The structure and mission of AIF

Football is the most popular American pastime and important matches gather huge crowds at the stadiums hosting them. Whether they play the game themselves or simply watch it on TV, sports enthusiasts are following any news related to football, including minor leagues. Some of them act as launching pads for promising athletes, while others are reduced to an exciting hobby that keeps youngsters entertained and active. An increasingly popular type of football is the one played indoors, and there are already several organizations that host competitions and have even set up leagues of their own.

American Indoor Football Association

The American Indoor Football Association is one of the best organized ones, with a clear structure and mission, promising to make indoor football an affordable, fan friendly and competitive sport. The organization tries to keeps the costs low and that’s why they chose regionalized play instead of expanding at a fast pace. Even so, the organization shook hands with similar entities and two years ago the teams playing in the Southern and East area has merged. What resulted is a highly competitive minor league that has the potential of emerging into a National League in the foreseeable future.

There are two major divisions, one operating on the East Coast and one on the West Coast and the winner of a season is the one prevailing in the match between the best teams in both divisions. Indoor football is yet to achieve the same popularity of the game played outdoors but American Indoor Football Association laid a solid foundation. All of the games are played on regulation indoor size fields and comply with all the rules of the game so that the transition from amateur to professional football is made easy.

The organization has two distinct leagues, one being professional and the other developmental, with the former being the one gathering the best local teams. What makes AIF special is the fact that it looks after its players, despite the fact that they are not truly professional football players. They receive a comprehensive package, that includes meals, housing and wagers, giving them the impetus to perform.

The Developmental League is just like the name suggests a place where promising athletes and out of form players can work on their skills and prepare for advancing or returning to the next stage. The games are hosted by community recreation centers for smaller local arenas.

Central Coast Barnstormers join the PCFL!!

CCB-PCFL-PRESS-RELEASEThe Central Coast Barnstormers (Gilroy, CA), one of the longest running programs in northern California, have joined the Pacific Coast Football League (AAA)! Owners Joffre Longoria and Jose Rodriguez are excited about the opportunities the PCFL presents.

According to co-owner Jose Rodriguez, “The bottom line is Joffre and I do what is best for the Barnstormers and the best for the Barnstormers is the PCFL!  It will be great to renew the rivalry with some of the teams that forced us to get better! The Solano Chiefs were one of the powerhouses when we first started, and we have had we had many epic battles on the field with the Richmond War Angels who were the PCFL Champions this past season. The return of Charlie Ruiz and Fury is also something we’re excited about. Teams like the Fury are what made the CCB look at ourselves and say we need to get better as a whole organization if we are going to compete with them! We also look forward to teams we have not played like the Bears and Heat as well as the rest of the PCFL teams. Change is sometimes needed and we know we made the correct choice in coming to the PCFL!”

The Barnstormers new head coach is also a former Barnstormer head coach. Greg Garcia returns after a year off, and Jeff Parsley, the longest tenured Barnstormer coach has returned to help both ownership and coaching. Both guys are true Barnstormers and will assist Joffre Longoria in running the team.  The Barnstormers also welcome offensive coordinator Joey Eubanks to the coaching staff. Eubanks was the offensive coordinator of the now defunct Salinas Spartans during their league championship run.

About the Minor League Football Hall of Fame

MLFHOF-Logo-300x184Induction into The Minor League Football Hall is the highest honor presented by Minor League and Adult Amateur Football.  Nominees must be individuals of outstanding quality, high moral sportsmanship, outstanding leadership attributes and must be held in the highest regard by their fellow athletes, coaches and supporters of Minor League and Adult Amateur Football.

Minor League Football Hall of Fame Categories:

  • Athletes
  • Coaches
  • Executive and Supporters
  • Fallen Heroes
  • Honorary Hall of Fame Awards for Individuals or Teams
  • Meritorious Service to Minor League and Adult Amateur Football

To nominate an outstanding candidate for Induction into the Minor League Football Hall of Fame, email us at admin@minorleaguefootballnews.com to receive a Nomination Package.

