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April 4, 2006 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) - Utah Blaze News Release

THE QUICK FACTS:
Game: Arizona Rattlers (5-5) at Utah Blaze (3-7).
Date: Friday, April 7, 2006.
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. (MT).
Site: Delta Center (15,577)
Officials: Referee: Dennis Lipski; Umpire: Rick Nelson;
Head Linesman: Kavin McGrath; Line Judge: Darrel Leftwich; Back Judge: Rich Wilborn
Television: Fox Sports Net Utah will broadcast the game live with Steve Brown (play-by-play) and Alema Harrington (commentary) and Chris Harris (sidelines).
Radio: Utah's flagship station 1280 The Zone will broadcast the game live with Ryan Hatch (play-by-play) and Keith Embray (commentary).
Blaze Coaches' Show: Ryan Hatch hosts the Blaze Coaches' Show every Wednesday night on 1280 The Zone at 7-8 p.m.
Internet: Log on to www.1280thezone.com to hear a live webcast of Saturday's game.
Series Record: Arizona leads 1-0.
Coaches: Utah, Danny White (14th season; 124-62 regular season, 144-72 overall). Arizona, Gene Nudo, (1st season: 5-5 regular season, 5-5 overall).
League Stats:
http://www.aflmedia.com/public/leaders/confstat.htm

OVERVIEW: Utah looks to snap its second three-game losing skid of the inaugural season. The Blaze lost at Tampa Bay last weekend on their furthest road game in franchise history, 56-41. The Blaze lost at division-leading Arizona earlier in the season on February 18, 45-38. The Rattlers were 0-3 at the time, and defeating the Blaze helped them build momentum, including a four-game win streak putting them atop of the division. Arizona lost at San Jose last weekend, 61-49, allowing Las Vegas to sneak into a two-way tie for first place at 5-5. Even with a 3-7 record, the Blaze are only two games out of first place in the Western Division, and can still sniff the playoffs with a key victory against the team that head coach DANNY WHITE formerly coached for the first 13 seasons of his AFL career. Utah is seeking its first home victory of the season against a divisional foe, and a victory against the division leader will gain ground for a possible playoff berth.

THE SERIES: This will mark the second meeting between the two teams. Blaze head coach DANNY WHITE is 0-1 coaching against his former team in his first season with the Blaze. He is 0-1 against Gene Nudo in his career.

WHAT'S AHEAD: The Blaze will host Los Angeles at the Delta Center on April 15 looking for their first Saturday win at home before heading on the road to face 2005 AFL Champion Colorado Crush on April 21. The Blaze will play at division leader Las Vegas on April 28 to finish the month.

THE SCHEDULES:

2006 Utah Blaze (3-6)
Date Opponent Result Score
Jan. 28 @ San Jose Won 48-35
Feb. 4 DALLAS Lost 53-56
Feb. 11 NEW YORK Lost 81-84
Feb. 18 @ Arizona Lost 38-45
Feb. 25 @ Los Angeles Won 68-66
Mar. 4 SAN JOSE Lost 50-65
Mar. 10 NASHVILLE Won 63-34
Mar. 16 @ Grand Rapids Lost 49-59
Mar. 24 LAS VEGAS Lost 47-49
Apr. 1 @ Tampa Bay Lost 41-56
Game Opponent Time (MT) TV
Apr. 7 ARIZONA 7:00 p.m. 1280/FSN
Apr. 15 LOS ANGELES 7:00 p.m. 1280/KJZZ
Apr. 21 @ Colorado 7:00 p.m. 1280
Apr. 28 @ Las Vegas 8:30 p.m. 1280
May 6 @ Chicago 6:00 p.m. 1280/FSN
May 12 KANSAS CITY 7:00 p.m. 1280/KJZZ

2006 Arizona Rattlers (5-5)
Date Opponent Result Score
Jan. 29 @ Los Angeles Lost 31-40
Feb. 3 AUSTIN Lost 34-53
Feb. 12 SAN JOSE Lost 50-58
Feb. 18 UTAH Won 45-38
Feb. 24 @ Columbus Lost 26-42
Mar. 4 NASHVILLE Won 51-49
Mar. 10 ORLANDO Won 60-57
Mar. 17 @ Las Vegas Won 47-33
Mar. 24 LOS ANGELES Won 58-45
Apr. 2 @ San Jose Lost 49-61
Game Opponent Time (PT) TV
Apr. 7 @ Utah 6:00 p.m. FSN
Apr. 15 CHICAGO 7:00 p.m.
Apr. 23 @ Grand Rapids 11:00 a.m.
Apr. 29 @ Dallas 5:00 p.m.
May 6 LAS VEGAS 7:00 p.m.
May 12 @ Colorado 6:00 p.m.

