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Force Defeat The Orlando Predators 56-53

The Force pulled out a narrow victory against the Orlando Predators with a final game score of 56-53 in the Arena Football League’s Week 17 contest held at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia. 5,341 arena football fans escaped the scorching Georgia heat to watch the critical divisional match-up.

The game had a somewhat uneventful start, with the first score of the game not occurring until QB Bryant Moniz found WR CJ Johnson for a 28 yard touchdown pass with roughly 8 minutes left in the first quarter. On Orlando’s second drive, the Predators responded with a 6 yard field goal by K Mark Lewis. With only 22 seconds left in the first quarter, Moniz threw a 13 yard touchdown pass to WR Larry Shipp, pulling the Force lead up to 14-3.

The Preds pulled out the first score of the second quarter, with a 7 yard touchdown pass from QB Chris Leak to WR Jarvis Williams, narrowing the Georgia lead to 4 points. With 7 minutes left in the second, the Force pulled their ahead with a 9 yard touchdown from Moniz to WR Shay Hodge. Orlando responded with a 18 touchdown pass from Leak to WR Antoine Toliver. With 33 seconds left in the half, FB Benji McDowell rushed for a 2 yard touchdown, pulling the Force lead up to 28-17. With only 9 seconds left, the Predators managed a 13 yard touchdown pass from Leak to WR Glen Fox to close out the first half.

The first score of the second half came roughly four minutes into the third quarter with a 4 yard touchdown pass from Moniz to Hodge. With five minutes left in the third quarter, the Predators narrowed the Force lead with a 13 yard touchdown pass from Moniz to Fox. Shortly after, Orlando went for a 2 point conversion, and were quickly stopped by DB Robert Durham. To close out the third quarter, Moniz threw WR Mike Johnson a 3 yard touchdown pass, furthering the Force lead to 42-30.

To start off the fourth quarter, Leak threw a 3 yard touchdown pass to former Force player, FB Mykel Benson. Moniz quickly found Hodge, his favorite target of the night, for a 34 yard touchdown pass. With approximately 5 minutes left in the game, Orlando narrowed the Georgia lead to 49-46 with a 6 yard touchdown pass from Leak to Williams. With 1:10 left in the game, the Force managed a 23 yard touchdown pass from Moniz to Hodge. The Predators came out with a late surge with a 1 yard touchdown pass from Leak to Benson, making the contest a 3 point game with only 30 seconds left. The Force held on to their lead, however, defeating the Predators 56-53.

Riddell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game: Bryant Moniz, Georgia
Riddell Defensive Player of the Game: Robert Durham, Georgia
JLS Ironman of the Game: CJ Johnson, Georgia
AFL Playmaker of the Game:Shay Hodge, Georgia
Cutters Catch of the Game: Jarvis Williams’ 6 yard TD pass in the 4th quarter
Spalding Highlight of the Game: Hodge’s 4th quarter TD
National Guard MVP: Shay Hodge, Georgia

This Force have a bye in the Arena Football League’s Week 18. The Force will take on the Pittsburgh Power on July 14th at 7 p.m. EST at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia. The game will be televised live on WSB’s MeTV 2.2, channel 248 on Comcast and Charter channel 126. The game will also be streamed live on Ustream.

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Armed Forces Night THIS Sunday!

This Sunday, July 1st at The Arena at Gwinnett Center, join us for our Armed Forces Night honoring those who serve our country! Fans are encouraged to bring donations of diapers, baby wipes, and school supplies upon entry. All donations will be given directly to Operation Home Front. Stick around and watch the Force take on the Orlando Predators! Kickoff for the contest between the division rivals is set for 3 p.m.

To reserve your tickets, please call the front office at 770.609.1300.

Force Feel The Burn

The Utah Blaze outscored Georgia 21-3 in a decisive 2nd quarter on way to a 61-38 win over the Force Saturday night in an Arena Football League contest at the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, UT.

The Force took a 7-6 lead late in the first quarter on a 1-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Bryant Moniz to Michael Johnson. Utah bounced back with three touchdowns in the second quarter, while holding the Force to a field goal, to take a 27-10 lead at the half.

