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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.

Youth Football Camp

On Friday morning, approximately thirty-three young football enthusiasts between the ages of six and thirteen participated in the official 2012 Georgia Force Youth Football Camp at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia. For four hours, the young Force fans learned the fundamentals of football from current Georgia Force coaches and players. The children worked on their offensive and defensive skills, enjoyed a lunch catered by Papa John’s, and received autographs signed by their favorite Force players!

The Force will be on the road this 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.

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.

Georgia Force @ Orlando Predators TONIGHT!

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.

Watch the game LIVE on Ustream by clicking here. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. EST. Go Force!

2012 Suwanee Beer Fest

Join the Georgia Force Cheerleaders and front office staff at the 2012 Suwanee Beer Fest this Saturday, March 31st from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Suwanee Town Center in scenic downtown Suwanee! From noon until 5 p.m., Bridget, Serita, Adonica and Maima will be pouring craft beer for festival attendees. Festival goers are also encouraged to stop by the Georgia Force tent to visit where they can enter a raffle for the chance to win tickets to an upcoming game!

About the Suwanee Beer Fest: Join us for a great afternoon of sampling over 120 beers, enjoying live music from local artists and eating great food at beautiful Town Center Park in the heart of Suwanee, Georgia.

A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to KINGDOM KIDS. Music starts at noon and runs until 5:00. Ages 21+ to drink and attend.

For just $35 advance purchase and $45 at the door, you’ll get a tasting glass and an awesome afternoon of beer tasting. See you there! For the safety of everyone at the festival, no infants, children, strollers, or pets will be permitted. Please plan accordingly.

For more information on the Suwanee Beer Fest, please click here.

The Deadline to Register for the 2012 Georgia Force JUNIOR Cheerleader Program is THIS Saturday!

The deadline to register your 5-16 year-old daughter for the 2012 Georgia Force Junior Cheerleader Program is THIS Saturday! Over the course of three workshops, she will learn an exciting dance routine from the 2012 Georgia Force Cheerleaders and hear positive and encouraging messages about self-esteem and physical fitness. There are no tryouts and all skill levels are accepted.

GFC Juniors will perform their fun dance routine at halftime of the June 9th, 2012 Georgia Force home game vs. the Jacksonville Sharks. The workshop dates are as follows:

Saturday, March 24th from 9am-12p at the Force Elite Gym in Snellville, GA (Learn routine, Get Fitted for Uniform & Parent Information Session)
Saturday, April 21st from 9am-12p at the Force Elite Gym in Snellville, GA (Review Routine, Receive Uniforms & Poms, and Pick Up Optional Items Ordered)
Saturday, June 2nd from 9am-11a at the Gwinnett Arena in Duluth, GA (Set Routine on Field with Poms, Parent Walk-thru of Arena Dropoff and Pickup Areas)

What’s Included: Jr. Cheerleaders Uniform (top, skirt and poms), an instructional DVD to assist with at-home practicing, a music CD and three (3) rehearsals taught by the 2012 Georgia Force Cheerleaders

For complete information and and opportunity to register online, please click here.

Force Coaches Hold 2012 Training Camp

This past Saturday marked an official beginning of the 2012 season for Georgia Force coaches and staff. As the last open try outs wrapped up around noon, the 2012 training camp promptly began. For two grueling weeks, potential Force players will compete for a position on the team under the direction of head coach Dean Cokinos. Assisting Cokinos are returning assistant coaches James Clark and Willie Gary. Joining Cokinos, Gary, and Clark for training camp are seasoned coaches Cosmo DeMatteo and Brenard Wilson.

Clark made a name for himself at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he was a four-year letterman on the football team’s offensive line and received First Team All-American honors in 2002. Most recently, Clark played for the Jacksonville Sharks (2010) where he helped lead his team to a division title. He also played for the Force from 2007 until 2008, where he started 26 games and participated in two Southern Division Championships. Prior to that, Clark spent 2006 with the Birmingham Steeldogs. Clark is entering his second year coaching with the Force.

Gary is also entering his second season coaching with the Force as the Defensive Backs and Special Teams Coach. He is beginning his eighth year in total with the team, after coaching and competing with the Force from 2003 through 2008. Gary gained NFL experience with the St. Louis Rams from 2001 to 2002, while competing as Safety and contributing to Special Teams. While attending the University of Kentucky on a full athletic scholarship, Gary earned Freshman All-American and Freshman All-SEC Conference honors.

A 2001 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Cosmo DeMatteo has joined the ranks of the Force coaching staff for the duration of the 2012 training camp. DeMatteo spent 2010 and 2011 as a Receivers Coach for the Toronto Argonauts. Prior to that, DeMatteo held the position as Assistant Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator and Director of Player Personnel for the Tennessee Valley Vipers from 2008 to 2009. Additionally, DeMatteo was the Wide Receiver and and Passing Game Coordinator Coach at the Baylor School during that time. Before coaching, played for the Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europe and the Wilkes-Barre Pioneers of the Arena 2 Football League in 2002. In 2004, DeMatteo was a Receiver for the New York Dragons of the AFL, before moving on to the Arizona Rattlers for the 2006 and 2007 seasons.

