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GRIDIRON BOWL XIII
2015 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
May 9th 8:00 pm
PHOENIX OUTLAWS - 7 PHOENIX PHANTOMS - 0
PHOENIX OUTLAWS 2015 STATE CHAMPIONS
(11-1) Phoenix Outlaws vs (11-1) Phoenix Phantoms - GRIDIRON BOWL XIII
The Championship game had a lot of hype and build up leading to kickoff!! With the two teams splitting victories earlier in the season, everyone knew this would be a good one. Both team beat the other by exactly four points each time. The also had a little added flavor of some familur faces in different places for this one! So did it live up to the hype... people leaving the game made statements like "that was the best defensive championship game in Arizona state history' to "the energy was electric from start to finish" to " "the hardest hitting game I have ever seen" to "what a chess match" to "I could have sat through two more quarters of play" so... yes, obviously it did live up to the hype. For the majority of the game the Outlaws had to battle out of their own endzone, and the Phantoms started most of their possession from around the mid field mark. The Outlaws only made it to mid field one time in the first have, but the way the two defenses played, it would not have mattered. The Outlaws did finally break the scoring drought with just over four minutes left in the third quarter when Tony Aguilera threw a perfect play action pass to Mike Cvelbar. WR C.J. Venezia lead the way on the blocking and 70 yards later Cvelbar would make it to the Phantoms three yard line. After a few plays Outlaw RB Laz Avila would punch in the games only touchdown from two yards out. After Phil Insalaco's extra point, the Outlaws had the 7-0 lead that would eventually be the final. The Phantoms made a lot of underneath plays but every time they tried to go deep, Mario Moore, Reno Blomquest and James Castillo would shut them out. Castillo intercepted three passes on the night even though two were called back but his play as well as a bone crunching hit, told the Phantom receivers that tonight would not be your night to go deep. The defense was lead by Art Miranda with 6 tackles followed by Blomquest, Ralph Gumbs and Jimmy Fuentes with 4 each. Moore was the intimidator with four passes broken up and displayed a physical presence that was perfect for a championship game. Laz Avila was the leading rusher with 28 yards, and Cvelbar lead the team in receiving with 83 yards. Aguilera finished with 114 yards and no turnovers. The game ended the same as it did a year ago with the Outlaws taking a knee in the redzone to win it. When the dust settled on the Outlaws and Phantoms, they still had nothing but respect for each other, and showed everyone just how a championship game can be played with clean but physical football. The Outlaws did something that is virtually impossible in today's world... back to back champions, four straight championship appearances, and three out of four titles! When you play with a big bullseye on your back and you get everyone's best week after week, and year after year... what a great accomplishment. I could not be more proud of this squad! True Champions. "HOPE FOR HINES" We got you one buddy!!!! Next up... the CAZ BOWL this game is the Arizona State Champions vs the California State Champions. June 6th at 7:00pm at Williams Field High.
The 2015 playoffs started for the Outlaws with a game against the talented Arizona Desert Eagles, who came in late to the league but posted an undefeated record on their road to this game. It was physical and played to the end, but in the end the Outlaws played like the defending champions that they are. With the Eagles defense giving up points at a very scarce rate, the Outlaws were able to score twenty four points and total 292 total yards of offense. League leading rusher Jerrell Davis of the Outlaws was held in check off and on, but when it was all said and done he rushed for 102 yards on 12 carries. C.J. Venezia the league leader in receiving yards and touchdowns did not disappoint racking up 83 yards on 3 receptions including a 47 yard touchdown pass from Tony Aguilera who threw for 172 yards on the day. Aguilera also had the game clinching touchdown rushing in from two yards out. "Bam Bam" Laz Avla was his usual battering ram self scoring from a yard out as well. The defense shut down the Eagles running game and forced them to just being able to throw deep sideline bombs. They did score twice off those plays to stay in the game and give everyone in attendance their money's worth. Tyson Muse and Chris Putton were the leading tacklers with 5 followed by Ron Romero, and James Castillo with 4 each. The Outlaws defense recorded nine total sacks, 2 each by Tracy Peoples, and Tomas Macedo. 1.5 by Austyn Hull, and one each by Ron Romero Jimmy Fuentes, and Chris Putton. Muse added a half sack. The 24-13 win was exactly the close hard game the Outlaws wanted to launch them into their fourth straight title game. That is a new Arizona State record regardless of leagues. The Outlaws will face the Phoenix Phantoms for the state title next Saturday at 8:00 pm at Williams Field High. In the two games this season the two teams have split victories with each team winning by four points, so let the battle begin!!!!!!!!! Outlaw nation, lets show up in force!
