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Sparrow, Barre and Forney earn week four honors

April 27, 2004 - arenafootball2 (af2) News Release

CHICAGO - Wichita quarterback AARON SPARROW, Tulsa wide receiver/defensive back BJORN BARRE and Louisville fullback/linebacker DEMETRIUS FORNEY have been named the Baby Ruth Real Deal Offensive Player, U.S. Army Ironman and ADT Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, for Week 4 of the 2004 season.


Sparrow (6-2, 210, Norfolk State), who is in his third season, used a record-setting passing performance to lead the Wichita Stealth to a 68-53 win over the Green Bay Blizzard Saturday night. The win gave the Stealth a 4-0 record, which is the best start to a season in team history. Completing 29-of-44 passes with no interceptions, Sparrow threw for 382 yards and eight touchdowns. His 382 passing yards, a season high for any af2 quarterback, set a new Stealth single game record and ranks eighth in the af2 record book. His 29 completions is the second highest total of the season. Sparrow, who was an All-af2 First Team selection in 2000, won offensive player of the week honors three times in 2000 as a member of the Augusta Stallions. He is the first Wichita player to win a weekly honor this season.


Barre (6-2, 205, Ohio State), a rookie, was a force on both sides of the ball for the Tulsa Talons in the 66-47 win over Peoria on Friday night. The former Buckeye caught four passes for 93 yards and three touchdowns, including a 30-yard bomb that put the Talons up by two scores in the fourth quarter. On the defensive side of the ball, Barre registered two solo tackles and he picked off Pirates quarterback Michael Souza twice, one of which came on the drive following his 30-yard receiving touchdown. He returned that interception 40 yards to setup another Talons score a few plays later. This is the first weekly award for Barre, and he is the first Talons player to be honored this season.


Forney (6-0, 288, Campbellsville University), playing in his fourth season, helped the Louisville Fire remain perfect on the season by making some big defensive plays in a tight 62-56 decision over the Albany Conquest on Saturday night. The big fullback/linebacker recorded five tackles (4UA-2AT) and a sack for a loss of ten yards. He also forced one and recovered two fumbles. One of his fumble recoveries came in the fourth quarter when he grabbed a loose ball off the net in the endzone, pushing the Fire's lead to 55-37. This is the second week in a row that a member of the Fire has won defensive player of the week. Justin Thomas earned the accolade last week. For Forney, this is the first weekly award of his career.

Baby Ruth Real Deal Offensive Player of the Week candidates included: Memphis' Brian Jones, San Diego's Kane Claunch, Tulsa's Michael Wall, Birmingham's Jeff Aaron, Hawaii's Darnell Arceneaux, Louisville's Matt Sauk, Cape Fear's Chris Wallace, Macon's Caleb Slover, Wichita's Damon Thompson, Rio Grande Valley's Will Burch.

U.S. Army Ironman of the Week candidates included: Memphis' Robert Kilow, Tennessee Valley's Ronney Daniels, San Diego's Dwight Carter, Birmingham's Demontray Carter, Bakersfield's Ben Mccombs, Albany's Jamie Ware, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's Rocco Forgione, Florida's Cainon Lamb, Macon's Brandon Pedraza, Wichita's Brian Livingston, Oklahoma City's Al Hunt.

ADT Defensive Player of the Week candidates included: Memphis' Lavante Epsen, Tennessee Valley's Andy Fuller, San Diego's Rico Curtis, Tulsa's Robert Reed, Birmingham's Terrance Harris, Hawaii's Joshua Robinson, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's Kyle Grove, Cape Fear's Chris McKinney, Macon's Lavar Rainey, Wichita's Ty Ardoin, Rio Grande Valley's Preston Hartfield.

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