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Week 14 Game Notes

June 29, 2010 - Arena Football League (AFL) - Utah Blaze News Release


THE QUICK FACTS:

Game: Utah Blaze (1-10) vs. Milwaukee Iron (7-5)

Date: Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Kickoff: 7 p.m. (MT)

Site: Maverik Center (9,888)

Officials: Referee: Steve Strimling; Umpire: Scott Campbell; Head Linesman: John Jenkins; Line Judge: Bart Longson; Back Judge: Clay Reynard

Internet TV: This week's game can be viewed live on Nifty TV. (www.niftytv.com/afl).

Radio: Utah's flagship station 1280 THE ZONE will broadcast the game live.

Coaches: Utah, Ron James 3rd AFL season; 0-4 regular season, 13-22 overall). Milwaukee, Bob Landsee (1st AFL season; 7-5 regular season, 7-5 overall).

OVERVIEW: The Blaze fell to their worst record in franchise history last week at the hands of the Iowa Barnstormers, 68-32. The Blaze look to pick up their second win of the season this week versus the Milwaukee Iron. Last week, the Iron were defeated at home 62-48 by the Spokane Shock.

THE SERIES: This marks the second match-up this season between the two teams after a nail-biter in Week Seven on the NFL Network. The Iron narrowly clinched the victory 56-55. This marks the first meeting between Blaze head coach RON JAMES and Iron head Coach BOB LANDSEE.

NFL NETWORK SCHEDULE: The National Game of the Week will be showcasing the Tampa Bay Storm as they take on the Chicago Rush on Friday, July 2nd. The game will be on live at 6:00 PM Mountain Time and is available exclusively on the NFL Network.

WHAT'S AHEAD: The Blaze remain home next week for their final home game of the season versus the Jacksonville Sharks on Friday, July 10th with kickoff at 7 p.m. (MT). The Blaze will then hit the road for the remainder of the season with their first match-up against the division-rival Arizona Rattlers on Friday, July 16.

LAST WEEK:

BLAZE LOSE TO IOWA, 68-32

Utah returns Home for Final Two Home Games of the Season Next Week

SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah Blaze (1-10) fell to their worst record in franchise history at the hands of the Iowa Barnstormers (8-3) in front of 9,582 fans at Wells Fargo Arena Saturday night, 68-32.

Iowa started off the scoring for the evening with a 23-yard touchdown pass from QB Ryan Vena (6-1, 225, Colgate) to WR Jesse Schmidt (6-3, 220, Buena Vista). QB Brett Elliott (6-3, 210 Linfield) targeted WR Aaron Boone (6-3, 213, Kentucky) for their first touchdown of the night.

Boone was Elliott's main target for the evening, connecting on nine catches for 99 yards and three of the night's four touchdowns.

The Blaze were outscored by 23 points in the first half of play, entering the locker room 26-49 at halftime.

Iowa continued to dominate the Blaze in the second half of play, keeping the Blaze to one score.

Elliott connected on 24-of-39 passing for 229 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.

DB Patrick Body (6-2, 205, Toledo) led the defense with 6.0 total tackles.

THE COACHES:

Utah - Ron James, 3rd AFL season

0-4 (.000) 2010 reg. season; 13-22 (.371) overall

This season marks James's first official season with the Blaze franchise. On Wednesday, July 9, 2008, James was promoted to the head coaching position of the Blaze, replacing Danny White. Due to the hiatus of the AFL, James never officially logged a game as the head coach of the Blaze. Prior to his promotion, James completed his second season with the Blaze as the Defensive Coordinator and Director of Player Personnel and 11th season in the Arena Football League.

James was the Head Coach of the Las Vegas Gladiators (now Cleveland Gladiators) for two seasons (2005, 2006). In 2005, his team led the AFL in total offense and team defense, and set 14 new offensive and defensive team records. Prior to being named head coach of Las Vegas, James was the assistant head coach/OL/DL/Special Teams coach of the Gladiators for three seasons. Before joining the Gladiators, he was the line coach for the Houston ThunderBears and Director of Player Personnel from 1999-2001. He also was an assistant coach with the Albany Firebirds from 1990-91.

Milwaukee - Bob Landsee, 1st season

4-1 (.800) reg. season; 4-1 (.800) overall

0-0 career vs. Utah

Lansee enters his first season as head coach of the Milwaukee Iron. In 2009, Landsee took the Green Bay Blizzard of the af2 to the American Conference finals where they lost to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers by a score of 72-67. Landsee coached the Blizzard in 2008 and also from 2005 to 2006. In his five years as a head coach, Landsee has made the playoffs each year and has a combined record of 49-28, (46-28 with Green Bay, 3-1 with Milwaukee).

MAKING THEIR MARK

Despite having a rough start this season, several Blaze players are still ranked within the Top 10 of the AFL statistical leaders.

WR/DB BRANDON HAMPTON ranks second in the AFL in Kickoff Return yards with 1,368. He also ranks fourth in Kickoff Return Yards per attempt with 22.1 and tenth in all purpose yards with 1,513.

WR AARON BOONE ranks seventh in total scoring touchdowns (192) and in sixth in total scoring per game (17.5).

K BEN SCOTT ranks second in AFL field goals (0.500) and sixth in Total Field Goals (4).

MILESTONES:

*WR WENDALL WILLIAMS needs 17 catches to reach 150 career receptions. He also needs 66 yards to reach 1,500 in career yards.

*DB TOURE CARTER needs 4.0 total tackles to reach 100 career.

*WR AARON BOONE needs 19 touchdowns to reach 100 career.

*DB ANTONIO MALONE needs 10.0 total tackles to break the season franchise tackles record. Former Blaze DB EDDIE CANONICO currently holds the record with 81.5 from the 2008 season.

IRON PLAYERS TO WATCH:

QB CHRIS GREISEN - Greisen enters his fifth AFL season, first with the Iron, where he has completed 134-of-195 passes for 1,678 yards with 37 touchdowns so far this season. In 2008 with the Georgia Force, he posted 398 completions, 4,946 passing yards and 97 touchdowns. In 2007, Greisen earned first team All-Arena honors for his performance during the regular season and was named AFLWA Player of the Year wo. He also set AFL all-time highs in passing touchdowns (117) and completion percentage

WR NATE FORSE - Forse enters his first year with the Milwaukee Iron and in the AFL. He was a First-Team All-Confrence selection as a rookie with the Green Bay Blizzard of the af2. He amassed a team single0season receiving record in three different categories, averaging 117.2 receiver yards per game while also leading the team in scoring. In three post-season games he tallied 25 receptions for 335 yards and eight touchdowns. So far this season, Forse leads the Iron in receiving with 54 receptions for 768 yards and 14 touchdowns.

PLAYER TIES:

IRON DB CARLTON BROWN spent time with the Blaze during the 2008 season.

Current Blaze GM and AFL veteran K STEVE VIDETICH spent time in Milwaukee while the franchise was known as the Mustangs in 2000.

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