2013 Continental Indoor Football League season

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2013 CIFL season
League Continental Indoor Football League
Sport Indoor Football
Duration February 8, 2013 – April 28, 2013
Regular season
Season champions Erie Explosion
Season MVP C. J. Tarver
League postseason
1 vs 4 CIFL Semifinals champions Erie Explosion
  1 vs 4 CIFL Semifinals runners-up Kentucky Xtreme
2 vs 3 CIFL Semifinals champions Saginaw Sting
  2 vs 3 CIFL Semifinals runners-up Dayton Sharks
2013 CIFL
Champions Erie Explosion
  Runners-up Saginaw Sting
Finals MVP Richard Stokes
CIFL seasons

The 2013 Continental Indoor Football League season will be the Continental Indoor Football League's eighth overall season. The regular season will start on Friday February 8, with the Marion Blue Racers visiting the Saginaw Sting at the Dow Event Center, and will end with the 2013 CIFL Championship Game, the league's championship game being held on, or around, May 18. The league approved the expansion of the playoff format from four teams to six teams (with the top two teams receiving byes).


For the 2013 season there will be a 10-game, 12-week regular season running from February to April. Each team will host 5 games, and have five away games. For the first time in league history, there will be Monday night games.

Regular season standings[edit]

2013 Continental Indoor Football League
Team W L T PCT PF PA PF (Avg.) PA (Avg.) STK
y-Erie Explosion 10 0 0 1.000 467 218 46.7 21.8 W10
x-Dayton Sharks 8 2 0 .800 478 303 47.8 30.3 L2
x-Saginaw Sting 8 2 0 .800 377 320 37.7 32.0 W3
x-Kentucky Xtreme 7 3 0 .700 497 328 49.7 32.8 W2
Detroit Thunder 4 6 0 .400 282 389 28.2 38.9 L1
Port Huron Patriots 4 6 0 .400 255 336 25.5 33.6 L1
Kentucky Drillers 2 8 0 .200 270 475 27.0 47.5 W1
Marion Blue Racers 2 8 0 .200 317 428 31.7 42.8 W1
Owensboro Rage 5 5 0 .500 195 267 19.5 26.7 L2
Kane County Dawgs 0 10 0 .000 13 87 1.3 8.7 L10

y - clinched regular-season title

x - clinched playoff spot


Semifinals CIFL Championship Game
3 Saginaw 66
2 Dayton 63
3 Saginaw 36
1 Erie 37
4 Kentucky 6
1 Erie 55

Rule changes[edit]

  • Starting in 2013 teams will be allowed to expand their active roster from 19 players up to 21 this year and are being required to carry a backup Quarterback and Kicker.[1]
  • Teams will score a single point on their kickoff if the ball makes its way through the uprights.[1]
  • Defensive Backs are not allowed to blitz[1]
  • Starting in 2013 coaches will be permitted to coach on the field again, which will improve communication between them and their players[1]

Coaching changes[edit]


Team 2013 Coach 2012 Coach(es) Reason for leaving Story/Accomplishments
Marion Blue Racers Martino Theus Lorenzo Styles/
Marc Huddleston
Contract not renewed
On March 30, 2012, Styles resigned as the head coach of the Blue Racers after compiling a 3-1 record, citing personal reason as the reason for his resignation.[2] Offensive Coordinator Marc Huddleston, took over as the team's head coach.[3] Huddleston's contract was not renewed after the 2012 season.

On September 18, 2012, the Blue Racers name, CEO and General Manager, LaMonte Coleman, as the team's 5th head coach in franchise history.[4] But, three weeks prior to the season's start, offensive coordinator Martino Theus was promoted to head coach.[5]


Team Interim Coach 2013 Coach(es) Reason for leaving Story/Accomplishments
Port Huron Patriots Demar Cranford Dave Kinsman Resigned On February 21, Kinsman resigned as the Head Coach of the Patriots, as he sold the team to Jude Carter, and was set to deploy to Afghanistan.[6]

Carter named Demar Cranford as the team's new Head Coach the same day.[6]


Regular season awards[edit]

Award Winner Position Team
CIFL MVP C. J. Tarver Wide Receiver Saginaw Sting
Offensive Player of the Year Tommy Jones Quarterback Dayton Sharks
Defensive Player of the Year Kwaheem Smith Defensive Back Erie Explosion
Special Teams Player of the Year C. J. Tarver Wide Receiver Saginaw Sting

1st Team All-CIFL[edit]

Quarterback A. J. McKenna, Saginaw
Running back Richard Stokes, Erie
Wide receiver C. J. Tarver, Saginaw
Robert Redd, Dayton
Alfonso Hoggard, Erie
Offensive tackle Eric Brim, Saginaw
Andrew Phelan, Dayton
William Hasse, Marion
Anthony Richardson, KY Xtreme
Center Dave McQuiston, Erie
Defensive lineman James Spikes, Dayton
Andre Portis, Erie
Andre Thomas, Detroit
Thomas McKenzie, Marion
Linebacker P. J. Jackson, Port Huron
Jon D'Angelo, Erie
Santino Turnbow, Dayton
Defensive Back Kwaheem Smith, Erie
Jamar Hibler, Saginaw
Ricardo Kemp, Erie
Special teams
Kicker Shon Rowser, Erie

2nd Team All-CIFL[edit]

Quarterback Tommy Jones, Dayton
Running back Derrick Moss, Dayton
Wide receiver Doug Beaumont, KY Xtreme
Reggie Eubanks, Detroit
Kenyez Mincy, Dayton
Offensive tackle Frank Straub, Dayton
Richard Gedelian, Detroit
George Frisch, Erie
Brian Moore, Saginaw
Center Josh Pack, Saginaw
Defensive end Dwayne Holmes, Port Huron
Mike Sowell, KY Xtreme
Nate Synder, Saginaw
Zach Williams, Erie
Linebacker Andrew DeWeerd, Saginaw
Doug Emery, Detroit
Brandon McElwee, Erie
Defensive Back Jamaal Hibler, Sagniaw
Jeremy Satchel, Marion
Mike Davis, Dayton
Special teams
Kicker Chris Kollias, Saginaw



  1. ^ a b c d Aaron Black (October 26, 2012). "CIFL Concludes Annual Meeting, Sets Vision for Future". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Lorenzo Styles resigns as Blue Racers coach". Marion Star. March 30, 2012. Retrieved July 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ Shawn Curtis (April 6, 2012). "Generals looking to stay unbeaten at War Memorial". The Tribune-Democrat. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Blue Racers Name Head Coach". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. September 18, 2012. Retrieved September 19, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Theus Promoted to Lead 2013 Blue Racers". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. January 17, 2013. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Joseph Hayes (February 22, 2013). "Dave Kinsman sell Port Huron Patriots locally". The Time Herald. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Explosion Defeat Sting to Win CIFL Championship". www.ciflfootball.com. Continental Indoor Football League. May 12, 2013. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  8. ^ "CIFL Announces 2013 All-CIFL Teams". www.ciflfootball.com. Continental Indoor Football League. May 11, 2013. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 

External links[edit]

2013 Continental Indoor Football League seasons
Dayton Detroit Erie Kane County Kentucky Drillers Kentucky Xtreme Marion Owensboro Port Huron Saginaw