The Force was able to pull within ten points of Utah twice in the second half, the latest coming in the fourth quarter when Jeremy Grier scored on a 1-yard toss sweep to make the score 41-31, but that was as close as the Force (7-8) would come to catching the Blaze (10-5).

Force quarterback Bryant Moniz completed 27 of 47 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns. His top receiver was C.J. Johnson who caught 11 passes for 127 yards. Georgia’s top receiving threat, Larry Shipp, was held to only 2 catches for 9 yards and one touchdown.

Utah quarterback Tommy Grady completed 25 of 28 passes for 306 yards and 8 touchdowns. His final touchdown pass, with 14 seconds left in the game, marked his 118th touchdown pass of the season, a new AFL single-season record.

The Force return home next weekend to battle their division rivals the Orlando Predators (2-12) on Sunday, July 1st at 3:00pm ET at the The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, GA. The game will be televised locally on WSB’s MeTV 2.2 as well as streamed live on Ustream.

Weekly Report: Force Prepares For Utah Amidst Injuries

After falling to the Chicago Rush in Rosemont, Illinois this past weekend, the Force coaches and players are making the necessary adjustments to push for a successful next four games. These last four games against Utah, Orlando, Pittsburgh, and New Orleans are each critical match-ups for the Force; losing just one game could potentially put an end to Georgia’s run to the ArenaBowl XXV. Despite the loss to the Rush, the Force are currently in first place in the South Division, with the Jacksonville Sharks, New Orleans VooDoo, and Tampa Bay Storm all trailing closely behind at a tie for second place.

The Force were faced with a significant amount of injuries during the contest against the Rush on Saturday. On defense, DB’s Ahmad Hawkins and Marrio Norman were both forced to leave the game at different times. On offense, WR CJ Johnson had to leave the game in the third quarter, and QB RJ Archer dealt with an injury that forced him to miss two series. Despite the injury, Johnson was still able to earn the Spalding Highlight of the Week award from the Arena Football League for his 53 yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the second half of the game. On another positive note, QB Bryant Moniz was cleared from injured reserve at the end of last week and has been added back to the active roster. The coaches are now anxiously awaiting to hear the prognosis of Hawkins, CJ Johnson, Norman, and Mike Johnson from the team’s medical staff.

“The bottom line is that we now have a four game season and we control our own destiny,” explained head coach Dean Cokinos. “We have lacked continuity with the roster and have been very inconsistent throughout the year. We have had steady play and growth on defense, even with all the injuries in the secondary. However, this is arena football, and it is vital that our offense executes at a higher and more consistent level for the remainder of the season for
us to have a chance to compete for the division and the #2 play-off seed.”

The Force will remain on the road this weekend, facing the Utah Blaze on Saturday, June 23rd at 9 p.m. EST at the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. The showdown will be streamed live on Ustream.

Georgia Force Defeat The Jacksonville Sharks 56-39

The Force took a bite out of the Jacksonville Sharks with a final game score of 56-39 in the Arena Football League’s Week 14 contest held at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia. The game was played in front of 3,826 arena football fans.

The Sharks made a statement early in the game, with a 13 yard touchdown pass from QB Bernard Morris to WR Jamarcko Simmons. Roughly two minutes later, the Force responded with a 12 yard touchdown pass from QB RJ Archer to WR Larry Shipp. With 7:38 left in the first quarter, Morris found WR Bobby Sewall for a 17 yard touchdown pass. To close out the first quarter, Morris once again found Simmons for an 8 yard touchdown pass, giving them a 20-9 lead.

As the Force was looking to close the gap, Sharks DB LaRoche Jackson intercepted Archer’s pass and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown. Archer managed to find Shipp for a 12 yard touchdown pass with 4:55 left in the first quarter, narrowing the Sharks lead to 11 points.

