Since the beginning of the season, this was the inventible showdown for the GFL Championship. The 11-0 Outlaws vs the 9-2 Ravens. Twice earlier in the season these two would meet with the Outlaws coming out on top both times. Those games were however close games making this match up a must see. The Phoenix Outlaws had a lot of opportunities going into this game with the perfect season looming, and a locked in game for a national championship in Los Angeles if successful. The Outlaws came out for the game and played very tight making multiple mistakes by turning the ball over on five out of their first six positions with either fumbles or interceptions. On one of those turnovers, the Ravens turned it into a field goal and at the half the defensive minded game was 3-0 Ravens. The second half saw the Ravens control the ball offensively and only allowed the Outlaws three plays in the entire third quarter. At the start of the fourth quarter the score was still 3-0 Ravens. In the fourth however the Outlaws finally put the drive together with no turnovers or penalties and marched down the field eventually scoring on a Tony Aguilera pass to Ruben Gammage in the corner of the end zone from 18 yards out and with Phil Insalaco's extra point, the Outlaws would have their first lead of the game 7-3 late in the game. After a few position changes, the Ravens would launch one last drive and take over the lead 10-7 on a Washington pass to Ruvalcaba from 20 yards out with 1:40 left in the game. The Outlaws would have one more shot and starting on their own 25 yard line. They drove all the way down to the Ravens 34 yard line where two incomplete passes ended the season for the Outlaws and one kneel down later the Ravens took the hardware. The Outlaws defense was lead by A.K. Kilbert who had 10 tackles followed by Otis Frazier with 8, Steve Seeley with 6 and Kyle Hitchcock and Billy Hammer with 5 each. On the night the Outlaws recorded four sacks, two by Frazier and Hitchcock and Tyson Muse each recorded one. Ruben Gammage not only scored the touchdown for the Outlaws but also recorded two interceptions as well as Kilbert recording another.
It was on many aspects an incredible season for the Outlaws with multiple personal and team records being broken. Tony Aguilera had to learn on the run at the quarterback position and with his first full year under his belt, he racked up some very impressive numbers finishing the season with 1,467 yards and 16 touchdowns that lead the league for quarterbacks. Running back Jarrell Davis lead the team and the league in rushing finishing the season with 910 yards and 14 touchdowns. Jarrell's brother Austin Davis lead the team in kick returns on the season with 127 yards on punt returns and another 184 yards on kickoff returns. C.J. Venezia lead the team and the league in receptions with 553 yards. C.J. also is now the all time leading receiver in Outlaws history. Gary Stevenson lead the team on the season with 54 tackles followed by Otis Frazier who also shattered the sack record with 18 giving him the career record as well. The 2013 season is over, but the Phoenix Outlaws look forward to our 16th season on the Gridiron in 2014! Thank you to everyone involved with this franchise making it the most respected and longest lasting franchise in Arizona Adult Amateur Football History! A special thank you to the Outlaw fans who for the second consecutive year filled up our side of the stands! We will not be stopped 34 yards short of a ring again!!!
Game day captains: #42-Tayt Tolman, #17-A.K. Kilbert, Karen Polchin, #74-Jason Kenny, #3-Phouc Hoang, Photo by: Melissa Vasquez-Varela
For the second connective year the Phoenix Outlaws have earned the right to play for the Gridiron Football Leagues State Championship. With a convincing win against the Scottsdale Sharks last Saturday 41-6, the Outlaws kept their perfect season alive. The State Championship game will put the Outlaws against the East Valley Ravens who won their playoff game 47-8 over the Westside Monsoon. The Outlaws took the opening kickoff and after having to over come a few penalties, the Outlaws scored on a perfect pass from Tony Aguilera to C.j. Venezia from 44 yards out. On the night Aguilera would throw four touchdown passes and Venezia would be on the end of three of those including a perfect times diving catch in the end zone from 22 yards out. Aguilera's other touchdown pass went to Ruben Gammage from 39 yards. Mixed in with those touchdowns was a three yard run by Laz Avila and a 51 yard punt return from Teaurron Sanders. Aguilera's passing performance of 256 yards put him third in Outlaw playoff history for passing yards in a game. Venezia's receiving yards of 123 yards put him over the top and in first place all time in receiving in Outlaws history passing the great Tiger Miles. Over all the Outlaws totaled 305 yards on the "O". As usual the Outlaws defense stole the show recording 6 sacks and about 25 more knock downs of the QB. Kyle Hitchcock lead the defense with 7 tackles and A.K. Kilbert, Gary Stevenson, Steve Seeley, Michael Penney and Tyson Muse all recorded 5 tackles. The Phoenix Outlaws will have to focus on the prize against a tough Raven team who's only losses on the season were to the Outlaws. As we found out last year the regular season does not matter, it's all about what you do each and every game day! This is the game everyone wants since the beginning of the year so now it is on... Pack the stands!!!!!! Game time is 7:00 pm at Moon Valley High.
