Originally created 07/31/00

Stallions look to repeat Carolina defeat



Now that the arenafootball2 regular season is over, the playoffs are finally set.

American Conference champion Augusta (13-3) will play host to No. 7 seed Carolina at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

The Stallions have the No. 2 seed, which means if they defeat the Rhinos (9-7), they will play host to the Tulsa-Tennessee Valley winner. If Tennessee Valley (10-6) wins, the game will be at the civic center Saturday night. If Tulsa (9-7) wins, the game will be played here Sunday night.

In other first-round action, No. 8 seed Pensacola (8-8) travels to undefeated No. 1 seed Quad City (16-0) on Wednesday night, while No. 5 seed Jacksonville (9-7) plays at No. 4 seed Norfolk (10-6).

If Augusta advances to the championship game and Quad City gets knocked off in one of the first two rounds, the Stallions would play host to the inaugural ArenaCup on Aug. 10 on The Nashville Network (TNN).

In their only meeting of the year, Augusta defeated Carolina 48-36 at the civic center. The Stallions have never played Tulsa or Tennessee Valley.

Every team will be gunning for Quad City, which became the first af2 team to end the season at 16-0. The Steamwheelers defeated Birmingham 67-37 on Friday night to cap their season.

In their only meeting, Augusta lost 62-50 at Quad City on May 6.

Stallions quarterback Aaron Sparrow reached the 4,000-yard passing mark on the nose when he tossed for 160 yards in Augusta's win over Charleston Friday night.

Any one interested in purchasing tickets for Augusta's first-round playoff game on Tuesday night can either go to the Civic Center box office or call the box office at 724-2400, ext. 357. Also, fans can call Ticketmaster or visit their web site at www.ticketmaster.com.

Richmond head coach Richard Davis was suspended for Friday night's game because of an altercation he had with an Augusta fan after the Stallions defeated the Speed 53-38 on July 21.

Davis appealed the suspension, but the league office rejected his appeal. The Speed were OK without him as they defeated Roanoke 52-20.

Reach Chris Gay at (706) 868-1222.