XFL San Francisco Demons Press Release 14

Press Release 14
San Francisco Demons (1-1) vs. Memphis Maniax (1-1)  
Saturday, February 17, 2001, 5:00 p.m. PST
Liberty Bowl, Memphis, Tenn.

Feb. 13, 2001

San Francisco, Jim Skipper (First Year) - CAREER PROFESSIONAL RECORD: 1-1 (.500)

Memphis, Kippy Brown (First Year) - CAREER PROFESSIONAL RECORD: 1-1 (.500)

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 Goins
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 Pawlawski 2-12.
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 bonus.

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.


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