Feb. 13, 2001
San Francisco, Jim Skipper (First Year) - CAREER PROFESSIONAL
RECORD: 1-1 (.500)
Memphis, Kippy Brown (First Year) - CAREER PROFESSIONAL RECORD:
San Francisco's Jim Skipper and Kippy Brown of Memphis took
similar paths to their first opportunities as head coaches,
the Demons' head man just jumped at the chance a little earlier.
Skipper elected to begin his XFL experience at the moment
he cast his lot with the new professional league, but Brown
chose to finish his NFL duties before assuming the reins of
the Maniax. Skipper was coordinating the offense in general
and the running backs in particular for the 2000 season with
the NFL's New York Giants in training camp when he was tabbed
by the XFL. Brown saw the season to conclusion with the Green
Bay Packers and joined the Maniax in time for the January
training camp. Skipper departed the Giants' organization prior
to the start of the regular season. The only current member
of the Demons who was associated with Brown to any extent
last summer was cornerback Terrell Sutton, who took part in
the Packers' training camp before being released. Memphis
receiver Kevin Prentiss was in the New York Giants' training
camp last summer and worked with Skipper as a kick returner.
All San Francisco Demons' games will be carried on the Demons
Radio Network. The flagship station for the game broadcasts
is Clear Channel Communications, Inc., and 92 KSJO feeding
affiliate KABL-AM (960) in northern California. Jim Kozimor
of the Sacramento Kings Radio Network and former NFL safety
Merton Hanks will describe the action in Orlando. The pre-game
show will be carried on both KSJO and KABL. Clear Channel
has more than 900 radio stations around the world.
The Demons' second straight road contest has not been selected
as the primary NBC telecast. However, the network does do
cut-ins on the main broadcast (Los Angeles at Las Vegas) and
could switch to the San Francisco-Memphis contest in special
situations. Matt Vasgersian and Jerry Lawler will be the booth
announcers, Bruce Clark is the producer of the telecast and
Jeff Winn will direct.
Tuesday, February 13 - 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. CST, Southhaven,
Miss., HS(COACHES, PLAYERS AVAILABLE AFTER PRACTICE)
Wednesday, February 14 - 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Southhaven,
Miss., HS (COACHES, PLAYERS AVAILABLE AFTER PRACTICE)
Thursday, February 15 - 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Southhaven,
Miss., HS (COACHES, PLAYERS AVAILABLE AFTER PRACTICE)
Friday, February 16 - 10:45-11:45 a.m. EST, Liberty Bowl,
Orlando (COACHES, PLAYERS AVAILABLE AFTER PRACTICE)
Sunday, February 18 - NO PRACTICE, Travel Day Monday, February
19 - 1:00-1:30 p.m., Diablo Valley College (COACHES PLAYERS
AVAILABLE AFTER PRACTICE)
Tuesday, February 20 - NO PRACTICE, Players' Day Off Wednesday,
February 21 - TBA, Diablo Valley College (COACHES, PLAYERS
AVAILABLE AFTER PRACTICE)
The San Francisco Demons were forced to make several roster
moves early this week after the season-ending injury to tight
end Brian Roche, who was placed on injured reserve. San Francisco
picked up a third quarterback by claiming Oteman Sampson from
the player pool and assigning him to the practice roster.
Here is a rundown of Demons' recent roster moves:
1- 6: Traded C David Diaz-Infante to Las Vegas for OT Harvey
1-12: Waived K Ignacio Brache
1-18: Acquired WR Floyd Turner, WR Jimmy Cunningham and WR
J.T. Thomas, Placed WR Mike Adams, OT Ben Nichols and DT Barry
Mitchell on injured reserve 1-21: Waived CB Steve Johnson,
OT David Walden, LB Eric Quarles and DT Ken Talanoa; Placed
TE Sean Manuel and QB Kevin Feterik on injured reserve
1-27: Waived CB Derrick Gardner, LB Kevin Jefferson, LB Barrin
Simpson, CB Cordell Taylor, CB Lee Cole, WR Floyd Turner,
WR Darran Hall, WR Lee DeRamus, FB Ryan Christopherson and
DT Pene Talamaivao. Placed C Curtice Macfarlane and WR J.T.
Thomas on injured reserve; Designated RB Terry Battle, RB
Derek Brown, TE Joe Kavanaugh, LB Sam Manuel, OT Harvey Goins,
DT Albrey Battle and WR Tydus Winans for the practice squad
2- 2: Re-activated WR Calvin Schexnayder from the Failed to
Report list; Activated DT Albrey Battle from practice squad,
placed DT Emile Palmer on practice squad
2- 3: Claimed and activated K Mike Panasuk from player pool;
Waived K Frank Biancamano
2- 9: Activated WR Tydus Winans and OT Harvey Goins from the
practice squad, placed WR Brian Roberson and OT Josh Kobdish
on the practice roster
2-11: Claimed QB Oteman Sampson and placed him on the practice
roster; Placed TE Brian Roche on injured reserve; Activated
TE Joe Kavanaugh from practice squad.