AA MLFCS Rankings as of May 31, 2012MINOR LEAGUE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (MLFCS)AA COMBINED NATIONAL RANKINGS

AA MLFCS STANDINGS

Rank

Team

League

G

W

L

T

PF

PA

MLFN Computer Rankings

MLF Coaches Poll

MLFCS RANKINGS

1

Broward County Cowboys UFF

10

10

0

0

386

64

1

2

1.5

2

Louisiana Blazin’ Bulldogs SSFL

10

10

0

0

378

75

2

4

3

3

South Florida Storm SAFA

14

14

0

0

605

160

5

1

3

4

New Mexico Miners NMPFL

9

9

0

0

396

18

3

5

4

5

Oklahoma City Diamondbacks OMFL

10

10

0

0

636

119

9

3

6

6

Valley Vortex SJVFL

8

8

0

0

348

41

4

8

6

7

Huntsville Rockets NDFL

9

9

0

0

389

60

6

9

7.5

8

New Mexico Titans NMPFL

8

8

0

0

325

59

8

7

7.5

9

Georgia Canes USFL

10

10

0

0

358

112

12

6

9

10

River City Commandos EAMFL

9

9

0

0

342

57

7

11

9

11

New Jersey Broncos ACFA

9

9

0

0

233

12

11

10

10.5

12

Hampton Roads Redskins ECFA

9

9

0

0

536

87

10

12

11

13

Killeen Revolution STAFL

8

8

0

0

291

44

14

16

15

14

Bay City Broncos CRAFL

11

10

1

0

433

79

19

13

16

15

Dallas Bulldogs ELFL

8

8

0

0

269

43

15

17

16

16

West Texas Scorpions CRAFL

13

12

1

0

518

120

21

14

17.5

17

Texas Extreme CRAFL

13

12

1

0

540

131

22

15

18.5

18

Carroll County Cannons AFA

9

9

0

0

235

86

13

25

19

19

Okemah Warriors OKFL

6

6

0

0

294

21

16

23

19.5

20

Duval Panthers UFF

11

10

1

0

330

89

23

18

20.5

21

Honolulu Volcanoes HGFL

7

7

0

0

177

14

17

27

22

22

Virginia Chargers AFA

9

8

1

0

315

85

24

24

24

23

Glynn County Revolution NDFL

9

8

1

0

196

60

26

26

26

24

Bay Knights IND

6

6

0

0

169

20

18

35

26.5

25

Virginia Saints ACFA

9

8

1

0

206

74

25

29

27

26

Enid Enforcers CEFL

9

8

1

0

312

116

27

30

28.5

27

Idaho Matadors RMFL

6

6

0

0

265

82

20

37

28.5

28

Edinburg Landsharks CRAFL

9

8

1

0

306

118

28

31

29.5

29

Delware County Cowboys ECFA

9

8

1

0

179

84

29

33

31

30

Bitterroot Blaze RMFL

7

6

1

0

277

40

30

34

32

31

Knights of Miami SEFL

12

10

2

0

417

93

45

19

32

32

Warlords of East Valley AZFL

12

10

2

0

280

73

43

21

32

33

West Valley Head Hunters AZFL

13

11

2

0

466

125

44

20

32

34

North Georgia Gladiators NDFL

11

9

2

0

464

90

46

22

34

35

Curry County Cats NMPFL

8

7

1

0

188

84

31

38

34.5

36

Annapolis Thunder ACFA

7

6

1

0

159

50

34

40

37

37

West Jefferson Devil Dawgs ASFL

8

6

1

1

233

92

33

41

37

38

Orosi Stars SJVFL

8

7

1

0

189

99

32

45

38.5

39

Uintah Basin Oilers RMFL

7

6

1

0

160

54

35

42

38.5

40

South Florida 49ers SEFL

13

11

2

0

352

186

50

28

39

41

Bessemer Wolfpack ASFL

8

6

1

1

173

77

36

43

39.5

42

Georgia Bandits NDFL

10

8

2

0

392

