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June 22, 2006 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Quad City Steamwheelers News Release

QUICK FACTS:
Quad City Steamwheelers (4-2)
vs. Tennessee Valley Vipers (2-9)
Date: Saturday, June 24, 2006
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CDT
Site: Von Braun Center (6,642)
National Anthem: TBA
Coin Toss: TBA
Game Ball: TBA
Officials: Referee: David Smith; Umpire: Stan Jackson; Linesman: Rod Holloway; Line Judge: Mike Shirey; Back Judge: Rod Skelton
Radio: WOC 1420 AM
Television: None
Webcast: www.steamwheelers.com
Series Record: 7-3
Last Meeting: Quad City 41 at Tenn. Valley 48 (7/10/04)
Streaks: The Vipers are looking to avoid their longest losing streak of the season as they are currently on a four game losing streak. The Steamwheelers are looking to bounce back from a three-point loss last week and avoid a two-game losing streak.
Coaches: Rick Frazier (21-23; 0-1 playoffs, Third Season)*
Milt Theodosatos (0-1; 0-0 playoffs First Season)*
*Signifies career marks in af2 only.

THE STAKES: The Steamwheelers are fighting for their playoff lives with 4-7 record. The Steamwheelers need to most likely win out the remainder of the season to make the playoffs. The Vipers are looking for their third win of the season.

THE SERIES: The Vipers and Steamwheelers have a rival that dates back to the inaugural season of the af2 when Quad City went 3-0 over the Vipers, including a 68-59 ArenaCup victory. The teams are 3-3 in their last six meetings.

THE IFs:
If Quad City defeats Tennessee Valley, it would ...
- Give it a 5-7 overall record
- Give Quad City a 3-4 road record this season
- Give Quad City a 8-3 all-time record over the Pioneers


Quad City Steamwheelers (4-7)
(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 55-52 L 4-7
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 - Long Term I.R. -
Adrian Wilson - Short Term I.R. -
Jeff Macrea - Long Term I.R. -

Steamwheelers vs. Vipers All-Time Results
6/24/2000 Tenn. Valley 37 at Quad City 51 (9,201)
7/8/2000 Quad City 62 at Tenn. Valley 36 (6,878)
8/10/2000 Tenn. Valley 59 at Quad City 68 (9,210)*
5/19/2001 Quad City 77 at Tenn. Valley 47 (6,981)
6/8/2002 Tenn. Valley 60 at Quad City 40 (5,832)
6/22/2002 Quad City 48 at Tenn. Valley 38 (5,358)
4/11/2003 Quad City 59 at Tenn. Valley 62 (5,354)
7/19/2003 Tenn. Valley 34 at Quad City 63 (8,128)
4/17/3004 Tenn. Valley 29 at Quad City 47 (6,354)
7/10/2004 Quad City 41 at Tenn. Valley 48 (5,780)
Quad City wins are in bold
* indicates ArenaCup Championship Game

LAST SERIES MEETING
Quad City Steamwheelers at Tennessee Valley
July 10, 2004
Von Braun Center
Vipers 48, Steamwheelers 41

MOLINE, Ill. - One of the old sayings in Arena Football is that in a close game, you want to have the ball last. That statement held true for the Tennessee Valley Vipers in their 48-41 victory over the Quad City Steamwheelers in front of 5,780 fans at the Von Braun Center on Saturday night.
Vipers quarterback Josh Kellett found offensive specialist Jerrian James for a 25-yard score with three seconds remaining in the game to seal the win for the Vipers (9-4). Kellett only completed 9-of-24 passes for 195 yards, three touchdowns, but a key zero interceptions. Kellett also rushed for two scores as well.
"It seems like we have been saying it all year, but these are the games that you love to win and hate to lose," Steamwheelers associate head coach and line coach Jon Roehlk said following the game on the FOX Sports Radio AM 1230 post-game radio show.
The loss, coupled with a Louisville Fire 63-61 victory over Columbus now puts the Steamwheelers a half game back in the race for the Midwest Division title. The Steamwheelers (8-6) and Fire will meet on the final week of the regular season.
The Steamwheelers started the game off just the way they wanted to by using the clock, as they ate up 5:16 on nine plays, which was capped by a 16-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ronnie Gordon to wide receiver/defensive back Tim Dodge. Kicker Ryan Geisler made his 20th consecutive extra point to put the Steamwheelers up 7-0.
On the ensuing kickoff, offensive lineman/defensive lineman Jamaal Cherry caught James in the endzone for a safety to put the 'Wheelers up 9-0 and receiving the kickoff.
On the Steamwheelers second offensive possession, Gordon had his pass tipped and then intercepted by Vipers offensive lineman/defensive lineman Andy Fuller, who returned it 2 yards for the touchdown, cutting the Steamwheelers lead to 9-7.
The Steamwheelers built their lead to 15-7 when defensive specialist turned wide receiver/linebacker Danny Thomas hauled in a 13-yard touchdown pass from Gordon. Geisler missed the ensuing extra point to end his streak of consecutive extra point conversions.
Thomas would leave the game in the third quarter with a knee injury and did not return. The severity of the injury was enough to have coach Rich Ingold place him on the long-term injured reserve list on Monday.
The Vipers then came roaring back to score two plays later on Kellett's 1-yard score, then sandwiched around a Geisler 24-yard field goal the Vipers added another touchdown, this one a 39-yard pass from Kellett to wide receiver/linebacker Ronney Daniels on their first play of the drive, which gave the Vipers their first lead at 20-18. Despite both teams having a chance to score, neither converted before the first half horn sounded.
The Vipers continued their one-play scoring action to start the second half.
James received the kickoff seven yards deep in the endzone and returned it all the way back for a touchdown to put the Vipers up 26-18.
The Steamwheelers would counter with a Gordon 1-yard run to cut the lead to 26-25 with 6:48 remaining in the third quarter. The Vipers then ate the rest of the third quarter clock and took the one-point lead into the final frame.
Despite eating a lot of the clock, it did not pay off for the Vipers as kicker S. Lee missed a 30-yard field goal. The Steamwheelers came right down and scored on a Gordon 12-yard pass to wide receiver/defensive back Billy Cook to regain the lead at 32-26.
The Vipers answered right back to go up 33-32. The Steamwheelers would get all the way down to the Vipers 1-yard line, and on fourth down, Ingold elected to have Geisler attempt a 16-yard field goal. The chip shot split the uprights and the Steamwheelers led 35-33 with 2:57 remaining in the game.
The Vipers then ate up some clock and scored with :55 remaining in the game, this time Kellett added his second rushing touchdown, a 1-yard scamper. Wide receiver/linebacker Travis McAlpine rushed in for the two-point conversion to put the Vipers up 41-35.
The ensuing kickoff was returned 56 yards by Cook to tie the game up at 41 with the extra point still to go. But Geisler missed the extra point to leave the game tied with :48 remaining in the game. James' touchdown then capped the night.
James was named Baby Ruth Real Deal Player of the Game as he caught five passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns. Vipers wide receiver/defensive back Marquis Floyd was named ADT Defensive Player of the Game as he recorded seven tackles, 1.5 for a loss and two pass deflections.