The XFL's tidy 10-week schedule cycles to Week Three with
the next NBC telecast in Las Vegas Saturday night between
the Outlaws and the Los Angeles Xtreme. The San Francisco
contest at Memphis will kick off at the same time and be the
NBC No. 2 telecast. This week's games are the first when all
four are inter-division battles. The Western Division holds
a 3-1 advantage over the Eastern teams after two weeks of
the season. The upcoming slate:
Saturday, February 17
San Francisco at Memphis, 5:00 PT
Los Angeles at Las Vegas, 5:00 PT
Saturday, February 18
Chicago at Birmingham, 1:00 PT (TNN)
Orlando at New York-New Jersey, 4:00 PT (UPN)
Saturday, February 24
New York-New Jersey at Chicago, 5:00 PT (NBC1)
Birmingham at Orlando, 5:00 PT (NBC2)
Sunday, February 25
Las Vegas at San Francisco, 1:00 PT (TNN)
Memphis at Los Angeles, 4:00 PT (UPN)
San Francisco Demons 15, Los Angeles Xtreme 13, Sunday, February
4, Pacific Bell Park, San Francisco, Calif.
The Demons' defense controlled the proceeding throughout much
of the game against high-powered Los Angeles and the offense
and special teams closed the deal when given the opportunity.
San Francisco held Xtreme quarterback Tommy Maddox without
a pass completion for more than 20 minutes and the Demons'
signal caller Mike Pawlawski engineered a drive in the game's
final 3:55 for the victory.
San Francisco even overcame a quarterback sack in the closing
minutes to traverse 57 yards to put first-week kicker Mike
Panasuk in position to boot a 33-yard field goal as time expired.
Pawlawski completed 31 of 47 passes for 283 yards and both
Demons' touchdowns and receiver Brian Roberson caught 12 passes
for 127 yards.
Two members of the secondary authored the biggest defensive
plays: cornerback Dwayne Harper was credited with a sack when
he flicked the ball out of Maddox's hand in the first quarter
and cornerback Kevin Kaesviharn thwarted a fourth-quarter
Xtreme drive with an interception deep in Demons' ground.
DEMONS' RUSHERS: Jimmy Cunningham 1-27, Juan Johnson 2-20,
Mike Pawlawski 4-13, Vaughn Dunbar 10-10, James Hundon 1-5,
Brandin Young 1-2.
DEMONS' PASSERS: Mike Pawlawski 31-47-0, 288, 2TD
DEMONS' RECEIVERS: Brian Roberson 12-127, Calvin Schexnayder
4-59 1TD, James Hundon 3-28, Jimmy Cunningham 3-25, Vaughn
Dunbar 3-14, Juan Johnson 2-22, Brian Roche 2-7, Rich O'Donnell
1-3, Brandin Young 1-3.
Orlando Rage 26, San Francisco Demons 14, Saturday, February
10, Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Fla.
The Demons scored even earlier than they did in Week One,
methodically grinding out a 90-yard drive on their first possession.
Quarterback Mike Pawlawski was extremely effective most of
the night, but was brilliant on the opening march, hitting
nine of 10 passes en route to the end zone, capping the proceedings
with a five-yard toss to tight end Brian Roche.
San Francisco then relinquished 26 unanswered points to Orlando,
including two costly turnovers that prevented the Demons from
ever getting in position to content. After the Rage had forged
a 7-7 tie, Brandin Young was separated from the ball on the
ensuing kickoff and linebacker Omar Brown claimed the fumble
to give Orlando an advantage it would not relinquish. San
Francisco missed a chance to draw nearer in the third quarter
when Brown was deemed to have tugged away an apparent scoring
pass from receiver Calvin Schexnayder. Many, including the
television cameras, saw the play differently, so when the
Demons did travel 93 yards in the fourth quarter on the strength
of Pawlawski's arm, they only trimmed their deficit to 26-14.
Another San Francisco march later in the quarter expired at
Orlando's 14 and the Demons' fate was sealed. Pawlawski ended
with 294 yards through the air, connecting on 36 of 52 passes.
The tainted interception is his only pick in 99 attempts this
season. San Francisco finished with 359 yards total offense
and shackled the Rage's offense in the final xx minutes, holding
Orlando to just 29x yards. Jimmy (The Jet) Cunningham was
Pawlawski's favorite receiver with 10 catches for 95 yards,
taking the slack left by the absence of Brian Roberson, who
was sidelined with a buised foot.
