2011 Northern Kentucky River Monsters season

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2011 Northern Kentucky River Monsters season
Head coach Rodney Swinigan
Owner Jill Chitwood
Home field The Bank of Kentucky Center
500 Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099
Results
Record 11-3
League place 1st
Playoff finish Lost Semifinals 37-38 (Sting)

The 2011 Northern Kentucky River Monsters season was the first season for the Ultimate Indoor Football League franchise. Announced as startup team for the newly formed Ultimate Indoor Football League in 2010, the team was purchased by Jill Chitwood from the UIFL in February 2011.[1] Just a week before the season began, team General Manager, Jared Lorenzen, relieved himself of his duties as general manager, and became the quarterback for the franchise.[2] In the River Monsters first ever game they defeated the Canton Cougars by a score of 63-41.[3] With a week 9 win over the Saginaw Sting, the River Monsters had clinched a postseason berth in their first season,[4] clinching home field advantage throughout the playoffs.[5] After wrapping up the season, the UIFL had discovered that the River Monsters had been paying their players over the league's salary cap. The UIFL stripped the River Monsters of the #1 seed and made them the #4 seed, taking away the River Monster's chance to earn playoff money.[6] The River Monster now traveled to Saginaw, Michigan to play the Sting, where the Sting upset the River Monsters 48-47.[7] On June 6, 2011, it was announced that the UIFL and the River Monsters mutually agreed to part ways, leaving the team free to join another league. However, the UIFL had a lease agreement with the arena, which hampered the likelihood the River Monsters would play in Highland Heights in 2012. The team had been mentioned as a charter member Stadius Football Association, but that league never got off the ground.[8][9]

Offseason[edit]

2011 draft board[edit]

Round Selection Player Position
1 3 Sly Brumfield WR/DB
2 9 George Frisch OL
3 15 Jon D'Angelo LB
4 21 Greg Johnston DB

Schedule[edit]

Key:       Win       Tie       Loss       Bye

Regular season[edit]

Week Day Date Opponent Results Location
Score Record
1 BYE
2 Friday February 25 at Canton Cougars W 63-41 1-0 Canton Memorial Civic Center
3 Saturday March 5 at Johnstown Generals W 62-49 2-0 Cambria County War Memorial Arena
4 Saturday March 12 at Eastern Kentucky Drillers L 33-60 2-1 Eastern Kentucky Expo Center
5 Friday March 18 Johnstown Generals W 79-21 3-1 The Bank of Kentucky Center
6 Monday March 28 Canton Cougars W 62-53 4-1 The Bank of Kentucky Center
7 Friday April 1 Huntington Hammer W 69-40 5-1 The Bank of Kentucky Center
8 Saturday April 9 at Canton Cougars W 78-55 6-1 Canton Memorial Civic Center
9 Saturday April 16 Eastern Kentucky Drillers W 59-42 7-1 The Bank of Kentucky Center
10 Friday April 22 Sagianw Sting W 64-56 8-1 The Bank of Kentucky Center
11 Saturday April 30 at Huntington Hammer W 44-23 9-1 Big Sandy Superstore Arena
12 Sunday May 8 at Sagianw Sting L 58-63 9-2 Dow Event Center
13 Sunday May 15 Huntington Hammer W 34-28 10-2 The Bank of Kentucky Center
14 Saturday May 21 Eastern Kentucky Drillers W 54-40 11-2 The Bank of Kentucky Center
15 Saturday May 28 at Eastern Kentucky Drillers L 43-44 11-3 Eastern Kentucky Expo Center

Postseason schedule[edit]

Round Day Date Opponent Results Location
Score Record
Semifinals Saturday June 4 at Sagianw Sting L 47-48 0-1 Dow Event Center

Standings[edit]

2011 UIFL Standings[ref 1]
Team W L T PCT PF PA STK
y-Northern Kentucky River Monsters 11 3 0 .786 569 417 L1
x-Saginaw Sting 9 5 0 .643 473 415 L2
x-Eastern Kentucky Drillers 8 6 0 .571 390 373 W1
x-Huntington Hammer 7 7 0 .500 377 328 W2
Johnstown Generals 6 8 0 .429 292 416 W2
Canton Cougars 1 13 0 .071 370 522 L10

Final roster[edit]

2011 Northern Kentucky River Monsters roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Kickers

Injured Reserve
  • Currently vacant

Exempt List

  • Currently vacant

Practice Squad

  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
Roster updated March 29, 2011
24 Active, 0 Inactive, 0 PS

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chitwood Assumes River Monsters Ownership". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. February 10, 2011. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ Richard Skinner (February 24, 2011). "Jared Lorenzen lured back to field". www.cincinnati.com. Gannett. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ "River Monsters defeat Cougars". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. February 25, 2011. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ "River Monsters Clinch Playoff Berth". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. April 24, 2011. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Northern Kentucky Torches Top-Scoring Defense, Clinches Home Field". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. May 22, 2011. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Northern Kentucky Penalized by UIFL is Eastern Kentucky’s Gain". www.nationofblue.com. Nation of Blue LLC. May 24, 2011. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  7. ^ Kyle Austin (June 3, 2011). "http://www.mlive.com/sports/saginaw/index.ssf/2011/06/saginaw_sting_earn_berth_in_ul.html". www.mlive.com. MLive Media Group. Retrieved July 19, 2013.  External link in |title= (help)
  8. ^ "FireHawks joining new league". www.wane.com. WANE. June 30, 2011. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  9. ^ Tom Davis (July 2, 2011). "Fire Wayne FireHawks to try again in new 2012 league". The News-Sentinel. Retrieved July 19, 2013.