Las Vegas Locos Game Notes Week 8

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Contact: Jeff Mackel Las Vegas Locos PR 702-503-4832 jeff.mackel@ufl-football.com GAME 7: LOCOS HOST MOUNTAIN LIONS, AWAIT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME OPPONENT Game: 7 Sacramento at Las Vegas Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday, Nov. 6. 2010 Kickoff: 8:00 p.m. (PDT) TV: VERSUS Radio: KWWN (AM1100, FM98.9) 2010 Locos Schedule Date Opponent 9/18 FLORIDA 9/25 at Florida 10/8 OMAHA 10/15 at Sacramento 10/23 HARTFORD 10/28 at Omaha 11/6 SACRAMENTO 11/20 at Hartford 2010 UFL Standings Team W-L Las Vegas 5-1 Omaha 3-2
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  Contact: Jeff Mackel 702-503-4832Las Vegas Locos PR jeff.mackel@ufl-football.com  GAME 7: LOCOS HOST MOUNTAIN LIONS, AWAIT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME OPPONENT Game: 7Sacramento at Las VegasSam Boyd StadiumSaturday, Nov. 6. 2010Kickoff: 8:00 p.m. (PDT)TV: VERSUSRadio: KWWN (AM1100, FM98.9)2010 Locos ScheduleDate Opponent Time/Score9/18   FLORIDA   L, 27-20  9/25 at Florida W, 20-17 10/8 OMAHA W, 22-10 10/15 at Sacramento W, 26-3 10/23 HARTFORD W, 24-21(OT) 10/28   at Omaha   W, 24-10  11/6 SACRAMENTO 8 p.m. 11/20 at Hartford 12:30p.m.  2010 UFL StandingsTeam W-L Pct. Las Vegas 5-1 .833Omaha 3-2 .600Florida 2-3 .400Hartford 2-4 .333Sacramento 2-4 .333 This Week’s Games 11/5 Omaha at Florida 5:00 p.m.11/6 Sacramento at Las Vegas 8:00 p.m. Last Week’s Results Las Vegas 24, Omaha 10Hartford 27, Sacramento 26 Las Vegas Locos Public Relations Jeff Mackel, Director702-503-4832 jeff.mackel@ufl-football.com Andreas Kreutzer, Assistant Director702-355-4734andreas.kreutzer@ufl-football.com  THE GAME The Las Vegas Locomotives will face the Sacramento Mountain Lions for the thirdtime in franchise history after beating the Omaha Nighthawks 24-10 at JohnnyRosenblatt Stadium Thursday. The Locos have won five games in a row afterlosing the season opener to Florida and lead the league with a 5-1 record. LasVegas secured a berth in the UFL Championship game with their win and theMountain Lions’ loss to Hartford. Sacramento is coming off a 27-26 defeat at thehands of the Colonials and is desperate for a win to stay in the race for thechampionship. The Mountain Lions are tied for last place in the league with a 2-4record. Kickoff time at Sam Boyd Stadium Omaha is 8:00 p.m. (PDT). The gamewill be broadcast nationally on VERSUS . The Locos will also broadcast the gameon ESPN1100   (KWWN) . Mitch Moss will call the play-by-play and Douglas Marsh  will provide the color commentary. THE SERIES The teams face each other for the third time. The Mountain Lions srcinated asthe California Redwoods in the 2009 UFL Premiere Season and played their homegames in San Francisco and San Jose. They moved to Sacramento before the 2010campaign and are playing their games at Hornet Stadium. The Locos hold a 2-0lead in the all-time series, beating the California franchise twice last year. LasVegas’ first victory came in the UFL’s inaugural game in front of 18,187 fans atSam Boyd Stadium. Locos’ kicker Graham Gano scored the first ever UFL pointsand Las Vegas went on to win 30-17. The Locomotives won the second matchup16-10 in front of 4,312 games at Spartan Stadium. The Locos forced six turnoversin the first matchup of this season and beat the Mountain Lions 26-3. Series Results (Las Vegas leads 3-0) Oct. 8/09 at Las Vegas W, 30-17 Losman throws for 226 yds, 2 TDNov. 14/09 at Sacramento* W, 16-10 Fourth-quarter rally gives Locos the winOct. 15/10 at Sacramento W, 26-3 Locos force six turnovers, dominate on defense *game played at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, CA LAST TIME THEY PLAYED The Locos dominated on defense and forced six turnovers. They intercepted Daunte Culpepper four times and recovered two fumbles. Las Vegas opened thescoring on two Steve Hauschka field goals of 47 and 44 yards to take an early 6-0lead. Kicker Fabrizio Scaccia scored Sacramento’s only points of the night whenhe connected on a 41-yarder early in the second quarter. Hauschka made it 9-3before half. Locos running back Marcel Shipp found pay dirt from 5 yards out toblow the game wide open with 11:03 to play. Hauschka added another field goal,and cornerback Wale Dada returned an interception 58 yards to seal the Locos’26-3 victory. Las Vegas lost two players late in the game, when startingquarterback Tim Rattay ruptured his Achilles’ tendon and starting defensivetackle Ross Kolodziej sprained his foot.  