Week 15: Quick Hitters
July 2, 2008 - arenafootball2 (af2) News Release
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SHOCK RESUME TOP SPOT IN WEEK 15 COACHES POLL: The Spokane Shock have moved back into the No. 1 spot in the Week 15 Coaches Poll, the arenafootball2 (af2) league office announced on Wednesday. The Shock (12-1) collected 437 of a possible 448 points and 19-of-29 first place votes in securing the top position. Spokane clinched its third West Division title in as many seasons with a thrilling, 56-54, home win against rival Central Valley in Week 14. The Shock, who currently boast the league's best record, secured their third consecutive postseason berth with a win in Week 12. After a bye for the upcoming July 4th weekend, the team returns to action next Saturday at Stockton. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (11-2, 422 points, 8 first place votes) improved one spot this week to No. 2 overall thanks to a 59-56 come-from-behind road win at then No. 5 Florida. The Pioneers have a bye in Week 15 and play next Saturday at home against the Peoria Pirates. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has won 18 straight games at Wachovia Arena dating back to 2006. Tulsa (11-2, 378 points, 2 first place votes) slipped two spots to No. 3 after losing a 48-33 road decision to Amarillo. It was the Talons first game without starting QB Justin Allgood. Allgood injured his shoulder in a Week 13 win against Rio Grande Valley and will likely be out of action until the end of the regular season. The South Georgia Wildcats (9-4, 337 points) moved up two spots to No. 4 after the team's 62-41 road win at Daytona Beach. A new entry into the Top-5 this week is Arkansas. The Twisters (9-4, 317 points) jumped up three places from No. 8 to No. 5 on the strength of a 55-46 non-conference victory against the Iowa Barnstormers. Arkansas owns the league's longest current win streak at six games and counting.
GILLIAM TIES af2 INTERCEPTION RECORD: Spokane rookie DB SERGIO GILLIAM (6-2, 195, Clemson) tied the af2 record for most interceptions in a season with his 15th in the Shock's Week 14 home win against division rival Central Valley. The rookie from Clemson is now just one interception shy of surpassing former Tennessee Valley Viper standout KELLY SNELL and making the record all his own. Snell, who set the current league standard for most interceptions in a season (15) in 2003, is still involved in the game as the defensive coordinator for the Arkansas Twisters.
CHAVEZ, DAVILA, MORGAN AND VIJIL EARN WEEK 14 HONORS: Manchester wide receiver/linebacker BRADLY CHAVEZ, Spokane quarterback NICK DAVILA and Mahoning Valley defensive lineman ROYCE MORGAN have been named the JLS Ironman, Schutt Offensive Player and ADT Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, for Week 14 of the 2008 season. In addition to these three awards, the Cutters Catch of the Week Award for Week 14 goes to Spokane wide receiver RAUL VIJIL.
Chavez (6-2, 205, UAB) had a impressive all-around effort for Manchester in the team's 50-33 victory at home against East Division rival Albany. The third-year veteran from Alabama-Birmingham was a factor on both sides of the ball to help the Wolves win their sixth game and keep their 2008 playoff hopes alive. Chavez caught five passes for 72 yards and two touchdowns on offense. He also recorded two solo tackles and two fumble recoveries on defense, including a 20-yard fumble return touchdown to halt Albany's first drive of the night. Chavez's back-to-back scores helped give the Wolves an early 13-0 advantage. This is the second JLS Ironman honor of the season for Chavez. He also earned the award for his performance in Week 10. He currently leads the team in scoring (172 points), receptions (76) and receiving touchdowns (23) and ranks second in receiving yards (979). On the defensive side, Chavez leads the Wolves in fumble recoveries (3), ranks tied for second in interceptions (2) and is third in total tackles (29). Davila (6-3, 210, Cincinnati), in his first af2 season, had his best outing of the season for Spokane in the team's 56-54 Week 14 home win against division rival Central Valley. The victory clinched the Shock's third West Division title in as many seasons. Davila completed 34-of-50 passes (68 percent) for 367 yards with six touchdowns and just one interception. The Cincinnati alum's marks for completions, attempts and yards all set