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Oklahoma Defenders

Oklahoma Defenders
Founded 2012
League APFL (2012)
CPIFL (2013–2014)
Team history Oklahoma Defenders (2012-2014)
Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Arena Tulsa Convention Center
Colors Navy, Scarlet, White
Owner(s) Lamar Baker
Head coach N/A
Playoff berths 1: (APFL: 2012)
Mascot Billie the Regulator

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.

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.

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.

History

The Defenders began play in 2012 as a member of the American Professional Football League. Home games were played at the Expo Square Pavilion.[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]

For the 2013 season, the Defenders played in the Champions Professional Indoor Football League and moved to the Tulsa Convention Center. 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]

Roster

Season-By-Season

Season W L T Finish Playoff results
Oklahoma Defenders (APFL)
2012 9 3 0 3rd League Lost Semi-final (Council Bluffs)
Oklahoma Defenders (CPIFL)
2013 3 9 0 8th League --
2014* 4 8 0 7th League --
Totals 16 20 0 (including playoffs)

* = Current standing

2014

Season Schedule

2014 Schedule
Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results
Final Score Team Record
1 March 1 (Sat) 7:05pm Kansas Koyotes 72-6 [6] 1-0
2 March 8 (Sat) 7:05pm @Dodge City Law 56-49 2-0
3 March 16 (Sun) 3:05pm Wichita Wild 44-50 2-1
4 March 22 (Sat) 7:05pm Sioux City Bandits 46-33 2-2
5 Bye
6 April 5 (Sat) 7:05pm @Lincoln Haymakers 73-61 3-2
7 April 12 (Sat) 7:05pm Bloomington Edge 58-59 3-3
8 April 19 (Sat) 7:05pm @Kansas Koyotes 64-55 [7] 4-3
9 April 26 (Sat) 7:05pm @Wichita Wild 37-67 4-4
10 May 3 (Sat) 7:05pm @Sioux City Bandits 52-60 4-5
11 May 10 (Sat) 7:30pm Dodge City Law 33-56 4-6
12 May 17 (Sat) 7:05pm Salina Bombers 40-60 4-7
13 Bye
14 May 31 (Sat) 7:05pm @Kansas Koyotes 63-75 4-8

Past Seasons

2013

Season Schedule

2013 Schedule
Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results
Final Score Team Record
1 March 9 (Sat) 7:30pm Wichita Wild 26-70 0-1
2 March 16 (Sat) 7:30pm @Kansas Koyotes 62-40 1-1
3 Bye
4 March 30 (Sat) 7:30pm @Kansas City Renegades 47-54 1-2
5 April 6 (Sat) 7:30pm @Salina Bombers 31-50 1-3
6 April 14 (Sun) 7:30pm Mid-Missouri Outlaws 36-34 2-3
7 April 20 (Sat) 7:30pm Bloomington Edge 39-44 2-4
8 April 26 (Fri) 7:05pm @Lincoln Haymakers 40-46 2-5
9 May 4 (Sat) 7:05pm @Wichita Wild 7-73 2-6
10 May 11 (Sat) 7:30pm Kansas Koyotes 48-20 3-6
11 May 18 (Sat) 7:30pm Kansas City Renegades 28-65 3-7
12 May 26 (Sun) 4:30pm @Omaha Beef 21-59 3-8
13 Bye
14 June 8 (Sat) 7:30pm Salina Bombers 34-46 3-9

2012

Season Schedule

2012 Schedule
Date Time Opponent Location Score
March 24 7:05 PM @ Sioux City Bandits Tyson Events Center, Sioux City, IA L 40-70
March 31 7:05 PM Council Bluffs Express Expo Square Pavilion, Tulsa, OK W 56-41
April 7 7:05 PM Cheyenne Warriors Expo Square Pavilion, Tulsa, OK W 54-9
April 21 7:05 PM Sioux City Bandits Expo Square Pavilion, Tulsa, OK L 29-31
April 28 7:05 PM @ Kansas Koyotes Landon Arena, Topeka, KS W 67-20
May 12 7:05 PM @ Springfield Wolfpack Mediacom Ice Park, Springfield, MO W 58-22
May 19 7:05 PM @ Colorado Lightning Colorado Sports and Events Center, Monument, CO W 2-0 (forfeit)
May 26 7:05 PM Springfield Wolfpack Expo Square Pavilion, Tulsa, OK W 74-2
June 2 7:05 PM Kansas Koyotes Expo Square Pavilion, Tulsa, OK W 48-19
June 16 7:05 PM @ Mid-Missouri Outlaws Mathewson Exhibition Center, Sedalia, MO W 75-10
June 23 7:05 PM @ Council Bluffs Express Mid-America Center, Council Bluffs, IA L 39-62
June 30 7:05 PM Mid-Missouri Outlaws Tulsa Convention Center, Tulsa, OK W 88-41
July 7 7:05 PM @ Council Bluffs Express - APFL Playoffs Mid-America Center, Council Bluffs, IA L 32-37

Source:[8]

References

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  3. ^ http://americanprofessionalfootball.com/standings.cfm
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  5. ^ .Tulsa TodayLohman, Rich. "Oklahoma Defenders go dormant." Accessed July 15, 2015.
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External links

  • Oklahoma Defenders official website
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