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The Rochester Raiders are a professional indoor football team based in Rochester, New Yorkmarker. They are currently a member of the Indoor Football League and play their home games at the Blue Cross Arenamarker. The Raiders were previously a member of the Continental Indoor Football League (formerly the Great Lakes Indoor Football League) from 2006 to 2008 and the American Indoor Football Association for two exhibition matches in 2008. Prior to the Blue Cross Arena, the ESL Sports Centre and the Main Street Armorymarker served as the home venue of the Raiders.

The Raiders played in the CIFL championship game twice, both times against the Port Huron / Michigan Pirates. They lost to Port Huron in 2006 but defeated Michigan in 2007. Rochester finished the 2008 regular season undefeated at 12–0; however, the team resigned after their final regular season opponent, the Flint Phantoms, did not show for the game and forfeited.

History

2006

The Rochester Raiders were founded in 2006 as a charter member of the newly-created Great Lakes Indoor Football League (GLIFL). The Raiders derived their name from a local flag football team. There have been a small number of fans concerned with copyright between the team's logo and the National Football League's Oakland Raiders. However, since the Rochester team never plays in Californiamarker, this is not believed to be of real concern. The Raiders were one of two 2006 teams in the GLIFL that held a television contract, at the time with WBGT-CA, a local low-power station. Games have since been moved to Time Warner Cable SportsNet.

The Raiders' first home venue was the ESL Sports Centre in Brightonmarker (a suburb of Rochestermarker). The team's 2006 roster featured Syracuse Universitymarker standout wide receiver Maurice Jackson (who won the inaugural GLIFL Wide Receiver of the Year Award), quarterback Matt Cottengim (the league's inaugural MVP), Darius Smith (the league's inaugural Return Man of the Year), and in January 2006, they signed 2-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl XXVI Most Valuable Player Mark Rypien to a one-game contract. Rochester went 8–4 under head coach Dennis Greco (on loan from East Rochestermarker High School) during the 2006 regular season and advanced to the postseason. However, they would ultimately fall to the Port Huron Pirates by a score of 40–34 in Great Lakes Bowl I, the GLIFL championship game. After the season, the Raiders moved from the 2,500-seat ESL Sports Centre to the 5,000-seat Main Street Armorymarker in downtown Rochester.

2007

In 2007, ultimately the Raiders' only season in the Armory, they finished the regular season with a 10–2 record under new head coach Eddie Long, good for first in the Atlantic Division. In the playoffs, Rochester won the CIFL championship by defeating the previously-unbeaten Michigan Pirates 37–27 in the CIFL Indoor Championship Game on July 28, 2007. Mike Condello was named the game's Most Valuable Player. The game was held at the Blue Cross Arenamarker, a venue with roughly double the capacity of the Main Street Armory. The Raiders moved to the Blue Cross Arena full-time beginning with the 2008 season.

2008

Rochester kept most of its championship-caliber core together, re-signing quarterbacks Mike Mikolaichik, Matt Cottingem, and Omar Baker; running backs Jamil Porter and Dee Glanton; wide receivers Maurice Jackson, Chris Carter, Noah Fahrenbauch, and Derrick Dyer; offensive linemen Mike Kallfeltz and Eric Jendryaszek; linebackers Jason Coley and James Vann; defensive linemen Terrence Dawson and Tom Parks; defensive backs Chris Shaw, Darius Smith, Makis Whitaker, and Jeff Richardson; and kicker Adam Lanctot. The team also added tight end / defensive end TJ Cottrell (son of Ted Cottrell), wide receiver Darryl Fragger, running back Felix Joyner, defensive lineman Steve Flemming (all three from Port Huron), running back / wide receiver Mark Bly and linebacker Brenton Brady (both from Miami Valley) by way of free agency.

The mix of holdovers from the 2007 club with players from free agency proved to be a winning combination as the team was wildly successful in 2008. They finished the regular season undefeated (12–0; 11–0 in contested games) and won their second straight division title (but first in the Atlantic West Division). However, the the Raiders withdrew from the CIFL playoffs on June 8, 2008, after the Flint Phantoms failed to show up for a Sunday afternoon game. The team then immediately moved to the American Indoor Football Association, and played two exhibition matches there, but then announced a move to the Indoor Football League instead. Speculation among fans and league personnel on CIFL message boards is that some Raiders players will play with the new af2 team in Buffalo, New Yorkmarker—which shares ownership with the Raiders—starting in 2009. As part of the deal, Thurman Thomas, who is the other investor in the Buffalo af2 team, will also acquire a share of the Raiders.

Season-by-season record

Rochester Raiders (GLIFL)
2006 8 4 0 2nd League Won Semifinal (Lehigh Valley)
Lost Great Lakes Bowl I (Port Huron)
Rochester Raiders (CIFL)
2007 10 2 0 1st Atlantic Won AD Semifinal (Chesapeake)
Won AD Championship (New England)
Won CIFL Indoor Championship Game (Michigan)

2008 12 0 0 1st Atlantic West Quit league
Rochester Raiders (IFL)
2009 10 4 0 2nd United Atlantic Lost Divisionals I (River City)
Totals 44 12 0
(including playoffs)

2007 game log



2008 game log



Current staff

  • Head coach: Eddie Long
  • Assistant coaches: Raheem Miller, Jason Collins, and Larry Long


References

  1. Archived 2008-04-23


External links



Date
Opponent
Home/Away
Result
March 17
Port Huron Pirates
Home
Lost 30-62
March 24
New England Surge
Home
Won 77-40
March 30
Port Huron Pirates
Away
Lost 13-60
April 14
Lehigh Valley Outlawz
Away
Won 63-25
April 21
Chesapeake Tide
Away
Won 89-49
April 28
Chesapeake Tide
Home
Won 52-16
May 5
Chicago Slaughter
Away
Won 49-40
May 19
New York/New Jersey Revolution
Home
Won 62-0
May 26
Lehigh Valley Outlawz
Home
Won 77-49
June 2
Steubenville Stampede
Home
Won 81-6
June 9
New York/New Jersey Revolution
Away
Won 56-21
June 16
New England Surge
Away
Won 49-40
July 7
Chesapeake Tide (Playoffs)
Home
Won 76-43
July 14
New England Surge (Playoffs)
Home
Won 80-45
July 28
Michigan Pirates (CIFL Indoor Championship Game)
Home (BCAmarker)
Won 37-27
Date
Opponent
Home/Away
Result
March 21
Chesapeake Tide
Away
Won 43-36
March 29
Lehigh Valley Outlawz
Home
Won 49-27
April 5
Marion Mayhem
Away
Won 52-19
April 12
New Jersey Revolution
Home
Won 49-3
April 19
Saginaw Sting
Home
Won 59-43
April 26
New Jersey Revolution
Away
Won 59-16
May 3
New England Surge
Home
Won 62-20
May 10
Lehigh Valley Outlawz
Away
Won 45-26
May 17
Chesapeake Tide
Home
Won 58-13
May 24
Flint Phantoms
Away
Won 35-12
May 31
New England Surge
Away
Won 52-25
June 8
Flint Phantoms
Home
Won Forfeit

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