LOCOS CLINCH BERTH IN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME The reigning champion Las Vegas Locos have clinched a return to the United Football League Championship Game as aresult of Week 7 UFL games played on Thursday and Saturday. The other four UFL teams remain alive in the race for theright to face Las Vegas in the 2010 UFL Championship Game to be played on Saturday, November 27 in Omaha, NE. TheLocos defeated the Omaha Nighthawks 24-10 on the road on October 28 to move to 5-1 atop the standings and the brink of a return to the Championship Game. Then on Saturday night, a dramatic last second field goal by Hartford Colonials kickerTaylor Mehlhaff earned a 27-26 win over the Sacramento Mountain Lions to ensure the Locos mathematically qualified forthe post season. Only the Omaha Nighthawks or Florida Tuskers can now match the five wins recorded by Las Vegas, butbecause those two teams play each other twice in the remaining three weeks of the UFL season, either a sweep or a splitseries will mean only one and not both can challenge the Locos’ five wins, rendering potential tiebreakers irrelevant. LOCOS AWAIT CHAMPIONSHIP OPPONENT While the Locos have clinched their spot in the Championship Game, the other four teams in the league face three weeks of “playoff games”. Only one win separates the Mountain Lions and Colonials from the second place Nighthawks, and everygame counts. The Omaha Nighthawks (3-2) have destiny in their own hands with three games to play and two victoriesneeded to qualify. The Florida Tuskers (2-3) also control their own destiny, but with three wins required to guaranteesetting up a repeat of the 2009 Championship Game. The Hartford Colonials (2-4) and Sacramento Mountain Lions (2-4)must seek to force a 4-4 tie for second place and also need help from the Tuskers and Nighthawks before the tiebreakerprocedure comes into play. Tiebreaker scenarios that have been suggested by fans voting at Fanhouse.com and arecurrently being considered by the UFL Competitions Committee will help determine which of the other four UFL teamsadvance to the big show. SAILING ALONGMarcel Shipp scored his fourth rushing touchdown in as many games when he ran for a score in the Locos’ 24-10 win overthe Omaha Nighthawks Thursday. He took a handoff from Drew Willy with 7:43 left in the game and scored from threeyards out to give the Locos a 17-10 lead at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium. HOBBS NAMED DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK For the fifth time this season a Locos defensive player earned league honors for his outstanding play. Linebacker BrandonMoore received the Defensive Player of the Week award in Week 1 after recording 10 total tackles and one sack. Defensiveend Eric Henderson earned league accolades for his effort in the Locos’ Week 3 victory over the Florida Tuskers. Hendersonfinished the game with two sacks for 18 yards and two solo tackles. Cornerback Isaiah Trufant gave the Locos their first leadin the team’s Week 4 victory over the Omaha Nighthawks, when he intercepted a Jeff Garcia pass and returned it 27 yardsfor a touchdown with 3:18 left in the second quarter. Trufant added a second interception later in the game that stalled apromising Nighthawks’ drive and received league honors. Safety Lewis Baker forced a fumble, recovered a fumble andcaught an interception in the Locos’ 26-3 victory over the Sacramento Mountain Lions, in which the Las Vegas forced a totalof six turnovers. Baker was named UFL Defensive Player of Week 5. Cornerback Kevin Hobbs is the latest Locomotive to winthe award after breaking up three passes, intercepting Garcia once and adding 2.5 tackles in Las Vegas 24-10 Week 7 victoryover the Nighthawks. Hobbs joined the Locos on October 10, and has made an immediate impact. In his first three UFLcontests, Hobbs has recorded six total tackles, a half-tackle for a loss, an interception and four pass breakups. FASSEL RETURNS FOR SECOND SEASON After winning the inaugural UFL championship with the Las Vegas Locos in 2009, head coach Jim Fassel returns for a secondyear with the team. Under his guidance, the Locos finished with a 5-2 record in the Premiere season and defeated theFlorida Tuskers 20-17 in the championship game.   