Oklahoma Defenders

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Oklahoma Defenders
Established 2012
Folded 2014
Played in Tulsa Convention Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma
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League/conference affiliations

American Professional Football League (2012)

Champions Professional Indoor Football League (2013–2014)
Team colors Navy, Scarlet, White
            
Mascot Billie the Regulator
Personnel
Owner(s) Lamar Baker
Team history
  • Oklahoma Defender (2012–2014)
Championships
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (0)
Playoff appearances (1)
  • APFL: 2012
Home arena(s)

The Oklahoma Defenders were a professional indoor football team and a charter member of the Champions Professional Indoor Football League (CPIFL). Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Defenders played their home games at the Cox Business Center.

Champions Professional Indoor Football League

The Champions Professional Indoor Football League (CPIFL) was an indoor football league based along the Midwestern United States region. The league began play in February 2013. In August 2014, the CPIFL and Lone Star Football League (LSFL) completed a merger to form Champions Indoor Football (CIF) to begin play in 2015.

Tulsa, Oklahoma City in Oklahoma, United States

Tulsa is the second-largest city in the state of Oklahoma and 45th-most populous city in the United States. As of July 2016, the population was 413,505, an increase of 12,591 over that reported in the 2010 Census. It is the principal municipality of the Tulsa Metropolitan Area, a region with 991,005 residents in the MSA and 1,251,172 in the CSA. The city serves as the county seat of Tulsa County, the most densely populated county in Oklahoma, with urban development extending into Osage, Rogers, and Wagoner counties.

Cox Business Center

Cox Business Center is a 310,625 square foot facility in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma with 102,600 square foot column-free exhibit hall space, Oklahoma's largest ballroom, and 34 meeting rooms. Cox Business Center (CBC) is managed by SMG-the world leader in venue management, marketing, and development and owned by the City of Tulsa. In the fiscal year 2015-2016, the economic impact of events held at the CBC was more than $33 million. The facility won the 2017 Venue Excellence Award from the International Association of Venue Managers, along with being chosen as the 2017 Top New or Renovated Meeting Site by Convention South and Best Event Center by Tulsa People readers.

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It was announced in August 2014, that the team would go dark and cease all operation for the 2015 season, with the goal to return in the 2016 season. Many expect the team to fold and not return for the 2016 season.[ who? ]

The Defenders are the second arena/indoor team based in Tulsa, following the Tulsa Talons which played in arenafootball2 from the league's inaugural season in 2000 until its final season of 2009, and later in the Arena Football League from 2010 until 2011, after which the Talons moved to San Antonio.

Arena Football League Professional indoor American football league

The Arena Football League (AFL) is a professional indoor American football league in the United States. It was founded in 1987 by Jim Foster, making it the third longest-running professional football league in North America, after the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the National Football League (NFL). The AFL plays a proprietary code known as arena football, a form of indoor American football played on a 66-by-28 yard field, with rules encouraging offensive performance, resulting in a faster-paced and higher-scoring game. The sport was invented in the early 1980s and patented by Foster, a former executive of the United States Football League (USFL) and the NFL.

The 2010 Arena Football League season was the 23rd season in the history of the league. The regular season began on April 2, 2010 and ended on July 31. The season ended with ArenaBowl XXIII on August 20.

The 2011 Arena Football League season was the 24th season in the history of the league. The regular season began on March 11, 2011 and ended on July 23, 2011. The Jacksonville Sharks, in their second year of existence, defeated the Arizona Rattlers 73–70 in ArenaBowl XXIV on August 12, 2011 to conclude the playoffs.

History

The Defenders began play in 2012 as a member of the American Professional Football League. [1] [2] The Defenders experienced immediate success, finishing the regular season with a 9-3 record, tied for second place with the Council Bluffs Express. [3] However, the Defenders would get the #3 seed because of the Express holding the head-to-head tiebreaker. In the teams' first-round playoff game, the Defenders lost to the Express 37-32. [4]

American Professional Football League

The American Professional Football League (APFL) was an indoor football league that was founded in 2003. After the 2012 season, most of the teams left to start the Champions Professional Indoor Football League. The league consisted of professional and semi-professional teams, with a few core teams that played a full 10 game schedule and other teams that played partial schedules. At the end of each season, the playoffs were contested between the league's core teams. The first few years of league play were dominated by the Kansas Koyotes, but in later years the league has more parity and more stable members, resulting in the first championship won by another team, the Iowa Blackhawks, and the first championship game not involving the Koyotes, when the Iowa Blackhawks defended their championship against the Mid-Missouri Outlaws in the 2010 APFL season.

For the 2013 season, the Defenders played in the Champions Professional Indoor Football League. They posted a 3-9 record in their inaugural season in the CPIFL. The team's sophomore season in 2014 in the CPIFL was not much better with a duplicate 3-9 record.

