2002 AF2 season

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The 2002 af2 season was the third season of the af2. It was preceded by 2001 and succeeded by 2003. The league champions were the Peoria Pirates, who defeated the Florida Firecats in ArenaCup III. This is also the first time that both conferences have the same division name (in that case, the American Conference Southern Division and the National Conference Southern Division, respectively). It is also the only season where both conferences have four divisions each, a la the 2002–present era of the NFL.

League info[edit]

New teams Albany Conquest, Bakersfield Blitz, Cape Fear Wildcats, Fresno Frenzy, Hawaiian Islanders, Mobile Wizards, Mohegan Wolves, New Haven Ninjas, San Diego Riptide, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers
Renamed / Relocated teams None
Defunct teams Baton Rouge Blaze, Iowa Barnstormers, Lafayette Roughnecks, Lincoln Lightning
Total teams 34

Standings[edit]

Team Overall Division
Wins Losses Percentage Wins Losses Percentage
American Conference
Atlantic Division
Cape Fear Wildcats 13 3 0.812 6 2 0.750
Richmond Speed 12 4 0.750 7 1 0.875
Norfolk Nighthawks 8 8 0.500 4 4 0.500
Roanoke Steam 8 8 0.500 3 5 0.375
Greensboro Prowlers 3 13 0.187 0 8 0.000
Northeastern Division
Albany Conquest 13 3 0.812 11 1 0.917
Rochester Brigade 7 9 0.437 6 6 0.500
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers 6 10 0.375 6 6 0.500
New Haven Ninjas 6 10 0.375 5 7 0.417
Mohegan Wolves 3 13 0.187 2 10 0.167
Eastern Division
Macon Knights 13 3 0.812 5 1 0.833
Augusta Stallions 13 3 0.812 5 1 0.833
Carolina Rhinos 5 11 0.312 1 5 0.167
Columbus Wardogs 4 12 0.250 1 5 0.167
Southern Division
Tallahassee Thunder 9 7 0.562 7 3 0.700
Florida Firecats 9 7 0.562 5 6 0.455
Jacksonville Tomcats 8 8 0.500 7 3 0.700
Charleston Swamp Foxes 7 9 0.437 2 4 0.333
National Conference
Southern Division
Tennessee Valley Vipers 13 3 0.812 5 1 0.833
Birmingham Steeldogs 11 5 0.687 5 2 0.714
Pensacola Barracudas 8 8 0.500 6 6 0.500
Mobile Wizards 0 16 0.000 0 12 0.000
Central Division
Tulsa Talons 14 2 0.875 4 2 0.667
Arkansas Twisters 11 5 0.687 4 2 0.667
Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings 9 7 0.562 3 3 0.500
Memphis Xplorers 5 11 0.312 1 5 0.167
Midwestern Division
Peoria Pirates 11 5 0.687 6 0 1.000
Quad City Steamwheelers* 10 6 0.625 3 3 0.500
Wichita Stealth 6 10 0.375 3 3 0.500
Louisville Fire 2 14 0.125 0 6 0.000
Western Division
Bakersfield Blitz 9 7 0.562 7 2 0.778
San Diego Riptide 7 9 0.437 5 4 0.556
Hawaiian Islanders 5 11 0.312 4 5 0.444
Fresno Frenzy 4 12 0.250 2 7 0.222
  • Green indicates clinched playoff berth
  • Purple indicates division champion
  • Grey indicates best regular season record

* Despite the Steamwheelers having a winning season, the team was banned from the playoffs this year for rule violation.

Playoffs[edit]

Division Championships Conference Semifinals Conference Championships ArenaCup III
                       
2 Florida 43
1 Tallahassee 31
SD2 Florida 44
ED1 Macon 28
2 Augusta 41
1 Macon 57
SD2 Florida 43
American Conference
AD1 Cape Fear 23
2 Rochester 26
1 Albany 31
ND1 Albany 30
AD1 Cape Fear 46
2 Richmond 48
1 Cape Fear 57
AC7 Florida 47
NC3 Peoria 65
2 Birmingham 65
1 Tennessee Valley 51
SD2 Birmingham 53
CD1 Tulsa 34
2 Arkansas 32
1 Tulsa 34
SD2 Birmingham 33
National Conference
MD1 Peoria 79
2 San Diego 40
1 Bakersfield 27
WD2 San Diego 12
MD1 Peoria 22
2 Wichita 36
1 Peoria 37

Awards and honors[edit]

Regular season awards[edit]

Award Winner Position Team
Offensive Player of the Year Mitch Allner Quarterback Tulsa Talons
Defensive Player of the Year Kelly Snell Defensive Specialist Tennessee Valley Vipers
Ironman of the Year Kevin Harvey Wide Receiver/Defensive Back Richmond Speed
Lineman of the Year E. J. Burt Lineman Cape Fear Wildcats
Built Ford Tough Man of the Year Jeff Cogell Lineman Mohegan Wolves
Rookie of the Year Lincoln Dupree Defensive Specialist / Kick Returner Peoria Pirates
Coach of the Year Ron Selesky Head Coach Albany Conquest

ArenaCup III[edit]

III
Quarter 1 2 3 4 Tot
Florida Firecats ' 47
Peoria Pirates 65
Date August 23, 2002
Arena Carver Arena
City Peoria, Illinois
Attendance
Offensive Player of the Game
Defensive Player of the Game
Ironman of the Game
Winning Coach Bruce Cowdrey
Losing Coach

ArenaCup III was the 2002 edition of the af2's championship game, in which the National Conference Champions Florida Firecats were defeated by the American Conference Champions Peoria Pirates in Peoria, Illinois by a score of 65 to 47.

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