Minnesota Fighting Pike

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Minnesota Fighting Pike
Established 1996
Folded 1996
Played in Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minnesota Fighting Pike Logo.jpg
League/conference affiliations
Arena Football League (1996)
  • American Conference (1996)
Team colorsGreen, gold, white
   
Personnel
Owner(s) Tom Scallen
PresidentTom Scallen
Head coach Ray Jauch
Team history
  • Minnesota Fighting Pike (1996)
Championships
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Prior to 2005, the AFL did not have conference championship games
Division championships (0)
Home arena(s)

The Minnesota Fighting Pike were an Arena football team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They joined the Arena Football League (AFL) in 1996 as an expansion team. The Fighting Pike were the first ever attempt at an arena/indoor football team in the state of Minnesota. The owner of the Fighting Pike was Tom Scallen. The Fighting Pike played at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The team colors were green and gold. In a 2012 AFL Poll, the Fighting Pike were voted as the 8th greatest nickname in AFL history. [1]

Contents

Franchise history

In November 1995, the announced that they would be nicknamed the "Fighting Pike" and that Art Haege was named the team's head coach. [2]

During the team's first tryout, Haege walked out, stating he was going "Back to Iowa." The next day, Haege faxed in his resignation to team owner Tom Scallen. [3] [4]

The Pike were 0-7 at home, and the average attendance for the seven home games was 8,894. [5]

The roster was full of players who had played at the University of Minnesota or other Minnesota colleges and universities. Tony Levine, a former Golden Gopher, joined the team and received 8 passes for a total of 83 yards and 1 touchdown. Former Gopher Rickey Foggie was the quarterback and he struggled adapting to the Arena Football League after many years in the Canadian Football League. Once during the season he was benched in favor of Southwest State's Jeff Loots, who threw four interceptions in a game. Loots was playing on his third expansion team in three seasons. Another player from Southwest State was Alvin Ashley. The best-known ex-Pike is kicker Mike Vanderjagt, later a star in the CFL and NFL.

Ray Jauch was the head coach. He was assisted by John Coatta Jr. on offense and Frank Haege on defense.

The team's lack of exposure or advertising was the key reason for the team's folding at the end of the 1996 season.[ citation needed ] The team did not have a regional television deal to promote their games or have the games advertised in newspapers and other media.

The Pike's final game of the season against the Memphis Pharaohs was played in Tupelo, Mississippi, because the Pharaohs had been evicted from their arena.[ citation needed ]

The Pike's official mascot was a giant Pike named "Tackle." He was known to "dive" into a promotional hot tub at the arena.

Players

Final roster

Minnesota Fighting Pike roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Offensive linemen/Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Kickers

Rookies in italics
Roster updated August 16, 2012
32 Active, 0 Inactive, 0 PS

Coaches

Head coaches

NameTermRegular seasonPlayoffsAwards
WLTWin%WL
Ray Jauch 1996 4100.28600

Coaching staff

Minnesota Fighting Pike staff
Front Office

Head Coach

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

1996 season results

Arena Bowl ChampionsConference ChampionsDivision ChampionsWild Card BerthLeague Leader
Season Team League Conference Division Regular season Postseason results
FinishWinsLossesTies
1996 1996 AFL American Western 4th4100
Totals4100All-time regular season record (1996)
00-All-time postseason record (1996)
4100All-time regular season and postseason record (1996)
DateOpponentHome/AwayResult
April 27 Texas Terror AwayW 36–24
May 4 Iowa Barnstormers HomeL 43–59
May 10 St. Louis Stampede HomeL 22–59
May 18 Albany Firebirds AwayL 30–85
May 24 Tampa Bay Storm HomeL 16–41
May 31 Anaheim Piranhas HomeL 23–49
June 7 Arizona Rattlers HomeL 27–59
June 15 Florida Bobcats AwayL 28–63
June 28 Milwaukee Mustangs HomeL 49–61
July 5 Connecticut Coyotes AwayW 44–40
July 12 Orlando Predators AwayL 12–56
July 19 Texas Terror HomeL 51–54
July 26 San Jose SaberCats AwayW 40–31
August 3 Memphis Pharaohs AwayW 50–25

Statistics

Team leaders

Offense

Passing

PlacePlayer NameCompletionsAttemptsComp%YardsTD'sINT'sRating
1 Rickey Foggie 22444350.6%2269401673.1
2 Jeff Loots 407553.3%4847857.2

Rushing

PlacePlayer NameCarYardsAvgTD's
1 Harry Jackson 22261.20
2 Guy Howard 11191.70
3 William Freeney 5183.60
4 Rickey Foggie 171714
5 Bruce LaSane 61220
6 Wayne Hawkins 31240
7 Willie Jennings 891.10
8 Kevin Wolfolk 2840
9 Norman Brown 1220
10 David Andrews 1220
11 Jeff Loots 3−2−0.70

