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Islanders Remain Optimistic Following 54-36 loss to Quad City

June 30, 2003 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Hawaiian Islanders News Release

HONOLULU – Despite a 54-36 loss to Quad City last Saturday, the Hawaiian Islanders remain optimistic and can still clinch a playoff spot during the bye week.

“This game is forgotten, you can’t dwell on this,” said Hawaii Head Coach Cal Lee. “You make the corrections and go on from there.”

The Steamwheelers snapped Hawaii’s nine-game home winning streak dating back to last season. The loss came a price as the Islanders’ top receiver Nian Taylor pulled a hamstring on the game’s second play from scrimmage and did not return.

“Nian was a big loss; he’s our go-to guy,” Lee said. “When you lose him in the first minutes, it’s going to hurt you a little bit.”

Last week’s af2 national Ironman of the week Josh White led the Hawaii offense with 44 yards rushing while on defense, he recorded two solo tackles, three assists, a fumble recovery and three passes broken up. Isaac White caught two passes for 62 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, White had an interception for a touchdown as well as 2.5 tackles and a forced fumble.

“I thought we were right in there but we made some very crucial mistakes during the game and that cost us the game,” Lee said.

With the week off, the Islanders (9-4) will have two weeks to prepare for Central Division leading Tulsa (10-2) on July 12 in Oklahoma. The Islanders are still one game away from clinching a playoff spot, however if Tennessee Valley (12-0) defeats Memphis (5-7) this Saturday, Hawaii will clinch a playoff spot. The Islanders remain one game head of Wichita (8-5) in the Western Division race.

“We’ll rest our bodies a little bit and prepare for Tulsa,” Lee said. “This game is forgotten.”

Note to Media: The Islanders will not practice this week. Their next scheduled practice will be Monday, July 7 at St. Louis from 7 to 9 p.m.

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