2011 La Crosse Spartans season

The 2011 La Crosse Spartans season was the team's second season as a professional indoor football franchise and second in the Indoor Football League (IFL). One of twenty-two teams competing in the IFL for the 2011 season, the La Crosse, Wisconsin-based La Crosse Spartans were members of the Great Lakes Division of the United Conference.

Under the leadership of owner Chris Kokalis, and head coach Kyle Moore-Brown, the team played their home games at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

The season began February 19, 2011, in the IFL’s showcase game, the Kickoff Classic. La Crosse played seven regular season games at home over the course of February through early June.[1] Indoor football veteran Jose Jefferson joined the Spartans for the 2011 season as their Offensive Coordinator.[2]

After four games of the 2011 season it was announced that head coach Gilbert Brown would be taking a leave of absence from the team for personal reasons, and that his brother Kyle Moore-Brown would be switching from assistant coach to head coach of the Spartans.[3]

On April 30, 2011, the Spartans became one of the few teams in indoor football history to post a shutout, beating the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks 51-0.

On August 30, 2011, GM and co-owner Chris Kokalis announced the formation of the Cedar Rapids Titans, including former Spartans members Xzavie Jackson, Travis Miller and Mike Polaski. The Titans were listed as members of the Great Lakes division, along with the Green Bay Blizzard, Bloomington Extreme and Chicago Slaughter, but the Spartans were not listed in this division they were previously in. Kokalis said the Spartans franchise will "cease to exist", but also said that the team was up for sale. [4]

2011 La Crosse Spartans season
Head coachKyle Moore-Brown (Interim)
Gilbert Brown (resigned March 31)
General managerChris Kokalis
OwnerChris Kokalis
Home fieldLa Crosse Center
300 Harbor View Plaza
La Crosse, WI 54601
Results
Record5-9
Division place4th Great Lakes
Playoff finishdid not qualify

Schedule

Key:   Win   Tie   Loss   Bye

Preseason

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results
Final Score Team Record
December 31 (Fri) 2:00pm River City Rough Riders
(Family Day Scrimmage)
W 37-7 ---

Regular Season

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results
Final Score Team Record
0* February 19 (Sat) 7:00pm Chicago Slaughter L 48-69 0-1
1 Bye
2 Bye
3 March 12 (Sat) 7:05pm at Omaha Beef L 20-40 0-2
4 March 17 (Thu) 7:00pm Kent Predators W 66-28 1-2
5 March 26 (Sat) 7:05pm
(6:05 Central)
at Richmond Revolution W 39-33 2-2
6 April 3 (Sun) 3:00pm Nebraska Danger W 50-44 3-2
7 April 9 (Sat) 7:05pm at Chicago Slaughter L 40-54 3-3
8 April 15 (Fri) 7:05pm at Sioux Falls Storm L 10-77 3-4
9 April 22 (Fri) 7:00pm Bloomington Extreme L 26-71 3-5
10 April 30 (Sat) 7:00pm Lehigh Valley Steelhawks W 51-0 4-5
11 May 7 (Sat) 7:30pm at Green Bay Blizzard L 21-44 4-6
12 Bye
13 May 21 (Sat) 7:05pm
(6:05 Central)
at Richmond Revolution L 37-40 4-7
14 May 27 (Fri) 7:00pm Green Bay Blizzard L 31-66 4-8
15 June 3 (Fri) 7:07pm at Bloomington Extreme L 29-45 4-9
16 June 11 (Sat) 7:00pm Lehigh Valley Steelhawks W 27-22 5-9

* = Kickoff Classic Game, before week 1 starts.

Roster

La Crosse Spartans roster
Quarterbacks
  •  5 Ryan Maiuri
  •  8 Buddy Rivera

Running Backs

  •  3 Hakeem Abdullah
  •  6 LaRon Council

Wide Receivers

  •  7 Phillip Ditto
  • 11 Christopher Headd
  • 16 Aaron Rhea
  • 18 Emmanuel Spann
Offensive Linemen
  • 67 Courtney Abbott
  • 70 Juliene Adams
  • 73 James Washington
  • 78 Travis Miller

Defensive Linemen

  • 44 Michael Ebanks
  •  4 Bernard Faithful
  •  1 Xzavie Jackson
  • 56 Jeremy Maddox
Linebackers
  •  9 Joe Bevis

Defensive Backs

  • 20 Jamil Abdullah
  •  2 Walner Belleus
  • 21 Kevis Buckley
  • 37 George Carpenter
  • 13 Tim Corrish
  • 26 Richard Chambers

Kickers

  • 10 Mike Polaski
  • 30 Rubio Radamez
  • 10 Jake Bauer
Injured Reserve
  • 31 Wes McDermott LB (IR) Injury icon 2.svg
  •  9 Antonio O'Neal DL (IR) Injury icon 2.svg
  • 83 Antonio Overstreet WR (IR) Injury icon 2.svg
  • 24 Tommie Williams DB (IR) Injury icon 2.svg

Inactive

  • -- Larry Dibbles DL
  • -- James Dudley Jr. RB
  • -- Joe Manning DB
  • -- Jermaine Pruitt OL
  • -- Steve Smith RB
  • -- Antawan Walker WR
  • 36 Brandon White DB

Practice Squad

  • Currently vacant
  • Rookies in italics
  • Roster updated June 1, 2011
  • 25 Active, 11 Inactive, 0 PS

More rosters

Standings

2011 Great Lakes Division
W L T PCT PF PA DIV GB STK
y Green Bay Blizzard 11 3 0 0.786 764 508 4-2 --- W4
x Bloomington Extreme 9 5 0 0.643 561 473 4-2 2.0 L1
x Chicago Slaughter 8 6 0 0.571 624 627 4-2 3.0 L3
La Crosse Spartans 5 9 0 0.357 495 633 0-6 6.0 W1

References

  1. ^ "La Crosse Spartans : Schedule". La Crosse Spartans. Archived from the original on 2012-07-06.
  2. ^ "Jose Jefferson to Lead Spartans' Offense". Our Sports Central. November 10, 2010. Retrieved November 10, 2010.
  3. ^ "Spartans' Brown to Take Leave of Absence". Our Sports Central.
  4. ^ Jeff Brown (August 30, 2011). "Spartans fold". www.lacrossetribune.com. La Crosse Tribune. Retrieved June 10, 2015.
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