#17- A.K. Kilbert Photo by: Melissa Vasquez-Varela
1 2 3 4 - F
Scottsdale Sharks 0 0 0 6 - 6
Phoenix Outlaws 20 7 14 0 - 41
Outlaws- Venezia 44 yard pass from Aguilera (Insalaco kick)
Outlaws- Avila 3 yard run (Insalaco kick)
Outlaws- Venezia 22 yard pass from Aguilera (kick failed)
Outlaws- Venezia 46 yard pass from Aguilera (Insalaco kick)
Outlaws- Gammage 39 yard pass from Aguilera (Insalaco kick)
Outlaws- T. Sanders 51 yard punt return (Insalaco kick)
Sharks- Wesley 31 yard pass from Burley (pass fail)
PASSING: Aguilera 11-19-256-4-4
RUSHING: J. Davis 12-39-0, Tolman 2-17-0, Avila 2-2-1, Done 1-(-4)-0, Aguilera 2-(-5)-0
RECEIVING: Venezia 4-123-3, Cvelbar 4-71-0, Gammage 2-58-1, Tolman 1-4-0
Game captains: 51-Rolly Valencia, #15-Otis Frazier, #24-Aaron O'Neal, and #73-Armon Rhymes, Photo by: Melissa Vasquez-Varela
The Outlaws came into week ten with a lot of distractions but overcame them all to complete the regular season undefeated with a record of 10-0. The win also gave the Outlaws franchise it's 100th win in the team history. The regular season is now over with the Outlaws sporting the leagues #1 defense, #1 offense, the leagues leading passer (#10-Tony Aguilera), rusher (#2-Jarrell Davis), receiver (#26-C.J. Venezia), sack leader (#15-Otis Frazier), and Interceptor (#3-Phouc Hoang), however now that the regular season is over, all of that is out the window and the new season begins!
The last regular season game saw Outlaw QB Tony Aguilera throw two more touchdowns, one to C.J. Venezia from 36 yards out and another to Mike Cvelbar from 3 yards out. Jarrell Davis continued his assault on the record books rushing for 69 yards and two touchdowns from 32 and 6 yards out. Over all it was an off night for the Outlaw offense who turned over the ball an unusual 6 times to keep the score down, however they did scored when they needed to but actually had no worries due to the Outlaws insane defense! The Defense was lead by Chet Sanders 8 tackles followed by Jimmy Fuentes who recorded 7. The secondary stole three interceptions by Billy Hammer, Donte' Brown, and Phouc Hoang. The front four harassed the Monsoon quarterback all night and Chet Sanders, Kyle Hitchcock, and Aaron O'Neal all recorded sacks. Just before the half OLB Jimmy Fuentes snatched a fumble and returned it 80 yards for another score. The defense has been a dominating force since week one. The final score was 34-7 Outlaws. THE PLAYOFFS ARE FINALLY HERE!!!! The Outlaws will take on the Scottsdale Sharks next Saturday at 7:00pm. Mark your calendars, it is Outlaws post season time... time to stack the stands and go for the repeat!
