Monthly Archives: April 2012
This week, the Force face the Rattlers after losing to the Orlando Predators by a field goal in the Week 7 contest in Orlando, Florida, with a final game score of 24-27. This was the first win for the Predators, making their record now 1-5. Meanwhile out West, the Rattlers crushed the San Antonio Talons (3-3) last week at home, 68-34. The Rattlers are now in a three-way tie to be first in the National Conference West Division, alongside the San Jose SaberCats and Utah Blaze. The Force are also in a three-way tie for the top position in the American Conference South Division, with the New Orleans VooDoo and Tampa Bay Storm.
This is only the third meeting between the two teams, with the Force securing two wins, one at home and one in Arizona. The two teams last played on March 3rd 2007 in Arizona. The Force managed to pull out a narrow victory, with a final game score of 69-65.
This week, the Force face the Predators after crushing the Chicago Rush 70-49 at home in Week 6. The win came after a devastating loss against the Philadelphia Soul in Week 5. If the Force manage to pull out another victory against the Predators in Orlando, the Predators will have yet to earn a win, and their record will fall to 0-6.
This will be the eighteenth contest between the two teams, with nine Force victories and eight wins for the Predators. The Force secured the last victory on June 25, 2011, with a final game score of 64-34.
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In addition to being an active member of the roster, FB Benji McDowell is in the midst of instructing his own fitness camp for high school age students in Suwanee, Georgia. For eight days, Benji taught critical techniques to help the young athletes unleash their full speed potential. McDowell also helped the students train and learn in a small group environment, improve their running efficiency, and taught them the drills and exercises that are crucial to building speed and enhancing their flexibility and mobility. The student athletes boosted their start efficiency through learning proper technique.
Benji has served as a personal trainer for the last three years and has offered his knowledge to high school and collegiate athletes in North Carolina,
Georgia and Alabama. At Lenoir Rhyne University, he was a three year starter, and for two years, he served as team captain of the football team. While attending Lenior Rhyne, he set multiple defensive records and became an All-American. McDowell graduated in the Spring of 2007.
McDowell draws from a myriad of experience, including competing at the collegiate and professional levels. McDowell also draws from the techniques
he learned during his combine preparation with NFL, and his time spent playing professionally in the CFL and AFL.
He has become familiar with success both as a three year AFL veteran with the Alabama Vipers, who won an Arena Cup and with his current team,
Georgia Force, who also reached the Championship game. All these experiences helped McDowell to successfully create camps and programs to develop
both young athletes and adults.
In the Week 5 contest against the competitive Philadelphia Soul, the Georgia Force fell to their competitors with a final game score of 92-42. In front of a boisterous crowd of Arena Football League fans, the two competitors battled it out in The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia.
Georgia Force QB RJ Archer had his first pass attempt of the game intercepted by Soul LB Joe Goosby for a touchdown, giving the visiting Soul an early 14-0 lead. A great kickoff return by offensive specialist CJ Johnson would give the Force the ball at midfield, where Archer and Johnson would go to work. Archer would find Johnson on fourth and four to set up a Force first and goal at the Soul six. Three plays later Archer hit an open Brandon McRae for a three yard touchdown. After a touchdown drive by the Soul, offensive specialist CJ Johnson would again give the Force great field position with a spectacular 42 yard kickoff return to end the first quarter.
Just one minute into the second quarter Archer would find Johnson again, this time for a five yard touchdown pass to get the Force back within a touchdown at 21-14. On their fourth possession of the game, Archer would again find Brandon McRae for another three yard touchdown to pull the Force within seven, 28-21. Unfortunately, the next possession for the hometown Force would end just like the first, as linebacker Melik Brown would intercept a pass thrown by Archer and return it for a Soul touchdown. Archer would again showcase his ability to put the past behind him on the next possession as he found McRae for an 18 yard gain on fourth down to set up his fourth touchdown pass of the half, a 15 yarder to CJ Johnson. However, the half would end with yet another Archer interception, this time, defensive back, Rawyshaun Kizer would take back an Archer pass 17 yards for a touchdown as time expired to give the visiting Soul a 56-28 lead.
Second half hopes were high as new quarterback Kevin Eakin looked to throw what was a 27 yard touchdown to Larry Shipp. However, Shipp was stripped from behind and Philadelphia was able to recover the fumble in the end zone. Two plays later Soul quarterback, Dan Raudabaugh would find wide receiver Tiger Jones for a 40 yard touchdown to give the Soul a 63-28 lead.
Eakin and the Force would again bounce back on their very next possession. On third and six, Eakin would find CJ Johnson on a post route to set up a Force first-and-goal from the Soul four yard line. Three plays later Shipp would atone for his earlier fumble and hall in a four yard touchdown pass from Eakin. However, the third quarter wouldn’t get any better as Kevin Eakin would fumble at the Force one yard line on their next possession. That fumble would allow Soul runningback Derrick Rose to score his second rushing touchdown in a 90 second span and give Philadelphia a 77-35 lead.
Despite the score, Eakin and the Force offense would come out with something to prove in the fourth quarter. Eakin would find a crossing CJ Johnson for 25 yards to set up a first-and-ten at the Soul 20. On the very next play, Eakin would hit Brandon McRae on a sideline go route for a 20 yard touchdown. McRae, originally looked like couldn’t haul in the pass but he was able to keep the ball off the ground and make a spectacular catch and his third touchdown reception of the day. Unfortunately, The Force wouldn’t be able to find the end-zone again as they would turn the ball over on downs on their final possession and lose to the Philadelphia Soul 92-42.
Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game: Dan Raudabaugh, Soul
Riddell Defensive Player of the Game: Joe Goosby, Soul
JLS Ironman of the Game: Derrick Ross, Soul
AFL Playmaker of the Game: Tiger Jones, Soul
Cutters Catch of the Game: Touchdown catch by Brandon McRae in the fourth quarter, Force
Spalding Highlight of the Game: Joe Goosby second interception, return for a touchdown, Soul
National Guard MVP: Joe Goosby, Soul
The Force will be home again this upcoming weekend, facing the Chicago Rush at the Arena on Gwinnett Center on Saturday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m.
On Saturday, April 7th at 7 p.m. the Georgia Force will take on the Philadelphia Soul in The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia. After coming off of a bye week, the Georgia Force have their work cut out for them with the Soul as their Week 5 competitor.
The team is hoping to continue the momentum of the win earned in Week 3 against the Jacksonville Sharks, the reigning ArenaBowl XXIV champions. The 69-41 Force victory was the first win against the Sharks in franchise history. A major contributor to the victory was WR Larry Shipp (5-10, 200, Tennessee Tech), and his performance did not go unnoticed. Shipp earned the Week 3 National Guard MVP from the Arena Football League for his stellar game against the Sharks. Shipp received 50 percent of the fans’ votes on ArenaFootball.com after tying a Georgia franchise record with six receiving touchdowns, including five in the first half, during the team’s Week 3 victory over Jacksonville. Shipp notched 12 catches for 144 yards in the victory against defending champs.
Other candidates for the award included Utah Blaze QB Tommy Grady and Chicago Rush WR Reggie Gray.
To reserve your single game tickets for the contest against the Soul on Saturday for as low as $10, please call the front office at 770.609.1300.