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May 22, 2007 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Manchester Wolves News Release

QUICK FACTS:

Mahoning Valley Thunder (3-4)

Manchester Wolves (3-4)

Date: 5/25/07

Kickoff: 7:05 p.m.

Site: Chevrolet Centre (5,700) - Youngstown, OH

National Anthem: -

Coin Toss: -

Officials: Referee: Greg Allen, Umpire: Brian Fleming, Head Linesman: Rob Luklan, Line Judge: Dan Gallagher, Back Judge: Frank Steratore

Radio: Manchester - WFEA 1370 AM (Play-By-Play Dick Lutsk)

TV: None

Series Record: 1-0, Manchester

Streaks: Wolves: Lost one, Thunder: Lost four

Coaches: MAN - Ben Bennett (49-30, third season with MAN), MVT - Mike Hold (3-4, first season with MAH)

THE STAKES: This will be the Manchester Wolves eighth game of the 2007 season. The Wolves will be looking for their first win on the road.

THE SERIES: Tonight's game is the second meeting between the Wolves and Thunder. Manchester won the first encounter 67-49 inside the friendly confines of the Verizon Wireless Arena.

THE IFS:

If Manchester defeats the Mahoning Valley, it would...

- Give the Wolves a 2-0 all-time series lead.

- Give the Wolves their first win on the road.

- Bring the Wolves to 4-4 for the season

Manchester Wolves (3-4)

Date Opponent Time Result Score

3/31 @ WB/Scranton 7:00 L 36-50

4/13 @ Green Bay 8:30 L 35-32

4/21 Fort Wayne 7:05 W 54-41

4/28 Mahoning Valley 7:05 W 67-49

5/4 @ WB/Scranton 7:00 L 42-59

5/11 Albany 7:05 W 53-48

5/18 @ Bossier-Shrev. 8:30 L 62-52

Date Opponent Time Streak Series

5/25 @ Mahoning Valley 7:05 1-0 Wolves

6/1 Tulsa 7:05 1-1 Tied

6/8 Albany 7:05 9-7 Wolves

6/16 @ Florida 7:30 2-2 Tied

6/30 South. Georgia 7:05 3-3 Tied

7/7 @Cincinnati 7:30 None

7/13 WB/Scranton 7:30 8-8 Tied

7/21 @ Albany 4:00 9-7 Wolves

7/28 Florida 7:05 2-2 Tied

Mahoning Valley Thunder (3-4)

Date Opponent Time Result Series

3/31 Tri-Cities 7:00 W 48-40

4/6 @Albany 7:00 W 64-59

4/21 Cincinnati 7:00 W 54-20

4/28 @Manchester 7:00 L 49-67

5/5 Louisville 7:00 L 34-52

5/12 WB/Scranton 7:00 L 26-56

5/19 @Florida 7:30 L 26-62

Date Opponent Time Streak Series

5/25 Manchester 7:00 1-0 Wolves

6/2 @Cincinnati 7:30 1-0 Kats

6/8 @Green Bay 8:30 None

6/16 Quad City 7:00 None

6/30 @WB/Scranton 7:00 1-0 Pioneer

7/7 @Louisville 7:00 1-0 Thund.

7/13 Albany 7:00 1-0 Conq.

7/21 @Tenn. Valley 8:30 None

7/28 Green Bay 7:00 None

HEAD COACHES: Manchester's Ben Bennett guides the Wolves in his third season as head coach. In 2005, Bennett turned around a 5-11 club and took them to the playoffs following a 12-4 regular season and East Division title. In 2006, Bennett once again guided his Wolves to the second-round of the playoffs, which ended in a one-point 40-39 loss with 47seconds left. Bennett is 49-30 all-time as an af2 coach, including playoffs.

Mahoning Valley Thunder Mike Hold is currently 3-4 this season. This is Hold's first season with the Thunder.

TALE OF THE TAPE: Here's how Manchester and Mahoning Valley stack up in 2007:

Statistical Manchester Mahoning Valley

Category Rank Stat Rank Stat

Scoring Offense 16 48.0 22 43.0

Touchdowns 13 49 20 44

Total Offense 14 260.4 13 260.9

Scoring Defense 18 49.1 20 50.9

Total Defense 17 255.1 21 262.3

Rushing Offense 28 8.0 19 17.0

Passer Rating 11 105.1 22 83.0

Rushing Defense 28 29.4 17 20.3

Pass Rating Defense 18 102.2 29 118.2

Pass Offense 9 252.4 14 243.9

Pass Defense 13 225.7 21 242.0

Field Goals 27 .111 29 .100

PAT Kicking 21 .721 23 .714

MFG Returns 5 24.7 21 12.8

Kickoff Returns 24 14.7 30 12.2

Turnover Margin 24 -1.14 18 -0.14

First Downs 4 140 10 133

Opp. First Downs 11 119 13 121

Sacks 13 10 8 13

Penalties 4 43.7 15 56.9

Sacks Against 1 3 21 13

Opponent Penalties 4 69.6 3 73.9

Manchester INJURY REPORT:

Pos. Name Injury Status

DB Jon Quezada Achilles IR

WR Arel Gordon Hamstring IR

DROPBACK: The Wolves lost their fourth-straight road game, bringing them to 3-4 for the season.

FORWARD MOTION: Manchester hopes to enter Week #9, 4-4, with a win tonight giving them their first win on the road.

MILESTONES:

- Wolves DB Allistair Sebastien currently has 28 interceptions for his career and is slowly approaching first place all-time in af2 history in that category. The New York native is behind Matt Forbes of the Louisville Fire.

