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Oklahoma City Yard Dawgs
OKCYardDawgz
Founded 2004
Head coach Sparky McEwen
Home arena Ford Center
2004–2008
Cox Convention Center
2009–2010
City, State [[Oklahoma City, Oklahoma]]
ArenaCup championships 0

The Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz was a member of the new Arena Football League. The team began play as a 2004 expansion team of the original Arena Football League's now-defunct minor league af2. Formerly a tenant of the Ford Center from 2004 until 2008, the Yard Dawgz were forced out when the National Basketball Association's Oklahoma City Thunder moved into town; starting in 2009, the Yard Dawgz played across the street at the Cox Convention Center. On October 25, 2010 Yard Dawgz owner Phil Miller announced that he decided not to play in the Arena Football League for the 2011 season.[1]


Team historyEdit

Three straight winning seasonsEdit

The Yard Dawgz had a successful first year on and off the field by leading the league in attendance and finishing the regular season with 10-6 record to finish second in the Southwest Division of the National Conference.

In 2005, The Yard Dawgz had another successful year, despite changing divisions, by coming in third in attendance and finishing the regular season with 10-6 record to finish second in the Midwest Division of the National Conference. The Dawgz lost in the first round to the Amarillo Dusters.

The Yard Dawgz had their best showing in 2006 with a record of 11-5 and their third playoff appearance. Kicker A.J. Haglund won the af2 Kicker of the Year award and Quarterback Craig Strickland became the only player in af2 history to reach 20,000 career passing yards.

First losing seasonEdit

In 2007, under head coach John Fitzgerald, the Yard Dawgz had the second leading offense in the league - averaging 310.9 yd/game. Despite finishing 7-9, the team made its fourth consecutive playoff appearance. Three members of the 2007 Yard Dawgz earned All-af2 First Team honors - WR/DB Al Hunt, Center Gene Frederic, and OL/DL Barry Giles.

Historical News from 2008Edit

On June 28, 2008 against the Lubbock Renegades, Wide Receiver Al Hunt became only the third player in af2 history to record 1,000 points.

2009 seasonEdit

After starting out the season with a promising team record 4-0 record, the Yard Dawgz dropped five straight games in a row, the longest in team history, to drop to 4-5. Since then, the Dawgz have won 3 straight to push their record to 7-5 with an eye still on the playoffs.

On June 20, the Yard Dawgz faced off against the Corpus Christi Sharks. The Yard Dawgz beat the Sharks 93-41 and set an af2 record for points scored in the first half (59) and beat the franchise record of points scored in a game that was originally set against the Tulsa Talons.

Despite a loss to the Spokane Shock on June 26, the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz clinched a playoff berth after a loss by Central Valley to Boise the next night. The playoff appearance will mark the 5th time in 6 years the Dawgz will be in post-season play.

The Yard Dawgz season ended on August 1 at the hands of the Tulsa Talons in the first round of ArenaCup playoffs. With the loss, the Dawgz has dropped five straight post season games and is winless in the team's history in the playoffs. The Dawgz franchise is selling season tickets for the 2010 season.

2011 seasonEdit

On October 25, 2010 Yard Dawgz owner Phil Miller announced that he decided not to play in the Arena Football League for the 2011 season.[1] However the Indoor Football League announced the sameday that a new team would play in Oklahoma City in 2011.[1]

2010 ResultsEdit

Week Date Opponent Home/Away Result Attendance
1 April 3 Jacksonville Sharks Home L 38-54 5,542
2 April 10 BYE
3 April 17 Cleveland Gladiators Home W 63-50 5,422
4 April 24 Iowa Barnstormers Away L 60-68 8,312
5 April 30 Dallas Vigilantes Away L 34-55 7,051
6 May 8 Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings Home W 88-79 4,775
7 May 16 Spokane Shock Home L 63-68 4,415
8 May 22 Tulsa Talons Away L 41-67 7,235
9 May 28 Alabama Vipers Home W 65-39 5,139
10 June 5 Tampa Bay Storm Away L 48-50 16,200
11 June 11 Arizona Rattlers Away L 55-56 11,922
12 June 20 BYE
13 June 26 Dallas Vigilantes Home W 35-31 5,114
14 July 3 Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings Away W 70-44 3,382
15 July 10 Iowa Barnstormers Home W 52-42 5,415
16 July 17 Cleveland Gladiators Away L 39-44 7,682
17 July 24 Orlando Predators Away L 21-49 12,343
18 July 30 Tulsa Talons Home L 61-74 7,702

Season-By-SeasonEdit

ArenaBowl Champions ArenaBowl Appearance Division Champions Playoff Berth
Season League Conference Division Regular season Postseason results
Finish Wins Losses
Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz
2004 AF2 National Southwest 2nd 10 6 Lost Week 1 Peoria 45-36
2005 AF2 National Midwest 2nd 10 6 Lost Week 1 Amarillo 59-56
2006 AF2 National Midwest 2nd 11 5 Lost Week 1 Arkansas 47-43
2007 AF2 National Central 3rd 7 9 Lost Week 1 Tulsa 62-27
2008 AF2 National Central 3rd 6 10 NO PLAYOFFS
2009 AF2 National Central 2nd 7 9 Lost Week 1 Tulsa 90-75
*2010 AFL American Southwest 2nd 6 10 NO PLAYOFFS
Total 57 55 (includes only regular season)
0 5 (includes only the postseason)
57 60 (includes both regular season and postseason)

* = Current Standing

Head CoachesEdit

  • 2004 Gary Reasons
  • 2005–2006 Jeff Jarnigan
  • 2007 John Fitzgerald
  • 2008 Gary Reasons and Sparky McEwen
  • 2009–2010 Sparky McEwen

RosterEdit

Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz rosterview · talk · edit
Quarterbacks

Fullbacks

Wide Receivers

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Kickers

Injured Reserve

Exempt List

Suspended List

Rookies in italics
[1] updated June 10, 2010</br> 23 Active, 9 Inactive

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Notable playersEdit

  • Timon Marshall
  • A. J. Haglund
  • Al Hunt
  • Fred Shaw
  • Kelly Butler
  • Mike Brown
  • Danny Howard
  • Freddie Rollins
  • Aaron Chavers
  • Anthony Hines
  • Big Steven Coleman
  • Tonga Tea
  • Mike Hunt
  • Fabio Castelli

Notable former playersEdit

  • Craig Strickland
  • Pete Martinez
  • B.J. Barre
  • Evan Gray
  • Ben Scott
  • Jarrail Jackson
  • Barry Giles

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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