Week nine saw the Outlaws continue their dominate ways including breaking some records in a 44-0 win over the Scottsdale Sharks. Outlaw RB Jarrell Davis rushed for 100 yards giving him 769 on the season breaking an Outlaw regular season rushing record previously held by Jay Hinton in 2005. Davis would open up the scoring after his brother Austin Davis returned the opening kickoff 58 yards, Jarrell cashed in on the first play scoring from 34 yards out. Tayt Tolman added to the scoring in the first quarter with a one yard run. In the second quarter the Outlaws added another score on the ground when Laz Avila punched it in from 1 yard out. The first half scoring was complete when C.J. Venezia caught a 66 yard bomb just before the half ended with the Outlaws up 28-0. The second half was much the same with Venezia duplicating another long bomb TD from league yardage leader in passing Tony Aguilera from 60 yards out this time. Aguilera added 183 yards to his league leading 969 yards. Kicker Phil Insalaco added a 31 yard field goal and the scoring was capped on the night by Avila's second touchdown run from a yard out. The Outlaw defense just plain out destroyed the Sharks recording 10 sacks lead by Tracy Peoples with 2.5 and another Outlaw record went down when Otis Frazier recorded two sacks breaking a single season sack record with 16 and the lifetime record with 38.5 in his career. Both those records were held by Albert Hawkins. The Outlaws also collected 4 interceptions including two by Billy Hammer who returned them for a total of 99 yards. Others with interceptions were Steve Seeley, and Mike Napolitano. The defense was lead in tackles by Tyson Muse with 8 followed by Gary Stevenson, and Jimmy Fuentes with 7 each. This was the fourth shut out on the season. After the game the Outlaws gave back by signing autographs for the youth 49ers football team. The squad will have a bye next week then host the Westside Monsoon for the final regular season game before the playoffs. kickoff is 6:00 pm at Moon Valley High School.
RB #2-Jarrell Davis Photo By: Twin Flame Images & Productions
1 2 3 4 F
Scottsdale Sharks 0 0 0 0 - 0
Phoenix Outlaws 14 14 7 9 - 44
Outlaws- J. Davis 34 yard run (Insalaco kick)
Outlaws- Tolman 1 yard run (Insalaco kick)
Outlaws- Avila 1 yard run (Insalaco kick)
Outlaws- Venezia 66 yard pass from Aguilera (Insalaco kick)
Outlaws- Venezia 60 yard pass from Aguilera (Insalaco kick)
Outlaws- Insalaco 31 yard field goal
Outlaws- Avila 1 yard run (kick blocked)
PASSING: Aguilera 5-11-183-2-0
RUSHING: J. Davis 10-100-1, Avila 6-20-2, Eggleston 1-3-0, Tolman 1-1-1
April 13th 3:00pm Phoenix Outlaws - 26 @ East Valley Ravens - 19
The GFL will be holding a raffle / donation for the recovery of Teresa Kinion (Momma T.) please check in at the Phoenix Outlaws merchandise tent to help out! The Kinions have been more than instramental in the developement of our league, as well as minor league football in the state of Arizona! THANK YOU!
Game captains: #4-Chet Sanders, #40-Gary Stevenson, #69-Matt Mason, #2-Jerrell Davis Photo by: Melissa Vasquez-Varela
In a game for the top seeding in the GFL playoffs the 7-0 Outlaws took on the 6-1 Ravens. The game was physical, and played to the end. The Ravens opened up the scoring on a 59 yard pass. The Outlaws would answer when QB Tony Aguilera ran it in from a yard out, however the XTP was blocked and returned for two points and at the end of the first quarter the Ravens were up 9-6. The second quarter was back and fourth until just prior to the half when Outlaw QB Aguilera hit Ruben Gammage on a perfect throw in stride for a 43 yard touchdown, but the Ravens would kick a field goal on the last play of the half, and going into intermission the score was 13-12 Outlaws. After the break the third quarter belonged to the Outlaws with Aguilera throwing two more touchdowns, this time both to C.J. Venezia from 9 and 11 yards out. The fourth quarter the Outlaws drove down the field for the check mate field goal but it was blocked and returned by the Ravens 108 yards to cut the score to 26-19 and that would hold up to be the final. Despite the score this was defiantly a defensive game with the Ravens selling out to stop the running game and the Outlaws creating turnovers. The defensive was lead by Outlaws defensive back Phuoc Hoang who recorded three interceptions and was named the GFL's player of the week. The defense was also lead by Billy Hammer, Kyle Hitchcock, and Gary Stevenson who all recorded 6 tackles. Hitchcock also recorded two sacks. For the Outlaws the player of the week was quarterback Tony Aguilera who when the running game was shut down he had to step up and that is exactly what he did throwing three touchdown passes and rushing for another. Other than a few special team mistakes that kept the game close, the Outlaws handled business and with two weeks to go, locked in the number one seed going into the playoffs! The Outlaws are currently 8-0 and will face the Scottsdale Sharks next Saturday at 6:00 pm. The Phoenix Outlaws family would like to send our deepest prayers to one of our own, Teresa Kinion (Momma T.) for a speedy recovery! Our prayers are with you and your family!
