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May 4, 2004 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz News Release

QUICK FACTS:
Laredo Law vs.
Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz
Date: Saturday, May 8, 2004
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CT
Site: Ford Center
Officials: Tony Moranto (Referee), Richard Brown (Umpire), Mark Bovos (Head Linesman), Lee Ross (Line Judge), Derrick Rhone-Dunn (Back Judge)
Radio: WWLS 104.9fm, 640am (Robert Allen and Jack Mildren)
Series Record: First Meeting
Last Meeting: None
Streaks: Yard Dawgz W1, Law L4

Coaches: Gary Reasons(2-1, First season)
Scot Maynard (0-4, First season)


Oklahoma City (3-1)
Date Opponent Result Score
4/03 Tulsa 7:30 W 70-63
4/10 Rio Grande Valley 7:30 W 55-17
4/24 @Rio Grande Valley 7:30 L 41-44
5/01 Tulsa 7:30 W 62-60
5/08 Laredo 7:30
5/14 @Green Bay 7:30
5/22 Wichita 7:30
5/29 Arkansas 7:30
6/05 @Laredo 7:30
6/12 @Wichita 7:30
6/19 Laredo 7:30
6/26 @Columbus 6:30
7/03 Fresno 7:30
7/10 @Rio Grande Valley 7:30
7/17 @Wichita 7:00
7/24 Tulsa 7:30

Laredo (0-4)
Date Opponent Time Result Score
4/3 @ Rio Grande 7:30 L 6-37
4/10 @ Wichita 7:30 L 22-44
4/24 Tenn Valley 7:30 L 43-68
5/1 Rio Grande 7:30 L 38-58
5/8 @ OKC 7:30 - 0-0
5/15 Tulsa 7:30 - 0-0
5/22 @ Rio Grande 7:30 - 0-0
5/28 Wichita 7:30 - 0-0
6/5 OKC 7:30 - 0-0
6/12 Bossier City 7:30 - 0-0
6/18 @ OKC 7:00 - 0-0
7/3 Tulsa 7:30 - 0-0
7/10 Arkansas 7:30 - 0-0
7/17 @ Florida 7:30 - 0-0
7/24 Wichita 7:30 - 0-0
7/31 @ Tulsa 7:00 - 0-0

THE STAKES: The Yard Dawgz are in the race for the top spot in the Southwest Division, trailing the Wichita Stealth by one game. The two expansions teams are facing each other for the first time.

THE SERIES: This is the first ever meeting between the two expansion teams.

THE IFs:
If Oklahoma City defeats Laredo, it would …
· Give OKC a 4-1 in the Southwest Division
· Give Oklahoma City a 3-0 record at home
· Give OKC first win against the Law
· Give OKC 4-0 record in state of Oklahoma
· Extended OKC’s winning streak to two games


HEAD COACHES:
Dawgz Head Coach Gary Reasons
In his first season as a head coach, Gary Reasons looks to take the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz to victory road in their inaugural season. The former Super Bowl champion linebacker is excited about the squad he is leading out on the field.

In 1984, Reasons was a fourth round draft pick by the New York Giants. Throughout his eight seasons
(1984-91) with the Giants, Reasons became known as a member of one of the greatest linebacker corps in NFL history. He earned personal recognition for his smart and hard-hitting style of play being selected to the NFL All Rookie Team, All NFL, and to the All Madden Team. His final NFL season was spent with the Cincinnati Bengals in 1992.

Reasons attended Northwestern State from (1980-84) where he recorded 394 career tackles, was a three-time First Team All-Conference performer (1981-83) and was named "Most Valuable Collegiate Defensive Player" for the state of Louisiana in his senior season. He was the first player in Division I-AA history to earn First Team All-America honors in three consecutive seasons (1981-83). Northwestern State retired Reasons' No. 34 jersey following his senior season. Reasons graduated with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Northwestern State in 1984.

In 1996, Reasons was among the inaugural class of small college players to be inducted into the National College Football Hall of Fame. In 1998, Reasons was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

Law Coach Scot Maynard
Scot Maynard is the head coach of the Laredo Law af2 team that will debut in the spring of 2004. Maynard brings over 20 years of experience at all levels of coaching to the job, which will be his first head coaching position.

