Bakersfield coupled with four teams losing to gain the sixth and final playoff spot.

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HAWAII BAKERSFIELD

HAWAIIAN ISLANDERS (8-7) 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
7/17 LOUISVILLE 8-6 Won 62-59
7/24 at Central Valley 8-7 Lost 63-64
Date Opponent Time Streak Series
7/31 at Bakersfield 4:00 L-2 Blitz 2-1

BAKERSFIELD BLITZ (10-5) Current Streak: Lost 1
Date Opponent Rec. Result Score
4/3 Tennessee Valley 0-1 Lost 35-60
4/10 at Central Valley 1-1 Won 65-48
4/17 SAN DIEGO 2-1 Won 57-54
4/24 at Hawaii 2-2 Lost 40-45
5/1 ARKANSAS 3-2 Won 49-21
5/15 SAN DIEGO 4-2 Won 39-36
5/22 MEMPHIS 4-3 Lost 57-72
5/29 at Central Valley 5-3 Won 41-25
6/5 HAWAII 6-3 Won 52-44
6/12 at Memphis 6-4 Lost 31-61
6/19 CENTRAL VALLEY 7-4 Won 33-26
6/26 at San Diego 8-4 Won 57-53
7/10 at Hawaii 9-4 Won 43-41
7/17 CENTRAL VALLEY 10-4 Won 45-19
7/24 at San Diego 10-5 Lost 30-34
Date Opponent Time Streak Series
7/31 HAWAII 7:00 W-2 Blitz 2-1


THE SERIES: This is only the fourth meeting between these two teams with Bakersfield owning a 2-1 series lead.

Since Hawaii joined the af2 in 2002, Hawaii is 0-3 lifetime at Bakersfield.

Date Score (caps denote home team)
4/24/04 HAWAII 45, Bakersfield 40
6/05/04 BAKERSFIELD 52, Hawaii 44
7/10/04 Bakersfield 43, HAWAII 41

THE IFs:
If the Islanders defeat the Blitz, it would …
· Give the ISLANDERS a 2-2 series split with the Blitz in 2004
· Give the ISLANDERS their first win ever in Bakersfield
· Give the ISLANDERS a 4-4 road record in 2004.
· Give Hawaii Head Coach Cal Lee a 20-14 record
· Give Hawaii a 3-2 record in July.


THIS WEEK’S QUOTES:
Head Coach Cal Lee: “For these guys, they still have something to play for. There should be no quit left in them until the season is over.”

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 Probable
WR/DB Anthony Arceneeaux ThumbAchilles Questionable
OL/DL Kealii Aguiar Ankle, Shoulder Probable
OL/DL James Davis Abdominal Probable
OS Gabe Amey Lower Back Probable


RECENT ROSTER MOVES:
Date Action Player
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
7/23 Activated off INTL squad Teruhiro Ura
7/23 Reassigned to af2 Johnny Wayfer

TALE OF THE TAPE: Here’s how Hawaii and Bakersfield match up against each other:
Statistical HAWAII BAKERSFIELD
Category Rank Stat Rank Stat
Scoring Offense 3 54.5 18 44.5
Scoring Defense 19 52.5 6 42.6
Total Offense 2 285.7 14 248.4
Total Defense 25 289.4 15 254.9
Pass Offense 3 260.9 13 237.1
Pass Defense 25 267.9 17 237.7
Rushing Offense 5 24.9 23 11.3
Rushing Defense 15 21.5 11 17.2
Scoring (Non-Kick) 3 720 18 576
Scoring (Kicking) T12 96 19 84
Pass Rating 3 114.3 13 106.7
Pass Def. Rating 21 114.0 16 107.9
Kickoff Returns 4 21.1 22 18.0
MFG Returns 6 20.7 8 20.4
Turnover Margin 13 -0.20 T11 0.00
Field Goal Pct. 17 .278 12 .312
PAT Kick Pct. 9 .779 23 .667
Sacks By 18 16 4 31
Sacks Against T8 15 6 13
First Downs 5 250 18 211
Opp. First Downs 22 250 13 223
Least Penalty Yds 1 39.0 17 61.7
Opp. Penalty Yds 7 55.1 20 62.9
Red Zone Off Pct. 2 .800 16 .716
Red Zone Def Pct. 19 .765 10 .723


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 6 Scoring (kick) 96
Kimo Naehu 3 PAT Made 81
Darnell Arceneaux 7 Pass Rating 113.5
Darnell Arceneaux 9 Rushing 14.4
Darnell Arceneaux 10 Passing Yards 232.0
Darnell Arceneaux 10 Total Offense 2,957
Josh Robinson T5 Interceptions 7
Josh Robinson T1 Tackles 85.5
Anthony Arceneaux 3 KO Ret Avg. 27.3
Anthony Arceneaux 7 Scoring 194
Anthony Arceneaux 7 Scoring (TDs) 194

BAKERSFIELD BLITZ
Player Rank Category Stat
Eric Mahanke 4 Receptions 106
Eric Mahanke 6 Rec. Yds 1,378
Chad Elliott 9 Passing Yards 242.5
Chad Elliott 6 Total Offense 243.5
Brian Walker T3 Field Goals 10
Kevin Carroll T3 Force Fumble 4
Kevin Carroll 6 Sacks 7.5
Delvin Myles T6 Force Fumble 3
Ben McCombs 3 Tack for Loss 10.0

FORWARD MOTION: Should the Islanders qualify for the playoffs, they will be seeded sixth and will travel to either the Midwest Division winner (TBD) or the West Division winner (Bakersfield).


WEST DIVISION STANDINGS
TEAM WON LOST GB
1 BAKERSFIELD 10 5 --
T2 HAWAII 8 7 2.0
T2 SAN DIEGO 8 7 2.0
4 CENT. VALLEY 2 13 8.0


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.

Rick Van Horne, 43, is in his first season with the Bakersfield Blitz. He spent the last two seasons as the Blitz assistant coach under James Fuller.

A Bakersfield native, Van Horne graduated from Bakersfield High School in 1979 and went on to play college football at Bakersfield College for two seasons, where he was a First Team Junior College All-American at free safety. After BC, he played two seasons with the University of Nevada - Las Vegas.

He joined the pro ranks with the Blitz in 2002. While in charge of the offense in 2003, the Blitz ranked ninth in the af2 in quarterback pass rating (105.0), tenth in kicking points (105), and tied with Tulsa and Quad City with fewest turnovers (18) in the 27-team league. Chad Elliot finished the year as the fifth highest rated quarterback in the league (114.4).


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)
- Activated (7/23/04)

Wayfer, Johnny - Assigned (7/01/04)
- Reassigned (7/09/04)
- Activated (7/16/04)
- Reassigned (7/23/04)

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

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