La Crosse Spartans

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La Crosse Spartans
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Founded 2009
League IFL (2009-2011)
Team history La Crosse Spartans (2009-2011)
Based in La Crosse, Wisconsin
Arena La Crosse Center
Colors Green, Black, White
              
President Chris Kokalis
Head coach Kyle Moore-Brown
Championships 0
Division titles 0
Dancers Lady Spartans
Website www.lacrossespartans.com

The La Crosse Spartans were a professional indoor football team. They were a member of the Indoor Football League. They played their home games at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

The team was founded in 2009, and was originally coached by former NFL player Gilbert Brown.[1] They were also coached by his brother Kyle Moore-Brown.[2]

History[edit]

On August 6, 2009, Chris Kokalis announced his intentions to start an IFL team in La Crosse for the 2010 season.[3] Former NFL player Gilbert Brown was announced as the head coach.[3] On August 27, the Spartans were conditionally approved as members of the IFL. Such condition is that the Spartans negotiate a successful arena lease with the La Crosse Center.[4] On September 30, the Spartans got the formal go-ahead from the La Crosse Center Board to play at the center.[5] The Spartans are the third indoor football team to call the La Crosse Center home, following the La Crosse River Rats and the La Crosse Night Train.

2010 season[edit]

The inaugural season for the La Crosse Spartans was a difficult one. The schedule had the Spartans start the season with 3 tough road games against some of the best teams in the IFL. They lost at both Wichita and Sioux Falls, who eventually played against each other for the United Conference finals. Just before halftime of the very first game the Spartans would lose their starting Quarterback to a knee injury, beginning a season where they would go through multiple Quarterbacks and Kickers, trying to find the right fit for the team. During the following streak of 5 home games they were more competitive, but still finished the first half of the season 0-7. The Spartans earned their first victory against the Chicago Slaughter on April 30 in front of their home crowd. Over the second half of the season they had more close home losses, difficult road losses, and picked up their first road victory against the Chicago Slaughter on June 12 with about 50 Spartans fans in Chicago to cheer them on. Although they finished the season a disappointing 3-11, there were also multiple bright spots in the season both on and off the field, and the team has started building towards a long term future in La Crosse.

2011 season[edit]

The second season of the La Crosse Spartans began February 19, 2011, in the IFL’s showcase game, the Kickoff Classic. La Crosse will play seven regular season games at home over the course of February through early June.[6] Indoor football veteran Jose Jefferson joined the Spartans for the 2011 season as their Offensive Coordinator.[7]

After four games of the 2011 season it was announced that head coach Gilbert Brown would be taking a leave of absence from the team for personal reasons, and that his brother Kyle Moore-Brown would be switching from assistant coach to head coach of the Spartans.[2]

On April 30, 2011 the Spartans became one of the few teams in indoor football history to post a shutout, beating the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks 51-0.

On August 30, 2011, GM and co-owner Chris Kokalis announced the formation of the Cedar Rapids Titans, including former Spartans members Xzavie Jackson, Travis Miller and Mike Polaski. The Titans were listed as members of the Great Lakes division, along with the Green Bay Blizzard, Bloomington Extreme and Chicago Slaughter, but the Spartans were not listed in this division they were previously in. Kokalis said the Spartans franchise will "cease to exist", but also said that the team was up for sale. [8]

Season-By-Season[edit]

Season W L T Finish Playoff results
La Crosse Spartans (IFL)
2010 3 11 0 4th Central North --
2011 5 9 0 4th Great Lakes --
Totals 8 20 0 (including playoffs)

2011 Season Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results
Final Score Team Record
December 31 (Fri) 2:00pm River City Rough Riders
(Family Day Scrimmage)
W 37-7 ---

Regular Season[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results
Final Score Team Record
0* February 19 (Sat) 7:00pm Chicago Slaughter L 48-69 0-1
1 Bye
2 Bye
3 March 12 (Sat) 7:05pm @Omaha Beef L 20-40 0-2
4 March 17 (Thu) 7:00pm Kent Predators W 66-28 1-2
5 March 26 (Sat) 7:05pm
(6:05 Central)
@Richmond Revolution W 39-33 2-2
6 April 3 (Sun) 3:00pm Nebraska Danger W 50-44 3-2
7 April 9 (Sat) 7:05pm @Chicago Slaughter L 40-54 3-3
8 April 15 (Fri) 7:05pm @Sioux Falls Storm L 10-77 3-4
9 April 22 (Fri) 7:00pm Bloomington Extreme L 26-71 3-5
10 April 30 (Sat) 7:00pm Lehigh Valley Steelhawks W 51-0 4-5
11 May 7 (Sat) 7:30pm @Green Bay Blizzard L 21-44 4-6
12 Bye
13 May 21 (Sat) 7:05pm
(6:05 Central)
@Richmond Revolution L 37-40 4-7
14 May 27 (Fri) 7:00pm Green Bay Blizzard L 31-66 4-8
15 June 3 (Fri) 7:07pm @Bloomington Extreme L 29-45 4-9
16 June 11 (Sat) 7:00pm Lehigh Valley Steelhawks W 27-22 5-9

* = Kickoff Classic Game, before week 1 starts.