108

48

32

40

43

Imperial Valley Knights GWFL

6

5

1

0

219

53

38

44

41

44

Southwest Stampede AZFL

12

9

3

0

368

122

47

36

41.5

45

Wai’anae Sharks HPFL

7

6

1

0

174

77

37

46

41.5

46

Greater New Orleans Jaguars SSFL

6

5

1

0

192

63

39

47

43

47

Eau Claire Crush NOEFL

3

3

0

0

87

12

49

39

44

48

Missoula Phoenix RMFL

6

5

1

0

163

58

41

48

44.5

49

Louisiana Eagles CRAFL

7

6

1

0

176

121

40

50

45

50

East Texas Storm ELFL

6

4

1

1

99

54

42

49

45.5

Minor League Football AAA Coaches Poll

Rank

Team League G W L T PF PA

1

Bay City Broncos CRAFL

9

9

0

0

378

46

2

Broward County Cowboys UFF

9

9

0

0

360

40

3

South Florida Storm SAFA

11

11

0

0

468

118

4

Texas Extreme CRAFL

9

9

0

0

360

77

5

Huntsville Rockets NDFL

7

7

0

0

299

35

6

Hampton Roads Redskins ECFA

7

7

0

0

490

55

7

River City Commandos EAMFL

7

7

0

0

284

51

8

New Mexico Miners NMPFL

6

6

0

0

293

12

9

New Mexico Titans NMPFL

7

7

0

0

275

52

10

Oklahoma City Diamondbacks OMFL

7

7

0

0

428

83

11

Georgia Canes USFL

8

8

0

0

289

78

12

Alabama Warriors XSFL

7

7

0

0

195

29

13

West Texas Scorpions CRAFL

10

9

1

0

421

89

14

Georgia Bandits NDFL

8

8

0

0

361

65

15

Louisiana Blazin’ Bulldogs SSFL

7

7

0

0

248

53

16

Warlords of East Valley AZFL

10

9

1

0

248

53

17

South Florida 49ers SEFL

11

10

1

0

311

146

18

Knights of Miami SEFL

10

8

2

0

375

77

19

Prichard Falcons XSFL

6

6

0

0

225

30

20

Duval Panthers UFF

9

8

1

0

294

66

21

West Valley Head Hunters AZFL

10

8

2

0

376

99

22

Anclote Pirates UFF

11

9

2

0

323

168

23

Enid Enforcers CEFL

6

6

0

0

232

48

24

Southwest Stampede AZFL

10

8

2

0

318

89

25

Okemah Warriors OKFL

5

5

0

0

242

21

26

Valley Vortex SJVFL

5

5

0

0

218

13

27

Carroll County Cannons AFA

6

6

0

0

167

40

28

Killeen Revolution STAFL

5

5

0

0

171

20

29

Central Florida Scorpions UFF

12

9

3

0

273

181

30

New Jersey Broncos ACFA

5

5

0

0

98

6

31

Wai’anae Sharks HPFL

6

6

0

0

168

56

32

Georgia Panthers NDFL

7

6

1

0

236

49

33

Bessemer Wolfpack ASFL

6

5

0

1

153

51

34

New Jersey Pitbulls ECFA

6

5

1

0

273

39

35

Tucson Desert Demons AZFL

10

7

3

0

208

65

36

Dallas Bulldogs ELFL

4

4

0

0

159

15

37

North Georgia Gladiators NDFL

7

5

2

0

262

42

38

Georgia Firebirds IND

3

3

0

0

138

0

39

Sharyland Sting CRAFL

10

7

3

0

249

135

40

Houston Cardinals CRAFL

10

7

3

0

246

112

41

Kansas Cougars CEFL

7

6

1

0

222

63

42

Edinburg Landsharks CRAFL

7

6

1

0

261

90

43

Bitterroot Blaze RMFL

3

3

0

0

126

14

44

Annapolis Thunder ACFA

4

4

0

0

99

24

45

Alamo City Armageddon CRAFL

8

7

1

0

136

81

46

Orosi Stars SJVFL

5

