Hawks Looking To Remain Undefeated
The Everett Hawks are heading back to the "Hawk's Nest" this week with an astonishing 12-0 record. This coming after the Hawks ended their road traveling for the season by making back-to-back long trips - first to Casper, WY by bus, and then by flying across the country last week to South Beach where they handed it to the Miami Morays, 80-41.
The Hawks are proud to announce that with this victory, they have been crowned the Pacific Conference Western Division Champions. Come help support your Hawks and be part of the excitement as they will lower the banner in the Everett Events Center prior to kickoff on Friday night's 7:05 game.
"Coming into the season no one knew what to expect from us." said Head Coach Dan Maciejczak. "Indoor football was a new thing to this region of the country. So you'd always get curious fans asking about the game, the rules, our team, etc. And when I'd tell a fan we were going to be a great team and be a title contender, they'd sound excited, but figured any coach was going to say that about their team. No one expects a first year team do well."
Now with only two games remaining in the regular season, Maciejczak has the whole city of Everett believing. "All of this wouldn't be possible without the hard work of our players and NFL know-how of our Owner Sam Adams, but most of the credit needs to be given to the fans." said Coach Majic. "Our crowd is 5,500 strong, loud, and we only expect the crowds to get bigger and crazier for the playoffs."
The Morays are on the other side of the morale, taking a devastating loss last week both on and off the field. Only days prior to the game, Moray's Head Coach and NFL Legend Larry Little resigned from the team. "I don't want to trash the organization, but I just had to step down and move on," said Little, a Pro Football Hall of Famer. "It had nothing to do with my regular job. There were things out of my hands that I couldn't control, and it was just time to go." "I may have resigned sooner, but I stayed around for the players. This is the first time I ever quit and resigned from anything."
The Morays are 7-5, but have been overwhelmed by their disappointing attendance, with fewer than 800 fans at the most recent home game vs. the Hawks last week. Morays ownership, led by former Miami Dolphin's receiver Oronde Gadsden, has not decided whether to remain in Miami or move north to Broward, FL. It was reported that twice this season, that the teams' checks have been late. Disappointing for a team that was once considered a title contender.
Info About Everett Hawks Upcoming Opponent: The Miami Morays
Head Coach Ray Isaac
Ray Isaac took over head coaching duties for the remainder of the season last week, after NFL Hall of Famer and Miami Dolphin's Great - Larry Little resigned from the team. The Morays were 7-4 before Little resigned with only three games remaining in the regular season.
Isaac had an unsuccessful debut as Head Coach of the Morays as his team was defeated by the Everett Hawks 80-41 in Miami. He served as the Assistant Head Coach before being named Head Coach, and will continue to handle the Defensive Coordinator duties. Isaac is an eight-year Arena Football and CFL. Isaac attended Youngstown State University where he quarterbacked them to their first championship in school history.
In his playing career, Isaac played for the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL, the Cleveland Thunderbolts and Memphis Pharaohs in the Arena Football League, and the Charleston Swamp Foxes in the AF2.
In 2003, Isaac accepted the position as offensive coordinator/asst. head coach with the Myrtle Beach Stingrays, compiling a record of 8-8. Before joining the Morays, Isaac was named head coach of the Greenville River hawks right before they ceased operations.
Key Players for the Miami Morays
DB Damacio Green
College: Virginia State University
An experienced defensive back with several years of professional football experience at all levels, Green attended NFL camp with the Patriots, Eagles, and Lions upon graduation before seeing time with the Baltimore Stallions in the CFL. He then moved his game indoors to play for the Milwaukee Mustangs and Tampa Bay Storm of the AFL. Green attended the University of Miami for two seasons, where he was a member of their 1991 National Championship squad. He than transferred to Virginia State to finish out an amazing career leading his 1993 team to a 10-1 record, which was the best in school history. His performance earned him honors as the top-rated cornerback in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA).
DL Deryl Lane
College: Langston University
Deryl Lane anchors the front unit for the Morays. The 37 year old defensive end is one of the most experienced indoor football players in the NIFL. He is a 10 year veteran of the Arena Football League and spent the last two years in the NIFL. Throughout his career, Lane has lined up at the defensive and offensive line, linebacker, receiver, running back, and kick-returner. Lane's best season came in 1997 at defensive line when he made 22 tackles and 14 assists, three passes blocked, and one forced fumble.
"Deryl Lane is an aggressive player who has terrific knowledge of the game. The most important thing is that he is a motivator, an instructor, and the kind of player I want on this team. He was a co-defensive coordinator with me at Myrtle Beach." said Head Coach Ray Isaac.
DL Arpedge Rolle
College: University of Florida
Rolle is a standout defensive lineman who has garnered all-star recognition from opposing teams and fans across the NIFL. Despite missing two games, Rolle remains near the top in several key defensive categories. He is ninth in the league in tackles for a loss with 11.5, and is currently mixed up in a race as the NIFL sack leader. Rolle is currently fifth in the league with 10 sacks.
Rolle played his college ball at the University of Florida, where he played in 32 games for the Gators. He also had the opportunity to play in the 2001 Sugar Bowl and 2002 Orange Bowl. He registered 38 tackles in his career. Rolle received the "Most Improved on Defense" Award during spring drills. Rolle also was dual sport athlete for the Gators, as he was involved in shot putting for UF's nationally-ranked track and field team in 2001. Arpedge's father, John, played in the NFL for Kansas City.
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