new personal and team single-game records. Davila's 34 pass completions was also the league's highest single-game total of 2008. He contributed two rushing touchdowns on the night as well. This is the first weekly league honor of Davila's career. In 10 games played (eight starts), Davila has thrown for 2,253 yards with 51 touchdowns against just seven interceptions. He currently ranks second in the af2 in completion percentage (68.2) and third in passer rating (120.4). Morgan (6-2, 265, Lafayette) was a menace on defense for Mahoning Valley in the team's 42-41 upset win at home in Week 14 against the Louisville Fire. The rookie defensive lineman from Lafayette was a force up front for the Thunder as the team captured its third win of the year. Morgan registered 5.0 total tackles (4 solo, 2 asst) overall, including 3.5 sacks and one pass breakup. Morgan's impressive individual effort also led to him setting two new Mahoning Valley team records in the victory, one for most sacks recorded in a game (3.5) and one for most sacks in a season (12). This is the first weekly af2 award of his career. Vijil (5-11, 185, Eastern Washington) earned the Catch of the Week Award for his amazing, seven-yard touchdown stab with :44 seconds to play in the second quarter of Spokane's 56-54 home win against division rival Central Valley. The fourth-year playmaker from Eastern Washington skyed high to pull down QB Nick Davila's scoring pass with one hand in the left corner of the end zone. Vijil's touchdown was one of four he scored on the night on 10 catches for 96 yards. He also contributed 115 kick return yards. Vijil has been one of the league's top players in 2008. He currently leads the af2 in scoring (222 points) and total touchdowns (37) and ranks tied for second in receiving touchdowns (31). Vijil also boasts team-high marks in receptions (98), receiving yards (1,082) and all-purpose yards (2,127).
INTERNATIONAL UPDATE: This season the af2 continues to maintain its strong international development program, which began in 2003. Currently the league has international athletes from 15 countries on team rosters. This past week (Week 14), 17 international players saw action around the league and seven players started for their respective teams (excluding kickers). Two players who stood out from the af2's international talent pool from Week 14 were Spokane FB/LB LEE FOLIAKI (Tonga) and Mahoning Valley DB RAY WILLIAMS (Jamaica). Foliaki earned the ADT Defensive Player of the Award in Spokane's 56-54 victory against Central Valley for his strong overall defensive effort. His contributions to the Shock cause included 5.5 tackles (4 solo, 3 asst), one tackle for loss and two fumble recoveries. Williams recorded 5.5 tackles (5 solo, 1 asst) in the Thunder's 42-41 upset victory at home against Louisville.
MAGIC RETURNS WITH A FLOURISH: Longtime league standout and Florida Firecats WR MAGIC BENTON had an impressive return to the af2 in Week 14. After seven full seasons, Benton took his time coming back in 2008, waiting 11 games. Last week, however, he showed no signs of age or rust by setting team season-highs in receptions (14), receiving yards (188) and receiving touchdowns (4) in Florida's 59-56 home loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Benton is currently the league's all-time leader in receptions (598), receiving yards (7,977) and receiving touchdowns (169) while ranking second overall in scoring (1,044) and total touchdowns (171). The veteran pass catcher is the only player to have played with the Firecats since their inaugural season in 2001, starting in Florida's first game.
CONDENSED SCHEDULE FOR JULY 4 WEEKEND: Week 15 (July 3-5) for the af2 features just three games on the schedule due to the July 4th holiday. This Thursday night the week gets underway with a South Division showdown between Florida and Daytona Beach. Rio Grande Valley plays at Bossier-Shreveport on the Fourth of July in a heated matchup of Southwest Division rivals that should see its share of fireworks. The week concludes on Saturday night in Fresno, Calif. with a West Division battle between state rivals Stockton and Central Valley.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Florida at Daytona Beach 7:00 p.m.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Rio Grande Valley at Bossier-Shreveport 6:05 p.m.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Stockton at Central Valley 10:00 p.m.