Also assisting with the 2012 training camp is 1977 Vanderbilt University graduate Brenard Wilson. Wilson held a position as Secondary Coach with the Nashville Cats from 1998 until 2007. Prior to that, he gained experience in the NFL as a Safety for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1979 until 1987, and then for the Atlanta Falcons in 1987. Wilson coached at Southeastern Missouri State University in 1989.

“We are fortunate to have this group of men working with our organization for the 2012 season,” stated Cokinos. “The experience and knowledge they bring to the team is invaluable to the development of our players.”

Flex Ticketing Now Available

The front office staff is pleased to announce that Flex Ticketing is now available to the public for all Georgia Force games for the 2012 Arena Football League season at The Arena at Gwinnett Center. Flex Ticketing is ideal for those that cannot commit to Season Tickets. Fans may purchase Flex tickets in packs of five or ten. There is no limit to how many Flex Tickets may be purchased. Flex Tickets can be redeemed for any game, and may be redeemed individually on a game by game basis, or all for a single game. Tickets can be purchased by calling the front office at 770.609.1300.

“We are offering Flex Tickets in an effort to provide versatile options for our fans,” stated team president Corey Remillard. “Our goal is to be flexible, affordable, and most of all, enjoyable.”

Head Coach Dean Cokinos Gears Up For Training Camp

With the March 12th opening game quickly approaching, the Georgia Force coaching staff has been diligently working to prepare for the 2012 Arena Football League season. Head Coach Dean Cokinos entered the off-season with a specific plan of evaluating and targeting players for the upcoming AFL season. With two try outs behind him and one slated for February 18th and a slew of recent signings, Cokinos, along with his coaching staff, are ready for the next challenge: training camp.

“As camp approaches, we are putting the finishing touches on logistics, the roster, and the staff,” stated Cokinos. “We are focusing on getting ready for the training camp with itineraries, scheduling, practice plans, playbooks, video coordination, physicals and things of that nature so when the first day of camp arrives, we can hit the ground running and let the players compete for a job.”

Cokinos is pleased with how the 2012 roster has come together thus far. “We are excited with the mixture of guys we have been able to sign to date, including returning Force players, AFL free agents, and other league free agents from the NFL and CFL collectively,” said Cokinos. “We targeted big, tough athletic players who love to play the game and compete on a daily basis.”

The AFL is a quarterback-driven league, and Cokinos believes the Force will be under excellent leadership with Darnell Kennedy returning and RJ Archers, who was recently assigned to the Force from Milwaukee. Overall, Cokinos believes that there is a lethal blend of size, speed, and strength on the roster. The last opportunity for potential players to compete for a spot on the team will be on February 18th at the Silverbacks Sports Center in Suwanee, Georgia. Information on the upcoming open try outs can be found on the Georgia Force website.

Single Game Tickets Now Available

As of Monday, February 13th, single game tickets for all Georgia Force games are now available to the public for the 2012 Arena Football League season at The Arena at Gwinnett Center. Ticket prices start as low as $10 for Upper Reserved (300 level) or Economy seats, and increase to $12 for Upper Box (200 level), $15 for Endzone seats, $30 for Sideline seats, $40 for Premium, and $100 for front row Fieldside seats. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the front office at 770.609.1300.

The Force will host nine home games during the regular season, with the home opener on Monday, March 12th versus the Cleveland Gladiators. Six of the home games will be held on Saturday nights at 7 p.m., and two will be held on Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m.

Georgia Force Home Game Schedule
Monday, March 12 Cleveland Gladiators 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 7 Philadelphia Soul 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 14 Chicago Rush 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 29 Arizona Rattlers 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 12 Tampa Bay Storm 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 2 New Orleans VooDoo 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 9 Jacksonville 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 1 Orlando Predators 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 14 Pittsburgh Power 7:00 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster here: http://www.ticketmaster.com/Georgia-Force-tickets/artist/822035?list_view=1

Force To Hold Final Open Try Outs on February 18th in Suwanee

The Force will hold the final open try out for the 2012 season on Saturday, February 18th beginning at 9 a.m. at the Silverbacks Sports Center in Suwanee, Georgia. The try outs will be held rain or shine. Kickers will not be evaluated at this try out.

Head Coach Dean Cokinos, along with his staff, will conduct the workout and evaluate the players.

“This is our final opportunity to evaluate potential candidates in an open forum,” stated Cokinos. “We are hopeful that we will find some additional talent.”

Tryouts will consist of 40-yard dash, short shuttle, individual drills, and one-on-ones. The cost of the tryout is $80. Pre-registration cost is $65. Payments must be cash only on the day of the try-outs. All pre-registration forms along with payment should be mailed to the address below. Pre-registration forms are now available on http://www.georgiaforce.com. The last day to pre-register is Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 at 5 p.m. Prospective players may email playerpersonnel@georgiaforce.com, or for additional information contact Brad Graham by calling 404.966.3180.

WHAT: Final Georgia Force Prospective Player Try Outs for the 2012 Arena Football Season

WHEN: Saturday, February 18th at 9 a.m.

WHERE: Silverbacks Sports Center
4285 Brogdon Exchange
Suwanee, GA 30024

Please send any game film and player bios to playerpersonnel@georgiaforce.com or by mail to the address below:
ATTN: Player Personnel
3120 Medlock Bridge Rd.
Building E Suite 260
Norcross, GA 30071