LAST WEEK:

TAMPA BAY DEFEATS UTAH IN FLORIDA, 56-41
Blaze lost third straight for second time this season.

TAMPA, FL - In the battle of the all-time winningest coaches, Tim Marcum's Tampa Bay Storm (6-4) prevailed with a 56-41 victory over Danny White's Utah Blaze (3-7) in front of 13,404 at St. Pete Times Forum on Saturday night.

"This is a disappointing loss for us," said Blaze head coach/general manager Danny White. "When you can't put pressure on their quarterback and they get to yours, you generally end up losing the game. That's what happened tonight."

Tampa Bay QB Shane Stafford completed 20-of-35 passes for 252 yards with eight touchdowns and one interception on his way to earning Offensive Player of the Game honors. OL/DL Jerrod Penright earned Ironman of the Game honors, after recording a sack, blocking an extra point and recording three rushing yards. The ADT Defensive Player of the Game went to DS Tramain Jones who recorded 7.5 total tackles and recorded an interception in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

The Storm struck first with a 20-yard pass from Stafford to WR/DB Demetris Bendross for a 7-0 lead. The Blaze got on the board on their first offensive play when Utah QB Jason Gesser found WR/LB Tom Pace on a 21-yard strike to tie the game at 7-7.

The Storm held a 21-14 lead after the first quarter when Pace scored his second touchdown on a 34-yard pass from Gesser. But, the Storm followed up with back-to-back touchdowns and took a 35-21 lead into the locker room.

The Blaze started the second half with a Siaha Burley touchdown, which was followed by Thal Woods' first interception of the season on the Storm's following drive. Utah was unable to capitalize and missed a 45-yard field goal.

Tampa Bay held a 42-34 advantage heading into the fourth quarter and opened with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to WR/LB Lawrence Samuels to extend the lead to 49-34. The Storm outscored the Blaze 14-7 in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

Burley led the Blaze receivers with six receptions for 122 yards and two touchdowns. WR/DB Orshawante Bryant added eight receptions for 97 yards, while WR/LB Justin Skaggs and Pace added two touchdowns each.

LAST MEETING AT ARIZONA ON FEBRUARY 18:

RATTLERS HAND BLAZE, 45-38, LOSS
White, Former Rattlers Unsuccessful in Return to Phoenix

PHOENIX - Arizona Rattlers OS Damien Groce hauled in 11 receptions for 194 yards and four touchdowns as the Rattlers (1-3) defeated the Utah Blaze, 45-38, on Saturday night at U.S. Airways Center for their first victory of the season.

Groce, who earned Offensive Player of the Game honors, hauled in two fourth quarter touchdowns to keep the Blaze (1-3) at bay and helped give Arizona head coach Gene Nudo his first career victory in front of 11,206 fans.

Arizona's Bonner completed 22-of-33 passes for 315 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. Arizona DS Joe Todd earned ADT Defensive Player of the Game after recording 7.0 total tackles, an interception and five pass breakups. Former Ironman of the Year, WR/DB Randy Gatewood, took Ironman of the Game honors with three receptions for 32 yards and a touchdown. He also added 3.0 total tackles and recovered a key onsides kick late in the contest to preserve the victory.

Utah's Joe Germaine finished the game 21-of-37 passing for 273 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Siaha Burley led Blaze receivers with seven receptions for 140 yards and two touchdowns.

