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June 15, 2006 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Quad City Steamwheelers News Release

QUICK FACTS:
Quad City Steamwheelers (4-6)
vs. WB/Scranton Pioneers (7-3)
Date: Saturday, June 17, 2006
Kickoff: 6:00 p.m. CDT
Site: Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza (7,950)
National Anthem: TBA
Coin Toss: TBA
Game Ball: TBA
Officials: Referee: Jeff Maconaghy; Umpire: Michael Rattley; Linesman: James Smith; Line Judge: Rondel Taylor; Back Judge: James Quirk
Radio: WOC 1420 AM, KWPC 800 AM
Television: None
Webcast: www.steamwheelers.com
Series Record: 1-4
Last Meeting: WB/Scranton 63 at Quad City 55
Streaks: The Quad City Steamwheelers have won four of their last six games, while the WB/Scranton Pioneers have won three of their last six.
Coaches: Rick Frazier (21-22; 0-1 playoffs, Third Season)*
Rich Ingold (xx-xx; x-x playoffs xxx Season)*
*Signifies career marks in af2 only.

THE STAKES: With a win the Steamwheelers can pull to within a game of .500 and stay in the hunt for the af2's final playoff spot. For the Pioneers, they look to rebound from their recent skid after a 5-0 start to their season and show they are one of the top teams in the af2.

THE SERIES: Since a 66-34 beating of the Pioneers in the teams first-ever meeting in 2003, the Steamwheelers have lost three straight to WB/Scranton.

THE IFs:
If Quad City defeats Wilkes Barre/Scranton, it would ...
- Give it a 5-6 overall record
- Give Quad City a 2-3 road record this season
- Give Quad City a 2-4 all-time record over the Pioneers
- Give the Steamwheelers a 4-3 division record

Quad City Steamwheelers (4-6)
(All Times Central)
Date Opponent Time Score Res Record
3/31 ARKANSAS 7:15 68-58 L 0-1
4/15 GREEN BAY 7:15 57-34 L 0-2
4/22 STOCKTON, Calf. 7:15 60-46 L 0-3
4/29 @ Albany 6:00 73-62 L 0-4
5/6 @ Central Valley 9:30 59-52 W 1-4 OT
5/13 LOUISVILLE 7:15 68-62 W 2-4 OT
5/19 @ Green Bay 7:30 40-35 L 2-5
5/27 @ Spokane 9:00 68-63 L 2-6
6/3 ALBANY 7:15 71-62 W 3-6
6/10 MANCHESTER 7:15 62-59 W 4-6
6/17 @ W/B Scranton 6:00
6/24 @ Tenn. Valley 7:30
7/8 TENN. VALLEY 7:15
7/15 @ Louisville 6:00
7/22 W/B SCRANTON 7:15
7/28 @ Manchester 6:30

Quad City Steamwheelers Injury Report
Lavar Stepter - Short Term I.R. -
Maurice Harris - Short Term I.R. -
Jeff Macrea - Long Term I.R. -

Steamwheelers vs. Pioneers All-Time Results

4/18/2003 WB/Scranton 34 at Quad City 66 (4,424)
4/24/2004 Quad City 27 at WB/Scranton 40 (4,923)
6/12/2004 WB/Scranton 46 at Quad City 39 (6,531)
4/10/2005 Quad City 28 at WB/Scranton 64 (4,532)
5/14/2005 WB/Scranton 63 at Quad City 55 (6,332)

LAST SERIES MEETING
Quad City Steamwheelers vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers
May 14, 2005
OS Field at The MARK of the Quad Cities
Pioneers 65, Steamwheelers 55

