2015 Cedar Rapids Titans season

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2015 Cedar Rapids Titans season
Head coachMark Stoute
General managerChris Kokalis
OwnerChris Kokalis
Bob Sullivan
David Bradley
Kenneth Moninski
Home field U.S. Cellular Center
370 1st Avenue NE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
Results
Record9-5
Conference place2nd
Playoff finishLost United Conference Championship 12-34 (Storm)

The 2015 Cedar Rapids Titans season was the fourth season of the Cedar Rapids Titans as a professional indoor football franchise in the Indoor Football League (IFL). One of ten teams competing in the IFL for the 2014 season, the Cedar Rapids Titans are members of the league's United Conference

In an organized sports league, a typical season is the portion of one year in which regulated games of the sport are in session: for example, in Major League Baseball the season lasts approximately from April to October. In other team sports, like association football or basketball, it is generally from August or September to May although in some countries - such as Northern Europe or East Asia - the season starts in the spring and finishes in autumn, mainly due to weather conditions encountered during the winter.

Indoor American football sport

Indoor American football is a variation of American football played at ice hockey-sized indoor arenas. While varying in details from league to league, the rules of indoor football are designed to allow for play in a smaller arena. It is a distinct discipline and not be confused with traditional American football played in large domed stadiums, as is done by some teams at the college and professional levels.

Indoor Football League indoor American football league founded in 2008

The Indoor Football League (IFL) is a professional indoor American football league created in 2008 out of the merger between the Intense Football League and United Indoor Football. The league is the second highest tier in indoor/arena football behind the Arena Football League (AFL), and has operated continuously under the same name and corporate structure longer than any other current indoor football league, considering that the AFL's 2009 season was cancelled and the original league filed for bankruptcy that year. IFL players earn a minimum of US$200 per game played. The season is typically about 14 games long, plus playoffs of two or more rounds.

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The Titans play their home games at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The team is led by head coach Mark Stoute, the 2013 Indoor Football League Coach of the Year. The Titans Dolls dance squad is led by dance team director Lindsay Wray.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa City in Iowa, United States

Cedar Rapids is the second-largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. The city lies on both banks of the Cedar River, 20 miles (32 km) north of Iowa City and 100 miles (160 km) northeast of Des Moines, the state's capital and largest city. It is a part of the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor of Linn, Benton, Cedar, Jones, Johnson, and Washington counties.

The Titans were tasked with replacing 2014 starting quarterback Spencer Ohm, while also losing the IFL's leading rusher, LaRon Council. The team signed Sam Durley, from the defunct Wyoming Cavalry to be their new starting quarterback. Durley got the Titans off to a 6-3 start, good enough for second place in the United Conference, but he was released on May 4, 2015 to sign with the New Orleans VooDoo. [1] However, just two weeks prior to Durley's release, the Titans had traded for the 2014 IFL MVP, Willie Copeland. [2]

The Wyoming Cavalry were an American professional indoor football team based in Casper, Wyoming. They were most recently members of the Intense Conference in the Indoor Football League (IFL). The Cavalry began play in 2000 as an expansion member of the original Indoor Football League as the Casper Cavalry. The Cavalry became a charter member of the National Indoor Football League (NIFL) in 2001 following the original IFL's purchase by the Arena Football League's Orlando Predators. The move in 2001 also brought a franchise name change to the current Wyoming Cavalry. The team then joined the American Indoor Football Association (AIFA) in 2008 after the NIFL's demise. With the AIFA's presence in the Western United States dwindling, the Cavalry joined the IFL in 2011. In September, 2014, majority owner Mitch Zimmerman announced that the team would cease operations.

New Orleans VooDoo Arena football team

The New Orleans VooDoo were a professional arena football team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The VooDoo were a member of the East Division of the American Conference of the Arena Football League (AFL). They played their home games in Smoothie King Center. The VooDoo were unrelated to an earlier AFL team, the New Orleans Night, who had competed in the 1991 and 1992 AFL seasons in the Louisiana Superdome.