SIX ACTIVE COACHES AMONG ALL-TIME BEST: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Head Coach RICH INGOLD added another victory to his resume in Week 14. Already the league's all-time leader in career coaching wins, Ingold earned his 71st victory in 100 games (71-29 overall; .710) with the Pioneers' 59-56 win at Florida last Saturday. Ingold and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton have already clinched the team's second straight East Division title and fifth straight playoff berth. KEVIN BOUIS, in his fourth season as head coach of the Florida Firecats, is currently two wins shy of becoming the eighth coach in af2 history to reach 50 career coaching victories. He currently ranks eighth on the league's all-time win list with 48 career victories. Arkansas' CHRIS SIEGFRIED earned his 66th career victory this past week when the Twisters scored a 55-46 home win against Iowa. Austin's BEN BENNETT (63) became the third coach in league history to reach 60 wins with the Wranglers' 66-56 home victory against Amarillo in Week 10. Below is a breakdown of the leaders in career af2 coaching wins.
TOP ALL-TIME COACHING VICTORIES
1. Rich Ingold* 71
2. Chris Siegfried* 66
3. Ben Bennett* 63
4. Danton Barto* 55
5. Tommy Johnson* 54
6. Kevin Guy 52
7. Bobby Humphrey 51
8. Kevin Bouis* 48
* denotes active coaches
af2's ALL-TIME INTERCEPTION LEADER SETS NEW PERSONAL STANDARD: Veteran DB MATT FORBES, in his second year with the Louisville Fire and his sixth af2 campaign overall, set a new career high for interceptions in a season in the team's Week 10 road win at Lexington. Forbes had two picks against the Horsemen to up his season total to 10 overall. His previous season best for interceptions was nine which he set in back-to-back seasons (2004-05) as a member of the Quad City Steamwheelers. The former William Penn standout recorded his 13th interception last week at Mahoning Valley and now has an all-time league high 46 for his career. Forbes' 2008 total also ranks tied for second overall among the af2 leaders.
TALONS, PIONEERS CONTINUE IMPRESSIVE HOME STREAKS: The Tulsa Talons saw their team record for consecutive wins (16) come to an end in Week 10 with a 52-45 road loss at Bossier-Shreveport. The Talons run of 16 consecutive victories is the third longest in af2 history. Despite Tulsa's overall win steak coming to a close, the Talons have an impressive home win streak still in tact. With a 70-40 win against Lubbock in Week 11, Tulsa set a new team record for most consecutive home victories with 12. The Talons won again in Week 12 to run their streak to 13 wins in a row at the Tulsa Convention Center. The streak includes the first seven games of 2008 and the last six in 2007. With the Talons set to move to the BOK Center next year, the July 12 home game against the Arkansas Twisters will be their last scheduled regular season game at the Convention Center Arena.
As impressive as Tulsa's current home streak is, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has been even better at Wachovia Arena, winning 18 straight games dating back to 2006. The Pioneers current home win streak is the second longest in league history. The last time Wilkes-Barre/Scranton lost a home game was on July 8, 2006 when the Florida Firecats edged the Pioneers, 56-51. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's next opportunity to extend its current home win streak is in Week 16 when the Pioneers host Peoria on Saturday, July 12. Below is a chart detailing the most impressive win streaks in league history.
