PHOENIX OUTLAWS 2014 AZ/CA-GFL AAA STATE CHAMPIONS!
The Phoenix Outlaws entered this Championship game for the third straight year. This time they were focused on this game and this game only. The Phoenix Phantoms game into the game after a solid win over the East Valley Ravens. The Phantoms reminded us of the 2012 Outlaws that won it all. They came into the game, but all their losses were close ones... so our goal was to stop them from becoming us two years ago. The Johnson family put on a great game with the help of their staff, and the game set up as awesome as the season was. With the field painted like a championship game should be... the two teams hit the field and the war began! The game was scoreless through most of the first half but the Outlaws would strike first on a Ruben Gammage 6 yard touchdown pass from Tony Aguilera. The snap was high on the extra point and the Outlaws would go into the half up 6-0. The second half was just a physical as the first. The Phantoms would get on the board next. After some great catches by Derrrick "Stretch" Parham set them up at the one yard line, quarterback Isaac Johnson ran the sneak for the score. After Clarence Adams extra point kick the Phantoms took the lead 7-6. When the Outlaws got the ball back they drove right down the field lead by two big runs. Laz Avila ripped off a 34 yard run followed by T.J. Smith's 27 yard touchdown run. Phil Insalaco kicked the extra point and the Outlaws were back on top at the end of the third quarter 13-7. In the fourth quarter the Outlaws got on the board again when Avila punched it in from 4 yards out. The Phantoms did not go away when Parham once again pulled off the big catch taking it 52 yards for the score. The extra point was missed and the score sat at 19-13. After a few change of possession, the Outlaws would eat up the last four and a half minutes of the game. The game did not finish without excitement however when a misunderstanding ended up with the Outlaws throwing the ball on third down forcing a 4th down with a little over 30 seconds remaining, a game locking field goal attempt went wide left, however the kicker was ran into, giving the Outlaws a first down and a kneel down for the game winner. The Outlaws defense stepped up all night just as it had all season long! The Outlaws were lead in tackles by Gary Stevenson with 6, followed by Tyson Muse with 5. On the night the Outlaws recorded four sacks, two by Austyn Hull, and the other two were by Tracy Peoples and Aaron O'Neal. Billy Hammer had a big interception that he returned for 41 yards. Hull also forced a fumble that he also recovered. All in all it was a complete game by the Phoenix Outlaws who won their second championship in three years. Hats off to the Phoenix Phantoms who showed class all night long and defiantly showed that they not only belonged, but that they will be a team to recon with in the future. The Outlaws will move on to play the California state champion Southern California Elite on June 7th. The location is being worked on. For next season the Outlaws will be working on a goal that has never been achieved in Arizona... going to four straight championship games!!! Challenge accepted!
May 3rd Imperial Valley Knights - 0 (Forfeit) @ Phoenix Outlaws - 2
The Imperial Valley Knights forfeit the game. I guess in their mind a 2-0 loss is better than the 65-0 we were going to put on them. If they did not believe that, then they had a chance to come into town and prove it... but I guess not. The Outlaws have fought hard this year and earned the number one spot going into the playoffs so this is definitely not the players fault that we did not have a game, but they did earn this spot. Now we move on to our third straight championship apparence. In all of Arizona adult sport, three straight championship games was only achieved twice before by the Arrowhead Lunatics, and the South Mountain Running Rebels, so we are in rare company! Now we need to focus on the grand prize, the one thing we have worked all year for..... WE HERE! The Outlaws will take on the tough Phoenix Phantoms who upset the East Valley Ravens in a great battle. So the AZ/CA GFL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP is set: Phoenix Phantoms vs Phoenix Outlaws at 7:00 pm @ Moon Valley High, 37th ave and Cactus. Outlaw fans wear white to the game!!!
