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Rachal Honored By af2

July 27, 2004 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Laredo Law News Release

LAREDO, Texas – The arenafootball2 league office announced today that Laredo Law defensive specialist Traco Rachal has been selected as the af2 ADT Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts this past weekend. The Law closes the 2004 regular season on the road this Saturday night in Tulsa. For more information go on line at www.laredolaw.com.

Rachal, from Texas A&M-Commerce, is in his first season in af2. He had an impressive performance in spite of Laredo's 49-34 loss to Wichita on Saturday night at the LEC. Rachal finished with two interceptions that he returned for 31 yards, an additional pass defended, a blocked field goal and 2.0 tackles.

Rachal is currently tied for first in af2 with nine interceptions on the season and is seventh with 72.5 tackles.

“Traco is very deserving of the award,” said Law head coach Scot Maynard. “He works very hard, and comes to play. Lately he has been playing in a lot of pain. We have challenged our secondary to play better and he definitely stepped it up on Saturday.”

Rachal’s first interception came in the first quarter to set up a Laredo touchdown to tie the game at seven.

His second interception came in the second quarter after Laredo had just tied the game at 21-21. On the last play of the first half Rachal broke through the line and blocked a Wichita field goal attempt.

“It is an honor,” said Rachal. “An award like this has to do with how well the whole defense played. The guys covered well and that gave me the chance to make a play on the ball. I really feel it is a team award.”

While Laredo eventually fell to the Stealth, Rachal's play kept the Law in a game in which they were playing with two quarterbacks taking their first af2 snaps. The Law defense allowed just 35 points despite the Law offense committing nine turnovers. This is not only Rachal's first-ever weekly award, it is the Law's first weekly award in team history.

LAW ON THE RADIO

Catch the Law all season long on 94.9 The New Qure FM. The games will also be video streamed over the internet through www.af2tv.com.

LAW WEEKLY

Law Weekly with head coach Scot Maynard airs every Thursday night at 6 p.m. on Laredo News Talk AM 1490 KLNT.

LAW IN THE COMMUNITY

To schedule the Law for a player appearance contact Nicole Thompson at (956)-523-6586 or [email protected]

ABOUT THE af2

In four short seasons the af2 has nearly doubled in size from 15 teams to 25. arenafootball2 promotes a fan friendly attitude with autograph sessions on the field for the home team after each game. The af2 and the AFL strictly adhere to a Fans Bill of Rights which is unique to any major sport. The Fans Bill of Rights includes: every fan is entitled to a wholesome environment for guests and family members, free of violence, profane gestures and language or rude and invasive behavior that could in any way interfere with a first-class entertainment experience; every fan demands that we maintain absolute respect for the game of Arena Football and maintain the integrity of the finest of fair competition at all times; every Fan deserves our very best effort on a consistent basis, on every play on the field, every action in the stands, every call to our office, and every involvement in our community.

For ticket information contact the Laredo Law at (956) 726-GAME (4263) or visit www.laredolaw.com.

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