WR-#26 C.J. Venezia celebrates with #92 J-Rod Mathis after the TD! Photo by: Melissa Vasquez-Varela
1 2 3 4 - F
Phoenix Outlaws 6 7 14 0 - 26
East Valley Ravens 9 3 0 7 - 19
Ravens- Ruvalcaba 59 yard pass from Washington (Hansen kick)
Outlaws- Aguilera 1 yard run (kick blocked)
Ravens- Fobbs-Valentino blocked XTP return
Outlaws- Gammage 43 yard pass from Aguilera (Insalaco kick)
Ravens- Hansen 31 yard field goal
Outlaws- Venezia 9 yard pass from Aguilera (kick failed)
Outlaws- Venezia 11 yard pass from Aguilera (Insalaco kick)
Ravens- Fobbs-Valentino blocked FG return
PASSING: Aguilera 8-19-138-3-0, Tolman 0-1-0-0-0
RUSHING: J. Davis 14-20-0, Tollman 3-17-0, Castillo 3-7-0, Aguilera 1-1-1
After a week off the Outlaws hit the field against the Westside Monsoon. The first half saw the Outlaws take the early lead in a Jarrell Davis 3 yard run followed by a Toney Aguilera 9 yard pass to Mike Cvelbar to take a 13-0 lead, however the Monsoon would score just before the half and at the break it was 13-6 Outlaws. The second half was a different story. After the Outlaws got their head together and focused on this game, the machine started to roll again. The opening drive had Ruben Gammage catch a perfect throw from Tony Aguilera from 40 yards out for a 20-6 lead, then Calvin Darden intercepted a pass and returned it to the 14. The Outlaws and leagues leading rusher Jarrell Davis would score on the first play from 14 yards out for his second touchdown on the day and just like that the Outlaws stretched the lead to 27-6. The defense would take it from there recording a defensive touchdown and a safety. The defensive touchdown was a hit by Jimmy Fuentes and the scoring recovery was by Tracy Peoples. Defensive lineman Adam Zionts had his best day as an Outlaw recording 8 tackles including 4 solo as well as deflecting two passes. Otis Frazier continued his onslaught on QB's with three more sacks giving him 14 on the season. Jerrell Davis has now rushed for 647 yards on the season. and Tony Aguilera has 648 passing yards second in the league. The 7-0 Outlaws will be back at it next Saturday against the 6-1 Ravens in a game that everyone wants to see and both teams can't wait to play! Game time is 3:00 pm at Moon Valley High.
