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May 6, 2009 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Corpus Christi Sharks News Release

QUICK FACTS: Corpus Christi Sharks (1-4) Vs Tennessee Valley Vipers (4-2) Date: Saturday May 9th, 2009 Kickoff: 7:05 p.m. CT Site: American Bank Center National Anthem: TBD Coin Toss: TBD Officials: Referee: Steve LaMantia Umpire: Mark Harrod Head Linesman: George Shoup Line Judge: Brian Simpson Back Judge: Glen Fucik Radio: ESPN 1230 KSIX - Scott Howe Pre-Game 6:40pm Kickoff 7:05pm TV: NIFTYtv.com/af2 Series Record: 0-0 Last Meeting: Tonights match up is the first ever meeting between these two teams. Streaks: Sharks Lost 2; Vipers Won 3 Coaches: Vipers: Dean Cokinos, (14-8 regular season; 2nd season with Vipers) Sharks: Michael Trigg (14-23 regular season, 3rd season with Corpus Christi)

MEDIA CONTACTS: Tennessee Valley Vipers: Bryan Neece (256)551-2232;bneece@aipersaf2.com Corpus Christi Sharks: Scott Howe, office: (361-882-9292), mobile: (361-658-7916)showe@ccsharks.com

THE STAKES: The Sharks look to get back in the win column after another road loss last Friday. The Sharks are 1-1 at home this season and are looking to get back into the playoff hunt by getting a victory over the defending Arena Cup Champions.

THE SERIES: Tonight's game is the first meeting between the Vipers and the Sharks.

THE IFs: If Corpus Christi Wins It would pick up their second consecutive home win of the season. Move to 2-1 at Home. They would stay in the playoff hunt in the conference.

Corpus Christi Sharks (0-0) (All Times Cent.)

Date Opponent Result Score 3/28 Rio Grande Valley 7p L 40-33 4/4 @Bossier/ Shreveport 7p L 59-14 4/11 Amarillo 7p W 63-47 4/25 @ Rio Grande 7:30p L 77-50 5/3 @ Florida 6:30p L 66-48 5/9 Tennessee Valley 7p 5/16 @ Amarillo 7p 5/25 Oklahoma City 3:05p 5/30 Arkansas 7p 6/6 @Bossier/ Shreveport 7p 6/13 Rio Grande Valley 7p 6/20 @ Oklahoma City 7p 6/27 Kentucky 7p 7/11 @ Arkansas 7p 7/18 Bossier Shreveport 7p 7/25 @ Rio Grande Valley 7:30p

HEAD COACHES: Mike Trigg is in his third season as head coach of the Sharks. Last season, Trigg lead the Sharks to a 7-9 record. The numbers don't tell the whole story however as the Sharks were far more competitive in their sophomore campaign with the team just missing the post season on the final day of the season. Heading in to 2009, Trigg has revamped his coaching staff and his roster determined to deliver a winning season to Sharks fans!

Dean Cokinos enters his second season with the Vipers. The Vipers got off to an 0-3 start in 2008 and then reeled off 10 victories in the final 13 games. The Vipers then went on a playoff tear getting to their first Arena Cup. The Vipers upset the favored Spokane Shock in OT 56-55 in Spokane, WA.

TALE OF THE TAPE

Statistical Sharks Vipers Category Rank Stat Rank Stat Scoring Offense 20 41.6 p/g 9 55.2 p/g Scoring Defense 21 57.8 p/g 4 43.2 p/g Total Offense 12 275.8 yds/g 11 281.5 yds/g Total Defense 16 283.2 yds/g 7 257.2 yds/g Pass Offense 13 254.0 yds/g 9 264.8 yds/g Pass Defense 18 258.8 yds/g 10 240.7 yds/g Rushing Offense 14 21.8 yds/g 18 16.7 yds/g Rushing Defense 16 24.4 yds/g 4 16.5 yds/g Pass Efficiency 23 74.5 7 117.5 Pass Def. Rating 20 118.9 8 98.0 Kickoff Return Avg. 12 17.8 yds 1 24.2 yds MFG Returns T22 0.0 3 22.0 Turnover Margin 25 -10 14 +0 Field Goals 11 3 T22 0 PAT Kicking T17 .750 10 .812

Sharks Team Leaders

Player Category Stat Gary Cooper Passing Yds 1265 Jonathan Graham Receptions 39 Brandon Hussey Receiving Yds 486 Brandon Hussey Rushing Yds 42 Henry Hall All-Purpose Yds 616 Gary Cooper Total TDs 9 Brandon Hussey Receiving TDs 7 Gary Cooper Rushing TDs 9 Gary Cooper Scoring 54 Darius Robinson Sacks 2.5 3 Players Tied INTs 1 Terick Thomas Tackles 16.5 Darius Robinson TFL 4.0

LEAGUE TOP 5: Sharks players from this week's matchup who rank among af2's statistical leaders:

SHARKS Player Rank Category Stat None

MILESTONES: Gary Cooper became the first Sharks QB to throw fback-to-back 300 yard games with his 307 yd performance last week against Florida. Brandon Hussey reversed his slow start. In the last 2 games Hussey has 20 catches for 310 yards and 6 scores. DROPBACK: The Sharks lost to Florida 66-48.

FORWARD MOTION: Corpus Christi will hit the road again and head to Amarillo for their second and final meeting of the season with the Dusters.

TEAM NOTES/TRENDS:

Stability at QB: Gary Cooper has had two solid games after his slow start to the season. Cooper has especially gotten into a rhythm with both Brandon Hussey and Jonathan Graham.

Let's Get Physical: The Sharks are still looking for more physical play out of their secondary and less mental mistakes. Look for some different mixes among the DB's this week.

Defensive Stops: While the offense has excelled the past two games the defense has regressed. The Sharks "D" has failed to get a stop in the previous two games and allowed Florida and Rio to go a combined 5-5 on 4th down conversions. The Coaching staff hopes the additions of DB Rod Mosley and DL/LB Donnell August can give the defense a boost this week.

PLAYERS/MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Sharks Offensive and Defensive Lines: The Sharks offensive line played better last week despite new additions and a short week of practice. The team still has to become more consistent in their line play to break into the win column and upset the Vipers.

Sharks Secondary: The Sharks struggled once again last week in the secondary. The addition of Rod Mosley who played with Sharks last year should help them become more consistent.

Who's at Fullback? Back last week and showed some flashes. Moutons pass protection however still needs some work. Perhaps with a full game and a week of practice under his belt that area will be improved against the Vipers.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME

Game Team Player 1 RGV Nick Hill 2 BSB Butchie Ibeh 3 CCS Gary Cooper 4 RGV Nick Hill 5 FLA Chris Wallace 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

NIFTY HIT OF THE GAME

Game Team Player 1 NONE 2 BSB Marcus Pittman 3 AMA Donta Bright 4 CCS James Cardenas 5 FLA Demetrius Hodges 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

JLS IRONMAN AWARD

Game Team Player 1 CCS Henry Hall 2 BSB P.J. Berry 3 CCS Henry Hall 4 RGV Craig Turner 5 FLA James Bear 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

ADT DEFENSIVE MVP AWARD

Game Team Player 1 RGV Dahnel Singfield 2 BSB Roland Cola 3 CCS Darius Robinson 4 RGV Travis McAlpine 5 FLA Adebiyi Ojutiku 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

THE BIG GAME CATCH OF THE GAME AWARD

Game Team Player 1 RGV Rod Windsor 2 BSB P.J. Berry 3 CCS Tim Harris 4 RGV Anthony Chambers 5 FLA Greg Walls 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

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