The regular season finally came to an end with the Outlaws losing a close battle to the Phoenix Phantoms 16-20. The two games this season were both 4 point victories by each team. It was expected to be a hard fought and hard hitting game, and it did not disappoint going right down to the wire. George Thomas started the scoring on a 33 yard run. The Phantoms came right back to score on a run however their extra point was blocked by Jimmy Fuentes and returned by James Castillo to the Phantom 3 yard line where he lateraled it to Mike Castro for the 2 points giving the Outlaws a 9-6 lead. C.J. Venezia also scored on a 26 yard pass from Tony Aguilera. With less than two minutes left in the game the Outlaws Fuentes blocked a Phantom punt to set the Outlaws up however two incomplete passes in the endzone would complete the game with the Phantoms getting the win and ending the season with the same 9-1 record as the Outlaws. Jerrell Davis was the leading rusher with 71 yards on 17 attempts and C.J. Venezia was the leading receiver with 57 yards and a touchdown on 3 receptions. The defense was lead by Gary Stevenson and Tyson Muse with 6 tackles each followed by Art Miranda with 5. Regular season records that were broke this year include Aguilera 1,760 yards passing and 24 TD's, Davis 905 yards rushing, and Venezia 824 yards receiving and 11 TD's, all franchise records. The Phoenix Outlaws will have a first round bye and will play in two weeks at 4:00 pm at Williams Field High. PLAYOFFS ARE FINALLY HERE! This is what the Outlaws live for! See the Outlaw nation there!!!
April 11th 3:00pm Yuma Sun Devils - 3, Phoenix Outlaws - 48
April is National Autism Awareness Month, so in respect to this defect, the Phoenix Outlaws broke out with their Columbia Blue jerseys!!!! Week nine was a dominating game by the Outlaws who put up over 400 yards of offense and 48 points. The defense held the shorthanded Sun Devils from Yuma only 3 points. Outlaws runningback Jarrell Davis lead the team in rushing with 104 yards, followed by George Thomas who had 69 yards. The leading receiver was Mike Cvelbar who had 2 receptions for 113 yards, both for touchdowns. League leading receiver C.J. Venezia also had a touchdown from 50 yards out. Quarterback Tony Aguilera was 6 of 12 for 214 yards and 3 touchdowns. The defense was lead by Tyson Muse with 6 tackles, followed by Reno Blomquist with5 and James Castillo, Aaron O'Neal, and Tracy Peoples all with 4 tackles each. Forced fumbles were by Blomquest, Gary Stevenson, Justin Thomas, and Tyson Muse. Muse also recovered a fumble and returned it one yard for a touchdown. Others recovering fumbles include, Arnold Erazo, and Mario Moore. Johnny "Boom" Buehler recorded the only interception. The Outlaws are sitting at 9-0 with one regular season game left. 12:00 noon vs the Phoenix Phantoms. This game will complete the regular season and the real season begins... THE PLAYOFFS!
March 28th 2:30pm Phoenix Outlaws - 48 N. Arizona Wolverines - 14
With the temperatures on the 90's in Phoenix, it was nice to travel to Prescott and enjoy the temperatures in the 70's with a cool breeze! As far as the game went, the Outlaws remained unbeaten with a 48-14 victory over the Northern Arizona Wolverines. On the day, seven different Outlaws scored touchdowns. The defense scored on two of them when Cody Deering recovered a fumble in the endzone. The other was a 49 yard interception return by John Buehler. Outlaw offense touchdowns were by Jarrell Davis, J.J. Polchin, and Michael Simpson all with rushing touchdowns, and C.J. Venezia and Mike Cvelbar added receiving touchdowns. Tony Aguilera was 5 of 12 passing for 182 yards, and Davis added 63 yards on the ground on only 9 carries. Tyrone Robinson was the leading tackler with 6 followed by George Thomas with 5. With two games to go the league will have a bye this weekend so the Outlaws will have our 17 annual team & family picnic! When play resumes the Outlaws will take on the Yuma Sun Devils at Williams Field High.