THE IFS...:
If Utah defeats Arizona, it would...
*Give Utah its first home win against a Western Division Foe (1-2).
*Give Utah a 3-3 record in the Western Division foe.
*Give Utah 1-1 record vs. Arizona all-time
*Give Utah a 2-4 record at the Delta Center.
*Give Utah a 4-7 record all-time.
*Snap Utah's three-game losing streak.

THE COACHES:
Utah - Danny White, 14th season
124-62 (.667) reg. season; 144-72 (.667) overall
0-1 career vs. Arizona
White is currently in his 14th season as an AFL head coach and first with the Blaze. White has compiled a record of 142-68 and advanced to the AFL Playoffs in 12 of the previous 13 years (hasn't missed the postseason since 1992). Prior to joining the Blaze, White was the head coach of the Arizona Rattlers for 13 seasons (1992-2004). The AFL Hall of Fame coach has two titles (1994 and 1997) to his credit and has made five ArenaBowl appearances (1994, 97, 2002-04). During his last season in Arizona in 2004, White compiled a 13-6 record and made his third straight ArenaBowl appearance. White, won AFL "Coach of the Year" award in 1993. White officially became the head coach of the Blaze on April 21, 2005. He played quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys (1976-88) and helped lead the Cowboys to the postseason five times and won three NFC East titles during his tenure as starting QB. In his first year as a starter (1980), White set the club single-season record for touchdown passes (28) and then broke the record (29) in 1983. Those records still stand as the top two single-season marks in franchise history. He still owns eight Cowboy records and is the member of FOUR Halls of Fame (Arizona Sports, Arizona State, College Football and Arena Football).

Arizona - Gene Nudo, 1st season
5-5 (.500) reg. season; 5-5 (.500) overall
1-0 career vs. Utah
Nudo continues his first season as the Rattlers head coach in search of his first postseason. Nudo is the AFL's only three-time Executive of the Year and is celebrating his 12th season with the Rattlers as he worked with then-head coach Danny White since 1995 Nudo joined Arizona as an assistant head coach in 1995 under white after serving as the Arena Football League's Vice President of Football Operations. He then became the team's Vice President of Administration in the 1996 season. The 2002 AFL Hall of Fame Nominee also served as the team's Vice President of Operations for eight seasons before becoming general manager in 2004, White's last with the Rattlers. While overseeing day-to-day football operations, Nudo helped the Rattlers earn five consecutive commissioner awards for the AFL's "Best Organization" (1996-2000) while earning and unprecendented three "Executive of the Year" awards in 1997, 1999, and 2000. Considered one of the pioneers of the AFL, Nudo coached the first-ever Arena Football games in Rockford, Ill. (1986) as well as its "Showcase Game" in Rosemont, Ill. (1987). In his 12 seasons, Nudo's franchises have competed in five ArenaBowls, including a victory with White in 1997.

RECENT ROSTER MOVES
Date Action
Feb. 7 Awarded OL/DL Ernest Grant (Georgia) and OL/DL Sean Guthrie (Orlando) from waivers. Placed WR/LB Sale Key on the IR. Waived WR/DB Erin Damond.
Feb. 9 Signed WR/DB Justin Taplin. Activated WR/LB Ryan Dennard from the IR. Placed OL/DL Ernest Grant and OL/DL Sean Guthrie on the Refused to Report List.
Feb. 10 Placed OL/DL Jason Andersen on the IR.
Feb. 16 Signed DS Sullivan Beard. Awarded FB/LB Josh White (Austin) from waivers. Activated OL/DL Ernest Grant from the Refused to Report List. Activated and waived OL/DL Patrick Hughes. Placed DS Kevin Moffett on the IR.
Feb. 17 Traded FB/LB Josh White to Dallas for past considerations.
Feb. 20 Awarded OL/DL John Culp (Columbus) from waivers. Activated OL/DL Jason Andersen and placed him on recallable waivers.
Feb. 21 Released FB/LB Jermaine Younger.
Mar. 15 Placed QB Joe Germaine on the IR. Activated QB Tali Ena from the practice squad.
Mar. 22 Traded OL/DL Bryan Henderson to Kansas City for OL/DL Aaron Hamilton and OL/DL Matt Walls. Released OL/DL Bernard Holsey and DS Sullivan Beard.
Mar. 23 Signed DS DaQu'an Davis to the practice squad.

