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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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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 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.