Division Standings[edit]

2011 Great Lakes Division
W L T PCT PF PA DIV GB STK
y Green Bay Blizzard 11 3 0 0.786 764 508 4-2 --- W4
x Bloomington Extreme 9 5 0 0.643 561 473 4-2 2.0 L1
x Chicago Slaughter 8 6 0 0.571 624 627 4-2 3.0 L3
La Crosse Spartans 5 9 0 0.357 495 633 0-6 6.0 W1

Roster[edit]

La Crosse Spartans roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Safety

Kickers

Multiple Positions

  • Currently vacant
Injured Reserve

Inactive

Practice Squad

  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
Roster updated June 1, 2011
25 Active, 11 Inactive, 0 PS

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Attendance Statistics[edit]

Season By Season Average Attendance

Year Average Attendance
2010 2574[citation needed]
2011 2280[citation needed]

vs Opponent[edit]

Opponent OVERALL HOME AWAY PLYFF
Alaska Wild (1-0) (0-0) (1-0) (0-0)
Bloomington Extreme (0-5) (0-3) (0-2) (0-0)
Chicago Slaughter (2-2) (1-1) (1-1) (0-0)
Fairbanks Grizzlies (0-1) (0-0) (0-1) (0-0)
Green Bay Blizzard (0-4) (0-2) (0-2) (0-0)
Kent Predators (1-0) (1-0) (0-0) (0-0)
Lehigh Valley Steelhawks (2-0) (2-0) (0-0) (0-0)
Nebraska Danger (1-0) (1-0) (0-0) (0-0)
Omaha Beef (0-2) (0-1) (0-1) (0-0)
Richmond Revolution (1-1) (0-0) (1-1) (0-0)
Sioux City Bandits (0-1) (0-1) (0-0) (0-0)
Sioux Falls Storm (0-2) (0-0) (0-2) (0-0)
West Michigan ThunderHawks (0-1) (0-1) (0-0) (0-0)
Wichita Wild (0-1) (0-0) (0-1) (0-0)

Year-by-Year Leaders[edit]

Passing (Yards/Touchdowns/Completions) [9]

Year Player Att Comp Pct Yds TD Int QB RTG GP
2010 Buddy Rivera 152 85 56% 856 6 8 63.4 7
2011 Buddy Rivera 180 96 53% 978 22 12 81.0 13

Rushing (Yards/Attempts) [9]

Year Player Att Yds Avg Lng TD GP
2010 Mark Bonds 92 337 3.7 31 12 8
2011 LaRon Council 177 640 3.6 34 13 14

Rushing (Touchdowns) [9]

Year Player Att Yds Avg Lng TD GP
2010 Buddy Rivera 84 286 3.4 26 13 7
2011 LaRon Council 177 640 3.6 34 13 14

Receiving (Yards/Touchdowns) [9]

Year Player Rec Yds Avg Lng TD GP
2010 Antonio Overstreet 29 437 15.1 44 6 12
2011 Christopher Headd 33 360 10.9 40 7 13

Receiving (Receptions) [9]

Year Player Rec Yds Avg Lng TD GP
2010 Aaron Straiten 36 238 6.6 40 1 7
2011 Christopher Headd 33 360 10.9 40 7 13

All Purpose (Yards) [9]

Year Player Yds TD GP
2010 Antonio Overstreet 1007 9 12
2011 LaRon Council 1067 18 14

All Purpose (Touchdowns) [9]

Year Player Yds TD GP
2010 Buddy Rivera 286 13 7
2011 LaRon Council 1067 18 14

Returns (Yards/Returns) [9]

Year Player Ret Yds Avg Lng TD GP
2010 Antonio Overstreet 30 497 16.6 50 1 12
2011 Kevis Buckley 37 588 15.9 48 1 14

Returns (Touchdowns) [9]

Year Player Ret Yds Avg Lng TD GP
2010 Antonio Overstreet 30 497 16.6 50 1 12
2011* Kevis Buckley 37 588 15.9 48 1 14
2011* LaRon Council 13 207 15.9 56 1 14

Kicking (FG Percent) (minimum 10 attempts) [9]

