Quad City Steamwheelers Weekly Huddle
Another Record Night: The Quad City Steamwheelers improved to 3-1 in overtime games all-time after a record setting 68-62 victory over the Louisville Fire. The team's 433 total offensive yards is a Quad City record and ranks fourth in the af2 record book. Tim Hick's 405 passing yards broke the previous Steamwheelers record of 383 set by Jay McDonagh on June 16, 2001 vs. the Iowa Barnstormers. The 405 passing yards also ranks fifth all-time in the af2. Jeff Macrea's three rushing touchdowns is tied for second on the team in rushing touchdowns with Sam Clemons and Ronnie Gordon (current Blizzard quarterback).
Quad City Streaks: Kris Peters recorded two touchdown receptions for the third straight game against the Louisville Fire, he now has caught six touchdown passes on the season ... Jeff Macrea's three rushing touchdowns last Saturday continued his streak of at least one rushing touchdown in his past four games.
A New Favorite Target: Since the departure of Bo Smith, Kris Peters has quickly become one of quarterback Tim Hicks favorite targets. Peters, a former two-time Division I-AA All-American gained 160 receiving yards against Central Valley and another 148 against Louisville this weekend. In the two previous games, Peters tallied 85 and 56 receiving yards.
Working Overtime: Nothing has come easily to the Steamwheelers this season, including their two victories. Coming into this season Quad City had split the two previous overtime games (a 65-59 victory over Arkansas in 2000 and a 61-54 overtime loss at Memphis last season) and had never played in back-to-back OT's. Quad City is a perfect 2-0 in overtime games this year and 0-4 in non-overtime games.
It's Good!: The monkey is off of Kimo Naehu's back sort of. In the first quarter Naehu hit his first field goal of the season with a 25-yard kick. Naehu also went 5 of 7 in PAT attempts in the game.
Scouting the Blizzard: This will be the second regular season meeting between the two teams this season and the third overall. The two teams met in the preseason game with the Steamwheelers running away with that contest, 40-20. In the second regular season game of the season though, the Blizzard handed Quad City a 57-34 defeat. The 23 point loss was one point shy of tying the biggest loss by the Steamwheelers at home (a 24 point loss to Peoria on June 1, 2002). The Blizzard enters the game struggling at home, after dropping their first two home contests they won their first home game of the season with a 53-19 victory over Macon this past Saturday night. Currently Green Bay boasts the third best scoring defense in the af2 allowing only an average of 38 points a game. The Blizzard also showcase the best rushing attack in the league averaging 40.4 yards a game on the ground, a rarity in Arena Football.
Upcoming Promotions: On June 3rd when the Steamwheelers host the Albany Conquest they will be hosting Scout Night. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts can receive specially priced tickets to the game. Also the first 2,000 fans entering the field for autographs after the game will receive the 2006 Deck Mate Swimsuit Calendar. Fans who are holding tickets to the Saturday, June 3rd game against Albany can use their Steamwheelers ticket before and after the game to get into the Greek Cultural Festival, hosted at the John Deere Commons and River Drive in front of The MARK, for free. The festival is a celebration of Greek arts, culture, traditional dancing, wine tasting, delicious food and is great entertainment for the entire family.
Recent Steamwheeler Transactions: 5/1/06 Traded Bo Smith to Green Bay for Gustavus Tyson and Marcus Thurman; 4/28/06 Activated David Hurst (OL/DL) from Refused to Report, Placed Rob May on Re-Callable Re-Assignment, Placed Patrick Horne on Short-Term IR; 4/17/06 Placed Tony McClain on Re-Callable 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.
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