DEMONS' RUSHERS: Vaughn Dunbar 6-25, Juan Johnson 8-24, Mike
DEMONS' PASSERS: Mike Pawlawski 36-52-1, 294, 2TD; Brandin
Young 1-1-0, 11.
DEMONS' RECEIVERS: Jimmy Cunningham 10-95, Tydus Winans 6-43,
James Hundon 5-51, Calvin Schexnayder 4-52, Juan Johnson 3-5,
Vaughn Dunbar 2-10, Brandin Young 1-15, Jamie Reader 1-6.
San Francisco sustained its first season-ending injury of
2001 when tight end Brian Roche sustained a torn left Achilles
tendon and will not play again this season. He is scheduled
to have surgery sometime this week in Houston. Wide receiver
Brian Roberson, who missed the Orlando contest with a strained
left foot, is expected to return to face Memphis this week.
Also on the injured reserve list for at least one more week
is center Curtice Macfarlane (knee) and tight end Sean Manuel
(knee). In addition, linebacker Sam Manuel, who has been on
the practice roster since the beginning of the season with
a sore back, still is questionable for this week.
After further review, the attendance at the XFL opener at
Pacific Bell Park was officially registered at 38,253 spectators,
the largest of the eight home crowds on the first two weekends
of the new league's play. All four venues reported crowds
of better than 30,000 on the first weekend and Los Angeles
and New York-New Jersey reported strong starts to their home
seasons as well in the second weekend. The Demons will have
a base of more than 25,000 tickets with which to build its
final four home crowds, including a three-game homestand against
Las Vegas (2-25), Birmingham (3-3) and New York-New Jersey
(3-11). San Francisco's final home game before Pac Bell is
converted back to baseball is Mar. 24 against Memphis.
As Jesse Ventura so eloquently put it to open the first NBC
telecast two weeks ago, the players have been working for
three months for just expenses, now they get paid for real
and are compensated more by winning. The official bonus structure
has been set, each active member (38) of the winning team
today will earn an equal share of $100,000 (approximately
$2,631). For the future, the winning squad in the first playoff
games receives $7,500 and the losing team gets $5,000. In
The Big Game at the End, the victorious team is paid $25,000
per player and the vanquished collect a $5,000 consolation
The Starter at Memphis (Games/Starts): Mike Pawlawski (2/2).
Mike Pawlawski had not played an outdoor football game with
11 players per side since 1993, but he's shown no signs of
unfamiliarity with his surroundings. Not only does Pawlawski
possess the arm proficiency to get the job done, but he's
hard to knock off his feet, pretty elusive for a 6-3 quarterback
and few are as compatible with an offense. He dumps, dinks
and zips passes; scrambles when necessary and is able to take
off an run in earnest. Early in the week prior to the season
opener, Pawlawski was selected as the Demons' starter in a
steamy battle for the job with another Cal graduate, Pat Barnes.
Pawlawski has played so well this season, Barnes has yet to
get a call. Pawlawski hit nine of 10 passes on San Francisco's
first touchdown drive at Orlando of 90 yards and engineered
a 93-yard march in the fourth period, hitting six of eight
passes in the process. He will be charged with an interception
on the play that Rage linebacker Omar Brown stole the ball
from San Francisco's Calvin Schexnayder at the end of a third-quarter
possession in the end zone where replays showed the play may
have been ruled a Demons' touchdown.
Mike has connected on 67 of 99 passes for 577 yards after
two weeks of the season. He operates San Francisco's offense
to near-perfection and all areas of the field and every Demons'
skill player is within his sights. Pawlawski has connected
with every back, tight end or receiver this season and a San
Francisco pass catcher has enjoyed a 10-catch game in both
games. He hit 36 of 52 passes for 294 yards at Orlando with
scoring tosses to tight end Brian Roche and back-up receiver
Jimmy Cunningham. Pawlawski leads the XFL in passing yards,
completions and accuracy after two weeks.
In Week One, Pawlawski retained his personal edge over the
Xtreme's Tommy Maddox by completing 31 of 47 passes, reading
the Los Angeles' defense expertly and extracting 288 yards
through the air and two scoring passes from the frenetic afternoon
of dodging, escaping and unloading the ball. He averaged just
9.3 yards per completion, but often made small gains or avoided
big losses out of some pretty dire circumstances. Pawlawski
found nine different receivers with his 31 on-target throws
and avoid interception although he was sacked three times.
Mike, in fact, hadn't played in an 11-man contests outdoors
since his days in the camp of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Subsequently,
Pawlawski has plied his trade in the Canadian Football League,
which puts 12 men on the field, and the Arena League, a game
contested by eight players per side.