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April 17, 2007 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Everett Hawks News Release

EVERETT - When the arenafootball2 schedule makers released the 2007 schedule, the Everett Hawks knew they had a tough road to maneuver with their first four games away from the cozy confines of the Everett Events Center. After completing half of that four-game stretch with a couple of losses, a bye week was a much needed remedy for many of the Hawks.

"It came at a good time because we weren't meshing well," said linebacker Markus Pratt. "The quarterback and the center weren't meshing well. Defensively, from front to back, we weren't meshing."

To the casual observer, it's plainly obvious what the Hawks need to improve on as they attempt to win their first game of the 2007 season. Everett has committed 11 turnovers in losses at Tulsa and Central Valley and ranks last in the af2 in turnover margin at -8. Simply stated, turnovers have cost the Hawks an opportunity to compete with teams as talented as they are.

"Turnovers man...turnovers," Pratt said. "In this league you can't have seven turnovers a game. You really can't even evaluate your team - offense or defense - with seven turnovers a game. It's impossible. If we cut down on the turnovers we can actually give our offense a chance to score and give our defense a chance to get stops."

The week off allowed the team to rest some nagging early season bumps and bruises and make some much-needed adjustments. But after losing the first two games in the fashion they did, the Hawks are chomping at the bit to take to the field this Saturday in Boise for a divisional showdown with the Burn.

"I think we're itching to get back out there," said defensive back Charles Ealy, who leads the Hawks with 9.0 tackles and has an interception. "I think we've got our feet under us now, we're ready to go."

Don't miss a minute of the exciting 2007 Everett Hawks season! The Hawks travel to Boise this Saturday night to take on the expansion Burn at 6 p.m. The Hawks open their home slate at the Everett Events Center on Sunday, May 6, at 3 p.m. against the Central Valley Coyotes. Season tickets are on sale for as low as $40. To purchase your Hawks 2007 season tickets or for more information, call 425.252.4874 today!

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