INJURY REPORT - League rules stipulate that players on IR must be inactive for at least two weeks. QB JOE GERMAINE and DS KEVIN MOFFETT are eligible to be activated to the active roster in time for Utah's April 7 game vs. Arizona. OL/DL GARRETT SMITH will be eligible to come off for the Los Angeles game on April 15.

Player Injury Status
Joe Germaine Right middle finger OUT (IR)
Garrett Smith Right ankle OUT (IR)
Kevin Moffett Hamstring OUT (IR)

MILESTONES:

CLIMBING THE CHARTS - Head coach DANNY WHITE picks up where he left off after a year absence from the AFL coaching ranks. The AFL Hall of Fame coach is currently No. 2 on the league's all-time coaches win list. Below is a list of the all-time winningest coaches:

ALL-TIME COACHING VICTORIES
Coach, Team Wins This Week
Tim Marcum, Tampa Bay 180 SAN JOSE
Danny White, Utah 144 ARIZONA
Mike Hohensee, Chicago 99 @ Philadelphia
Mike Dailey, Colorado 96 @ Grand Rapids
Perry Moss 86 --

* WR/DB ORSHAWANTE BRYANT needs five more touchdowns to reach 50 for his career. He only needs 77 more receiving yards to reach 3,000 in his career and 14 more receptions to reach 250 catches. Bryant also needs 9.0 more tackles to reach 150 in his career.

* OS SIAHA BURLEY only needs one more receiving touchdown to reach 150. Burley also needs 9 more yards to reach 6,500 career yards and only 138 kickoff return yards to reach 5,000 career return yards.

*QB JOE GERMAINE only needs 636 yards to reach 5,000 passing yards in his career. He only needs 18 more TDs to reach 100 in his career.

*WR/DB TOM PACE only needs 7 more TD receptions for 50 career total and 16 more receptions to total 200 for his career.

*RB/LB KEVIN CLEMENS only needs three more rushing touchdowns to reach 15 in his career.

NOTABLES:
SIA-HA RELIEF: OS SIAHA BURLEY leads the team with 84 catches for 1,212 yards and 28 TD receptions. Siaha also has 30 kickoff returns for 527 yards and 1,764 all-purpose yards (No. 2 in AFL). The 2005 AFLWA Offensive Player of the Year is hoping to establish some new expansion records in 2006. Burley, who had 117 receptions for 1,542 yards and a league-leading 45 touchdowns in 2005, is looking to re-write the books. The expansion records Burley is currently chasing are held by former Detroit Fury OS ROBERT GORDON who tallied 125 receptions for 1,630 yards and 42 touchdowns in 2001. Burley is currently 2nd in the AFL (behind Colorado's DAMIEN HARRELL) with 84 catches, 1,212 yards, and 28 touchdowns for 168 points and 1,764 all-purpose yards... Burley is currently attempting to break several major AFL single-season receiving records and is on pace for 134 receptions (MARCUS NASH, Las Vegas, 2004 holds the record at 154), 1,939 yards (CALVIN SCHEXNAYDER, Arizona, 1998 holds the AFL record at 1,982 yards) and 45 touchdowns (five players are currently tied with 46)... Burley set the single-game expansion record for receiving yards with 259 yards, the second highest ever in any game, and tied the expansion single-game touchdown mark with 6 in Week 3 against New York at the Delta Center.

BURLEY VS. HISTORY REC YARDS TDS
2006 Current 84 1,212 28
AFL Rank 2nd 2nd 2nd
2006 Pace 134 1,939 45
Expansion Record 125 1,630 42
AFL Record 154 1,982 46

ARENA QB RATING: The debate has gone on for years in the AFL... Does the outdoor QB Rating really translate to the indoor game? In a game where possessions and completion percentage dictates whether you win or lose, we decided to come up with a different formula that puts more weight on "TD-INT ratio" and completion percentage and no emphasis on yardage. Here's how it works:

TD% = TDs divided by TDs + INT

ARENA QB FORMULA: Multiply the TD% by 2 and add the completion % and divide it all by 3.

