Mark your calendars, Force fans, because you gotta bring Mom to this game (and note: it is the night before Mother’s Day). Saturday, May 12th is our Women of Inspiration Night. Get in some pre-Mom’s Day football action and fun as we take on the Tampa Bay Storm! Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
Call 770.609.1300 to reserve your tickets today!
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.
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.
Come out and watch the Georgia Force take on the Tampa Bay Storm this Friday with fellow Force fans at the Dave and Buster’s in Discover Mills! All Force fans will be eligible for a “buy $10 and get $10 for free” power card coupon- just mention that you are there to watch the Force! Kickoff is at 8 p.m. EST and will be aired on the NFL Network. See you there, and go Force!
What: Georgia Force vs. Tampa Bay Storm Viewing Party at Dave & Busters
Where: Dave & Buster’s – Discover Mills
5900 Sugarloaf Parkway
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
When: Friday, March 16th, kickoff at 8 p.m.
Teachers and Up To Three Guests Receive Complimentary Tickets to Opening Game Courtesy of The National Guard and Sports Medicine South
The Force has partnered with The National Guard and Sports Medicine South to provide all teachers and faculty members with a complimentary ticket for themselves and up to three guests for the opening game on Monday, March 12th at 7:30 p.m. With an ID card from any public or private school system, all teachers and faculty members are eligible for up to four complimentary tickets to the first game. Teachers and faculty members must call the Force front office by Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 to receive the complimentary tickets that may be redeemed at will call. Tickets cannot be redeemed the day of the game. Ticket availability and location will be given on a first come, first served basis.
“We have all had an educator that has made a lasting impression on us,” stated Team President Corey Remillard. “We are lucky to have generous partners like The National Guard and Sports Medicine South that allow us to show our appreciation for all of the teachers who are making a difference in our community.”
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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