TEAM NOTES/TRENDS:

Wolves Dropping In Weekly Poll: The Wolves were ranked 15th in Week #8's coaches' poll but have found themselves unranked, while Mahoning Valley is also unranked.

PLAYERS/MATCHUPS TO WATCH:

Wolves QB Mark Radlinski: The one-year veteran threw for 299 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for another two in his debut for the Wolves. However, the lack of practice did show as Radlinski fumbled two snaps and threw one interception. With a full week of practice now under his belt Radlinski and the Wolves will look to claim their first road victory.

Wolves Three-Headed Receiving Core vs. the Thunder Defense: With the Wolves relying on David Bailey on defense, Manchester's receiving core of: Ari Confesor, Patrick Rouzard and Jarrail Jackson have stepped up big. The Thunder defense has been giving up lots of points lately and the Wolves will look to capitalize on this early, however Mahoning Valley will provide a steady pass rush as they currently have 13 sacks on the season.

Wolves secondary vs. Thunder QB Glenn Gauntt: Thunder starting quarterback and ex-AFL-er Glenn Gauntt is performing well in his first season with the Thudner as he thrown for 1,684 yards and 34 touchdowns, but has thrown 11 interceptions. The Wolves secondary will have to be on their toes as they will rely on Allistair Sebastien (28 career interceptions), David Bailey and newcomers Travis Pugh and Matt Castillo. The Wolves secondary has been stingy as of late and will look to keep the trend by providing heavy pressure up front led by Maurice Fountain (6.0 sacks), James Midboe (1.0 sacks) and Ramal Faunteroy to force Gauntt out of the pocket in an attempt to force some bad throws.

LEAGUE TOP 10s: Players from Manchester and Bossier who rank among af2's statistical leaders.

Player Rank Category Stat

WOLVES

Porter, R 7 Pass Efficiency 115.3

Fountain, M 2 Sacks 7.0

Fountain, M 2 Tackles for Loss 9.0

Porter, R 5 Pass Comp. PCT 197.8

Jackson, J 10 MFG Return Yards 74

Bailey, D 7 Yards/Catch 14.8

Player Rank Category Stat

THUNDER

Murphy, T 5 Rushing 22.2

Archie, C 3 Reception/Game 8.86

Archie, C 7 Receive Yards/Game 104.3

Ceaser, A 4 Sacks 6.0

Ceaser, A 5 Tackles for Loss 7.0

Ceaser, A 2 Fumbles Forced 4

Gauntt, G 1 Total Offense Plays 288

Murphy, T 1 Yards Per Rush 6.9

Gauntt, G 2 Pass Attempts 278

Gauntt, G 7 Rushing Yards 1684

Gauntt, G 5 Pass Completions 152

Gauntt, G 1 Pass Interceptions 11

Johnson, K 6 MFG Returns 4

WOLVES BY THE NUMBERS

At Home 3-0

On Road 0-4

Wolves Score First 2-1

Leading After 1st Quarter 3-1

Trailing After 1st Quarter 1-2

Tied After 1st Quarter 0-0

Leading at Half 1-1

Trailing at Half 2-3

Tied at Half 0-0

Leading Into 4th Quarter 1-0

Trailing Into 4th Quarter 1-4

Tied Into 4th Quarter 1-0

Overtime 0-0

Scoring 31-40 points 0-2

Scoring 41-50 points 0-1

Scoring 51-60 points 2-1

Scoring 60+ points 1-0

SCHUTT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME

(selected by media)

Week Opp. Player

1 WBS Ryan Vena (WBS)

3 GBB Zeke Dixon (GBB)

4 FTW Ryan Porter (MAN)

5 MVT Ryan Porter (MAN)

6 WBS Ryan Vena (WBS)

7 ALB Jarrail Jackson (MAN)

8 BOS Gary Cooper (BOS)

- denotes af2 Schutt Offensive Player of the Week

US ARMY IRONMAN AWARD

(selected by media)

Week Opp. Player

1 WBS Doug Harding (WBS)

3 GBB Antonio Ficklin (MAN)

4 FTW David Bailey (MAN)

5 MVT David Bailey (MAN)

6 WBS Larry Kendrick (WBS)

7 ALB David Bailey (MAN)

8 BOS Jason Schule (BOS)

- denoted af2 US ARMY Ironman of the week

ADT DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME AWARD

(selected by media)

Week Opp. Player

1 WBS Joe Hollister (WBS)

3 GBB Rob May (GBB)

4 FTW Shawn Murray (MAN)

5 MVT Maurice Fountain (MAN)

6 WBS Chris Royal (WBS)

7 ALB Allistair Sebastien (MAN)

8 BOS Marc Bacote (BOS)

- denotes af2 ADT Defensive MVP of the Week

CUTTERS CATCH OF THE GAME

(selected by media)

Week Opp. Player

1 WBS Jim Jones (WBS)

3 GBB Ronnie Amadi GBB)

4 FTW David Bailey * (MAN)

5 MVT Chris Archie (MVT)

6 WBS Jim Jones (WBS)

7 ALB Antwun Williams (ALB)

8 BOS none

* denotes af2 Cutters Catch of the Week

RECENT ROSTER MOVES

Date Action Player

5-10-07 ASSIGNED WR Arel Gordon

5-10-07 ACTIVATED OL/DL DeShon Stovall

5-16-06 ASSIGNED QB Mark Radlinski

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