Schedule

Key:   Win  Tie  Loss   Bye

Regular season

All start times are local time

WeekDayDateKickoffOpponentResultsLocation
ScoreRecord
1SaturdayFebruary 287:05pm Iowa Barnstormers W 51-20 [3] 1-0 U.S. Cellular Center
2SaturdayApril 77:05pm Sioux Falls Storm L 45-50 [4] 1-1 U.S. Cellular Center
3SundayMarch 153:00pmat Billings Wolves W 45-38 (2 OT) [5] 2-1 Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark
4FridayMarch 207:05pm Tri-Cities Fever W 56-8 [6] 3-1 U.S. Cellular Center
5SaturdayMarch 287:05pm Colorado Ice W 39-29 [7] 4-1 U.S. Cellular Center
6 BYE
7FridayApril 107:00pmat Nebraska Danger L 42-52 [8] 4-2 Eihusen Arena
8SaturdayApril 187:05pmat Bemidji Axemen W 39-36 [9] 5-2 Sanford Center
9SaturdayApril 257:00pm Green Bay Blizzard L 49-52 [10] 5-3 Eihusen Arena
10SaturdayMay 27:00pmat Wichita Falls Nighthawks W 63-40 [11] 6-3 Kay Yeager Coliseum
11SaturdayMay 97:05pm Wichita Falls Nighthawks L 34-38 [12] 6-4 U.S. Cellular Center
12SaturdayMay 167:05pmat Iowa Barnstormers W 50-46 [13] 7-4 Wells Fargo Arena
13 BYE
14SaturdayMay 306:00pmat Green Bay Blizzard W 50-32 [14] 8-4 Resch Center
15 BYE
16SaturdayJune 137:05pm Bemidji Axemen W 48-0 [15] 9-4 U.S. Cellular Center
17SaturdayJune 207:05pmat Sioux Falls Storm L 31-46 [16] 9-5 Denny Sanford PREMIER Center

Standings

2015 United Conference
WLTPCTPFPAGBSTK
y-Sioux Falls Storm 14001.000884481--W14
x-Cedar Rapids Titans 950.6436424875.0L1
Green Bay Blizzard 680.4296207158.0L3
Iowa Barnstormers 680.4295286318.0W1
Bemidji Axemen 2120.14344980312.0L10

Postseason

WeekDayDateKickoffOpponentResultsLocation
ScoreRecord
United Conference ChampionshipSaturdayJune 275:05pmat Sioux Falls Storm L 12-34 [17] 0-1 Denny Sanford PREMIER Center

Roster

2015 Cedar Rapids Titans roster
Quarterbacks
  •  1Willie Copeland

Running Backs

  • 28Zach Brown
  • 37Washaun Ealey
  • 20Trent McGuire

Wide Receivers

  • 15Justin Helwege
  •  9Bryan Pray
  •  4Jasonus Tillery
  • 14Charles Watkins
Offensive Linemen
  • --Lyron McClenney
  • 56Taylor Pass
  • --Mack Randall Jr.
  • 96Maurice Robinson
  • --Sosaia Vaitai
  • --Kameron Young

Defensive Linemen

  • 90Richard Posey
Linebackers
  • 44Nick Haag
  • 19Nikolas Sierra

Defensive Backs

  • 16Robert Brown
  • --Fred Griggs
  •  5B. J. Lowery
  •  7Demetruce McNeal
  •  8Tyree Robinson
  •  2Arius Wright

Kickers

  •  3Philip Welch
Injured Reserve
  • 11Jordan Cotton WR

Refused to Report

  • 12Rockne Belmonte K
  • --Anthony Brown DL/LB
  •  6Willie Carter WR
  • --Nicholas Cooper RB
  • --Spencer Ohm QB

Exempt List

  • Currently vacant

Roster updated June 23, 2015
27 Active, 6 Inactive

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<i>The Gazette</i> (Cedar Rapids) daily newspaper in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The Gazette is a daily newspaper published in the American city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The first paper was published as an evening journal, branded the Evening Gazette, on Wednesday, January 10, 1883. The newspaper is distributed throughout northeastern and east-central Iowa, including the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City metropolitan areas. It was formerly called The Cedar Rapids Gazette. As of March 2013, The Gazette has a circulation of 43,963 for the daily edition and 55,449 for the Sunday edition.