2014 Continental Indoor Football League season

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2014 CIFL season
League Continental Indoor Football League
Sport Indoor Football
Duration February 3, 2014 – May 5, 2014
Regular season
Season champions Saginaw Sting
Season MVP Thomas McKenzie (MAR)
Postseason
North Division champions Erie Explosion
  North Division runners-up Saginaw Sting
South Division champions Marion Blue Racers
  South Division runners-up Northern Kentucky River Monsters
2014 CIFL Championship Game
Champions Erie Explosion
  Runners-up Marion Blue Racers
CIFL seasons
2015 →

The 2014 Continental Indoor Football League season was the Continental Indoor Football League's ninth overall season. The regular season started on Monday February 3, with the Northern Kentucky River Monsters visiting the Bluegrass Warhorses at the Alltech Arena, and ended with the 2014 CIFL Championship Game, the league's championship game held on May 18.

The Erie Explosion successfully defended their championship from the previous year with a win over the Marion Blue Racers in the championship.

Teams[edit]

The Kane County Dawgs, Kentucky Drillers and Owensboro Rage folded either during or after the 2013 season. The addition of the Bluegrass Warhorses, Chicago Slaughter, Kentucky Xtreme and the Northern Kentucky River Monsters prompted the league to make North and South Divisions for the 2014 season. The Slaughter folded in January, so the Chicago Blitz franchise was formed to take their place in 2014.

The Detroit Thunder, Kentucky Xtreme, Bluegrass Warhorses and Port Huron Patriots all ceased operations during the 2014 season.

Schedule[edit]

For the 2013 season there was a 10-game, 14-week regular season running from February to May. Each team hosted 5 games, and had five away games.[1]

Regular season standings[edit]

2014 Continental Indoor Football League
Team Overall Division
W L T PCT W L T PCT
North Division
y-Saginaw Sting 9 1 0 .900 6 1 0 .857
x-Erie Explosion 8 2 0 .800 5 1 0 .833
Chicago Blitz 7 3 0 .700 4 2 0 .667
z-Port Huron Patriots 1 8 0 .111 1 6 0 .143
z-Detroit Thunder 0 8 0 .000 0 6 0 .000
South Division
y-Marion Blue Racers 8 2 0 .800 6 0 0 1.000
x-Northern Kentucky River Monsters 7 3 0 .700 5 2 0 .714
Dayton Sharks 6 4 0 .600 4 3 0 .571
z-Bluegrass Warhorses 1 7 0 .125 1 5 0 .167
z-Kentucky Xtreme 0 5 0 .000 0 4 0 .000
  • y - clinched division title
  • x - clinched playoff spot
  • z - ceased operations during season

Playoffs[edit]

Division Championships CIFL Championship Game
           
1 Saginaw 15
2 Erie 46
N2 Erie 38
S1 Marion 26
1 Marion 56
2 Northern Kentucky 40

Coaching changes[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Team 2014 Coach 2013 Coach(es) Reason for leaving Story/Accomplishments
Kentucky Xtreme LaKunta Farmer Roy McMillen Resigned In August, 2013, the Xtreme named, Defensive Coordinator LaKunta Farmer, the team's second head coach after Roy McMillen announced his resignation.[2]

Midseason[edit]

Team Interim coach Original coach Reason for leaving Story/Accomplishments
Port Huron Patriots None Demar Crawford Mutual decision Crawford left the Patriots under disputed circumstances. Crawford claims he resigned from the team because the ownership was not paying its employees; most of the team's players resigned with him, forcing the team to play its next game with replacement players. Owner Jude Carter claimed Crawford had conducted in conduct detrimental to the team.[3] After one game without a head coach, the Patriots prematurely ended their season.[4]
Northern Kentucky River Monsters Mike Goodpaster Brian Schmidt Fired Schmidt left the River Monsters after three games and joined the staff of the Erie Explosion.[5] Goodpaster was previously the team's defensive coordinator.[6]
Saginaw Sting James Perry II Fred Townsend Mutual decision Just one day before the Sting's playoff game, head coach Fred Townsead announced his resignation.[7] Line Coach James Perry II was named the teams interim head coach.

