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2007-04-27

Firecats 2007 1st Quarter Review

Firecats 2007 1st Quarter Review by Abby Stavich

Through the first four weeks of play, the Florida Firecats sat at the top of the arenafootball2 (af2) coaches’ poll. It is not surprising then, that seven of the Firecats’ players rank among the league’s top 10 in twelve different individual statistics categories.

Firecats wide receiver, Ethenic Sands, is third in the league in total scoring. After four games Sands has racked up 62 points by scoring 10 touchdowns and 1 2-point conversion. As a team, the Firecats are fourth overall with 186 points on the season.

Magic Benton, the leagues all-time leading receiver, leads the af2 in receptions and is fourth in receiving yards. Going into week five of the season, Benton has caught 35 passes for 428 yards. That is an average of 12.2 yards a reception and 107 yards per game. Magic has made tremendous contributions to the team, accounting for almost half of the 250 yards per game the Firecats average. That ranks Florida 10th in the league, ahead of 20 other teams in team passing offense.

Firecats’ kicker, Andy Eminger, is tied for 5th in the league in point after touchdown (PAT) kicks. Eminger has 20 PATs after four games connecting on 79.6% of his extra points. Andy’s statistics place the Firecats 10th in the league in PAT kicks.

Coming in at 8th in the af2 in kick returns is Firecats’ wide receiver Chris McKinney. McKinney has 10 returns on the season for a total of 214 yards and 1 touchdown, averaging 21.4 yards per return. Chris’s stats combine well with the 276.8 yards per game the Firecats’ average to place them 9th in the league in total offense.

DB Quincy Sorrell, the af2’s all-time leading tackler, currently sits 8th in the league in tackles with a total of 22.5 on the season, 18 unassisted and 9 assisted. Sorrell is a big part of the Firecats’ defense, which is 2nd in the league in total defense, allowing just 189.5 yards and 31.8 points per game from opponents.

The biggest impact players so far this season may be DB Levy Brown and QB Chris Wallace. Levy Brown is among the league leaders in 3 different categories. Brown is tied for 2nd in interceptions with 4 on the season, assisting the Firecats’ 2nd place team rating in turnovers. He is also tied for 6th in the af2 for passes defended with 9, contributing to the Firecats’ 5th ranked pass defense which has allowed only 168 yards per game. Most impressively Levy leads the league in tackles with 32 total stops, 26 unassisted and 12 assisted.

Chris Wallace also ranks among the leagues elite in three individual categories. Wallace is 9th among the af2 in passer ratings with a rating of 111.6. This rating also accounts for the 7th overall position of the Firecats team passer rating. He is tied for 6th in passing yards with 254.5 per game and 24 touchdowns on the season. Wallace ranks 2nd in the league in overall offensive yards by an individual accounting for 253 yards per game.

With statistics like this the season once again looks bright for the Firecats. The players will look to improve their individual and team statistics this week against the Tennessee Valley Vipers, with whom the Firecats have a bitter history. In their last face-off on April 14 Florida defeated the Vipers 61-34 in an intense, hard fought game. This week promises to continue the rivalry and bad blood between these South Division foes.