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GAME TEASER: vs Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz

Thursday, June 12th
GAME TEASER: vs Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz

The Matchup: Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz (2-8) at Boise Burn (5-5), Saturday night, Qwest Arena. Kickoff at 7:10.Last Week: Boise gave up 33 first-quarter points before battling back in a loss to undefeated Spokane (68-51). Oklahoma City was beaten by Corpus Christi, 44-26, picking up just 13 yards of total offense with three turnovers in the final quarter of play.In the Polls: Despite three straight losses, Boise remains ranked in the af2 Coaches Poll. The Burn sit at no. 14 in this week?s poll. The Yard Dawgz are unranked.Get to know: DB/KR Donta Bright. He?s among the af2 league leaders in all sorts of kick-return catagories and one of the Yard Dawgz? most potent weapons. He?s returned a missed field goal for a touchdown, three kickoffs for touchdowns, and is in the top ten in kick return average and kick return yards.Something has to give: Both the Burn and Yard Dawgz come into Saturday?s game riding three-game losing streaks.Defenses could reign supreme: Oklahoma City?s offense has been pretty spotty this year, even by af2 standards. The Yard Dawgz have only topped 40 points three times all year?winning two of those three games. On the flip side, they?ve been held under 30 points on four separate occasions, including their past two games. Statistically, Oklahoma City has the second-worst pass offense in the league (174 yards/game).In the record books: Even though it?s only the franchise?s second season, defensive back Terrence Sanders is having a year for the ages for the Burn. He has eight interceptions, which is tied with Sullivan Beard for team single-season and all-time interception marks and fourth in the league. He also has 205 return yards on those interceptions and 2 scores, both among af2 league leaders.Welcome to Boise: Just two days after signing with the team, former Montana wideout Eric Allen scored a pair of touchdowns in his Burn debut last Saturday against Spokane. OL George Yarno and LB Brad Stewart made their first Burn appearances last week, with Yarno going the distance at center for the team.Speaking of debuts? Saturday could mark the home debut of OL Richard Seals. The former NFL player started the Burn?s season-opener but injured his knee during the game. He?s been in town, rehabilitating the injury ever since. He has been cleared to play and could play in front of the home fans for the first time Saturday night.If the playoffs began today? Boise would be the 8th and final seed into the af2?s National Conference playoff tree. They?d face top-seeded (and undefeated) Spokane in the opening round. The other playoff teams?as it stands today?in order of their current playoff seed would be Tulsa (2), Corpus Christi (3), Lubbock (4), Arkansas (5), Central Valley (6), and Austin (7). Florida, who comes to Boise on July 12, is currently the top seed in the American Conference.On the Air: All Burn home games are televised live in the Treasure Valley on Cable One (Channel 17) and all games are broadcast live on KGEM (1140-AM) with Scott Conklin?who became a father for the second time on Tuesday with the birth of his son, Lucas?handling the play-by-play duties. The game is also streamed online at www.boiseburn.com

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