It was announced in August 2014, that the team would go dark and cease all operation for the 2015 season, with the goal to return in the 2016 season. [5]

Final roster

Oklahoma Defenders roster
Quarterbacks
  •  8Brady May
  • 12Zach Rasmussen

Running backs

  •  2Kingjack Washington

Wide receivers

  •  4Isaiah Anderson
  •  1Hubert Anyiam
  • 20John Goodlett
  •  6Patrick Jones
  • 23Matt Rice
Offensive linemen
  • 71Michael Billingsly
  • 95Dalvin Brown
  • 69Terry Johnson II
  •  Jarrad Hernandez
  • 72David Lazenby

Defensive linemen

  • 46Ki'Ounta Cathey
  • 54Victor Clore
  • 51Cordero Moore
  • 44Jared St. John
  • 91Faafeti Te'o
Linebackers
  • 52Austen Brooner

Defensive backs

  • 21Bobby Blackshire
  • 24Delaney Dobard
  • 27Sam Proctor
  • 22Norris Wrenn
  • 43Niko Wright

Kickers

Injured Reserve
  • Currently vacant

Transfer List

  • 21Chika Madu DB

Refuse to Report

  • Currently vacant

Season-by-season

SeasonWLTFinishPlayoff results
Oklahoma Defenders (APFL)
20129303rd LeagueLost Semi-final (Council Bluffs)
Oklahoma Defenders (CPIFL)
20133908th League--
20144807th League--
Totals16200(including playoffs)

2014

Season schedule

2014 Schedule
WeekDateKickoffOpponentResults
Final ScoreTeam Record
1March 1 (Sat)7:05pm Kansas Koyotes 72-6 [6] 1-0
2March 8 (Sat)7:05pm@Dodge City Law 56-492-0
3March 16 (Sun)3:05pm Wichita Wild 44-502-1
4March 22 (Sat)7:05pm Sioux City Bandits 46-332-2
5Bye
6April 5 (Sat)7:05pm@Lincoln Haymakers 73-613-2
7April 12 (Sat)7:05pm Bloomington Edge 58-593-3
8April 19 (Sat)7:05pm@Kansas Koyotes 64-55 [7] 4-3
9April 26 (Sat)7:05pm@Wichita Wild 37-674-4
10May 3 (Sat)7:05pm@Sioux City Bandits 52-604-5
11May 10 (Sat)7:30pm Dodge City Law 33-564-6
12May 17 (Sat)7:05pm Salina Bombers 40-604-7
13Bye
14May 31 (Sat)7:05pm@Kansas Koyotes 63-754-8

Past seasons

2013

Season schedule

2013 Schedule
WeekDateKickoffOpponentResults
Final ScoreTeam Record
1March 9 (Sat)7:30pm Wichita Wild 26-700-1
2March 16 (Sat)7:30pm@Kansas Koyotes 62-401-1
3Bye
4March 30 (Sat)7:30pm@Kansas City Renegades 47-541-2
5April 6 (Sat)7:30pm@Salina Bombers 31-501-3
6April 14 (Sun)7:30pm Mid-Missouri Outlaws 36-342-3
7April 20 (Sat)7:30pm Bloomington Edge 39-442-4
8April 26 (Fri)7:05pm@Lincoln Haymakers 40-462-5
9May 4 (Sat)7:05pm@Wichita Wild 7-732-6
10May 11 (Sat)7:30pm Kansas Koyotes 48-203-6
11May 18 (Sat)7:30pm Kansas City Renegades 28-653-7
12May 26 (Sun)4:30pm@Omaha Beef 21-593-8
13Bye
14June 8 (Sat)7:30pm Salina Bombers 34-463-9

2012

Season schedule

2012 Schedule
DateTimeOpponentLocationScore
March 247:05 PM@ Sioux City Bandits Tyson Events Center, Sioux City, IAL 40-70
March 317:05 PM Council Bluffs Express Expo Square Pavilion, Tulsa, OKW 56-41
April 77:05 PM Cheyenne Warriors Expo Square Pavilion, Tulsa, OKW 54-9
April 217:05 PMSioux City BanditsExpo Square Pavilion, Tulsa, OKL 29-31
April 287:05 PM@ Kansas Koyotes Landon Arena, Topeka, KSW 67-20
May 127:05 PM@ Springfield Wolfpack Mediacom Ice Park, Springfield, MOW 58-22
May 197:05 PM@ Colorado Lightning Colorado Sports and Events Center, Monument, COW 2-0 (forfeit)
May 267:05 PMSpringfield WolfpackExpo Square Pavilion, Tulsa, OKW 74-2
June 27:05 PMKansas KoyotesExpo Square Pavilion, Tulsa, OKW 48-19
June 167:05 PM@ Mid-Missouri Outlaws Mathewson Exhibition Center, Sedalia, MOW 75-10
June 237:05 PM@ Council Bluffs Express Mid-America Center, Council Bluffs, IAL 39-62
June 307:05 PMMid-Missouri Outlaws Tulsa Convention Center, Tulsa, OKW 88-41
July 77:05 PM@ Council Bluffs Express - APFL PlayoffsMid-America Center, Council Bluffs, IAL 32-37

Source: [8]

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