2012 Erie Explosion season
|2012 Erie Explosion season|
|Head coach||Shawn Liotta|
|General manager||Shawn Liotta|
|Home field||Louis J. Tullio Arena
809 French Street
Erie, Pennsylvania 16501
|Playoff finish||Lost Northern Championship Game 40-62 (Commandos)|
On August 25, 2011, the Explosion left the Southern Indoor Football League (SIFL) and joined the United Indoor Football League. The change reunited Erie with Andrew Haines, who founded the city's previous indoor football team, the Erie Freeze. (The Explosion's departure came two weeks before the SIFL broke up into the Lone Star Football League and the Professional Indoor Football League, neither of which included Pennsylvania in their territories.) Erie was tasked with replacing MVP quarterback DiMichele, who had signed with the Arena Football League's Philadelphia Soul. The job fell on the shoulders of rookie Colton Hansen. In the second game of the season, Hansen struggled in a loss to the Johnstown Generals, and he was replaced by A. J. McKenna. McKenna lead the Explosion to 8–3 regular season record, just losing the top seed in the UIFL North during the last game of the season. While still securing a home playoff game, the Tullio Arena had begun a 45 million dollar renovation, that forced the Explosion to find a new place to host the game. The Explosion announced that they would play at Erie Cathedral Prep's Dollinger Field. The Explosion trailed going into the fourth quarter against the Marion Blue Racers, but McKenna ignited the Erie offense to 22 points in the final stanza to advance to the UIFL North Conference final.
The Explosion faced the Cincinnati Commandos, who had only lost 2 games all season, one of which was to Erie. With the Commando quarterback Tyler Sheehan out with an injury, the Commandos used Kynes Mincy at quarterback, who provided a duel-threat option. Mincy lead the Commandos to 8 scores, defeating the Explosion 62-40 to advance to the Ultimate Bowl.
Key: Win Tie LossBye
|1||Friday||March 1||Western Pennsylvania Sting||W 81-7||1-0||Louis J. Tullio Arena|
|2||Sunday||March 11||at Johnstown Generals||L 37-39||1-1||Cambria County War Memorial Arena|
|4||Friday||March 23||Western Pennsylvania Sting||W 88-34||2-1||Louis J. Tullio Arena|
|5||Monday||April 1||Eastern Kentucky Drillers||W 58-38||3-1||Louis J. Tullio Arena|
|7||Friday||April 13||Johnstown Generals||W 60-27||4-1||Louis J. Tullio Arena|
|8||Sunday||April 22||Cincinnati Commandos||L 34-55||4-2||Louis J. Tullio Arena|
|9||Sunday||April 29||Johnstown Generals||W 74-14||5-2||Louis J. Tullio Arena|
|10||Sunday||May 6||Huntington Wildcatz||W 102-30||6-2||Louis J. Tullio Arena|
|13||Saturday||May 26||at Cincinnati Commandos||W 62-18||7-2||Cincinnati Gardens|
|14||Saturday||June 2||at Johnstown Generals||W 88-35||8-2||Cambria County War Memorial Arena|
|15||Saturday||June 9||at Marion Blue Racers||L 64-65 (OT)||8-3||Veterans Memorial Coliseum|
|Northern Semifinals||Saturday||June 16||Marion Blue Racers||W 56-47||1-0||Cathedral Preparatory School|
|Northern Championship||Saturday||June 23||at Cincinnati Commandos||L 40-62||1-1||Cathedral Preparatory School|
2012 United Indoor Football League
|Marion Blue Racers-x||5||4||.556||6||5||.636||602||467|
|Western Pennsylvania Sting||0||6||.000||0||7||.000||132||497|
|Eastern Kentucky Drillers||5||4||.556||6||4||.600||613||361|
|Mississippi Hound Dogs||1||9||.100||1||9||.100||281||559|
|2012 Erie Explosion roster|
|2012 Erie Explosion staff|
Special Teams Coaches
- "Erie Explosion joins new league". www.goerie.com. Cyberlink and Erie Times-News. August 27, 2011. Retrieved December 27, 2013.
- John Dudley (March 1, 2012). "Erie Explosion count on new QB to lead way". www.goerie.com. Cyberlink and Erie Times-News. Retrieved December 27, 2013.
- Bob Jarzomski (April 1, 2012). "Debut dynamite for Erie Explosion QB McKenna". www.goerie.com. Cyberlink and Erie Times-News. Retrieved December 27, 2013.
- "Explosion stumble, lose top seed in playoffs". www.goerie.com. Cyberlink and Erie Times-News. June 11, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2013.
- "Erie Explosion to play indoor football playoff game outdoors". www.goerie.com. Cyberlink and Erie Times-News. June 12, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2013.
- Bob Jarzomski (June 17, 2012). "Explosion erupt in 4th to top Blue Racers in UIFL playoff game". www.goerie.com. Cyberlink and Erie Times-News. Retrieved December 27, 2013.
- "Explosion fall in UIFL playoffs". www.goerie.com. Cyberlink and Erie Times-News. June 24, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2013.
- "Erie Explosion score 102 point in rout". www.goerie.com. Cyberlink and Erie Times-News. May 7, 2012. Retrieved October 15, 2015.