The Phoenix Outlaws traveled to California to take on the Imperial Valley Knights. It was defiantly a game of strength due to the field being severely watered down before the game, so both teams played it what seamed to be 160% humidity!!! Even though the Outlaws were shorthanded from their normal squad, and the Knights playing a good game, it was a back and forth game that kept both referees busy! In the end the Outlaws remained undefeated. Outlaws quarterback was back to his old form completing 16 of his 25 passes for 222 yards and four touchdowns with only one interception. Tony threw passes to six different receivers on the day with C.J. Venezia leading the way with his 105 yards and two touchdowns on 6 catches. The Outlaw leader on the ground was Jerrell Davis who had 106 yards on only 10 carries. In all the offense posted 331 total yards and four touchdowns to get their 7th win of the season. The Outlaws defense recorded 5 sacks, two each by Kyle Hitchcoack and Art Miranda as well as one by T.J. DeBacker. Jon-Te Gibson had the only interception on the day. Mike Castro, Miranda, Hitchcock, Corey Martin and George Thomas all recorded 3 tackles. Up next will be the Outlaws last travel game of the year when we travel to Bradshaw Mountain High School in Prescott Arizona for a 2:00 pm kickoff. All the players will be traveling on their own so we wish everyone a safe trip to and from! I hope we will have plenty of the Outlaw nation traveling to this game as well!
MARCH 14th 12:00 pm PHOENOX OUTLAWS - 10 East Valley Ravens - 0
Photo by: Gray Photography
In week six the Outlaws and Ravens played the most entertaining game of the weekend. With the clock at full speed and both teams with minimal snaps on the day, each play became more important than the last! After a scoreless first quarter the Outlaws took the lead on a Jarrell Davis two yard run. As it turned out is was the only touchdown of the game. Michael Corso kicked a 28 yard field goal in the third quarter, and the game was complete as far as the scoreboard was concerned. Davis was the leading rusher finishing with 81 yards on 11 caries. C.J. Venezia lead the team in receiving with 31 yards. It was a rough day for the offense who had a season low 29 snaps. The defense however recorded it's second shutout of the season! Lead by Mario Moore with 5 tackles followed by Tyson Muse who had 4. On the day the defense sacked the quarterback 5 times once each by Tracy Peoples, Ron Romero, Jimmy Fuentes, Rudolfo Nino, and Ralph Gumbs. Moore also recorded an interception. Credit goes to the Ravens and their staff for a great game plan. Now that their numbers are up, they will be a team to take seriously in the playoffs. After the win the Outlaws remain the only undefeated team at 6-0. Next up for the Outlaws... another road trip to Calipatria California at Calipatria High School for a battle with the Imperial Valley Knights. Game time is 12:00 noon, so our team charter buss will leave town at 6:00 am.
