Quad City Steamwheelers Huddle
Quad City Streaks: Kris Peters extended his streak of at least one touchdown reception and 100+ receiving yards to eight games ... Peters has also scored three receiving touchdowns in his past two games ... Tim Dodge has caught at least one receiving touchdown in the past seven games and has had two or more receiving touchdowns in the past four games .... Dodge also has at least one rushing touchdown in his past three games.
Two Down, One to Go: Tim Dodge became the latest member of the 1,000 receiving yard club for the Steamwheelers this season during the game at Tennessee Valley. Kris Peters became the first Steamwheeler to go over 1,000 receiving yards on the season on his first catch of the game against Wilkes-Barre Scranton. Jack Walker Jr., should be celebrating his 1,000th receiving yard this season on July 8th vs. Tennessee Valley on OS Field at The MARK. If Walker can notch 14 receiving yards, the trio will become the third group in af2 history to have a 1,000 receiving yards in a single season for the same team. Tim Dodge and Kris Peters have both been a member of a trio that has accomplished the feat in the past. In 2003, Dodge, Jeff Hewitt and Ira Gooch became the first group to accomplish the feat in the af2. A year later, while playing for the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz, Kris Peters teamed up with Al Hunt and Timon Marshall to become the second group to accomplish the feat.
Back On Top: Quad City quarterback Tim Hicks and Albany quarterback Ryan Vena are in a battle to break the league record for total passing yards in a season. Vena overtook Hicks on June 10, but with his 357-yard performance on Saturday Hicks now leads Vena with 3,558 total passing yards to Vena's 3,535. Hicks is on pace to finish the season with 4,744 total passing yards, breaking the current league record of 4,489 total passing yards by 255 yards. In addition, Hicks is on pace to shatter the Quad City Steamwheelers passing yardage record in a single season of 4,357 by Tony Zimmerman in 2003. At his current pace Hicks will surpass Zimmerman on July 22 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Who's that linebacker?: Backup quarterback Matt Pike found another way to stay involved in the game at Tennessee Valley besides holding the kicks for kicker Kimo Naehu. With the Steamwheelers already burning a player with a substitution in the third quarter and other players out with injury coach Rick Frazier decided to put Pike in at the linebacker position. Pike wasted little time showing his defensive skills as he recorded a tackle on his first play at the position.
Going for the Cycle?: Tim Dodge is running out of ways to score touchdowns this season. The WR/DB has passed for two touchdowns, rushed for eight and has caught 20. At Tennessee Valley this past weekend, Dodge recovered a fumble in the end zone after a pass that was intended for him was intercepted by Henry Freeman, who preceded to fumble the football while trying to get back up. The ball rolled into the end zone and to Dodge's feet. Dodge fell on the ball to recover it for a touchdown. His performance last week led to him being named last week's af2 U.S. Army Ironman of the Week. About the only ways Dodge has not scored this season is by returning an interception, a kickoff return and a missed field goal return, although he has four games left to try.
Continuing the Rivarly: The Quad City Steamwheelers and the Tennessee Valley Vipers renewed their rivalry after a two-year absence last week and on July 8th the teams will continue it once again. In the first of two games this season the Steamwheelers took a 51-37 lead early in the fourth quarter, but the Vipers battled back eventually losing the game by six, 65-59. With the win the Steamwheelers have kept their playoff hopes alive, while the loss mathematically eliminated the Vipers from the Arena Cup Playoffs.
Back to Back Series: This will be the only time this season the Quad City Steamwheelers have played a team back to back. Quad City has played teams back to back during the regular season four other times. The Steamwheelers have never lost the opening game of a back to back series and are 3-1 in the second game as well. The only time the team has started a back to back series with another team on the road was against the Cincinnati Swarm and the Steamwheelers took both games winning the first contest 48-21 and the second match 49-92.
Returning to Town: The Steamwheelers knew that they could not have too much fun during their week off last week. The team is 4-5 all-time following a bye week, including 0-1 this season. When the team returns to town they will waste little time getting back to work preparing for the Vipers. Practices start up again on Tuesday, July 4th with a light workout for the team.
Special Jerseys: The Steamwheelers will be wearing special patriotic themed jerseys featuring a stars and stripes theme. All proceeds from the jersey auction will benefit the Trinity Health Foundation. More details will be released in a press release on Wednesday.
Grillin' With the 'Wheelers: The Steamwheelers invite all of their fans to join them for a free cookout at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel on Sunday, July 9th (tomorrow) from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Fans will be able to take photos and get autographs of their favorite Steamwheelers. The "Steamwheelers Experience" will also be on hand to help entertain the children. The Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel is located at 227 Leclaire Street across from the Quad City Times building. Free food and drinks will be provided.
Upcoming Promotions: This Saturday's game features a fun filled night for Steamwheeler fans. The tailgate party hosted by Q106.5's Dwyer and Michaels will also feature the 1st Annual Steamhwheelers Golf Demo Day. Fans can "test-drive" new gear from Cleveland Golf and have a chance to win great prizes from Cleveland Golf and area golf courses.
During half-time the Steamwheelers will host the "Quad Cities Amazing Race" with randomly selected fans winning great prizes such as a Beer for a year from Miller Lite, a grill from Lowe's, a Hooters Wing package and a golf package from Pebble Creek.
Following the game the Steamwheelers will hand out the Valley Bank 2006 Steamwheelers team trading cards to fans entering the field for the post-game autograph session. Immediately following the autograph session will be the special jersey auction to benefit the Trinity Health Foundation.
Recent Steamwheeler Transactions: 6/22 Assigned Mikey Novak; 6/15 Placed George Williams on Re-Assignment, Activated Jermaine Petty from Refused to Report, Placed Jeff Macrea on Long-Term IR, Placed Lavar Stepter on Short-Term IR; 6/14 Claimed George Williams from Re-Assignment; 6/13 Placed Patrick Horne and Chris Chandler on Re-Assignment, Activated Alfonso Pugh from Long-Term IR; 6/8 Placed Maurice Harris on Short-Term IR, Assigned Ty Ardoin (DS); 6/6 Activated Maurice Harris from Short-Term IR, Transferred Alfonso Pugh from Short-Term to Long-Term IR; 5/24 Traded Future Considerations to Green Bay for Jermaine Petty; 5/22 Placed Gustavus Tyson on Recallable Re-Assignment.
Get 'em while their hot: Single game tickets are currently on sale. Tickets start as low as $13.00 for adults and $6.50 for children 14 and under. In addition, high school and college students with a valid student ID can purchase one upper deck ticket for $3.00 off the regular ticket price per ID.
Saturday, July 8, 2006
Quad City Steamwheelers vs Tennesee Valley Vipers, 7:15 p.m. (CDT) on Orthopaedic Specialists Field at The MARK of the Quad Cities (Moline, Ill.)
Radio: WOC 1420 AM, and steamwheelers.com with Jim Albracht calling all the exciting hard-hitting action.
Saturday, June 24 2006
Quad City Steamwheelers 65
Tennessee Valley Vipers 59
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