Since the AFL is a different game, below is the current ranking of the top 10 QBs based on the rating system for AFL QBs:

QUARTERBACK COM% TDs INT TD % ARENA RATING
Aaron Garcia, NYD 77.1% 32 4 88.9% 84.9%
Clint Dolezel, DAL 68.2% 67 5 93.1% 84.8%
Matt D'Orazio, CHI 69.0% 38 3 92.7% 84.8%
Matt Nagy, GEO 70.9% 55 6 90.2% 83.7%
Joe Germaine, UTA 67.7% 37 5 88.1% 81.3%
Mark Grieb, SJS 65.9% 54 8 87.1% 80.0%
Sonny Cumbie, LAA 57.5% 30 3 90.9% 79.8%
Nick Browder, NYD 65.4% 20 3 87.0% 79.8%
Shane Stafford, TBS 64.1% 57 9 86.4% 78.9%
John Dutton, COL 61.8% 59 10 85.5% 77.6%

OH MY DARLING ‘CLEMEN'TIME: RB/LB KEVIN CLEMENS leads the team with seven rushing touchdowns, which also ties him for third place in the AFL. Clemens also leads the Blaze with 31 attempts and 52 yards.

THE ‘O' SHOW: WR/DB ORSHAWANTE BRYANT is second on the team with 61 catches for 727 yards and averages 72.7 yards per game. Bryant has been named Ironman of the Game for the Blaze twice this season, as he also contributes key plays on the defensive side.

LUCKY 1,300 - STEVE VIDETICH became the AFL's all-time scoring leader for kickers (surpassing MIKE BLACK's 1,253) this season and currently has 1,326 points. Viditech made 5-6 PATs at Tampa Bay last weekend.

ALL-TIME CAREER SCORING (KICKING)
Rank Player Points
1. Steve Videtich, Utah 1,326
2. Remy Hamilton, Los Angeles 1,254
3. Mike Black 1,253
4. Clay Rush, Colorado 1,128
5. Steve McLaughlin 792

2006 LEAGUE TEAM RANKINGS
Category Blaze (Rank) Rattlers (Rank)
Scoring Offense 53.8 (5) 45.1 (16)
Scoring Defense 54.9 (t-16) 47.6 (7)
Total Offense 313.5 (4) 278.2 (13)
Total Defense 283.0 (8) 270.1 (5)
Pass Offense 301.5 (4) 268.8 (6)
Pass Defense 270.8 (10) 245.6 (4)
Rushing Offense 12.0 (t-15) 9.4 (18)
Rushing Defense 12.2 (2) 24.5 (16)
Interceptions 8 (t-14) 9 (t-9)
Kickoff Return Avg. 15.8 (14) 19.3 (3)
Def. KO Return Avg. 15.3 (3) 17.5 (10)
Turnover Margin -2 (t-13) -2 (t-13)
3rd Down Conversions 46.9% (t-8) 33.0% (18)
4th Down Conversions 52.6% (6) 38.1% (15)
Sacks By 7 (15) 10 (t-10)
Sacks Against 21 (16) 5 (t-5)

BLAZE LEADERS IN 2006
Player Category No.
Germaine, Joe Total Offense 2183
Germaine Completion Pct. 67.7
Germaine Pass TDs 37
Germaine Passer Rating 122.5
Germaine Passing Yards 2180
Germaine Pass Completions 172
Germaine Pass Yards/Game 311.4
Burley, Siaha Scoring 168
Burley Touchdowns 28
Burley Receptions 84
Burley Receiving Yards 1,212
Burley TD Receptions 28
Clemens, Kevin Rush TDs 7
Burley KO Returns 30
Burley KOR Yards 527
Burley All-Purpose Yards 1,764
Hunter, Kelvin Tackles 32.0
Hunter, Kelvin Interceptions 4
Clemens Sacks 2


STORYLINES:

HEY COACH! Blaze head coach DANNY WHITE is currently in four Halls of Fame (Arizona Sports, Arizona State University, College Football and Arena Football). He has 13 years of experience in the AFL and owns two ArenaBowl titles (1994 and 1997), while not having a losing season since 1992. But, did you know that the assistant coaching staff has a combined total of 33 years of Arena Football experience?

