Friday, May 18, 2007

Moving Forward

Here is our weekly recap/preview of this week’s action for our former ‘Cat greats. Makes sure you support Casey Allen, Brandon Hazenberg, George Carter, Thomas Ford Jr., and Brett Elliott by trying to catch one of their games this year. They are always on the look out for ‘Cat gear in the crowd.

‘Yotes pass by the Burn

It was bound to happen. Our Boise Burn (4-2) finally lost their 2nd game of the year in a California shoot out to the Central Valley (Fresno, Ca) Coyotes 79-70. The ‘Yotes (3-3) scored TD’s in 12 of their 15 possessions. The Burn’s offense was no slouch either in putting up 70 points while QB Bart Hendricks tossed 9 TD’s in the game. The Beast caught 3 more TD's in bring Casey Allen’s total to 13 on the year. The Linfield product is leading the team in touchdowns.

“We feel good about practice this week” stated former ‘Cats All-American Brandon Hazenberg. Haze is looking for his d-backs to regroup in what you can consider a rival game for Boise. The Burn match up for the first time with the Spokane Shock (3-3) and due to the proximity of Boise to Spokane the players and fans are looking forward to growing quite the bitterness towards each other.

Kickoff is at 6pm (PST) at Boise’s Qwest Arena. 2003 Linfield grads Ray Lions (DB), Ryan Boatsman (LB), and Harrison Bertch (LB) will be at Qwest Arena taking in the action and cheering on their former teammates. In fact, all three could probably slip into a Burn uniform right now and crack some skulls.

Wild still winless but are “almost there”

Intense Football Leagues Alaska Wild (0-5) have yet to break the win column this year but with all of the off the field drama surrounding this franchise in their first year, it’s a half a miracle they are making some great strides on offense. The Wild lost last week in Texas to the Corpus Christi Hammerheads (4-1) by a score of 48-60. Former All-NWC Linfield running back, Thomas Ford Jr. (2004), lead the Wild for the second straight week in receiving yards with 5 catches for 74 yards. T.F.J. also scored his first TD’s of the year on a 10 yard catch and 1 yard run for the Wild.

The Wild are on the last leg of their brutal 5 week roadie as they pull into San Francisco Saturday night to try to avenge their week 1 loss to the Frisco Thunder (2-2).

Fever gets the chills

It probably wasn’t the return that former Linfield all-American George Carter (2004) was hoping for as his Tri-Cities Fever took a tough 29-18 loss to the Green Bay Blizzard. The AF2’s Fever had won three in a row before being dropped to .500 on the year at 3-3.

Carter had 2 catches on the night for 10 yards but look for George to start being more productive has he stats to develop a rhythm with Fever QB Brian Baker.

The Fever gets the pleasure of visiting The Bakersfield Blitz (4-2) this week. I hear there is nothing to do in Bakersfield except to Bowl at night.

The Butcher’s shop was closed

With the Rhein Fire (2-3) handing the bulk of reps over to The Cowboy, Brett Elliott could only be supportive on the sideline in the Fire’s 27-24 win over rival Frankfurt Galaxy (3-2).

Pickett did play decent going 15-20 for 179 yards and one TD toss. It had to help that PK Sam showed up for the first time this season. Sam was so excited about his 3rd quarter TD catch he ripped off his helmet to show the LTU arena crowd that it was in fact PK Sam that caught a TD and not someone who stole his uniform and was impersonating PK Sam. Most of the damage was caused by Galaxy QB, JT O'Sullivan in throwing two bad picks that would be returned to the Fire 1-yard line and one for touchdown in what would prove to be the main difference in a tight game.

At this point, unless The Cowboy really tanks it’s going to be a long rest of the season for Elliott. The Fire head over to Cologne to lock up with the 3-2 Centurions on Saturday night. Cologne pegged the Fire with a 14-6 loss in week 3 of the Europa season.


1 comment:

Downtown48 said...

Always good to read about former cats doing well and former Jesuit (Sacramento) guys (J.T. O'Sullivan) doing not so well! I'm learning I'll never be too old to hate Jesuit guys...sorry Chadwick, you get a pass though since you were Portland Jesuit guy. Though I'm sure some would argue that's just as bad.