Game Capt: #2-James Castillo, #55-Ian Jackson, #24-Aaron O'Neal, #9-J.J. Polchin
The Phoenix Outlaws completed the regular season with a 7-1 record and the #1 seed going into the playoffs. The Phantoms played us tough as they always do, but in the end the Outlaws came out with a 21-0 victory. League leader QB Tony Aguilera threw for 166 yards and two touchdowns to raise his season total to 1,444 yards and 17 TD's. Both touchdowns went to the leagues leading receiver C.J. Venezia from 12 and 38 yards out. That was his 10 TD of the season, and his yardage total jumped to 664 yards. TE Jamel Ward added 49 yards in the game on 4 receptions putting him at 287 yards on the year. The Outlaw running game totaled 93 yards lead by T.J. Smith who rushed for 44 yards followed by Tayt Tolman with 35. The Phoenix Outlaws offensive line has been outstanding all season and have helped establish the Outlaws as the number one offense in the league. The final numbers show the Outlaws with the number one quarterback, runningback, and receiver, that can all be traced to the big boys up front! The Outlaw defense was faced multiple times with our backs up against our goal line, however they turned back the Phantoms each and every time posting the shut out! The defense was lead by Tyson Muse who posted numbers of, 6 tackles 1 sack, and 1 interception not to mention adding another "Hit Of The Week" skull to his helmet! Reno Blomquist added 5 tackles followed by Jarod Mathis with 4. Mike Castro, Billy Hammer also contributed interceptions. The Phoenix Outlaws would like to thank one of the Outlaw greats WR-Tiger Miles for bringing out his youth team the SABERCATS! Always good you give back and help our youth! Keep up the great work Tiger! The Outlaws as well as the league will have a bye to rest up a lot of busted up bodies, then be back at it with the Semi-Finals playoff game with the Imperial Valley Knights. Kickoff is at 4pm and we encourage all of our loyal Outlaw fans to help us in a "WHITE OUT" so bring your white shirt. Outlaw shirt if you have one, if not place your order with your favorite Outlaw player and he can pick it up for you at practice! There is nothing like Outlaw Playoff Football!!!! So everyone come out and support your Phoenix Outlaws as we make a run at our third Championship appearance in a row, as well as shooting for our second championship in three years! 4:00 pm @ Moon Valley High 37th ave and Cactus, then join us at Daddy-O's on 43rd ave and Thunderbird afterwards!
League leading RB #34- Laz Avila, Photo by: Allana Gray
Two of the long time greats: Phantoms #80-Derrick Parham, and Outlaws #7-T.J. Gilbreath, Photo by: Allana Gray
#24 LB - Aaron O'Neal, Photo by: Allana Gray
League leading WR #26-C.J. Venezia, Photo by: Allana Gray
Game leading rusher: #22-T.J. Smith, Photo by: Allana Gray
Team defense... thats what it's all about! Photo by: Allana Gray
The Outlaws defense! Photo by: Allana Gray
The Outlaw offense! Photo by: Allana Gray
April 12th 2:00pm Phoenix Outlaws - 43 @ Imperial Valley Knights - 13
Capt: #88-Eric Venezia, #6-Eric Dedrick, #13-Felix Bomeyer, #1-Billy Hammer, Photo by: Tim Johnson
The Phoenix Outlaws took their second road trip to California for a week 7 game vs the Imperial Valley Knights. Both teams had to fight through 20 MPH winds that affected both passing games. The Outlaws turned on the running game rushing for 226 yards on 30 attempts. Laz Avila lead the team in rushing with 136 yards on 18 attempts that also included two touchdowns, followed by Tayt Tolman who added another 43 yards. The Outlaws got out to a quick start and by half time it was 29-0. Quarterback Tony Aguilera fought through the wind and threw three touchdown passes. The first one to TE Jamel Ward who pulled it out of the air with one hand from 16 yards out. The other two went to league leading receiver C.J. Venezia from one and ten yards out. DT Tracy peoples would complete the scoring when he ran one in from three yards out. The Outlaw defense was lead by MLB Tyson Muse who recorded 6 tackles followed by Tayt Tolman, Tyrone Robinson, Aaron O'Neal, and Sebastian Allen all with 4 tackles each. O'Neal also recorded two sacks. T.J. Gilbreath and Gary Stevenson each had an interception. In all, once again, it was a great fun trip with great memories. Hats off to the Knights who played short handed, but they defiantly give it all they have. They do put out some great plays, by some great players. When they can put it all together, they will be a force. Hard working team for sure, we thank you for your hospitality, and keeping your squad together! Next up the Phoenix Phantoms at 7pm at Moon Valley High. Always a good game, so come on out and watch some great football!
picture perfect pass blocking! Photo by: Tim Johnson
#9-J.J. Polchin, #32- Tayt Tolman, Photo by: Tim Johnson
#24- Aaron O'Neal one of two sacks, Photo by: Tim Johnson
#40-Gary Stevenson, #24-Aaron O'Neal, Photo by: Tim Johnson
#86-Jamel Ward one handed catch, Photo by: Tim Johnson
#26-C.J. Venezia, Photo by: Tim Johnson
#21-Michael Penney, #7-T.J. Gilbreath, Photo by: Tim Johnson
This is the way the Outlaws roll home!!!