Awards[edit]

Regular season awards[edit]

Award Winner Position Team
CIFL MVP Thomas McKenzie Defensive End Marion Blue Racers
Offensive Player of the Year Aaron Smetanka Quarterback Erie Explosion
Defensive Player of the Year Spencer Smith Linebacker Saginaw Sting
Special Teams Player of the Year Julie Harshbarger Kicker Chicago Blitz

1st Team All-CIFL[edit]

Offense
Quarterback A. J. McKenna, Saginaw
Juice Williams, Chicago
Running back DeShawn Hayes, Saginaw
Richard Stokes, Erie
Wide receiver David Brown, Chicago
Daryl Gooden, Saginaw
Ricardo Lenhart, Northern Kentucky
Mike Tatum, Marion
Offensive lineman Eric Brim, Saginaw
Dave McQuiston, Erie
Robert Price, Marion
Frank Straub, Northern Kentucky
Defense
Defensive lineman Tim Green, Erie
Stephen Johnson, Erie
Desmond Kenner, Saginaw
Thomas McKenzie, Marion
DeAndre Mosely, Chicago
Linebacker David James, Northern Kentucky
Spencer Smith, Saginaw
Defensive Back Tommy Harris, Northern Kentucky
Viterio Jones, Dayton
Ricardo Kemp, Erie
Special teams
Kicker Julie Harshbarger, Chicago

2nd Team All-CIFL[edit]

Offense
Quarterback Tommy Jones, Dayton
Aaron Smetanka, Erie
Running back A. J. Jimmerson, Port Huron
Bryant Pascascio, Chicago
Wide receiver Eugene Cooper, Dayton
Bryceson Lawrence, Marion
Kent McDonald, Chicago, Derrick Sherer
Offensive lineman Anthony Bullock, Chicago
Josh Ellison, Dayton
William Haase, Marion
Defense
Defensive end Shonn Bell, Chicago
Luke Scarbough, Northern Kentucky
James Spikes, Marion
Linebacker Justin Barnes, Saginaw
Jon D'Angelo, Erie
Sam Fornelli, Chicago
Defensive Back Donte Johnson, Dayton
Ahoma Maxwell, Northern Kentucky
LaTreze Mushatt, Saginaw
Steve Witherspoon, Marion
Special teams
Kicker Dustin Zink, Northern Kentucky

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Weekly Schedule". www.ciflfootball.com. Continental Indoor Football League. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  2. ^ Jonathan Lintner (August 17, 2013). "Doss' LaKunta Farmer tabbed as Kentucky Xtreme arena football team's coach". www.courier-journal.com. Gannett. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ Joseph Hayes (April 13, 2014). "Port Huron Patriots lose, 114-0, without coach and regulars". www.thetimeshearld.com. The Time Herald. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.thetimesherald.com/article/20140426/SPORTS/304260021/Football-Patriots-season-ends-two-games-left
  5. ^ http://erieexplosion.com/coaching-staff.php/Brian-Schmidt-Assistant-Coach/56/2246/797/7499
  6. ^ Mike Perleberg (February 27, 2014). "Goodpaster Is River Monsters’ New Head Coach". www.eaglecountryonline. Wagon Wheel Broadcasting. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ Cory Butzin (May 7, 2014). "Saginaw Sting head coach resigns on the eve of playoff opener against defending champion Erie". www.mlive.com. Michigan Live LLC. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  8. ^ "CIFL Announces All-League Teams for 2014". www.ciflfootball.com. Continental Indoor Football League. May 27, 2014. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 

External links[edit]

2014 Continental Indoor Football League team seasons
Bluegrass Chicago Dayton Detroit Erie Kentucky Marion Northern Kentucky Port Huron Saginaw