Most Consecutive Games Won, Regular Season & Playoffs
24 Quad City, 19 games in 2000; 5 games in 2001
17 Quad City, 13 games in 2001; 4 games in 2002
16 Tulsa, 8 games in 2007, 8 games in 2008
14 Rio Grande Valley, 14 games in 2007
14 Quad City, 14 games in 2003
14 Tennessee Valley, 14 games in 2003
13 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 13 games in 2007
Most Consecutive Home Games Won, Regular Season & Playoffs
25 Quad City, 11 games in 2000; 11 games in 2001; 3 games in 2002
18 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 1 game in 2006, 11 games in 2007, 6 games in 2008*
16 Richmond, 3 games in 2000; 9 games in 2001; 4 games in 2002
13 Tulsa, 6 games in 2007, 7 games in 2008*
11 Tulsa, 11 games in 2003
11 Birmingham, 6 games in 2001; 5 games in 2002
11 Albany, 3 games in 20002, 8 games in 2003
11 Green Bay, 2 games in 2006, 9 games in 2007
* Still active
HAGLUND NAMED AFL KICKER OF THE YEAR: This week San Jose SaberCats K A.J. HAGLUND, a former af2 standout with Oklahoma City (2005-06), was named the 2008 Kicker of the Year as voted by AFL head coaches, players, fans, and the AFL Writers Association. Haglund (5-8, 175, Central Oklahoma), who earned All-Arena First Team honors last week, led all kickers in scoring (179 points) while connecting on 21-of-25 (84.0 percent) field goal attempts and converting 116-of-124 extra-point attempts. He also registered 26 touchbacks and recorded 16.0 tackles. After signing with the SaberCats in 2007, Haglund was named to the AFL's All-Rookie Team. During the 16 regular season games of the 2007 season, he broke the AFL single-season extra point record with 128-of-138 PATs. While with the Yard Dawgz, Haglund was named the af2's New Balance Kicker of the Year in 2006. That year, he led all kickers in scoring with 146 points, a total that ranks third all-time for points by a kicker in a season. He also made 10 field goals, with five coming from 30 yards or longer. After missing a second quarter extra point in Week 6, Haglund connected on 69 straight extra points a streak that lasted 10 weeks until a third quarter extra point was blocked in Week 16. Haglund also had the best season for point after accuracy in af2 history, converting on 93.5 percent (116-of-124) of his point after attempts. The former Central Oklahoma Broncho also excelled on kickoffs, recording 23 touchbacks in 2006. Haglund spent part of the 2005 season with the Yard Dawgz as well.
HUNT HITS 1,000-POINT PLATEAU: Oklahoma City WR/DB AL HUNT had five touchdowns (2 - receiving, 3 - rushing) and 32 total points scored in Week 14 to become just the third player in af2 history to reach 1,000 points for his career. Hunt currently ranks third on the league's all-time scoring list with 1,018 points. WR GEORGE WILLIAMS, who earlier this season played with the Boise Burn, is the af2's all-time scoring leader with 1,084 career points. Florida WR MAGIC BENTON ranks second overall with 1,044 points. Iowa WR/LB KEVIN WILLIAMS (958 points) and JARRAIL JACKSON (914 points) round out the Top-5 on the all-time scoring chart. J.R. THOMAS reached the 800-point mark in a Week 8 road loss at Spokane. Below is a breakdown of the leading scorers in af2 history:
MOST POINTS SCORED, NON-KICKING, CAREER
PTS PLAYER YEARS PLAYED
1,084 George Williams 2001, 2003-present
1,044 Magic Benton 2001-2007
1,018 Al Hunt* 2003-present
958 Kevin Williams 2001-present
914 Jarrail Jackson* 2000-01, 2005-present
882 Jack Walker, Jr.* 2002-03, 2005-present
858 J.R. Thomas* 2004-present
* Active in 2008
WILLIAMS OWNS ALL-TIME TD RECORD: In addition to being the league's all-time leading scorer, WR GEORGE WILLIAMS is also the af2's all-time leader in total touchdowns with 179. Florida WR MAGIC BENTON ranks second with 171 career touchdowns. Benton is the career leader in receiving touchdowns, receptions and receiving yards.
Most Touchdowns, Career
179 George Williams
171 Magic Benton*
168 Al Hunt*
157 Kevin Williams
151 Jarrail Jackson*
* Active in 2008
Most Receiving Touchdowns, Career
169 Magic Benton*
144 George Williams
144 Al Hunt*
137 Jack Walker Jr.*
136 J.R. Thomas*
* Active in 2008
Most Receiving Yards, Career
7977 Magic Benton*
6588 George Williams
6412 Al Hunt*
6362 J.R. Thomas*
6279 Tim Dodge*
6013 Jarrail Jackson*
* Active in 2008
Most Pass Receptions, Career
598 Magic Benton*
500 Jack Walker, Jr.*
476 George Williams
475 Jarrail Jackson*
472 J.R. Thomas*
462 Al Hunt*
457 Tim Dodge*
* Active in 2008
VETERAN PASSERS TAKE AIM AT ALL-TIME MARKS: When Craig Strickland retired after the 2006 season, many of his league passing records seemed unattainable. This season, however, Florida's CHRIS WALLACE has the potential to move into the top spot of three all-time passing categories: yards, touchdowns and completions. With 218 yards passing in a Week 8 loss at Tennessee Valley, Wallace became just the second player in af2 history to reach 20,000 career passing yards. His current total now stands at 21,210. This week (Week 15) Wallace has a chance to overtake Strickland in career completions. He needs just 24 completions to tie and 25 to take the all-time lead. Below is a breakdown of the leaders in each category.
