2007 Chicago Rush season

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2007 Chicago Rush season
Head coach Mike Hohensee
Home field Allstate Arena
Results
Record 12–4
Division place 1st
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Avengers) 52–20
Lost Conference Championship (SaberCats 49–61
Timeline
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The 2007 Chicago Rush season was the seventh season for the franchise. They looked to win the ArenaBowl again after winning it in 2006 with a 7–9 record. They won the American Conference Central division with a 12–4 record and qualified for the playoffs as the #2 playoff seed in the American Conference, losing in the conference championship to the San Jose SaberCats.

Schedule[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Opponent Home/Away Game Result
1 March 4 Kansas City Brigade Away L 54–41
2 March 9 San Jose SaberCats Home W 48–45
3 March 18 New York Dragons Home W 61–40
4 March 24 Columbus Destroyers Away W 55–47
5 April 1 Los Angeles Avengers Home W 66–31
6 April 7 Nashville Kats Away W 66–54
7 Bye Week
8 April 21 Grand Rapids Rampage Away W 75–54
9 April 30 Philadelphia Soul Home W 54–43
10 May 7 Colorado Crush Home W 59–48
11 May 14 Dallas Desperados Away L 52–48
12 May 19 Nashville Kats Home L 44–27
13 May 26 Arizona Rattlers Away W 53–47
14 June 2 Los Angeles Avengers Away L 50–47
15 June 9 Grand Rapids Rampage Home W 55–32
16 June 18 Colorado Crush Away W 66–57
17 June 23 Kansas City Brigade Home W 48–21

Playoffs[edit]

Round Date Opponent Home/Away Game Result
AC Divisional March 4 Los Angeles Avengers Away W 52–20
AC Championship March 4 San Jose SaberCats Away L 61–49

Coaching[edit]

Mike Hohensee started his seventh season as head coach of the Rush.

Personnel moves[edit]

Acquired[edit]

Departures[edit]

2007 Roster[edit]

Uniform # Player Position Height Weight (lb)
23 DeJuan Alfonzo DS 6'0" 205
13 Kevin Beard WR 6'1" 192
88 D.J. Bleisath OL/DL 6'2" 280
94 Robert Boss OL/DL 6'5" 296
96 E.J. Burt OL/DL 6'2" 265
1 Woody Dantzler WR/DB 6'0" 205
10 Matt D'Orazio QB 6'4" 215
55 Curtis Eason OL/DL 6'2" 290
4 Dan Frantz K 6'1" 200
0 Pete McMahon OL 6'8" 330
44 Bob McMillen FB/LB 6'3" 260
85 Andy McCullough WR 6'4" 216
81 Ahmad Merritt WR 5'10" 195
8 Russ Michna QB 6'2" 220
66 Frank Moore OL/DL 6'2" 315
99 John Moyer OL/DL 6'3" 265
5 Nick Myers OL/DL 6'3" 285
20 Jonathan Ordway DB 5'10" 178
93 Joe Peters OL/DL 6'5" 275
21 Dennison Robinson WR/DB 6'0" 195
7 James Sadler WR/DB 6'0" 205
3 Russell Shaw WR/DB 5'10" 190
98 John Sikora OL/DL 6'4" 280
3 Bobby Sippio OS 6'3" 220
58 Khreem Smith OL/DL 6'4" 270
37 Jeremy Unertl WR/DB 6'2" 220
97 Demetrios Walker DL 6'3" 260

Stats[edit]

Offense[edit]

Passing[edit]

Player Comp. Att. Comp% Yards TD's INT's Long Rating
Matt D'Orazio 351 506 69.4 3789 82 10 48 122.4

Rushing[edit]

Player Car. Yards Avg. TD's Long
Matt D'Orazio 61 134 2.2 12 18
Bob McMillen 35 91 2.6 5 14
DeJuan Alfonzo 13 57 4.4 7 38
Rob Mager 5 27 5.4 2 11
Etu Molden 4 14 3.5 1 6
Bobby Sippio 4 11 2.8 0 8
Ahmad Merritt 4 8 2 0 4
Joe Peters 2 4 2 1 3
Russ Michna 3 3 1 1 2
Buchie Ibeh 1 −2 −2 0 −2

Receiving[edit]

Player Rec. Yards Avg. TD's Long
Bobby Sippio 125 1739 13.9 53 48
Etu Molden 81 977 12.1 13 44
Rob Mager 75 811 10.8 13 45
DeJuan Alfonzo 27 245 19.1 7 31
Ahmad Merritt 20 203 10.2 2 33
Bob McMillen 9 84 9.3 1 31
Buchie Ibeh 7 71 10.1 0 16
Kevin Beard 7 47 6.7 0 9
Robert Boss 2 19 9.5 2 14
Woody Dantzler 1 15 15 0 15
John Moyer 1 6 6 1 6

Touchdowns[edit]

Player TD's Rush Rec Ret Pts
Bobby Sippio 53 0 53 0 318
DeJuan Alfonzo 15 7 7 1 120
Etu Molden 15 2 13 0 90
Rob Mager 14 2 12 0 84
Matt D'Orazio 12 12 0 0 74
Bob McMillen 6 5 1 0 36
Jonathan Ordway 3 0 0 3 18
Robert Boss 2 0 2 0 14
Ahmad Merritt 2 0 2 0 12
John Moyer 1 0 1 0 12
Russ Michna 1 1 0 0 6
Joe Peters 1 1 0 0 6