Offensive/Defensive Line coach, FLINT FLEMING, played in six ArenaBowls and has three titles (1990, 1992 and 1997) during his 16 years in Arena Football. He was also named to the AFL's 15th Anniversary Team. Offensive coordinator and future AFL Hall of Famer, HUNKIE COOPER, is the AFL's all-time all-purpose yards leader (20,587), two-time Ironman of the Year (1999-2000) and AFL MVP (1993) during his 13 years in the AFL. Assistant OL/DL coach, LINDSAY HASSELL, played four years with the Oklahoma (2000-01) and Arizona (2002-03).

Despite being in his first season of coaching Arena Football, assistant head coach/defensive coordinator, LEE LESLIE, brings 21 years of coaching experience, including 14 championship titles and a year of coaching in the NIFL (Utah Warriors).

HOME HEATS UP: The Utah Blaze currently are No. 3 in the Arena Football League in average attendance (15,367) and have drawn 76,837 fans in just five games. The Philadelphia Soul (15,714 average) and Kansas City (15,558) are the two teams ahead of the Blaze. The Blaze have recorded two sellouts (Dallas on Feb. 4 and San Jose on March 4.)

HOW THE WEST IS WON - Up until last season, the Western Division was won by either the DANNY WHITE-led Arizona Rattlers or the San Jose SaberCats. Last season, the Los Angeles Avengers captured their first division title. White's all-time regular season record against the Western Division is 42-22.

WEST IS BEST - The Western Division will be a tough test for the Blaze in 2006. In 2005, the San Jose SaberCats (59.1 points per game, No. 1 in the AFL), Los Angeles Avengers (53.8 PPG, No. 5), Arizona Rattlers (51.0 PPG, No. 10) and Las Vegas Gladiators (49.4 PPG, No. 12) were the leading offensive division in the AFL by combining for an average of 53.3 points per game.

BRYANT SHINES: WR/DB ORSHAWANTE BRYANT played his first four AFL seasons with the Rattlers where he amassed 175 receptions for 2,196 yards and 29 receiving TDs. Bryant had 7 receptions for 63 yards in the first meeting against his former team on Feb. 18.

MR. TD: OS SIAHA BURLEY played two seasons for Arizona and averaged 110 receptions, 1,372 yards 35 TDs per season. Burley led the Blaze with seven receptions for 140 yards and two touchdowns in his first meeting against his former team.

PLAYER NOTES:

QB JOE GERMAINE played his first two AFL seasons with Arizona completing 173 of 275 passes for 2,184 yards and 8 TDs. The former Rattler played well in his first career start against his former team on Feb. 18th completing 21-37 passes for 273 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

DS KELVIN HUNTER played for three seasons with the Arizona Rattlers, compiling 67.5 tackles and 12 pass breakups. Injuries did not allow Hunter to play against his former team in the earlier match-up

WR/LB TOM PACE played three seasons with the Arizona Rattlers before joining the Blaze this season. Pace caught 140 passes for 1688 yards and 32 TDs. He also scored four rushing touchdowns and threw two passing touchdowns in his only two pass attempts. Pace recorded an interception in his first game against his former team.

WR/DB JUSTIN TAPLIN recorded five yards in the contest against his former team the Arizona Rattlers. In Taplin's two prior seasons, as a member of the Rattlers, he recorded 20 receptions for 289 yards. He also caught seven touchdown passes.

During the Week 4 contest with the Arizona Rattlers, WR/DB JUSTIN SKAGGS recorded 19 receiving yards. In four Western Division games this season, Skaggs has nine receptions for 180 yards. Skaggs has two touchdowns in those four contests. Skaggs also finished second on the team with 4.0 tackles against the Rattlers

OS SIAHA BURLEY was a key part of the offense in the first meeting between the two teams. In the first game, Burley made seven receptions for 140 yards. He also scored two touchdowns in the game. Burley has been just as impressive against the rest of the Western Division where he has already surpassed the 500-yard mark. Burley has recorded at least two touchdowns in each of the Western Division contests.