Year Player FGM FGA FG% Lng GP
2010 Jared Keating 3 10 30% 44 4
2011 Rubio Radamez 3 11 27% 47 3

Kicking (EP Percent) (minimum 10 attempts) [9]

Year Player EPM EPA EP% GP
2010 Jared Keating 11 13 85% 4
2011 Mike Polaski 32 49 65% 12

Tackles [9]

Year Player Tac Solo Ast GP
2010 Walner Belleus 69 46 23 13
2011 Joe Bevis 74 36 38 12

Sacks [9]

Year Player Sac GP
2010 Xzavie Jackson 5.5 13
2011 Xzavie Jackson 12.5 14

Interceptions [9]

Year Player Int TD GP
2010 Darnell Terrell 7 0 12
2011 Jamil Abdullah 9 0 12


Awards and honors[edit]

2011

2010

Past Seasons[edit]

2010 Season Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results
Final Score Team Record
January 29 (Fri) 7:30pm Family Night Scrimmage --- ---
February 21 (Sun) 3:00pm Green Bay Blizzard L 11-14 ---

Regular Season[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results
Final Score Team Record
1 February 27 (Sat) 7:05pm @Wichita Wild L 20-57 0-1
2 Bye
3 Bye
4 March 19 (Fri) 7:05pm @Green Bay Blizzard L 12-48 0-2
5 March 28 (Sun) 3:05pm @Sioux Falls Storm L 13-45 0-3
6 April 3 (Sat) 7:30pm Omaha Beef L 27-39 0-4
7 April 11 (Sun) 3:00pm Green Bay Blizzard L 30-43 0-5
8 April 18 (Sun) 3:00pm Sioux City Bandits L 20-28 0-6
9 April 23 (Fri) 7:30pm West Michigan ThunderHawks L 58-65 0-7
10 April 30 (Fri) 7:30pm Chicago Slaughter W 36-29 1-7
11 May 8 (Sat) 7:05pm @Bloomington Extreme L 18-54 1-8
12 Bye
13 May 21 (Fri) 7:30pm Bloomington Extreme L 37-40 1-9
14 May 30 (Sun) 5:05pm (8:05pm Central) @Alaska Wild W (by forfeit) 2-9
15 June 5 (Sat) 7:05pm (10:05pm Central) @Fairbanks Grizzlies L 36-64 2-10
16 June 12 (Sat) 7:05pm @Chicago Slaughter W 27-20 3-10
17 June 19 (Sat) 7:30pm Bloomington Extreme L 21-35 3-11
2010 Central North Division
W L T PCT GB DIV PF PA STK
y-Green Bay Blizzard 10 4 0 0.714 --- 4-3 686 538 W3
x-Bloomington Extreme 9 5 0 0.643 1.0 6-2 497 435 W6
x-Chicago Slaughter 6 8 0 0.429 4.0 3-5 577 543 L3
La Crosse Spartans 3 11 0 0.214 7.0 2-5 355 565 L1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "La Crosse Spartans : Coaching Staff". La Crosse Spartans. 
  2. ^ a b "Spartans' Brown to Take Leave of Absence". Our Sports Central. 
  3. ^ a b "Professional Football to Return to La Crosse". WKBT. August 5, 2009. Retrieved August 5, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Indoor Football League conditionally accepts new La Crosse Spartans team". WKBT. August 27, 2009. Retrieved August 27, 2009. 
  5. ^ "La Crosse Center Board OK’s lease for indoor football team". La Crosse Tribune. October 1, 2009. Retrieved October 1, 2009. 
  6. ^ "La Crosse Spartans : Schedule". La Crosse Spartans. 
  7. ^ "Jose Jefferson to Lead Spartans' Offense". Our Sports Central. November 10, 2010. Retrieved November 10, 2010. 
  8. ^ http://lacrossetribune.com/news/article_f20b3458-d351-11e0-a092-001cc4c03286.html
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "goifl.com: Statistics". IFL. Retrieved July 3, 2010. 
  10. ^ "2011 All-IFL Teams Announced". IFL. June 24, 2011. Retrieved June 24, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Vidswap.com Week Five Players of the Week". IFL. March 22, 2011. Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Vidswap.com Week Eleven Players of the Week". IFL. May 5, 2011. Retrieved May 5, 2011. 
  13. ^ "2010 IFL Awards". IFL. June 23, 2010. Retrieved June 23, 2010. 
  14. ^ "2010 All-IFL Teams Announced". IFL. June 24, 2010. Retrieved June 24, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Week 9 Vidswap.com Players of the Week Announced". IFL. April 28, 2010. Retrieved April 28, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Vidswap.com Week Sixteen Players of the Week". IFL. June 16, 2010. Retrieved June 16, 2010. 

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