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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.
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.
After nearly a month of fan voting, the Arena Football League announced the winners of “NET10 Dream Team” Monday afternoon.
“NET10 Dream Team” is composed of one dancer from each AFL team who will perform at ArenaBowl XXV. “NET10 Dream Team” will also make appearances during the ArenaBowl Championship Week.
Thirty-four dancers (two in each market) competed for a spot on “NET10 Dream Team.” Fans could vote on one dancer per team, once a day on ArenaFootball.com. The dancer with the most votes on each team was selected as a member of “NET10 Dream Team.” Macy was chosen as the Georgia representative, and will make the journey New Orleans to dance at the ArenaBowl XXV.
“After hearing the news of being selected to the Dream Team, I experienced a rush of nervous excitement,” explained Macy. “Cheerleading is one of my passions and I am very fortunate to represent a dynamic organization such as the Georgia Force. I look forward to the Net10 ArenaBowl and sharing this experience with both my teammates and my Force family. GO FORCE!”
“Of course, I am very excited for Macy to have this experience because it’s truly one of those once-in-a-lifetime moments that she will treasure for years to come,” stated Joie Ashworth, Director of the Georgia Force Cheerleaders. “Her Net10 AFL Dream Teammates are in for a treat too! Macy is a hard worker, a powerhouse dancer and her teammates love her sense of humor.”
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.
What do RJ Archer, Mykel Benson, Broderick Stewart, and Bruce McCaleb all have in common? All four Force players are back on their old stomping ground of Milwaukee, Wisconsin this week! The four players were all a part of the Milwaukee roster at some point during the team’s inaugural season.
The Force are taking on the Mustangs TONIGHT at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. EST. The game will be streamed LIVE on Ustream. If you’re tuning into the game, be sure to Tweet us using the hashtag #ForceVsMustangs!
Join fellow Force fanatics on a road trip to Jacksonville to support the team as they take on the Sharks at the Sea Best Field at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena this Saturday at 7 p.m.! Interested? Contact Sandy Harbinson at 904.284.0900 or by email at sandy.harbinson(at)BWJTB.com. The cost is $56/night. Tickets can be purchased in the visiting team section for $31 or $16 by calling the JAX Sharks ticket office at 904-621-0700. Ask to sit in the visiting team section.