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Week 15: Saturday Night Matchups

July 3, 2009 - arenafootball2 (af2) News Release

AMARILLO DUSTERS (2-11) AT BOSSIER-SHREVEPORT BATTLEWINGS (7-5)

saturday, July 4, 2009 - CenturyTel Center (12,500) 6:00 P.M. ET

In the first of two Saturday games, Amarillo heads to the CenturyTel Center to take on the Bossier-Shreveport BattleWings for the second and final head-to-head matchup among the two clubs this season. Amarillo leads the series, 6-2, even after losing to the BattleWings three weeks ago in an overtime thriller, 79-77. Coming into this week with a three-game losing streak, two of which they lost by a mere point, the Dusters are hoping to turn their luck around. In last week's 55-54 home loss to Iowa, Amarillo came back strong in the third and fourth quarters, scoring 35 points, but it proved not to be enough to walk away with the win. QB JULIAN REESE, whose 2-point rush attempt to win the game in the last second failed, completed 27-of-43 passes for 279 yards. He also led the team in rushing yards and was responsible for seven of the eight Dusters touchdowns (4 passing, 3 rushing). WR DUVAUGHN FLAGLER took charge for the team's receiving numbers with 13 receptions for 147 yards and one touchdown, and helped his team defensively with two solo tackles. WR ALEX WATSON, who leads the league in yards per catch, also had a notable performance with four receptions for 48 yards, as well as two kickoff returns for 25 yards. On the defensive end, DB MYRON NEWBERRY, who commands the team with 66.5 tackles on the season, had 4.5 tackles (4 solo, 1 assisted). Despite their record, the Dusters are still mathematically alive in the playoff race. The No. 12-ranked BattleWings, who were tied with Rio Grande Valley in the Southwest Division, went on the road two weeks ago and defeated the Dorados, 59-56. The win clinched a trip to the 2009 postseason for the BattleWings. QB ANDRICO HINES tossed five touchdown passes (18-35-204) without an interception. WR P.J. BERRY, who individually ranks fourth in the league's all-purpose yards, had an outstanding showing with six catches for 84 yards and one touchdown, five kickoff returns for 81 yards, and a total of 168 all-purpose yards. Defensively, the BattleWings overpowered the Dorados with five tackles for a total loss of 38 yards, four sacks, seven breakups and one interception. DB PHILLIP GEIGGAR managed to gain eight solo tackles and DB MARVIN BYDSONG secured four solo tackles as well as the team's two sacks. As a team, Bossier-Shreveport boasts a high-scoring offense that ranks No. 5 overall in scoring offense at 60.7 points per game. In order to break the BattleWings of their three-game winning streak, the Dusters will need a big-game performance not just from their offense, but from their defense as well.

DUSTERS BATTLEWINGS SERIES LEADER Amarillo leads 6-2

LAST MEETING Bossier-Shreveport won 79-77 OT on 6/13/09

LAST FIVE GAMES 1-4 4-1

LAST GAME Lost vs. Iowa 54-55 on 6/27/09 Won at RG Valley 59-56 on 6/20/09

LEADERS DUSTERS BATTLEWINGS PASSING Reese: 93-150-4; 1297; 29 TDs Hines: 195-329-10; 2419; 59 TDs

RECEIVING Hair: 59-720; 12 TDs Berry: 66-964; 16 TDs

RUSHING Bassuener: 30-124; 5 TDs Schule: 75-457; 18 TDs

TACKLES Newberry: 66.5 Cola: 61.5

SACKS Williams: 2.5 Pittman: 6.0

INTERCEPTIONS King: 4 Cola: 6

KICKING Iizuka: 33-47 PAT; 4-18 FG; 45 PTs Carmody: 85-97 PAT; 5-13 FG; 100 PTs

TEAM OFFENSE 44.2 PPG; 258.5 YPG 60.7 PPG; 273.7 YPG

TEAM DEFENSE 57.5 PPG; 294.2 YPG 52.3 PPG; 327.2 YPG

SPOKANE SHOCK (12-0) AT IOWA BARNSTORMERS (8-4)

