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Firecats eye 100th victory

July 11, 2009
Special to the Breeze,

The arenafootball2 (af2) Florida Firecats are looking for the 100th win in franchise history Saturday night when they take on the South Georgia Wildcats in Albany, Ga.

The Firecats would become only the fourth af2 team to reach that milestone.

"We have been blessed with great coaches, amazing players and tremendous fans," said Firecats President/General Manager Chris Vallozzi. "It's been exciting building a pro franchise here in Southwest Florida that has become one of the best in league history. It's something our fans can be proud of for many years to come."

Since their inception in 2001, the Firecats have a 99-57 all-time record, including playoffs. They have made the postseason in each of the last seven years. The 'Cats won the Arena Cup championship in 2004 and played for another title in '02. The Firecats also have won four divisional championships.

In the ten-year history of the af2, only four other teams have hit the century mark. Tulsa currently leads the way with 130 total wins followed by Quad Cities (109) and Tennessee Valley (101).

"Given our great rivalry with South Georgia over the years it would be fantastic to reach number 100 against them," said Firecats coach Kevin Bouis. "This game also carries playoff implications so there is a lot on the line."



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