Manchester Wolves notebook
Next Home Game - Friday, June 24
Manchester Wolves vs. Quad City Steamwheelers "NOT YOUR TYPICAL TEAM PHOTO NIGHT"
Fans, come join us tomorrow night for "Not Your Typical Team Photo Night," presented by Citizens Bank. All fans through the doors that night will receive a FREE team photo. The 168 Magazine pre-game concert series begins outside on the plaza at 6:00 p.m. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
To get in the game, purchase your tickets today at the Verizon Wireless Arena box office or through Ticketmaster at 603-868-7300, at Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Adult seats start as low as $14.25 in the upper bowl while youth (12-and-under) and senior (65-and-over) tickets start at just $9.75. The Wolves also have great group offers and birthday party packages available. Contact the team at 603.627.WOLF (9653) or visit them on the web at www.manchesterwolves.com and make your plans with us today!
Scouting this week's opponent: Quad City Steamwheelers
The Steamwheelers are 5-6 and currently in fourth place in the National Conference, Midwest Division. Quad City, traditionally one of the stronger teams in the af2, has been a little inconsistent in 2005. The Steamwheelers started the season strong, winning three games in a row after a season-opening loss. Over the next four games, however, Quad City went winless, losing twice by just a touchdown. Recently the Steamwheelers seem to be regaining momentum and have won two of their last three contests. Quad City's one loss should've been a win as well, but the team squandered a late 13-point lead to Memphis and lost in overtime. The Steamwheelers are coming off a 62-50 home victory scored against the Albany Conquest this past Saturday.
On the season, QB Sam Clemons leads the Quad City offensive attack with 2,879 yards passing, 55 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. He ranks among the league's top quarterbacks in passer rating at 114.9 (4th). He also has a host of talented receivers to throw to, including OS Travis Burns. Burns leads the team in receptions (70) and receiving touchdowns (13). He's also a talented return man, as evidenced by his league-leading 1,170 kick return yards. Clemons also likes to target playmakers such as Tim Dodge (69 catches, 824 yards, 10 TDs) and Jack Walker, Jr. (60 catches, 589 yards, 12 TDs). On defense, Matt Forbes is one of the best defensive specialists in the league. Forbes is tied for second in the league in interceptions with eight, three of which he has returned for touchdowns. He also leads the Steamwheelers in tackles (66.4) and passes defended (20). As a group, Quad City's defense is a little shaky, ranking 12th overall in the league in scoring defense at 51.2 points per game allowed. Quad City leads the all-time series 2-0, with both wins coming against the Wolves in 2004.
Manchester Wolves Qualify for first play-off berth
The Wolves win at Florida last Saturday (June 18) guaranteed the team a spot in the postseason for the first time since their move to New Hampshire. If Manchester continues its strong play, the Wolves will also have an opportunity to host a home playoff game for the first time in franchise history. The Mohegan Wolves qualified for the playoffs in 2003 with a 10-6 record and notched a first round road victory at Cape Fear before falling in the second round at Tennessee Valley.
J.J. (MCKELVEY) IS DYNO-MITE!
Manchester Wolves WR/LB J.J. McKelvey is in the midst of an all-star caliber season. After a solid rookie campaign last season in which he played just six games, the former Clemson standout has started to blossom into a big-time Arena Football player in 2005. Through 11 games, McKelvey has already broken seven Wolves franchise records and is closing in on a host of others. Below is a detailed look at where J.J. stands tall in the team's record book to date:
Wolves All-Time Record Holders
Scoring: 244 points - J.J. McKelvey, 2004-2005 (210, Mel Long, 2003-2004)
Receiving TDs: 35 - J.J. McKelvey, 2004-2005 (34, Mel Long, 2003-2004)
Receptions: 119 - J.J. McKelvey, 2004-2005 (106, Brandon Burnside, 2002)
Receiving Yards: 1,567 - Brandon Burnside, 2002 (1,558 - Mel Long, 2003-2004; 1,271 - J.J. McKelvey, 2004-05)
Scoring: 208 points - J.J. McKelvey, 2005 (202 - Brandon Burnside, 2002)
Receiving TDs: 32 - J.J. McKelvey, 2005 (30 - Brandon Burnside, 2002)
Receptions: 106 - Brandon Burnside, 2002 (95 - J.J. McKelvey, 2005)
Receiving Yards: 1,567 - Brandon Burnside, 2002 (1,277 - Mel Long, 2003; 1,005 - J.J. McKelvey, 2005)
Scoring: 38 points - J.J. McKelvey, 6/11/05 @ GBB (30 points - Brandon Burnside, 5/17/02 vs. ROC)
Receiving TDs: 6 - J.J. McKelvey, 6/4/05 vs. MAC (5 - Brandon Burnside, 5/17/02 vs. ROC)
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