Nothing like a victory ride home on a charter bus!!!
April 5th 6:00pm East Valley Ravens - 10 @ Phoenix Outlaws - 21
Game capt. 92-Jared Mathis, #7-T.J. Gilbreath, #25-Robert Horton II, #32-Tayt Tolman, Photo by: MV Photography
In a game the Outlaws have always called "the black and blue game" it did not disanoint! In honor of our military Vets, the Ravens honored some of our Veteran's for this game! To our Vets... you are the backbone and the stability of our freedoms... and we salute you!!!
The winner of this game would take a large step in the direction of having the number one seed going into the playoffs. Both teams to this point have beaten every team in the league and beat each other once. In the previous two games, mistakes were an important factor in the outcome, this was no different. On the Outlaws first possession, the Ravens forced a punt and after a mishap, the Ravens would take their first series on the Outlaws six yard line. The Outlaws stepped up like they have all season and forced a field goal for the 3-0 lead by the Ravens. Later in the quarter, once again a turnover would stand out, this time by the Ravens when Billy Hammer intercepted a pass and returned it 33 yards to set the Outlaws up for a first and goal. Three plays later Outlaws runningbck Laz Avila ran it in from two yards out and the Outlaws took a 7-3 lead that they would not give up the rest of the night. In the second quarter Outlaw receiver Eric Dedrick hauled in a 61 yard pass from quarterback Tony Aguilera to set up another first and goal. A few plays later Aguilera would throw his first touchdown pass of the night to league leading receiver C.J. Venezia. This one from 7 yards out and the Outlaws had the lead 14-3 going into the half. The Ravens would be fired up with an emotional half time speech by one of our proud veterans and they came out on fire scoring in the third quarter on an Armstrong run from 1 yard out to bring the score 14-10 Outlaws. The game would just be a brusing battle from there on out. With the Ravens having a few opportunities to take the lead but the Outlaws defense flexed their muscles and turned them back each time. Another interception by Hammer, as well as a fumble strip by James Castillo and recovery by Tyson Muse, the table was set for the Outlaws to run out the clock. The Outlaws would need to get at least one first down. On a third and eight with 1:30 seconds left, Aguilera would throw his second touchdown from 67 yards out to Castillo who beat the defense and it was checkmate. Kicker Phil Insalaco added his third extra point for the 21-10 final. The defense was lead by Hammer with 6 tackles followed by Jimmy Fuentes and Jared Mathis with 5 each. Sacks were stacked up by Hammer, Castillo and Austyn Hull. Hammer also recorded two interceptions. At the end of the night the Outlaws understand that for us, it is only week six and that we need to all stay focused for the last stretch of the season. Thank you Outlaw fans once again for the support, and showing the passion of Outlaw football! The Outlaws will once again be on the road this coming weekend when we travel to California for a battle with the Imperial Valley Knights!
All everything:#1-Billy Hammer, Photo by: MV Photography
The big boys: #71-James Beaner, #52- Kynan Riley, #59-Trevor Chaco and QB #10-Tony Aguilera, PHoto by: MV Photography
#77- Mike Sneed, #34- Laz Avila, Photo by: MV Photography
MLB #50- Tyson Muse, Photo by: MV Photography
The highest scoring offense in the league, Photo by: MV Photography
Leading the way for Avila... #26-C.J. Venezia, #9-J.J. Polchin and #86 Jamel Ward, Photo by: MV Photography
#26- C.J. Venezia "The GOAT", Photo by: MV Photography
#82- Josh Billings, Photo by: MV Photography
March 22th 2:00pm Phoenix Outlaws - 49 @ Imperial Valley Knights - 24
Team capt: #25 Robert Horton, #1-Billy Hammer, #34-Laz Avila, #59-Trevor Chaco
The Phoenix Outlaws traveled to Brawley California in week five to face the Imperial Valley Knights. The Outlaws would like to thank Arizona Corporate Coach and our driver Ralph, for the sweet ride! In a wild scoring game that included big plays from both sides, this one was over early as the Outlaws rolled up 429 total yards on 50 plays and never punted. Quarterback Tony Aguilera threw for 298 yards including three touchdowns, two to C.J. Venezia and another to James Castillo. Tayt Tolman rushed for two scores and Laz Avila lead the team in rushing with 66 yards on 10 carries. Billy Hammer took care of the rest of the scoring with a 92 yard kickoff return and a 89 yard interception return. Tolman and Felix Blomeyer both lead the defense with 5 tackles followed by Reno Bloomquist and Aaron O'Neal with three each. On the day the Outlaws also recorded 5 interceptions by Hammer, Bloomquist, T.J. Gilbreath, A.J. Williams, and Robert Horton. The only sack was by Eric Dedrick. The trip was awesome and on the way home we destroyed Golden Corral as well a few cold ones! Time now to redirect our focus in the Phantoms who are looking for a little pay back! Gametime is at Moon Valley High at 6:00 pm!