5

0

0

87

53

47

Louisiana Eagles CRAFL

5

5

0

0

135

77

48

Treasure Valley Spartans RMFL

3

3

0

0

58

26

49

Logan Stampede RMFL

3

3

0

0

82

30

50

Imperial Valley Knights GWFL

6

5

1

0

219

53

AA MINOR LEAGUE FOOTBALL COACHES POLL

Rank

Team League G W L T PF PA

1

Bay City Broncos CRAFL

9

9

0

0

378

46

2

Broward County Cowboys UFF

9

9

0

0

360

40

3

South Florida Storm SAFA

11

11

0

0

468

118

4

Texas Extreme CRAFL

9

9

0

0

360

77

5

Huntsville Rockets NDFL

7

7

0

0

299

35

6

Hampton Roads Redskins ECFA

7

7

0

0

490

55

7

River City Commandos EAMFL

7

7

0

0

284

51

8

New Mexico Miners NMPFL

6

6

0

0

293

12

9

New Mexico Titans NMPFL

7

7

0

0

275

52

10

Oklahoma City Diamondbacks OMFL

7

7

0

0

428

83

11

Georgia Canes USFL

8

8

0

0

289

78

12

Alabama Warriors XSFL

7

7

0

0

195

29

13

West Texas Scorpions CRAFL

10

9

1

0

421

89

14

Georgia Bandits NDFL

8

8

0

0

361

65

15

Louisiana Blazin’ Bulldogs SSFL

7

7

0

0

248

53

16

Warlords of East Valley AZFL

10

9

1

0

248

53

17

South Florida 49ers SEFL

11

10

1

0

311

146

18

Knights of Miami SEFL

10

8

2

0

375

77

19

Prichard Falcons XSFL

6

6

0

0

225

30

20

Duval Panthers UFF

9

8

1

0

294

66

21

West Valley Head Hunters AZFL

10

8

2

0

376

99

22

Anclote Pirates UFF

11

9

2

0

323

168

23

Enid Enforcers CEFL

6

6

0

0

232

48

24

Southwest Stampede AZFL

10

8

2

0

318

89

25

Okemah Warriors OKFL

5

5

0

0

242

21

26

Valley Vortex SJVFL

5

5

0

0

218

13

27

Carroll County Cannons AFA

6

6

0

0

167

40

28

Killeen Revolution STAFL

5

5

0

0

171

20

29

Central Florida Scorpions UFF

12

9

3

0

273

181

30

New Jersey Broncos ACFA

5

5

0

0

98

6

31

Wai’anae Sharks HPFL

6

6

0

0

168

56

32

Georgia Panthers NDFL

7

6

1

0

236

49

33

Bessemer Wolfpack ASFL

6

5

0

1

153

51

34

New Jersey Pitbulls ECFA

6

5

1

0

273

39

35

Tucson Desert Demons AZFL

10

7

3

0

208

65

36

Dallas Bulldogs ELFL

4

4

0

0

159

15

37

North Georgia Gladiators NDFL

7

5

2

0

262

42

38

Georgia Firebirds IND

3

3

0

0

138

0

39

Sharyland Sting CRAFL

10

7

3

0

249

135

40

Houston Cardinals CRAFL

10

7

3

0

246

112

41

Kansas Cougars CEFL

7

6

1

0

222

63

42

Edinburg Landsharks CRAFL

7

6

1

0

261

90

43

Bitterroot Blaze RMFL

3

3

0

0

126

14

44

Annapolis Thunder ACFA

4

4

0

0

99

24

45

Alamo City Armageddon CRAFL

8

7

1

0

136

81

46

Orosi Stars SJVFL

5

5

0

0

87

53

47

Louisiana Eagles CRAFL

5

5

0

0

135

77

48

Treasure Valley Spartans RMFL

3

3

0

0

58

26

49

Logan Stampede RMFL

3

3

0

0

82

30

50

Imperial Valley Knights GWFL

6

5

1

0

219

53

Minor League Coach’s Poll as of May 31, 2012Minor League Football AA Coach’s Poll

