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Reed, Kelly and Hattley take semifinals honors

August 17, 2004 - arenafootball2 (af2) News Release

CHICAGO - Tulsa offensive specialist ROBERT REED, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton wide receiver/defensive back JURRON KELLY and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defensive specialist JAMIE HATTLEY have been named the Baby Ruth Real Deal Offensive Player, U.S. Army Ironman and ADT Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, for the Conference Semifinals of the 2004 ArenaCup Playoffs.


Reed (6-2, 210, Mississippi), in his second season, continued to step up his play in the Talon's 49-42 victory over the Louisville Fire. On the night Reed caught ten passes for 126 yards and three touchdowns. Two of his touchdowns came in Tulsa's 21-3 run to start the contest. His third touchdown was Tulsa's first touchdown of the second half and increased Tulsa's lead to two possessions after Louisville had moved within six points of the Talons. Reed also returned one kickoff ten yards to add to his numbers. Tulsa hosts the National Conference Championship game for the second straight season this Saturday at the Tulsa Convention Center at 8:30 p.m. ET as they host the surprising Peoria Pirates. This is the first weekly award for reed. Teammate Bob Bees won this same honor in Week 12 of the regular season.


Kelly (6-0, 170, Kent State), in his second season, made the game saving interception in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's 40-37 victory over the Cape Fear Wildcats. Kelly's big play came as the Wildcats were driving in the final minute of the game. Cape Fear took the ball down to the Pioneers nineteen-yard line with eighteen seconds left on the clock. On a first down play Kelly jumped in front of a pass at the four-yard line. He returned the ball 39 yards to Cape Fear's seven-yard line to clinch the victory for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and advance the Pioneers to the American Conference Championship game against the Florida Firecats, Sunday at 6:00 ET at Wachovia Arena. While this was his most important play on the night, he made other contributions as well. On offense he caught eight passes for 81 yards and one touchdown. This touchdown gave the Pioneers a 40-37 lead earlier in the fourth quarter, a tally that Kelly made the final score with his key interception. Kelly also recorded 3.5 tackles (3UA 1A) on defense. This is Kelly's first ever-weekly award.


Hattley (5-11, 160, Charleston Southern), in his second season, helped the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers to their first playoff victory in teame history, with their 40-37 win over the Cape Fear Wildcats. Hattley made a big interception to help the Pioneers defense hold the Wildcats scoreless in the fourth quarter. With the Wildcats on the Pioneers eight, Hattley intercepted a pass in the endzone on second down to give the Pioneers the ball after they just took a 40-37 lead the possession before. This interception combined with Jurron Kelly's interception in the final seconds ensured the Pioneers victory and their place in the American Conference Championship game. In addition to his interception Hattley also recorded 10.5 tackles (9UA 3A), the most for any player during the four Semifinal games. Hattley won this same award this season in Week 12.

Baby Ruth Real Deal Offensive Player of the Week candidates included: Tennessee Valley's Jerrian James and Josh Kellett, Cape Fear's Jake Eaton, Bakersfield's Chad Elliott, Tulsa's Bob Bees, Peoria's Brandon Campbell and Jerald Burley, Florida's Ken Mastrole and Cainon Lamb.

U.S. Army Ironman of the Week candidates included: Tennessee Valley's Marquis Floyd and Travis McAlpine, Tulsa's Bjorn Barre, Bakersfield's Eric Mahanke, Cape Fear's Chris McKinnney, Peoria's Casey Urlacher, Florida's Anthony Snead.

ADT Defensive Player of the Week candidates included: Tennessee Valley's Henry Freeman, Tulsa's Ricky Davis, Peoria's Frank West and Milton Bowen, Florida's Roy Stabler, Tanaka Scott, Quincy Sorrell, and Rasheem Reed.

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