As head coach of the New York Giants, Fassel resurrected the career of quarterback Kerry Collins and received acclaim for his playoff guarantee in the 2000 season, during which he led the Giantsto an improbable Super Bowl appearance. Fassel has a long record of offensive successes and has tutored other prominentquarterbacks including Phil Simms, Boomer Esiason, Jeff Hoestetler and John Elway. Prior to becoming the Giants headcoach, Fassel was the team’s offensive coordinator and served in the same capacity with the Arizona Cardinals, Denver  Broncos and Oakland Raiders. Fassel was also the offensive coordinator to the Baltimore Ravens for the 2004 and 2005seasons. He began his coaching career as an offensive coordinator at the University of Utah and Stanford University beforebeing elevated to head coach at Utah. Fassel took a break from coaching when he was hired as color commentator on NFLSunday Night Game broadcasts for the Westwood One Radio Network and also served as a color analyst on ESPN. Therecipient of numerous awards including the 2000 NFL Coach of the Year by the Sporting News, NJ Sports Writers Associationand the Victor Awards Pro Football Coach of the Year, Fassel has also been honored for his work off of the field. Hereceived the Catholic Big Brothers of the Year Award (1998), the Fresh Air Fund Man of the Year (1999) and the Long BeachState University Distinguished Alumnus Award (2001). SOONER THE BETTER With the addition of linebacker Teddy Lehman , the Las Vegas Locos now have five players on their roster that playedcollege for the Oklahoma Sooners. Lehman was with the Sooners from 2000-2003 and was named Big 12 Defensive Playerof the Year in his senior season. The other Locos that played for Oklahoma include defensive back Lewis Baker , linebacker Brandon Moore and offensive linemen Brandon Braxton and Brandon Walker . Moore and Lehman joined forces duringtheir time at Oklahoma and were part of a strong linebacker unit. EXPERIENCED LINEBACKING CORPS LEADS THE WAY FOR HUNGRY LOCOS DEFENSE The Locos defense is led by an experienced linebacker unit in the 2010 season. The three initially projected startinglinebackers combine for 16 years of NFL experience and Teddy Lehman adds five more years to the mix. Lehman and Brandon Moore anchored the Locos defense last year and this year Las Vegas adds another six years of NFL experience withLas Vegas native Ed Hartwell . Former Kansas City Chief and Cleveland Brown Kris Griffin is projected to start alongsideHartwell and Moore, and the addition of Lehman gives the Locos a lot of depth at the position. PLAYER NFL YEARS GAMES TOT-SOLO SACK FF INT Brandon Moore 6 (49ers) 88 244-176 15 5 1Ed Hartwell 6 (Ravens, Falcons) 77 400-277 7 5 1Teddy Lehman 5 (Lions, Bills) 45 150-105 1 2 2Kris Griffin 4 (Chiefs, Browns) 46 40-34 0 0 0 LOCOS ROSTER FEATURES NFL EXPERIENCE The Locos feature 25 players that have NFL experience. The team includes eight players that were drafted by NFL teams,with Teddy Lehman being the highest draft pick. He was picked up by the Detroit Lions as the 37 th overall selection in the2004 NFL draft. The Locos players average 3.8 years of NFL experience.   CONSISTENCY IS KEY With the addition of  DeDe Dorsey , the Las Vegas Locos are returning 30 players from the 2009 championship-winningcampaign. The returners include 16 players that recorded at least one start last season.  2010 LAS VEGAS LOCOS PRONOUNCIATION GUIDE Adrian AWASOM oh-WAH-some Danny BAUGHER BAH-ger EZRA Butler EZ-rah Ryan BOSCHETTI bah-SKETTI Jason CAPIZZI ca-PEA-zee WALE Dada WAH-lay JAMEEL Dowling  jah-MEEL COYE FRANCIES Coy FRAN-cees Steve HAUSCHKA HOW-shka Ross KOLOZIEJ collage-ee Russ MICHNA MICK-na RIGO Morales REE-go LAUVALE SAPE la-VAH-lay SAH-pay Dezmond SHERROD sure-ODD Albert TOEAINA toe-AY-na George WRIGHSTER RICE-ter
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