MOLINE, Ill. - The Quad City Steamwheelers suffered their second straight loss and fell to 3-3 on the season with a 63-55 defeat at the hands of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers in front of 6,322 fans at OS Field at The MARK of the Quad Cities. Tim Dodge had 128 yards receiving on eight catches, including two of quarterback Sam Clemons' seven touchdown passes, but it was not enough to overcome the Pioneers who picked up their second win of the year over Quad City and their fourth straight overall.
The 'Wheelers had a chance to send the game into overtime with a touchdown and two-point conversion, but Clemons was sacked at the Wilkes-Barre eight-yard line by David Barnard and Chris Ekwueme on the game's final play to send the Pioneers home from The MARK victorious for the second straight season.
In addition to Dodge's two scores, Jack Walker, Jr. also had a pair of scores while Travis Burns, Jeff Hewitt and Torey Morris all added single touchdown grabs from Clemons. The Quad City quarterback, who completed 26-of-35 passes for 310 yards, also added a rushing score to round out the 'Wheelers scoring.
The turning point of the game came midway through the third quarter when, following a Pioneer score to go ahead 41-34, Burns fumbled the ensuing kickoff, giving Wilkes-Barre/Scranton the football near midfield. On the very next play, Kyle Rowley hooked up with JR Thomas on a 33-yard strike to give their squad a two score lead, an advantage that it would never relinquish. That was the fifth of Rowley's six touchdown passes on the evening, and the first of two to Thomas.
The two teams continued to trade scores for the rest of the second half, putting the 'Wheelers in a position to win the game or at least send it to overtime. Clemons tallied a one-yard rushing score with 54 seconds left, but Ameer Riley returned the ensuing onside kick for a touchdown, stretching the Pioneer lead back to eight points where it would stay, though without some controversy. AJ Novak blocked the ensuing extra point and following a lengthy scramble, Antonio Watson picked up the loose ball and returned it for a score. However, the referee's conferred and ruled that the ball, after being blocked, caromed off of the side boards, making it a dead ball and keeping the score at 63-55.

LAST GAME RESET
Manchester Wolves @ Quad City Steamwheelers
June 10, 2006
OS Field at The MARK of the Quad Cities
Wolves 59, Steamwheelers 62

(Moline, Ill.) - The Quad City Steamwheelers defense held on to a slim, three-point margin as the Manchester Wolves tried a last ditch effort to win the game with just five seconds remaining in the game. The 62-59 final score kept the 'Wheeler's hopes for a playoff berth alive for another week.
The Wolves took the ball within 26-yards of the end zone on their final drive. Instead of opting for a game-tying field goal, though, the Wolves decided to throw for the win in regulation. The pass from Manchester QB D. Bryant to David Bailey was good, but Bailey was swarmed by four Steamwheeler defensive players, bringing the exciting game to an end. Bryant finished with 393 yards and seven touchdown passes.
The Steamwheelers took the lead for the last time on the play of WR/DB Tim Dodge, who finished as both the Schutt Offensive Player of the Game and the U.S. Army Ironman of the game. Dodge ran the ball in for the Steamwheelers with 20 seconds remaining in the game.
The Quad City Steamwheelers were led by Dodge, who rushed for a touchdown and paced the team with 143 receiving yards and four touchdowns. Dodge scored three of the first four Quad City touchdowns, a 20-yard pass with 2:26 remaining in the first quarter, a three-yard pass with 6:45 left in the half and an acrobatic 27-yard catch in the endzone with just 15 seconds remaining in the half - the Cutter's Catch of the Game.
With 11:04 left in the half Jeff Macrea was injured after he caught a pass near midfield and ran toward the sideboards and had his knee taken out by a Manchester player. Macrea had to be carted off the field and taken to a local hospital. The first half ended in a wild frenzy of plays with tempers flaring following a blocked field goal by Kika Kalaululaau who went on to fill in for the injured Macrea through the rest of the game.
The second half saw 10 lead changes between the two squads. With the Wolves trailing 29-26 to start the second half, they took a 33-29 lead when Bryant hit Marc Bacote for a 15-yard pass. Five plays later, the Steamwheelers regained the lead on a 3-yard, quarterback keeper by QB Tim Hicks. Then WR Steve Gonzalez gave Manchester the lead again heading into the fourth quarter, 39-35.
Play came to an abrupt end as the third quarter wound down as Hicks, who finished the game with 186-yards and three touchdowns on 23 attempts, suffered a helmet-on-helmet collision on the final play of the quarter. Hicks did not return to the game.
With the game on the line, backup quarterback Matt Pike came in to finish for the Steamwheelers. Pike, who finished the game with 104-yards and two touchdowns on 8-6 passing, wasted little time giving Quad City a 42-39 lead on a two-yard run two minutes into the final frame.
Two plays later, Bryant hit Gonzalez again. The Manchester receiver finished with 102 receiving yards and two touchdowns. His second TD on the night gave Manchester a 45-42 lead over Quad City with 11:39 left to play, but two plays later Dodge caught his fourth touchdown pass of the night. The throw from Pike located Dodge streaking down the sideline for a 40-yard TD completion.
After giving up another touchdown to Manchester, Steamwheeler's OS Kris Peters put the QC squad back on top 55-51 after Pike found him for a 25-yard pass. Manchester took the lead for the final time when Bryant his David Bailey for a 24-yard touchdown reception.

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Manchester Wolves 14 12 13 20 59
Quad City Steamwheelers 14 15 6 27 62

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