AA MINOR LEAGUE FOOTBALL COACHES POLL

Rank

Team League G W L T PF PA

1

South Florida Storm SAFA

14

14

0

0

605

160

2

Broward County Cowboys UFF

10

10

0

0

386

64

3

Oklahoma City Diamondbacks OMFL

10

10

0

0

636

119

4

Louisiana Blazin’ Bulldogs SSFL

10

10

0

0

378

75

5

New Mexico Miners NMPFL

9

9

0

0

396

18

6

Georgia Canes USFL

10

10

0

0

358

112

7

New Mexico Titans NMPFL

8

8

0

0

325

59

8

Valley Vortex SJVFL

8

8

0

0

348

41

9

Huntsville Rockets NDFL

9

9

0

0

389

60

10

New Jersey Broncos ACFA

9

9

0

0

233

12

11

River City Commandos EAMFL

9

9

0

0

342

57

12

Hampton Roads Redskins ECFA

9

9

0

0

536

87

13

Bay City Broncos CRAFL

11

10

1

0

433

79

14

West Texas Scorpions CRAFL

13

12

1

0

518

120

15

Texas Extreme CRAFL

13

12

1

0

540

131

16

Killeen Revolution STAFL

8

8

0

0

291

44

17

Dallas Bulldogs ELFL

8

8

0

0

269

43

18

Duval Panthers UFF

11

10

1

0

330

89

19

Knights of Miami SEFL

12

10

2

0

417

93

20

West Valley Head Hunters AZFL

13

11

2

0

466

125

21

Warlords of East Valley AZFL

12

10

2

0

280

73

22

North Georgia Gladiators NDFL

11

9

2

0

464

90

23

Okemah Warriors OKFL

6

6

0

0

294

21

24

Virginia Chargers AFA

9

8

1

0

315

85

25

Carroll County Cannons AFA

9

9

0

0

235

86

26

Glynn County Revolution NDFL

9

8

1

0

196

60

27

Honolulu Volcanoes HGFL

7

7

0

0

177

14

28

South Florida 49ers SEFL

13

11

2

0

352

186

29

Virginia Saints ACFA

9

8

1

0

206

74

30

Enid Enforcers CEFL

9

8

1

0

312

116

31

Edinburg Landsharks CRAFL

9

8

1

0

306

118

32

Georgia Bandits NDFL

10

8

2

0

392

108

33

Delware County Cowboys ECFA

9

8

1

0

179

84

34

Bitterroot Blaze RMFL

7

6

1

0

277

40

35

Bay Knights IND

6

6

0

0

169

20

36

Southwest Stampede AZFL

12

9

3

0

368

122

37

Idaho Matadors RMFL

6

6

0

0

265

82

38

Curry County Cats NMPFL

8

7

1

0

188

84

39

Eau Claire Crush NOEFL

3

3

0

0

87

12

40

Annapolis Thunder ACFA

7

6

1

0

159

50

41

West Jefferson Devil Dawgs ASFL

8

6

1

1

233

92

42

Uintah Basin Oilers RMFL

7

6

1

0

160

54

43

Bessemer Wolfpack ASFL

8

6

1

1

173

77

44

Imperial Valley Knights GWFL

6

5

1

0

219

53

45

Orosi Stars SJVFL

8

7

1

0

189

99

46

Wai’anae Sharks HPFL

7

6

1

0

174

77

47

Greater New Orleans Jaguars SSFL

6

5

1

0

192

63

48

Missoula Phoenix RMFL

6

5

1

0

163

58

49

East Texas Storm ELFL

6

4

1

1

99

54

50

Louisiana Eagles CRAFL

7

6

1

0

176

121

Oklahoma scene: Last arena football team leaves the state

Oklahoma‘s participation in the “Indoor War” has come to an end. Ownership of the Tulsa Talons, one of arena football’s more successful franchises, announced the team will move to San Antonio, beginning with the 2012 season. The team will be called the San Antonio Talons.
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Talons managing partner Paul Ross told The Tulsa World that low season ticket sales and joining the reorganized Arena Football League two years ago made it too costly to operate. Ross said the Talons’ attendance dropped more than 1,100 in 2011. An increase in league expenses came close to $250,000.

“It was a tough business decision because our hearts are in Tulsa,” Ross told The World. “But in the end, it came down to not enough ticket sales. It’s a sad day for all of us. We’ve been with this thing a long time.”

Ross partnered with Tulsa businessman Henry Primeaux in buying the franchise in 2004. The Talons drew well in the stands and succeeded on the field with several players who were former local college standouts.

The Tulsa Talons’ death follows that of Oklahoma City-based franchises: the Wranglers of the AFL (2000-2001); the Yard Dawgz of af2 and the reorganized AFL (2004-2010); and the Bricktown Brawlers (2011), who filed for bankruptcy after one season in the Indoor Football League. Oklahoma City also had an af2 franchise that never played a game. The Bullfrogs were expected to play the 2000 season in af2 before another ownership group brought in the higher-level Wranglers.