Most Touchdown Passes, Career
481 Craig Strickland
469 Chris Wallace*
377 Ryan Vena*
360 Matt Sauk
334 Chad Elliott
299 Josh Kellett
* Active in 2008
Most Passes Completed, Career
1736 Craig Strickland
1712 Chris Wallace*
1625 Chad Elliott
1546 Ryan Vena*
1494 Matt Sauk
1262 Josh Kellett
* Active in 2008
Most Passing Yards, Career
22688 Craig Strickland
21210 Chris Wallace*
18711 Ryan Vena*
18415 Chad Elliott
15262 Josh Kellett
* Active in 2008
IF THE SEASON ENDED TODAY - 2008 af2 PLAYOFF PICTURE: Sixteen teams qualify for the playoffs, eight from each conference (American and National). The eight qualifying teams in each conference consist of the three division champions and five Wild Cards, determined by best overall record. Seeding in each conference is based on overall record, with the top three seeds in each conference reserved for the division champions, regardless of record. In the First Round (August 1-3), the first three seeds in each conference are the three division winners. The next five teams are seeded by next best five overall records. Teams ranked 1-4 earn home playoff games with 1 hosting 8, 2 hosting 7, 3 hosting 6 and 4 hosting 5. In the Second Round (August 8-10), the winner of the 1-8 game plays the winner of the 4-5 game. The winner of the 2-7 game plays the winner of the 3-6 game. The home team is decided by the team with the higher seed. The winners of the Second Round will meet for the Conference Championships on the weekend of August 15-17. The team with the better overall record hosts the Conference Championship game. The winners of the Conference Championships face off in the 2008 ArenaCup on the weekend of August 22-24 at the venue of the participating team with the best overall record.
AMERICAN CONFERENCE STANDINGS
1. W-B/Scranton (11-2) - xy - East Division Champion
2. South Georgia (9-4) - Current South Division Leader - owns HTH advantage over GBB
3. Green Bay (9-4) - y - Current Midwest Division Leader
4. Florida (8-4)
5. Tennessee Valley (8-5) - Owns HTH advantage over LEX
6. Lexington (8-5)
7. Quad City (7-6) - Owns point differential in HTH games with LOU (92-83)
8. Louisville (7-6)
9. Manchester (6-7)
10. Peoria (4-9) - Owns better win % in common games over ALB and IAB (LEX)
11. Albany (4-9) - Owns better win % in common games over IAB (LEX, PEP)
12. Iowa (4-9)
13. Mahoning Valley (3-10)
14. Daytona Beach (2-11)
NATIONAL CONFERENCE STANDINGS
1. Spokane (12-1) - xy - West Division Champion
2. Tulsa (11-2) - y - Current Central Division Leader
3. Austin (7-6) - Current Southwest Division Leader - Owns HTH advantage over BSB
4. Arkansas (9-4)
5. Lubbock (8-5)
6. Central Valley (7-5)
7. Bossier-Shreveport (7-6) - Owns better win % in common games over BOI (CVC, OKC, TEX, TRI, TUL)
8. Boise (7-6)
9. Amarillo (6-7) - Owns better win % in common games over CCS (ARK, AUS, BSB, OKC, RGV)
10. Corpus Christi (6-7)
11. Rio Grande Valley (4-8)
12. Oklahoma City (4-9) - Owns better win % in common games over TRI (ARK, BOI, BSB)
13. Tri-Cities (4-9)
14. Stockton (3-10)
15. Texas (2-11)
x - clinched division; y - clinched playoff spot
*HTH = Head-to-head; SOS = Strength of schedule
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