WR/DB RYAN DENNARD's first game this season came in Week 4 when Dennard caught three passes for 25 yards. Dennard's only touchdown this season came the next week against another Western Division opponent the Los Angeles Avengers.

WR/LB TOM PACE played a critical role for the Blaze on the defensive side of the field. In the contest, Pace recorded two tackles while also intercepting a SHERDRICK BONNER pass.

WEEKLY PLAYERS OF THE GAME:

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Opponent Player
@ San Jose QB Joe Germaine, Utah
DALLAS OS Terrill Shaw, Dallas
NEW YORK QB Aaron Garcia, New York
@ Arizona OS Damien Groce, Arizona
@ Los Angeles QB Sonny Cumbie, Los Angeles
SAN JOSE QB Mark Grieb, San Jose
NASHVILLE FB/LB Chris Robinson, Utah
@ Grand Rapids QB Chad Salisbury, Grand Rapids
LAS VEGAS FB/LB Marlion Jackson, Las Vegas
@ Tampa Bay QB Shane Stafford, Tampa Bay
ARIZONA
LOS ANGELES
@ Colorado
@ Las Vegas
@ Chicago
KANSAS CITY

ADT DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Opponent Player
@ San Jose DS Kelvin Hunter, Utah
DALLAS DS Jermaine Jones, Dallas
NEW YORK DS DaShane Dennis, New York
@ Arizona DS Joe Todd, Arizona
@ Los Angeles DS Ricky Sharpe, Los Angeles
SAN JOSE DS Clevan Thomas, San Jose
NASHVILLE OL/DL Bryan Henderson, Utah
@ Grand Rapids WR/DB Josh Bush, Grand Rapids
LAS VEGAS DS T.J. Hill, Las Vegas
@ Tampa Bay DS Tramain Jones, Tampa Bay
ARIZONA
LOS ANGELES
@ Colorado
@ Las Vegas
@ Chicago
KANSAS CITY

IRONMAN OF THE GAME:
Opponent Player
@ San Jose WR/DB Orshawante Bryant, Utah
DALLAS WR/DB Will Pettis, Dallas
NEW YORK WR/LB Mike Horacek, New York
@ Arizona WR/DB Randy Gatewood, Arizona
@ Los Angeles WR/LB Greg Hopkins, LA
SAN JOSE WR/LB James Roe, San Jose
NASHVILLE WR/DB Orshawante Bryant, Utah
@ Grand Rapids WR/DB Josh Bush, Grand Rapids
LAS VEGAS WR/DB Aleric Clark, Las Vegas
@ Tampa Bay OL/DL Jerrod Penright, Tampa Bay
ARIZONA
LOS ANGELES
@ Colorado
@ Las Vegas
@ Chicago
KANSAS CITY


THE BLAZE RECORD WHEN...:

Scoring Allowing
0 - 9 points 0-0 0-0
10-19 points 0-0 0-0
20-29 points 0-0 0-0
30-39 points 0-1 2-0
40-49 points 1-3 0-2
50-59 points 0-2 0-3
60-69 points 2-0 1-1
70-79 points 0-0 0-0
80+ points 0-1 0-1

GAMES DECIDED BLAZE COACH WHITE
by 7 or fewer points 2-4 44-26
by 3 or fewer points 2-3 20-13

Leading/Tied after the 1st 2-2 85-23
Trailing after the 1st 0-5 38-39

Leading/Tied at Half 2-2 98-22
Trailing at Half 0-5 25-40

Leading/Tied after the 3rd 3-0 108-16
Trailing after the 3rd 0-7 15-46

Lead/Tied Turnover Ratio 2-5 94-27
Trailed Turnover Ratio 1-2 30-35

Scoring More Than 10 3-7 124-62
Scoring More Than 20 3-7 124-61
Scoring More Than 30 3-7 122-54
Scoring More Than 40 3-7 116-34
Scoring More Than 50 2-3 88-17
Scoring More Than 60 2-1 36-4
Scoring More Than 70 0-1 11-1
Scoring More Than 80 0-1 3-1
Scoring More Than 90 0-0 0-0