The 41-year old Maynard, who is a native of El Paso, Texas, worked the past two seasons as the defensive coordinator of the New York Dragons in the Arena Football League. While in New York he worked with John Gregory, who coached such notables as Kurt Warner during his AFL days.

Scot, who is the son of NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Don Maynard, split time growing up between El Paso, Texas and Long Island, New York. Scot’s father Don, who was elected to the NFL Hall of Fame in 1987, played from 1958-73 with 13 seasons coming in New York with the Jets and included a Super Bowl III victory.

Following a three year stint in Winnipeg, he assumed the same duties with the Toronto Argonauts in the CFL and worked with the legendary Mouse Davis who developed the “Run and Shoot” offense.

Maynard broke into the AFL with the Miami Hooters in 1995 as the wide receivers and defensive backs coach. While working with the Hooters he also coached at the University of South Dakota in 1995-96. In 1995 South Dakota led the North Central Conference in total defense. In 1997 Maynard moved to Idaho State and coached defensive backs and coordinated the special teams. In 1998 he moved up the Florida coast and worked with the Florida Bobcats of the AFL co-coordinating the defense and working with the wide receivers and defensive backs. In 1999 he returned to Canada as an administrative assistant to the General Manager and Head Coach. He came back to the AFL with the Arizona Rattlers from 2000-2001 as the defensive coordinator. While with Arizona the defense led the AFL Western division in scoring defense two years in a row, and was number two in over all defensive ranking in the league. The Rattlers ranked number one against the rush in 2000 and third against the pass. Over a two year period the defense averaged 5.2 stops per game (if a team has two stops a game it generally expects to win.)

During his playing and coaching career Maynard has worked with many of the biggest names in football, including Bill Walsh with the 49ers, Gene Stallings with the Phoenix Cardinals, and Danny White of the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Rattlers.


THIS WEEK’S QUOTES:

Coach Reasons on Dawgz season thus far:
“We are in the position to have an excellent season. We’ve shown a lot of character throughout the year and I am happy with where we are.”

Coach Reasons on last week’s crowd:
“Whenever you get that many people (13, 434) in one place, it will get the player’s juiced up. It defiantly gave us an edge.”


PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Strick-ly Business:
Dawgz QB Craig Strickland
Strickland bounced off a loss in Week 4 in Hidalgo and came out strong versus the rival Tulsa Talons. Strick popped in 17-27 passes for 273 yards and 6 touchdowns. Strickland is atop many categories in the af2 rankings. The Dawgz own the overall team pass rating with 120.4 and Strickland ranks second in pass offense. (All the Yard Dawgz Individual Top Ten rankings on page 4)

Law DS Traco Rachal
Rachal (6-1, 200, Texas A&M Commerce) leads the Law in tackles by a long shot. Rachal leads the Law with 19 tackles and 2 interceptions. Rachal usually goes up against the opposing team’s biggest offensive threat. Look forward to a good match-up between Rachal and Al Hunt or Timon Marshall.
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Dominating Dawgz
The Dawgz rank at the top of several statistical categories in the af2. The Dawgz are positioned at 1st in Pass Rating with Craig Strickland’s rating of 120.4, 2nd in PAT scoring going 27-21 (87%), 2nd in Pass Offense averaging 266 yards a game, and 3rd in Sack with 13.

He Could Go All The Way

On the opening kick-off of the second half, Dawgz WR/DB Timon Marshall broke into the Dawgz record book as he zipped through the Talon defenders for a 55 yard touchdown return. It was the first kick-off return for a touchdown in Dawgz history. Marshall finished the game with 3 catches for 69 yards and 7 returns for 131 yards.

Rockin’ With Grambling

Last week, the Grambling State Band blew the roof off the Ford Center as 13, 434 fans witnessed the brilliance of the “Greatest Band in the Land.” They played songs like Outkast’s “The Way You Move,” Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love,” and PDiddy and Nelly’s “Shake Ya Tailfeatha.” The crowd went into an uproar as the band went into their finale. It was so load you could barely even hear the music playing.



