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July 9, 2004 - arenafootball2 (af2) - San Diego Riptide News Release

Join us on July 24th when the Riptide return home to take on the Bakersfield Blitz. The Riptide will be hosting a food drive to help the unfortunate. Help the cause by donating canned goods. With a donation, receive $3 off the ticket price. The first 3,000 fans will receive an original "Riptide Tackle Hunger" T-Shirt. In addition to the food drive, join us in honoring the Labor Services and watch UPS take on the U.S. Postal Service in tug-of-war during halftime.

RIPTIDE REVIEW

LAST WEEK: The end of the Islanders-Riptide series had the Islanders coming away with a 40-37 win at the San Diego Sports Arena. The two teams split the series taking their wins on the road.

The Islander’s starting line up, which featured a combined three years af2 experience, was led by Quarterback Shawn Withy-Allen, who had only thrown two passes this season. Although Withy-Allen had a shaky start, throwing four touchdowns and two interceptions, he was able to overcome the ‘Tide. He completed 20-of-33 passes for 223 yards. Kane Claunch had a tough game completing just 17-of-36 passes and scoring only three touchdowns. This was the first time that Claunch did not throw more than five touchdowns since June 10. The low scoring affair featured no players receiving a hundred yards.

To view the complete game summary, please CLICK HERE.

THIS WEEK: The Riptide suffered a heartbreaking loss against the Islanders when Hawaii scored with 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter to win, 40-37. San Diego has lost two straight games by a margin of only seven points. But this week’s game looks promising as the ‘Tide takes on the National West Division’s bottom ranked team, Central Valley Coyotes.

Despite San Diego’s two straight losses, they still manage to be ranked in the af2 top five for scoring offense and in the top three for passing offense and total offense. Quarterback Kane Claunch has struggled in his last two starts, completing only 50% of his passes for 508 yards and nine touchdowns. Regardless of his poor performance in those two games, he still manages to have a 110.7 passer rating, averages 262.9 passing yards per game, and has 3,165 total offensive yards on the season. He ranks in the top ten for all three categories. Dwight Carter also ranks in the top ten for receptions and receiving yards even though he only managed to haul in three catches for 19 yards in last weeks game.

To view the complete game preview or check out this week’s game notes, please CLICK HERE

STANDINGS: The Riptide (5-7) are third in the National West Division. They remain two games back in the playoff race. The 'Tide needs a win against the last place Central Valley Coyotes (1-11) in order to stay in playoff contention.

‘TIDE TRIVIA

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