SATURDAY, JULY 4, 2009 - Wells Fargo Arena (8,403) 8:05 P.M. ET

The No. 1-ranked and undefeated Spokane Shock travel make their first-ever visit to Des Moines, Iowa to face off in a July 4th showdown against the No. 7-ranked Barnstormers. The Shock have held the top spot in the league coaches poll for a record 16 straight weeks. Spokane is coming off a 61-28 home win last week against the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz. It was the fifth time this season that the Shock have won by more than 30 points. Although the Yard Dawgz outscored the Shock in the first quarter of the game, Spokane was easily able to recover, managing to shut Oklahoma City out in the entire second half. QB NICK DAVILA, who completed 20-of-25 passes for 172 yards and three touchdowns, also led Spokane's rushing statistics with 20 yards and two touchdowns. WR RAUL VIJIL added seven receptions and two touchdowns. He leads the club with 89 receptions and 26 touchdowns on the season. Vijil also had three kickoff returns for 66 yards and one rushing touchdown during last week's matchup. Oklahoma City struggled to score points against Spokane's tough defensive line. DB SERGIO GILLIAM led the secondary with eight total tackles (7 solo, 2 assisted) and two interceptions, one of which he returned 22 yards for a touchdown. As a team the Shock rank No. 4 in scoring offense and No. 1 in scoring defense. The Barnstormers are coming off a narrow, 55-54, road win last week at Amarillo. Iowa DL CHARLES JOHNSON tackled Dusters QB JULIAN REESE in the backfield on a 2-point rush attempt in the final seconds to preserve the win for the Barnstormers. QB BRIAN VILLANUEVA was involved in seven of the team's eight touchdowns (4 passing, 3 rushing). He threw for 246 yards (17-of-32) and was tied for the No. 1 spot in rushing touchdowns in Week 14's weekly top performance list. The members of the receiving corps also played a key part in last week's victory. WR TIM DODGE had eight receptions for 123 yards with 211 all-purpose yards, 88 of which came from two kickoff returns. WR ERRICK MCCOWN had a team-best two TDs on five total receptions for 76 yards. Both receivers have over 1,000 yards receiving on the season. DB TOMMY ELLINGSWORTH forced the Dusters to work for their yards as he had 9.5 total tackles (8 solo, 3 assisted) and one interception. Iowa ranks sixth overall in scoring defense (48.4 ppg). This week the Shock should be treated to the largest crowd they've seen outside of Spokane. If the Barnstormers can score consistently against the strong Shock defense, this game could turn into a real barn-burner.

SHOCK BARNSTORMERS SERIES LEADER First-ever meeting

LAST MEETING First-ever meeting

LAST FIVE GAMES 5-0 4-1

LAST GAME Won vs. Okla. City 61-28 on 6/26/09 Won at Amarillo 55-54 on 6/27/09

LEADERS SHOCK BARNSTORMERS PASSING Davila: 243-346-4; 2761; 62 TDs Villanueva: 211-350-12; 2535; 44 TDs

RECEIVING Vijil: 89-1102; 26 TDs Dodge: 81-1001; 17 TDs

RUSHING Nikolao: 52-167; 7 TDs Payne: 30-102; 2 TDs

TACKLES Franks: 80.0 Varner: 92.0

SACKS McCombs: 13.0 Johnson: 7.0

INTERCEPTIONS McCullough: 8 Davis: 7

KICKING Jackson: 82-96 PAT; 7-9 FG; 103 PTs Glas: 75-88 PAT; 14-28 FGs; 117 PTs

TEAM OFFENSE 61.6 PPG; 292.2 YPG 54.9 PPG; 236.6 YPG

TEAM DEFENSE 34.8 PPG; 258.6 YPG 48.4 PPG; 312.8 YPG

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