Within minutes of the start of the second half, Archer completed a 5 yard touchdown pass to Shipp. A few minutes later, Morris found WR Jeron Harvey for a 5 yard touchdown pass, keeping them in the lead at 33-26. The Force once again narrowed the Sharks lead to only a point with a 7 yard run by FB Mykel Benson. The Force came up with a big safety when NG Kris Cooke sacked Bernard in the endzone at the end of the third quarter, giving Georgia the first lead of the night. After the Sharks forced the fumble, Morris hooked up with Simmons for a 1 yard touchdown. With approximately two minutes left in the game, Shipp rushed in a one yard touchdown. The Force kept the momentum going with a interception by LB Jeremy Grier, which was then returned for a 5 yard touchdown. On 4th & goal and 17 seconds left in the game, Shipp threw a 3 yard touchdown pass to WR Shay Hodge, giving the Force the final winning score of 56-39.

Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game: Larry Shipp, Georgia
Riddell Defensive Player of the Game: Jeremy Grier, Georgia
JLS Ironman of the Game: Terrance Smith, Jacksonville
AFL Playmaker of the Game: Larry Shipp, Georgia
Cutters Catch of the Game: Shipp to Hodge, 4th quarter touchdown
Spalding Highlight of the Game: Jeremy Grier pick six touchdown, Georgia
National Guard MVP: Larry Shipp, Georgia

The Force will be on the road next weekend, facing the Chicago Rush on Saturday, June 16th at 8 p.m. EST at the Allstate Arena Center in Rosemont, Illinois. The game will be streamed live on Ustream.

Force WR Brandon McRae Activated Off Of IR

WR Brandon McRae has been activated off of IR after starting WR CJ Johnson strained his hamstring in the contest against the New Orleans VooDoo on June 2nd. Before being placed on IR for a broken thumb, McRae accomplished 41 receptions for 361 yards resulting in 12 touchdowns in just seven games with the Force.

“CJ contibutes to the team in so many different ways,” stated head coach Dean Cokinos. “Losing him for this this game leaves a void to fill. We will count on Shipp and the young receivers (Jake Allen, Brandon McRae, and Shay Hodge) to pick up the slack.”

The Force will remain home this weekend, facing the Jacksonville Sharks on Saturday, June 9th at 7 p.m. EST at the The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia. When the Force met the Sharks earlier this season, they dominated the game, with a final score of 69-41. The Sharks will no doubt be looking for revenge and to keep their 3-game winning streak alive. The showdown will be streamed live on Ustream as well as televised on WSB’s MeTV 2.2, Comcast channel 248 and Charter channel 126.

The 2012 is in full-swing with an exciting, family-friendly slate of promotions and entertainment. For more information on how to reserve your single game tickets, please call the front office at 770.609.1300. For more information, please visit http://www.georgiaforce.com. Be sure to follow the Force Blog as well as Twitter and Facebook for all the latest updates.

Force Prepares For Final Six Game Push

With a critical divisional contest a mere few days away and the first place position in the South division wide open, the Georgia Force are making preparations for a final six game push. Due to the Force’s loss against the New Orleans VooDoo, the top spot in the South is within grasp for four out of five Southern teams. The Jacksonville Sharks currently hold the top position, with a 6-5 record. The Tampa Bay Storm and Force are tied at second, each with a 6-6 record. The VooDoo are still within reach at 5-6, and Orlando is in last place at 1-10.

The past few weeks have proven to be a tumultuous time for the Force roster. WR Brandon McRae was put on IR after breaking his thumb during the Arizona game. Shortly after, DL Louis Ellis and WR Mike Johnson were both moved to IR during the contest against Pittsburgh, for a MCL sprain and a high ankle sprain, respectively. The roster took a significant hit when DB Tracy Belton was put on injured reserve after ripping his groin during the Tampa Bay game. Starting QB RJ Archer was noticeably absent from the contest against Tampa Bay after accepting an invitation from the NFL’s Detroit Lions to attend their rookie mini-camp. Two weeks later, Archer tied the knot and was not able to participate in the game against the Kansas City Command. As a result, the Force coaching staff made a series of additions, including QB Bryant Moniz and DB Richard Torres, both out of Hawaii, DB Ahmad Hawkins, a former Force player, and WR Shay Hodge, a former Ole Miss star who has had stints with the San Francisco 49ers, the Washington Redskins, and the Cincinnati Bengals.