Monday games 0-0 3-1
Wednesday games 0-0 1-0
Thursday games 0-1 6-3
Friday games 1-1 32-14
Saturday games 2-5 64-32
Sunday games 0-0 18-12

vs. West 2-3 42-22
vs. Central 1-1 27-10
vs. South 0-1 19-10
vs. East 0-2 21-10
2006 STANDINGS

AMERICAN CONFERENCE
Western Division
Team W L Pct PF PA
Arizona 5 5 .500 451 476
Las Vegas 5 5 .500 512 519
San Jose 4 6 .400 532 549
Utah 3 7 .300 538 549
Los Angeles 3 7 .300 489 575
Central Division
Team W L Pct PF PA
Colorado 7 3 .700 545 534
Nashville 6 4 .600 499 464
Chicago 4 6 .400 587 520
Grand Rapids 3 7 .300 458 524

NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Eastern Division
Team W L Pct PF PA
Dallas 8 2 .800 582 463
New York 6 4 .600 536 548
Columbus 5 5 .500 447 420
Philadelphia 5 5 .500 461 459
Southern Division
Team W L Pct PF PA
Austin 7 3 .700 511 453
Tampa Bay 6 4 .600 539 539
Georgia 6 4 .600 564 463
Orlando 6 4 .600 508 486
Kansas City 1 9 .100 397 514

WEEK 10 RESULTS

WEEK 10
(Home Team in Caps)

Austin 43, PHILADELPHIA 38
NEW YORK 48 Grand Rapids 24
TAMPA BAY 56, Utah 41
DALLAS 51, Columbus 30
Georgia 55, KANSAS CITY 47
COLORADO 77, Nashville 47
ORLANDO 55, Chicago 27
SAN JOSE 61, Arizona 49
LAS VEGAS 63, LOS ANGELES 49

WEEK 11
(All Times MDT)
Friday, April 7
San Jose at Tampa Bay, 5:30 p.m.
Arizona at Utah, 7 p.m. (FSN)

Saturday, April 8
Colorado at Grand Rapids, 5:30 p.m.
Nashville at Las Vegas, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 9
Dallas at New York, 11 a.m.
Chicago at Philadelphia, 11 a.m.
Los Angeles at Kansas City, 11 a.m.
Orlando at Columbus, 1 p.m.
Georgia at Austin, 2 p.m.

WEEK 12
Friday, April 14
New York at Columbus, 5 p.m.
Georgia at Orlando, 5:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at Nashville, 6 p.m.
Las Vegas at San Jose, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 15
Tampa Bay at Austin, 6 p.m.
Grand Rapids at Dallas, 7 p.m.
Los Angeles at Utah, 7 p.m. (FSN)
Chicago at Arizona, 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 16
Colorado at Kansas City, 11 a.m.

WEEK 13
Friday, April 21
Columbus at Philadelphia, 5 p.m.
Kansas City at Nashville, 6 p.m.
Utah at Colorado, 7 p.m. (FSN Rocky Mt.)
Saturday, April 22
Tampa Bay at Orlando, 5:30 p.m.
Dallas at Georgia, 5:30 p.m.
Austin at San Jose, 8:30 p.m.
New York at Los Angeles, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 23
Arizona at Grand Rapids, 12 p.m.
Las Vegas at Chicago, 2 p.m.

WEEK 14
Friday, April 28
Orlando at Colorado 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 29
Chicago at Georgia 5 p.m.
Philadelphia at New York 7 p.m.
Kansas City at Tampa Bay 5:30 p.m.
Nashville at Grand Rapids 6 p.m.
Columbus at Austin 6 p.m.
Arizona at Dallas 6 p.m.
San Jose at Los Angeles 8:30 p.m.
Utah at Las Vegas 8:30 p.m.

WEEK 15
Saturday, May 6
Georgia at New York 5 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Columbus 5 p.m.
Dallas at Philadelphia 5 p.m.
Orlando at Kansas City 6 p.m.
Utah at Chicago 6 p.m. (FSN)
Las Vegas at Arizona 8 p.m.
Nashville at Los Angeles 8:30 p.m.
Colorado at San Jose 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 7
Grand Rapids at Austin 1 p.m.

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