MARCH 7th 12:00 pm N. Arizona Wolverines - 12 PHOENIX OUTLAWS - 63
Photo by: Gray Photography
First off, let me say that the Northern Arizona Wolverines showed up from a cooler climate with about 15 players into a hot field to battle the top team. In the seventeen years of Outlaw football, I must say that these guys were some of the toughest 15 we ever faced. They went both ways and never stopped battling, and had a great attitude the entire time. The Outlaws were focused and were on point all day racking up 518 yards and a team record 63 points. Back in 2006 the Outlaws scored 62 against the Northern Arizona Lunatics, so this surpassed that mark. QB Tony Aguilera played the first half and one drive in the third quarter and finished with 9 completions in 11 attempts for 243 yards and four touchdowns. Two of those touchdowns went to Mike Cvelbar who finished with 3 receptions for 89 yards. C.J. Venezia started the scoring when he hauled in a 50 yarder on the games first play. Christian Miller also scored from 10 yards out and finished with a career high 93 yards on four receptions. The unstoppable machine was the leagues leading RB Jarrell Davis who finished with 181 yards and four touchdowns on only 9 carries. The defense was lead by Tyrone Robinson and Tomas Macedo who finished with 4 tackles each. Mike Castro was a wild man making multiple hits, intercepting two passes, and scoring a rushing touchdown from 35 yards out. Jon-Te Gibson also added an interception. With the entire roster being used, every player stepped up and made a difference. The season is now at the half way point, and even though we are 5-0, we have to run the gantlet one more time before the playoffs so we must stay focused. Next up is the always tough East Valley Ravens. They always bring their best against us, so it will be a interesting game. Game time is at 12:00 noon. We will be taking our head shots and team picture so we need all hands on deck... even if you are injured, you will need to suit up for the picture!!!
February 28th 2:00 pm PHOENIX OUTLAWS - 37 Yuma Sun Devils - 0
Photo by: Steve Trussell
It was the battle of the unbeaten with the 3-0 Phoenix Outlaws traveling to Yuma to play the 3-0 Sun Devils. Unfortunately due to the air show at the Marine base, the Devils we not at full strength, however the solid, physical play was still there! On this day however it was another good outing for the Outlaws who put up 37 points and 401 total yards of offense. The Outlaw defense recorded it's first shut out of the season while racking up five sacks and six interceptions. The Outlaw scoring was basically RB Jerrell Davis and WR C.J. Venezia trading off touchdowns. Tony Aguilera was the leading passer on the day with 181 yards and two touchdowns both to Venezia who finished with 7 receptions for 121 yards. Christian Miller was the next best receiver with 61 yards on 3 receptions. Jerrell Davis was a force finishing the day with 123 yards on 9 carries for a 13.67 avg and three touchdowns. MLB Art Miranda was the leading tackler with 5 followed by Gary Stevenson, Robert Horton and Tomas Macedo with 4 each. Emmanuel Luna recorded two sacks and Otis Frazier, Tracy Peoples, and Ron Romero each recorded one. Arnold Erazo had two interceptions followed by Jon-Te Gibson, James Castillo, A.J. Williams, and Mike Castro each had one. In all it was a solid game that kept the Outlaws on top of the standings in this early part of the season. The Yuma Sun Devils were an awesome host, with some serious balers who will make a statement before this season is up. Tough group that is well coached! Next up for the Outlaws, back home at Williams Field High against the 2-2 Northern Arizona Wolverines. Kick off is at 12:00 pm. For those of you that missed us last week, come on out and support your Phoenix Outlaws and the Gridiron Football League!
February 21st 12:00 pm East Valley Ravens - 13 PHOENIX OUTLAWS - 51
Photo by: Gray Photography
The Phoenix Outlaws set out to keep their unblemished record in tact when they went up against the East Valley Ravens last Saturday. The Ravens are currently in a rebuilding state but with the talent that they have, they are always dangerous! After a three and out, the Outlaws took the ball and quickly went down the field capping off the drive with a 28 yard touchdown pass from Tony Aguilera to Allen Farinacci. On the day Aguilera would throw for three touchdowns and 244 yards on only 9 completions. His other two touchdowns were to Jarrell Davis from 22 yards out and another one to C.J. Venezia from 47 yards out. Venezia would also have a big day ending up with 4 receptions for 167 yards. Outlaw runningback Laz Avila also had two touchdown rushes and the day was complete on offense with 330 total yards. Not to be outdone the Outlaws defense also scored twice on interceptions. Chris Putton scored from a year put as well as James Castillo from 27 yards out. Jimmy Fuentes lead the defense in tackles with 4 followed by Tracy Peoples, Ron Romero, Arnold Erazo, Tomas Macedo, Art Maranda, Ralph Gumbs, and Ian Jackson all with three each. Tyson Muse, Gumbs, and Putton all recorded a sack and Justin Thomas and Jackson shared a sack. Jackson also recorded an interception as well as A.J. Williams, James Castillo, Reno Blomquist, and Putton all had a pick! The Defense has a six turnover day. Next up.... the also undefeated Yuma Sun Devils. The Outlaws were able to play our entire roster this week so we will be fresh for the Devils. 2:00 pm in Yuma... should be a fun game, so make the trip and watch two 3-0 teams go to battle!!!