“The last four or five weeks have been challenging, with all of the sudden and unexpected changes occurring due to injuries along with RJ and Larry Shipp missing games for personal reasons,” explained head coach Dean Cokinos. The coaching staff also lost a valuable member when Willie Gary accepted a full time high school coaching job. Cokinos and his staff remain positive, though: “Many of the first-year AFL players on our roster have received an opportunity to develop and get valuable game experience. Also, we have won three of the last five division contests to keep us in the race; however, losing to New Orleans makes this week’s game against Jacksonville critical to our season and it is imperative that we get back on track,” stated Cokinos.

The Force will remain home this weekend, facing the Jacksonville Sharks on Saturday, June 9th at 7 p.m. EST at the The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia. When the Force met the Sharks earlier this season, they dominated the game, with a final score of 69-41. The Sharks will no doubt be looking for revenge and to keep their 3-game winning streak alive. The showdown will be streamed live on Ustream as well as televised on WSB’s MeTV 2.2, Comcast channel 248 and Charter channel 126.

Force Defeat Milwaukee Mustangs 58-55

The Force pulled out a narrow victory against the Milwaukee Mustangs with a final game score of 58-55 in the Arena Football League’s Week 11 contest held at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

On the opening kickoff, the Mustangs managed a bar ball. Two plays later, Milwaukee QB Gino Guidugli snuck in a touchdown, giving the Mustangs an early lead. The Force responded quickly, with a 50 yard kickoff return by WR CJ Johnson. On the first play from scrimmage, QB RJ Archer found Johnson for a 5 yard touchdown to Johnson, tying the game 7-7.

The game continued to clip along at a fast pace, with a 4 yard touchdown pass from Guidugli to Thurman for Milwaukee. The Mustangs kept up their momentum at the start of the second quarter. Off a turnover, the Mustangs drove down the field and a blown coverage by Force defense allowed a touchdown pass from Guidugli to Jenkins. After a big fourth down stop, Milwaukee drove down the field, and a two yard rush by FB Thom Clairborne pulled the Mustangs lead up to 28-7. The Force quickly responded with a 55 yard kickoff return by CJ Johnson, narrowing the Milwaukee lead to 15 points. On the ensuing kickoff, the Force got a bar ball, recovered by Force DB Roger Brown. Guidigli rushed for two yards, resulting in a touchdown, pulling Milwaukee up to a fourteen point lead with roughly four minutes left in the second quarter. The Force responded with a 49 yard touchdown pass from Archer to Johnson. The Mustangs ended the first half with a 26 yard touchdown pass from Guidugli to WR Andrae Thurman.

The Mustangs opened the second half with a 34 yard touchdown pass from Guidugli to Jenkins, pulling their lead up to 48-27. Archer managed to complete a pass to WR Larry Shipp, narrowing the Mustangs lead to 48-34 with 4:32 left in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Archer threw a 10 yard touchdown pass to WR Jake Allen, narrowing the score gap to 48-41. The Mustangs quickly fought back with a 25 yard touchdown pass from Guidugli to Thurman. The Force answered with a 25 yard touchdown pass from Archer to Shipp with 6:25 left in the game. On the ensuing kickoff, K Carlos Martinez nailed the perfect onside kick, recovered by WR/LB Jeremy Grier. A few plays later, FB Mykel Benson rushed in a two yard touchdown to tie up the game with 1:19 left. With 7 seconds left in the game, Martinez secured a 38 yard field-goal, securing another Force victory with a final game score of 58-55.

The Force will be on the road again next weekend, facing the Kansas City Command on Saturday, May 26th at 8 p.m. EST at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The game will be streamed live on Ustream.

Force Weather The Storm

The Force beat the Tampa Bay Storm with a final game score of 44-41 in a nail-biting contest held in The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia. The game was played in front of 3,859 arena football fans.