Just has to!!! #16-Sebastian Allen and #33-Tracy Peoples
In a rematch of the week two game, as well as last years championship game, the Outlaws and Ravens battled under sunny skies for yet another physical black and blue game! As dominate as the Ravens were in week two, the Outlaws were the dominate team in week 4. The Outlaws put together their most complete game of the season at an important time. The Outlaws defense was spot on all day by dominating with four sacks two by Eric Dedrick and one each by Austin Hull and Ron Romero, three interceptions two by Robert Horton II and one more by Jimmy Fuentes. The defense recorded two safeties a blocked punt and forced two fumbles, one of witch was recorded by Arnold Erazo. The Ravens were held to three points for most of the game until late. Offensively the Outlaws were lead by QB Tony Aguilera who played discipline completing 9 of 18 for 132 yards and a perfect check mate touchdown pass from 31 yards out to receiver James Castillo. Tight end Jamel Ward had his best game as an Outlaw with 49 yards receiving including a huge reception that put the Outlaws at the one yard line in the second quarter. Perhaps the verbal abuse he received in pre game warm ups fired him up? The leagues leading receiver C.J. Venezia added 36 yards to his season totals and James Castillo added 34 yards to go along with his touchdown. Long time Outlaw Laz Avila lead the team in rushing on the day with tough 33 yards against an incredibly tough and fast Raven defense. Outlaw kicker Phil Insalaco kicked two field goals against a strong wind from 34 and 26 yards out to add to the scoring and at the end of the day the Outlaws walked out with a 23-9 victory, evening up the score on the season. Next up... the Phoenix Outlaws will jump on a charter bus and head to California to battle the Imperial Valley Knights at 2:00 pm. Outlaws fans.... the games "in Phoenix" will be played at 6:00pm the rest of the way out for your weather comfort!
Perfect DE box: This time by #35- Ron Romero, and #6- Eric Dedrick, Photo by: MV Photography
#92- Jared Mathis, #4- Jimmy Fuentes, Photo by: MV Photography
TE #86- Jamel Ward splits the defense and takes it down to the 1 yard line, Photo by: MV Photography
Outlaws make a point, Photo by: MV Photography
#25- Robert Horton with 2 interceptions. Photo by: MV Photography
#34- Laz Avila pounding the rock!! Photo by: MV Photography
Prepared for battle. Photo by: MV Photography
Outlaws "D" bringing it! Photo by: MV Photography
LEAGUE BYE - OUTLAW TEAM PICNIC
March 8th 11:00am Vista Del Camino Park, Ramada #3
March 1st 11:00am Phoenix Phantoms 12 @ Phoenix Outlaws 18
The Phoenix Outlaws and the Phoenix Phantoms would like to thank the Johnson family for not only maintaining the best field in Arizona Adult Amateur football, but also for allowing us to play this game. The field held up perfectly, but the rain did not. Late in the first quarter as well as the entire second quarter we played in a down pour! The second half mother nature was absolutely perfect. The Outlaws started the scoring on their first possession. With a mix of the run and pass, the drive was complete when quarterback Tony Aguilera who was coming off a car accident the day before, threw a perfect pass into the corner of the end zone to C.J. Venezia. After a few penalties on the extra point, Aguilera threw a two point conversion to TE Jamel Ward to take a 8-0 lead. The score would stay that way until just before the half, and then the sky's opened and in a massive down pour the Outlaws drove the length of the field with a mix of the pass as well as the run. J.J. Polchin would have three pancake blocks on this drive and Aguilera threw his second touchdown pass again to Venezia to make it 15-0. On one of the last plays of the half the Phantoms intercepted a pass and returned it 30 yards and after Tyson Muse blocked the extra point, the half time score was 15-6. In the third quarter Outlaws Phil Insalaco kicked a 20 yard field goal for a 18-6 lead but as usual the Phantoms would not go away mounting a drive and throwing a 30 yard touchdown pass. After the two point conversion failed, the final score was in the books at 18-12. The Outlaws defensive leaders on the day were, Eric Dedrick, Austin Hull, and Tyrone Robinson all with 4 tackles. Four different Outlaws recorded sacks, Gary Stevenson, Cody Deering, Joel Walton, and Tracy Peoples. A.J. Williams recorded the only interception and he and Mike Castro also had a fumble recovery. Again the Teams appreciate the GFL for providing us an opportunity to have great memories. Now up next is the Phoenix Outlaws team, family, and fans picnic! When the Outlaws return we will face the East Valley Ravens at 11:00am at Moon Valley.