ADT Man

Dawgz OL/DL James Landers finally gets rewarded for his efforts last week. Landers was granted the ADT Defensive Player of the Game for his spectacular play against the Talons. He leads the team with in sacks and forced fumbles.


The Ironman Returns

Dawgz WR/DB Al Hunt was rewarded the US Army Ironman of the Game for the third consecutive week. In Week 3,Hunt received the Ironman of the week by the af2. Last week, Hunt recorded 2 tackles and brought in 4 receptions for 110 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Just Like Old Times

Things felt like old times for Dawgz Defensive Coordinator Glen Hall when the Grambling State band began playing on Saturday night at halftime. Hall was a starter in GSU's defensive backfield from 1979-1983. Hall also served as the defensive secondary coach at Grambling State University from 1994-1998. While at Grambling, Hall worked under legendary coach Eddie Robinson.


Gary Reasons Live!

You can hear Dawgz Head Coach Gary Reasons on his coach’s show on WKY 930am on Monday nights from 6:30-7:00. Along side Dawgz General Manager Ben Buckland, Reasons addresses questions from previous and upcoming games as well as inside information you can only hear from the coach.





TALE OF THE TAPE:Here’s how Laredo and OKC stack up:

Statistical Laredo OKC
Category Rank Stat Rank Stat
Scoring Offense 24 27.2 3 57.0
Scoring Defense 18 51.8 14 46.0
Total Offense 22 186.5 4 274.0
Total Defense 15 251.5 10 231.2
Pass Offense 22 173.2 2 266.0
Pass Defense 10 216.0 12 223.2
Rushing Offense 17 13.2 20 8.0
Rushing Defense 23 35.5 3 8.0
Scoring (Non-Kick) 25 92 7 198
Scoring (Kicking) 22 15 4 30
Pass Rating 16 97.7 1 120.4
Pass Def. Rating 19 106.9 21 110.8
Kickoff Returns 17 17.8 10 19.5
MFG Returns 18 12.5 14 15.0
Turnover Margin 15 -2.5 8 .75
Field Goals 18 3-13 21 1-5
PAT Kicking 24 6-14 2 27-31
Sacks By 12 5 T3 13
Sacks Against 24 26 T4 3
First Downs 18 52 5 73
Opp. First Downs 15 61 9 55
Penalties 3 33/41.8 6 33/49.8
Opp. Penalties 23 90.8 9 57.0

LEAGUE TOP 10s:
OKC Yard Dawgz
Player Rank Category Stat
Strickland, Craig 2 Pass Rating 120.4
Strickland, Craig 2 Pass Offense 269.8
Strickland, Craig 5 Total Offense 269.5
Hunt, Al 5 Scoring TDs 10
Hunt, Al 6 Reception Yards 429
Landers, James 2 Forced Fumbles 2
Landers, James 3 Sacks 2.5
Martinez, Peter 1 PAT Scoring 27-31


Weekly Game Awards

Game 1 (@Tulsa)
Baby Ruth Real Deal Player of the Game-
Talons QB Michael Wall
US Army Ironman of the Game-
Talons WR/DB Mitch Allner
ADT Defensive Player of the Game-
Dawgz DS Daron Franklin

Game 2 (vs. Rio Grande Valley)
Baby Ruth Real Deal Player of the Game-
Dawgz QB Craig Strickland
US Army Ironman of the Game-
Dawgz WR/DB Al Hunt
ADT Defensive Player of the Game-
Dawgz OL/DL Drew Mitchell


Game 3 (vs. Rio Grande Valley)
Baby Ruth Real Deal Player of the Game-
Dorados QB Will Burch
US Army Ironman of the Game-
Dawgz WR/DB Al Hunt
ADT Defensive Player of the Game-
Dorados WR/LB Preston Hartfield


Game 4 (vs. Tulsa Talons)
Baby Ruth Real Deal Player of the Game-
Dawgz QB Craig Strickland
US Army Ironman of the Game-
Dawgz WR/DB Al Hunt
ADT Defensive Player of the Game-
Dawgz OL/DL James Landers

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