Receiving

PlacePlayer NameRec.YardsAvgTD's
1 Reggie Brown 7996412.217
2 Alvin Ashley 699711419
3 Eric Jennings 292307.90
4 Bruce LaSane 2227512.56
5 Wayne Hawkins 1516410.91
6 Harry Jackson 151288.51
7 Kevin Guy 99610.60
8 Tony Levine 88310.41
9 Guy Howard 5224.40
10 Franklin Thomas 34314.30
11 D.J. McCarthy 25326.51
12 Fernando Evans 22311.50
13 Tony Harris 2157.50
14 Nate Johnson III 21470
15 Tony Young 145451
16 Tracey Martin 114140
17 Adrian Lunsford 1770
18 Norman Brown 1550

Touchdowns

PlacePlayer NameTD'sRushRecRetPts
1 Alvin Ashley 190190114
2 Reggie Brown 170170102
2 Bruce LaSane 606036
4 Rickey Foggie 440024
5 Adrian Lunsford 200212
6 Wayne Hawkins 10106
7 Harry Jackson 10106
8 Tony Levine 10106
9 D.J. McCarthy 10106
10 Tony Young 10106

Defense

PlacePlayer NameTacklesSoloAssistedSackSoloAssistedINTYardsTD'sLong
1 Kevin Guy 52.5497000200
2 Tony Harris 43.54150001100
3 Adrian Lunsford 413780007292
4 Alvin Ashley 28.52730002421
5 Brian Krulikowski 2519121.511000
6 Nate Johnson III 231984.541000
7 Norman Brown 22.5213000000
8 Mike Sunvold 21.5187440000
9 Harry Jackson 19182000000
10 Franklin Thomas 16152000000
11 Bruce LaSane 15.5135000000
12 Guy Howard 14.5125000000
13 Joe Fuller 11.51110001130
14 Roosevelt Nix 1084000000
15 Kevin Wolfolk 9.591000000
16 Reggie Brown 982000000
17 Scott Dolfi 872000000
18 Randy Smith 6.5610001210
19 William Freeney 550000000
20 Wayne Hawkins 440000000
21 Sheldon Haliburton 432000000
22 Tony Levine 440000000
23 Ty Stewart 220000000
24 D.J. McCarthy 220000100
25 Jeff Loots 220000000
26 Tony Young 220000000
27 Jon Garber 220000000
28 Fernando Evans 1.511000000
22 Ricky Foggie 110000000
23 Eric Jennings 110000000
24 Macey Stephens 000000000

Special teams

Kick return

PlacePlayer NameRetYardsTD'sLongAvgRetYardsTD'sLongAvg
1 Alvin Ashley 529510
2 Adrian Lunsford 223932
3 Reggie Brown 3230
4 Tony Harris 2260
5 Wayne Hawkins 290
6 Kevin Guy 200
7 Eric Jennings 100

Kicking

PlacePlayer NameExtra pt.Extra pt. Att.FGFGAPct.Pts
1 Ty Stewart 3743165230.887
2 Mike Vanderjagt 7102633.313

1996 regular season

Week 1: vs Texas Terror

at The Summit, Houston, Texas

Attendance: 4,520

Week 2: vs Iowa Barnstormers

at the Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Attendance: 14,840

Week 3: vs St. Louis Stampede

at the Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Attendance: 8,726

Week 4: vs Albany Firebirds

at the Times Union Center, Albany, New York

Attendance: 11,712

Week 5: vs Tampa Bay Storm

at the Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Attendance: 7,781

Week 6: vs Anaheim Piranhas

at the Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Attendance: 8,117

Week 7: vs Arizona Rattlers

at the Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Attendance: 8,207

Week 8: vs Florida Bobcats

at the West Palm Beach Auditorium, West Palm Beach, Florida

Attendance: 4,450

Week 10: vs Milwaukee Mustangs

at the Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Attendance: 7,207

Week 11: vs Connecticut Coyotes

at the Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, Connecticut

Attendance: 9,249

Week 12: vs Orlando Predators

at the Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida

Attendance: 15,107

Week 13: vs Texas Terror

at the Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Attendance: 7,380

Week 14: vs San Jose SaberCats

at the HP Pavilion, San Jose, California

Attendance: 14,901

Week 15: vs Memphis Pharaohs

at the BancorpSouth Arena, Tupelo, Mississippi

Attendance: 4,520


Other media

Notes

  1. "Top 25 Team Names in Arena Football History". www.arenafootball.com. Arena Football League. February 16, 2012. Retrieved August 17, 2012.
  2. "Transactions". Hartford Courant. November 10, 1995. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  3. Anthony Hall (July 5, 2007). "A Return Of The Minnesota Fighting Pike?". www.realclearsports.com. Real Clear Sports. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  4. Dan Barrerio (January 17, 1996). "Coach tells Pike: This I don't like, I'm takin' a hike; `They weren't my kind of folks,' says Haege". The Star Tribune. Archived from the original on April 9, 2016. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  5. "Minnesota Fighting Pike history - 1996". www.arenafan.com. Arena Fan. Retrieved August 13, 2012.

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