Defense[edit]

Player Tackles Solo Assisted Sack Solo Assisted INT Yards TD's Long
Dennison Robinson 102 88 28 0 0 0 7 45 0 22
DeJuan Alfonzo 93 66 54 0 0 0 6 147 3 47
Jeremy Unertl 72.5 64 17 0 0 0 6 75 0 26
James Sadler 40 31 18 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Jonathan Ordway 39 35 8 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
D.J. Bleisath 32.5 24 17 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
John Moyer 30.5 19 23 3 3 0 1 39 1 39
Joe Peters 25.5 14 23 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
E.J. Burt 21.5 15 11 5 5 0 0 0 0 0
Curtis Eason 16.5 8 17 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Russell Shaw 14.5 12 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dan Frantz 12.5 11 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bob McMillen 5 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ahmad Merritt 5 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Etu Molden 5 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
John Sikora 4 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Robert Boss 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bobby Sippio 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Matt D'Orazio 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rob Mager 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Special Teams[edit]

Kick Return[edit]

Player Ret Yards TD's Long Avg Ret Yards TD's Long Avg
Jonathan Ordway 40 812 3 57 20.3 1 13 0 13 13
Russell Shaw 16 321 0 43 20.1 2 47 0 25 23.5
Etu Molden 12 126 0 16 10.5 0 0 0 0 0
Woody Dantzler 6 101 0 27 16.8 0 0 0 0 0
Rob Mager 3 46 0 16 15.3 0 0 0 0 0
DeJuan Alfonzo 4 35 0 19 8.8 2 20 1 12 10
Bobby Sippio 1 35 0 35 35 0 0 0 0 0
Bob McMillen 1 5 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 0
James Sadler 1 2 0 2 2 1 23 0 23 23
Ahmad Merritt 0 0 0 0 0 1 32 0 32 32
Dennison Robinson 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 24 12
John Sikora 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0

Kicking[edit]

Player Extra pt. Extra pt. Att. FG FGA Long Pct. Pts
Dan Frantz 104 115 11 27 56 0.407 137

Playoff Stats[edit]

Offense[edit]

Quarterback[edit]

Player Comp. Att. Comp% Yards TD's INT's

Running Backs[edit]

Player Car. Yards Avg. TD's Long

Wide Receivers[edit]

Player Rec. Yards Avg. TD's Long

Special Teams[edit]

Kick Return[edit]

Player Ret Yards Avg Long

Kicking[edit]

Player Extra pt. Extra pt. Att. FG FGA Long Pts

Regular season[edit]

Week 1: at Kansas City Brigade[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
CHI 13 6 7 15 41
KC 7 16 12 19 54

at Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Missouri

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Week 2: vs San Jose Sabercats[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
SJS 14 3 7 21 45
CHI 17 10 7 14 48

at Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois

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Week 3: vs New York Dragons[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
NYD 14 16 3 7 40
CHI 7 20 14 20 61

at Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois

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Week 4: at Columbus Destroyers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
CHI 14 24 7 10 55
CLB 14 14 6 13 47

at Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

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Week 5: vs Los Angeles Avengers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
LA 0 10 7 14 31
CHI 7 35 14 10 66

at Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois

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Week 6: at Nashville Kats[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
CHI 21 10 14 21 66
NSH 14 7 7 26 54

at Nashville Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

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Week 8: at Grand Rapids Rampage[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
CHI 7 20 20 28 75
GR 19 14 14 7 54

at Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Week 9: vs Philadelphia Soul[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
PHI 14 20 3 6 43
CHI 7 13 14 20 54

at Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois

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Week 10: vs Colorado Crush[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
COL 13 20 7 8 48
CHI 0 28 21 10 59

at Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois

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Week 11: at Dallas Desperados[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
CHI 7 14 6 21 48
DAL 14 17 7 14 52

at the American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

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Week 12: vs Nashville Kats[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
NSH 7 9 14 14 44
CHI 7 14 6 0 27

at Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois

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Week 13: at Arizona Rattlers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
CHI 3 21 14 15 53
ARI 14 0 13 20 47

at the US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona

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Week 14: at Los Angeles Avengers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
CHI 7 13 7 20 47
LA 9 21 7 13 50

at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

The Rush on defense prior to a play vs. the LA Avengers.

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Attendance: 13,142

Week 15: vs Grand Rapids Rampage[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
GR 0 17 0 15 32
CHI 14 34 0 7 55

at Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois

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Week 16: at Colorado Crush[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
CHI 7 28 10 21 66
COL 10 14 7 26 57

at the Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

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Week 17: vs Kansas City Brigade[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
KC 14 7 0 0 21
CHI 14 14 17 3 48

at Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois

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Playoffs[edit]

Round 2: vs (4) Los Angeles Avengers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
(4) LA 7 13 0 0 20
(2) CHI 10 21 7 14 52

at Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois

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Conference Championship: at (1) San Jose SaberCats[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
(2) CHI 7 7 14 21 49
(1) SJS 7 21 6 27 61

at HP Pavilion, San Jose, California

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