In week two, it was a rematch of last seasons championship game. With both rosters stacked everyone knew this one was not only the game to see, but the game to be in as well. Both teams moved the ball and it was a back and forth game from start to finish. After a fumble on the opening kickoff the Phantoms with a short field cashed in on a QB sneak for the first points of the day. The Outlaws Phil Insalaco kicked a 44 yard field goal and then Outlaw receiver C.J. Venezia would get behind the defense to score on a 35 yard pass from Tony Aguilera and just like that the Phnatoms 6-0 lead was turned around to a 10-6 Outlaw lead. just prior to the half the Phantoms were driving for the go a head score when Outlaws James Castillo would get an interception and a big return. The Outlaws went into their two minute offense and just like last week they scored quickly when Castillo caught Aguilera's second touchdown pass from 47 yards out and the Outlaws went into the half up 16-6. In the second half the teams went back and forth with out any scoring until Phantoms Sparks ran through the entire Outlaws defense for a 10 yard score and the heat was on closing the gap to 16-13. The Outlaws scored next after another Castillo interception when Aguilera would throw his third touchdown pas on the day, this time from 26 yards out to Christian Miller. The Phantoms would close out the scoring on the day when Sims would catch a 6 yard pass from Raya. The Outlaws had to kill 4:40 worth of clock and did just that when the last play of the game was a looping pass out of the back of the endzone for checkmate as the time expired but it was called intentional grounding so the Phantoms would get one more play. Outlaws defensive end put an end to the game with a sack on the games final play and the Outlaws got the early season win to move to 2-0. This series has always been a close one and this games gives the impression that it will be that way again this season. The leading tackler on the Outlaws was Frazier and Art Maranda with 6 each followed by Jimmy Fuentes with 5. Frazer recorded two sacks and James Castillo recorded two interceptions. Jarrell Davis lead the team in rushing with 42 yards on 10 carries and C.J. Venezia lead the team in receiving with 90 yards on 4 receptions. Next up: The East Valley Ravens at 12:00 pm at Williams Field High.
February 7th 1:00pm Imperial Valley Knights - 6 Phoenix Outlaws - 56
PHOTO by: John Nettle's drone
The Phoenix Outlaws started the 2015 season with a strong performance against the Imperial Valley Knights from California. The Outlaws dominated on the ground rushing for 288 yards on the day on only 20 attempts for a 14.40 rushing average and six touchdowns. Jarrell Davis, George Thomas and Laz Avila each scored twice. Davis was the leader in yardage on the day with 121 yards followed by Thomas with 88 and Avila with 60. The passing game was not required much, but Tony Aguilera completed 7 passes on 13 attempts for 132 yards and two touchdowns, one each by C.J. Venezia and James Castillo. Venezia was the leader in yardage with 97 followed by Jamel Ward with 18 and Christian Miller with 15. The Outlaw defense picked up where they left off last season with six turnovers including 4 interceptions, two by Ruben Gammage and one each by James Castillo and A.K. Kilbert. The defense also recorded 3 sacks one each by Justin Thomas, Jimmy Fuentes and Ralph Gumbs. The leader in tackles was Ruben Gammage and A.J. Williams with four each followed by Art Maranda, James Castillo, Ralph Gumbs and Tomas Macedo with three each. All in all the 56-6 win was impressive and with all 56 players getting to see the field, it was a perfect opening day. The Phoenix Outlaws would like to thank the Johnson family for continuing the best league in the state. The accommodations at Williams Field could not have better. (Unless it was located on the west side! LOL). Next up..... a rematch of last season's championship game between the Phoenix Outlaws and the Phoenix Phantoms at 12:00 noon high at Williams Field. Don't miss this one. With both teams scoring over 50 points in week one it should be one heck of a game!