With starting QB RJ Archer in mini-camp with the Detroit Lions, Kevin Eakin stepped with no issues. He led the Force to 24 first half points by throwing touchdowns of 13 and 28 yards to receivers Jake Allen and Larry Shipp, respectively.

Fullback Mykel Benson showed off his bruising skills as he rumbled 3 yards for the Force first touchdown of the game to tie the score at 7. Linebacker Jeremy Grier then intercepted Storm starting Quarterback Stephen Wasil to set up a 20 yard field-goal by Carlos Martinez. The Force held on to a 10-7 lead heading into the second quarter.

The defense then turned it up a notch. On the Storm second possession of the second quarter, the Force defense forced a four and out. Two minutes later Eakin and Allen hooked up for a 13 yard touchdown. Defensive tackle Kris Cooke then became a major factor. Cooke ended the first half with three quarterback pressures and a sack. His last quarterback pressure led to the second interception by the Force, this time Tracy Belton managed to get his hands on it. With just over a minute left in the first half, Eakin found Shipp for a 28 yard touchdown reception and a 24-14 halftime lead.

The Force maintained a seven point lead entering the third quarter, 27-20 as only a 40 yard field goal by Force kicker Carlos Martinez and a 10 yard touchdown reception by Storm wide receiver Amarri Jackson were the only points scored in the quarter.

The ship did not sink tonight, as Larry Shipp took control in the final quarter. Shipp scored his second touchdown of the game on a reverse from two yards out to extend the lead back to 14 in the opening moments of the the fourth. With just under five minutes remaining and the lead down to seven, Shipp hauled in his third score. This time Eakin scrambled to his right
and threw a dart to Shipp in the back of the end-zone to extend the lead back to 14. After a Chandler Williams touchdown, Shipp again got his hands on the ball. Despite a late touchdown by Tampa Bay, the Force held onto win their only home game of May 44-41. With the win, the Force took over first place in the Southern Division.

Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game: Larry Shipp, Georgia
Riddell Defensive Player of the Game: Kris Cooke, Georgia
JLS Ironman of the Game: CJ Johnson, Georgia
AFL Playmaker of the Game: Tracy Belton, Georgia
Cutters Catch of the Game: Prechae Rodriguez catch off the net for the first touchdown of the game, Tampa Bay
Spalding Highlight of the Game: Jeremy Grier’s interception
National Guard MVP: Larry Shipp

The Force will be on the road next weekend, facing the Milwaukee Mustangs on Friday, May 18th at 8 p.m. EST at the Bradley Center Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The game will be streamed live on Ustream.

The Georgia Force managed to pull out a narrow victory against the Pittsburgh Power with a final game score of 55-52 in the Arena Football League’s Week 9 contest held in The Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh stopped Georgia on the first drive, and were able to secure a 7 point lead shortly after by QB PJ Berry. On the ensuing kickoff, FJ Johnson gave the Force good field position with a 25 yard return. On 3rd and 2, QB RJ Archer found WR Larry Shipp for a 16 yard touchdown. The Force managed to tie the score at 13-13 with a 3 yard touchdown pass from Archer to WR Mike Johnson at the end of the first quarter.

During the first play of the second quarter, WR Jeremy Grier forced a fumble. Two plays later, WR CJ Johnson scored an eight yard touchdown pass. WIth roughly 10 minutes left in the second quarter, the Power managed to gain a one point lead, 20-19. With roughly 4 and a half minutes left in the second quarter, the Force answered with a 5 yard touchdown grab by Shipp.

Pittsburgh struck first coming out of the half with a touchdown pass from Bryan Randall to Mike Washington. An interception return by the Power pulled the Pittsburgh lead up to 39-27. DB Tracy Belton secured a pick-6 with 3 and half minutes left in the third quarter. With only 3 and half minutes left the game, Archer was able to make a thirty five yard touchdown pass to pull the Force up 55-52.

The Force will return home next weekend, facing the Tampa Bay Storm on Saturday, May 12th at 7 p.m. EST at the The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia. The game will be televised on WSB MeTV 2.2 Atlanta, as well as streamed live on Ustream.