Vernon Kay among players at American Football finals at Crystal Palace

277177_170609556326793_4226988_nTwo London teams will go head to head for American football’s national championship when BritBowl XXV takes place at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre this weekend.

The London Blitz will be playing in their sixth consecutive Premier Division Final as they take on their heated cross-town rivals, the London Warriors.

The elite championship game of the BAFA (British American Football Association) National Leagues kicks off at 7:30pm on Saturday September 24 and features some big names from the world of American football and showbusiness.

Among the Warriors players suiting up will be television presenter and huge NFL fan Vernon Kay.

In his first season back in American football since playing as a junior for the Manchester All-Stars, Kay has established himself as a hard-hitting and willing defender.

Kay said: “It’s going to be a tough contest for the Warriors as the Blitz are reigning champions and after their successful time in Europe, they will be flying high.

“But come September 24, BritBowl XXV is going to be a spectacle to behold.”

The Blitz, who play their home games at Finsbury Park and feature former Gladiators star Rod Bradley (Spartan) among their playing ranks, are the reigning BritBowl champions and they added to their trophy cabinet in July when they won the EFAF Cup – American football’s version of the Europa League.

During the regular season, the Blitz tied with the Warriors 6-6 and then beat their rivals in the rematch by an 8-2 scoreline. The Blitz posted a regular season record of nine wins, no losses and one tie. They advanced to the championship game with a 41-0 drubbing of the Bristol Aztecs.

The Warriors are also no strangers to the BritBowl stage. Formed in 2005, they have won seven national championships across youth and senior levels. This senior team has yet to win the Premier Division Trophy but did secure senior titles in Division Two (2008) and Division One (2009).

Led by quarterback Jerome Allen, the Warriors boast a hard-hitting and exciting team. Among those looking to make a real impact at Crystal Palace on Saturday night will be wide receiver Marvin Allen, who played professionally in NFL Europe and went on to win a Super Bowl ring with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Also in action will be arguably the greatest player in British American football history in Victor Muhammad, who played running back for the London Monarchs way back in 1991.

The Warriors, who are led by the man who led the NFL’s search for international talent in Tony Allen, won eight games in the regular season, lost once to the Blitz and tied one game. They reached the final with a 34-7 thrashing of the Tamworth Phoenix.

BritBowl XXV (25) will see eight finals take place over the course of two hard-hitting, action-packed days at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Saturday September 24 and Sunday September 25. Here is the line-up for BritBowl XXV weekend:

Saturday September 24

11:30am Gates open to the public

12 noon Cadet Flag Final

1:00pm Junior Flag Final

2:00pm 14-17 year old Contact Final

3:00pm Division 1 Final – Leicester Falcons v East Kilbride Pirates

6:30pm Pre-Game show – The Urban Voodoo Machine

7:30pm Premier Division Final – London Blitz v London Warriors

Sunday September 25

11:30am Gates open to the public

12 noon Junior Contact Final

3:00pm Division 2 Final – South Wales Warriors v West Coast Trojans

6:00pm Adult Flag Final

Single tickets cost £15 for adults, £10 for 14 to 18-year-olds and £6.00 for under 14s. Weekend packages for both days of gridiron action cost £25 for adults, £15 for 14 to 18-year-olds and £8.50 for under 14s. Tickets can be bought via Ticketmaster at http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Britbowl-tickets/artist/5003180 Tickets can also be bought on the day.

Event organiser Drew Anderson says: “BritBowl XXV will feature a mouth-watering Premier Division Final on Saturday with the two best teams in the country going head to head. But the whole weekend should be great with some outstanding finals and entertainment on offer.”

The Urban Voodoo Machine will provide entertainment on Saturday evening along with human beatbox machine Lippicool and street dancers from around the world.

EFAF ANNOUNCES DATES FOR 2012 COMPETITIONS

soccerThe European Federation of American Football (EFAF) has announced the dates for upcoming 2012 EFAF competitions.

Both the European Football League (EFL) and the EFAF Cup group games will kick-off in April 2012 and the Final’s weekend for the EuroBowl will be July 21-22 while the EFAF Cup will be held the weekend before on July 14-15.

