Manchester Wolves Announce 2009 Season Schedule
MANCHESTER, NH-- The Manchester Wolves will begin their 2009 championship quest on the road against their arch rivals, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers, when the arenafootball2 league 10th anniversary season opens in March.
The Wolves, who made it all the way to the American Conference title game as a wild card entry last season, will start their season against the defending East Division Champion Pioneers in Week 1 on Friday, March 27th in the first of four meetings between the two division arch rivals in 2009.
The Wolves and Pioneers will host one another twice this season in games that figure to have a big impact on the regular season standings and the playoff picture. The Pioneers currently hold an 11-10 advantage in their all-time series and even though Manchester lost the series 2-1 last season, the Wolves were one of only three teams to beat Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2008.
Manchester will also play a four-game home-and-away series with the Albany Conquest and will face the Mahoning Valley Thunder three times. Both of those teams make up the rest of the East Division.
The Wolves enter the 2009 season with high expectations under second year Head Coach Danton Barto, who led them to the best finish in franchise history in 2008. Manchester has signed wide receiver Deyon Williams (6-3, 196) out of the University of Virginia and defensive back/wide receiver Deqwan Young (5-7, 180) from St. Joseph's,
and the coaching staff is recruiting other top prospects to enhance the roster of talented players returning from last year.
Training camp will open in February at the Hampshire Dome in Milford and the team will play all of its home games on The Acting Loft Field at the Verizon Wireless Arena. Season ticket packages and individual game tickets and group sales tickets are available at [email protected] or by calling 603-627-9653 (WOLF).
The entire af2 schedule and the individual 25 team schedules can be found on www.af2.com. The Wolves schedule is as follows and all times are Eastern:
Friday, March 27: at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers; 7:30 PM
Week 2: Bye
Friday, April 10: at Green Bay Blizzard, 8:30 PM
Saturday, April 18: Albany Conquest, 7:30 PM
Friday, April 24: Tri Cities Fever, 7:30 PM
Friday, May 1: at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers, 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 9: Quad City Steamwheelers, 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 16: at Albany Conquest, 1 PM
Friday, May 22: Mahoning Valley Thunder, 7:30 PM
Friday, May 29: at Florida Firecats, TBA
Friday, June 5: Albany Conquest, 7:30 PM
Thursday, June 11: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers, 7:30 PM
Friday, June 19: at Mahoning Valley Thunder, 7:05 PM
Saturday, June 27: at Quad City Steamwheelers, 8:05 PM
Week 15: Bye
Friday, July 11: at Albany Conquest, 7 PM
Friday, July 17: Mahoning Valley Thunder, 7:30 PM
Friday, July 24: Wilkes-Barre/Scanton Pioneers
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