LAST GAME RESET
Quad City Steamwheelers @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers
June 17, 2006
Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza
Pionners 55, Steamwheelers 52

(Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) - The Quad City Steamwheelers blew a 32-14 halftime lead and missed a last-second, 51-yard field goal attempt to push their game against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers into overtime. As a result, the Pioneers held on to win 55-52 after outscoring Quad City 41-12 in the second half.
After jumping to a 32-14 lead in the first half, the Steamwheelers found themselves down by eleven with nearly no time left on the clock. The score was 55-44, thanks to an errant throw by 'Wheeler's QB Tim Hicks that was picked off and returned for a touchdown by Pioneer DS Jamie Hatley - but with just under a minute left to play, the Steamwheelers tried to battle back and force an OT.
Quad City turned to their backup quarterback, Matt Pike, who came in to the game to relieve Hicks following an apparent hand injury on the Hatley interception. Pike immediately located wide receiver/defense back Tim Dodge for a touchdown. The two-point conversion attempt pulled the 'Wheelers to within three at 55-52 with just seconds remaining. The ensuing on-side kick attempt was recovered by the Steamwheelers and set up a 51-yard field goal attempt that Naehu missed wide to the left with no time remaining.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers jumped to a 7-0 lead early thanks to a QC fumble. The Steamwheelers followed with an answer of their own as Hicks' threw his 50th touchdown pass of the year - a 21-yard bomb to Quad City OS Kris Peters.
The Steamwheelers defense came up with their first big stop of the first half when DL Mataese Togafau tipped a pass into WR/LB Jack Walker Jr's hands seven yards from the end zone. A few plays later, Tim Dodge recorded a rushing touchdown on a one-yard run to give Quad City their first lead at 13-7. After another defensive stop, Hicks spied Peters streaking down the sideline for a wide-open 23-yard grab.
The Pioneers answered when WR/LB Leroy McFadden grabbed a 30-yard catch over his right shoulder for his first of four touchdowns, pulling the Pioneers back to within five at 20-14.
After another Dodge rushing touchdown to extend the Steamwheeler's lead to 26-14. Hicks threw a 40-yard home-run ball to Peters, for a 32-14 half time lead. Peters finished the game with 131-yards and three touchdowns on nine catches.
The momentum shifted back to the home team after the half, however, as the Steamwheelers were shut out in the third quarter for the second time this season. The Pioneer's McFadden caught two more touchdown catches in the period and another was added by the Pioneers' other WR/LB, Yardon Brantley - effectively erasing the Steamwheelers' lead and giving the Pioneers a two-point advantage heading into the final frame.
Steamwheelers AJ Novak rushed for a three-yard touchdown to start the fourth quarter, giving Quad City a four point lead, 38-34. Wilkes-Barre responded by retaking the lead, 41-38 with just 5:15 remaining in the contest. A 19-yard touchdown catch by Dodge gave the Steamwheelers a three-point lead with 3:15 seconds left in the game. The Pioneers blasted back, however, with WR/DB Yaacov Yisrael catching a 25-yard pass to put the Pioneers back on top 48-44 with just 44 seconds remaining. A missed 51-yard field goal attempt with no time remaining by Kimo Naehu to tie the game, left the Steamwheelers to wonder, with a record of 4-7, if they would be able to climb back into the playoff race this season.

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