February 15th 11:00am East Valley Ravens -18 @ Phoenix Outlaws - 3
In a rematch of last season's championship game, this one was a defensive blood bath with the Ravens coming out on top 18-3. The Outlaws committed seven turnovers to the Ravens one. The Outlaws running game finished in negative yardage, and the passing game struggled as well. The Outlaws defense did most the same to the Ravens however three big passing plays by the Ravens was the difference in this one. An interesting game to break down on film, and much to learn on this one. This is part one in this physical series, so it will be interesting to see how round two plays out. But on this day it was all Ravens. Next up the Outlaws will face the Imperial Valley Knights who have lost two close games and will be hungry for a win. They will be making the trip from California and game time is at 2:00 pm, so come out and support the Phoenix Outlaws as we look to rebound!
The Gridiron Football League kicked off it's 2014 season with the Phoenix Outlaws taking on the Phoenix Phantoms in the warm bright sun and a perfect day for football. Both teams brought skilled veterans as well as some surprising rookies to the show. Last years league passing leader, Outlaw quarterback Tony Aguilera picked up right where he left off from last year spreading the ball around to eight different receivers. His stats on the day were an incredible 17 of 26 for 321 yards 4 touchdowns and 1 interception. Combine those passing numbers with 99 yards rushing on the ground and the Outlaws totaled 420 yards of offense on the day. Last years league receiving leader C.J. Venezia also picked up where he left off with 8 receptions 145 yards and a score. Outlaw rookie T.J. Smith lead the Outlaws in rushing with 68 yards on only 9 carries. The Outlaws first score of the season came from 1 yard out when J.J. Polchin powered it in. After the Outlaws Billy Hammer stripped the ball away from a Phantom player and Michael Penney recovered the fumble in the end zone, Kanya Collins would take a pass from Aguilera from 80 yards out on the very next play and the Outlaws were up 14-0 to end the first quarter. The second quarter would see Outlaw rookie receiver Deon Vance catch his first Outlaw touchdown pass from 11 yards out to make it 21-0 the Outlaws. The Phantoms would get on the board just before the half on a 16 yard pass play and the score at the half was 21-7 Outlaws. The 3rd quarter saw the game get competitive when the Phantoms would block a punt and return it 30 yards to close the gap to 21-14. Vance caught his second touchdown pass from 33 yards out and the Outlaws would widen the gap to 28-14. Just before the end of the third quarter the Phantoms would not go away and scored a touchdown on a pass play from 34 yards out. After a successful 2 point conversion the score was 28-22 Outlaws. The 4th and final quarter saw the teams trade off touchdowns with the GOAT Venezia recording his first touchdown on the season from 7 yards out and after kicker Phil Insalaco made his 5th extra point the Outlaw scoring was complete with 35 points. On one of the last plays of the game the Phantoms scored on a 30 yard pass and when it was all said and done a great game for the fans was complete with the Phoenix Outlaws getting the opening day victory 35-29. The Outlaws defense was lead by all everything Billy Hammer who recorded 8 tackles followed by Reno Bloomquist with 6 and Gary Stevenson and Jarod Mathis with 5 each. Sacks were recorded by Tracy Peoples with two, and Joel Walton, Austin Hull and Jarod Mathis with one each. The only interception was by Aaron O'Neal. Next up... a rematch of last years championship game vs the Ravens at 11:00am at Moon Valley High.