See complete list of EFAF Dates for 2012: (dates are subject to change)

EFL/EUROBOWL

Final: weekend July 21. / July 22., 2012

Semi Finals: weekend June 16. / June 17. 2012

Quarter Finals: weekend May 26./May 27. 2012

Group Games: weekends April 07./08, April 21./22.
& May 05. /06.,2012

EFAF-Cup

Final: weekend July 14./July 15. 2012

Semi Finals: weekend June 16. /June 17. 2012

Group-Games: weekends April 07./08. & April 21. /22.
& May 5./6.2012

Qualification (if necessary): weekends from March 18. till
April 01., 2012 (included)

ATLANTIC-Cup

Tournament-weekend: June 23./24.2012

EASTERN-Cup

Proposed Tournament-weekend: July 7./8.2012

Blackhawks defeat New York Predators 34-31 – Win Minor League Football AAA National Championship

timthumb.php_-300x137With temperatures reaching the mid 30′s and 3,000 miles away from home in sunny Southern California, the Inglewood Blackhawks, who were down 11 points with eight minutes remaining in the game, came back and defeated the New York Predators 34-31 in the 2011 USFA and Minor League Football National Championship (MLFCS).
The Blackhawks started off in their usual fashion as they marched down the field in just a minute and 34 seconds to take a 7-0 lead on a Reggie Haynes to Jeramie Ruell 40 yard touchdown. New York got the ball but was quickly on the end of another Blackhawk score as (DE) Brandon Souder stripped the Predator quarterback of the ball and raced 30 yards for a touchdown giving Inglewood a 14-0 lead. From there the Blackhawks made some costly mistakes with fumbles, interceptions, and bad tackling which allowed New York to climb back in the game and after being down 14 quickly, to go into the half only down by a score of 17-14.
The second half saw New York take advantage of more Blackhawk mistakes as they scored on a pick six when (QB) Johnny Jackson’s pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown putting New York up 21-17. The Blackhawks came back and drove down only to come away with a 35 yard field goal by Mark Drake which closed the margin to 21-20. New York took over and put together a nice drive of their own in which they too were haulted from reaching the end zone but came away with a field goal of there own to push the score to 24-20. On the next Blackhawk drive, Haynes pass was intercepted and returned for a 55 yard touchdown putting New York up 31-20 with the fourth quarter starting.
The Blackhawks took the ball and drove down behind the strong running from (RB) Brian Flowers and timely receptions by (WR) Solomon Jones. On a crucial fourth and five, Haynes found Jones for a first down at the Predator 10 yard line only to be stripped of the ball and fumble giving New York hopes of closing out the game. But the Blackhawk defense behind the games defensive MVP, Roy Otis (12 tackles) leadership, buckled down and got the Blackhawks the ball back with 8 minutes left in the game. The Blackhawks drove into Predator territory and on 3rd and long, Haynes found Ruell in the end zone for a 37 yard touchdown bringing the score to 31-27. With New York trying to use the clock to preserve a win, the Blackhawk defense came up big again with sacks from (DE) Kori Dickerson and (DE) Brandon Souder which made them punt the ball away. (DB) Eddie Hunter made a nice return to give the Blackhawks good field position.
The Blackhawks got the ball and moved it down the field only to be hit with three consecutive penalties to put them in what seemed to be unmanageable scoring position. Haynes drove the team down by throwing completions to Rockey Tribble, Daunte Turner, Daimino Stewart, and Jeramie Ruell to bring them to a 3rd and 9 from the Predator 34 yard line. On the next play, Haynes dropped back and found (WR) Nate Harrison in the back of the end zone for a touchdown giving the Blackhawks a 34-31 lead with a little bit over two minutes left in the game. New York got the ball and tried to drive down, but the Blackhawk pressure was too much which resulted in an interception by the Blackhawks Michael Gilliam. The Blackhawks took over and kneeled themselves to victory.

The Blackhawks are the 2011 USFA Minor League Football National Champions (MLFCS and USFA). Quarterback Reggie Haynes was chose as the Game MVP while Wide Receiver Solomon Jones was chosen as the Offensive MVP. Roy Otis was selected as the games Defensive MVP. The Blackhawks (13-0) are the first team from the West Coast to win an undisputed National Championship since the Fresno Bandits in 1994. “We just finished off the trifecta” stated Blackhawk head coach Tony Reid. First we went undefeated, then we accomplished going back to back, now we finish it off with a national championship.

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