#11- DL Adam Zionts Photo By: Melissa Vasquez-Varela
1 2 3 4 - F
Westside Monsoon 0 6 0 0 - 6
Phoenix Outlaws 6 7 14 9 - 36
Outlaws- Davis 3 yard run (Kick fail)
Outlaws- Cvelbar 9 yard pass from Aguilera (Insalaco kick)
Monsoon- Stefan 18 yard pass from Baumann (kick blocked by Frazier)
Outlaws- Gammage 40 yard pass from Aguilera (Insalaco kick)
Outlaws- Davis 14 yard run (Insalaco kick)
Outlaws- Peoples fumble recovery in end zone (Insalaco kick)
Outlaws- Safety, ball kicked out of end zone
PASSING: Aguilera 7-14-111-2-1
RUSHING: J. Davis 16-107-2, Polchin 1-8-0, Tolman 4-5-0, Aguilera 1-4-0, Avila 2-4-0
RECEIVING: Gammage 1-40-1, Venezia 2-33-0, Cvelbar 3-30-1, Castillo 1-8-0
Team Captains: #52-Matt Vaughn, #23-Tyrone Robinson, #19-Ruben Gammage, #84-Mike Cvelbar
In the 14th meeting between the Outlaws and the Sting, the Outlaws would stay perfect (6-0) on the season with a 40-0 win. The Outlaws move to 12-2 all time vs the Sting. The game saw the Outlaws get back to a dominating offense with 268 total yards including 144 on the ground and 124 in the air. The defense pitched another shutout and totaled 6 sacks, 4 forced fumbles including 2 recovery's. The scoring was established early by the Outlaws defense when on the opening drive Ruben Gammage would step in front of a would be receiver and return the interception 37 yards for the first score. The leagues leading rusher Jarrell Davis would score from 9 yards out as well as adding 71 yards on the ground. Laz Avila would also score a rushing touchdown from 7 yards out. The rushing attack also saw Tayt Tolman have his best rushing day as an Outlaw by adding 48 physical yards. Quarterback Tony Aguilera continued to lead the squad with two touchdown passes, one to James Castillo from 48 yards out and another to Gammage from 24 yards out just prior to the half. When the dust settled at half time the Outlaws were up 31-0. The second half saw the Outlaws control the ball and the clock to walk away with the 40-0 victory. The defense, who held the Sting to a minus 11 yards of offense on the night, was lead by Mike Napolitano's 7 tackles followed by Otis Frazier, Gary Stevenson, and Tyson Muse with 4 each. Frazier continued his attack on the other teams quarterback adding 3 more to his season total of 13. With the win the Outlaws should continue to move up in the national rankings. With Easter weekend coming up, the Outlaws will enjoy a bye and get back at it in a few weeks when we take on the Monsoon from the Westside, 6:00 pm at Moon Valley High.
March 16th 3:00pm Phoenix Outlaws- 38 @ Scottsdale Sharks- 8
Team captains: #17 A.K. Kilbert, #32-Laz Avila, #7-Kyle Hitchcock, #69 Matt Mason, Photo by Milissa Vasquez-Varela
After a two week layoff, and tempatures on the 90's, the Phoenix Outlaws were back at it trying to knock off the rust. The story of the day was without a doubt DEFENSE! The Outlaws totally shutdown the Sharks offense recording eleven sacks, three each by Otis Frazier and Kyle Hitchcock as well as four forced fumbles two safeties and an interception by Mike Napolitano who returned it 45 yards. Gary Stevenson lead all tacklers with 7 followed by Jimmy Fuentes with 6. The defense set the table giving the Outlaw offense a short field most of the day. The Outlaws took advantage of it recording five touchdowns. Running backs Jarrell Davis and Laz Avila each scored two touchdowns, and Mike Cvelbar caught a touchdown pass from Tony Aguilera. The Sharks would finally score on the last play of the game. The Outlaws moved to 5-0 on the season with the 38-8 victory. Going into the game the Outlaws were ranked 1st in the state, 15th in the nation, and 4th in the Far West. Next week will see the Outlaws and Sting match up for the 14th time in the teams history's. Game time is 6:00 pm.
#32-Laz Avila, Photo by: Melissa Vasquez-Varela
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Phoenix Outlaws 7 16 8 7 - 38
Scottsdale Sharks 0 0 0 8 - 8
Outlaws- Avila 2 yard run (Insalaco kick)
Outlaws- Avila 1 yard run (Insalaco kick)
Outlaws- Cvelbar 14 yard pass from Aguilera (Insalaco kick)
Outlaws- Safety - Stevenson sack in endzone
Outlaws- J. Davis 3 yard run (kick failed)
Outlaws- Safety - ball snapped out of the endzone
Outlaws- J. Davis 4 yard run (Insalaco kick)
Sharks- Smith 3 yard pass from Burley (Smith pass from Burley)
PASSING: Aguilera 3-13-57-1-1
RUSHING: J. Davis 13-37-2, Avila 7-20-2, Tolman 1-4-0, Polchin 1-3-0, Aguilera 2-(-5)-0
The GREAT Outlaw fans! Photo by: Melissa Vasquez-Varela
February 23rd 6:00pm East Valley Ravens -10 @ Phoenix Outlaws - 23
Week four saw the biggest game for the GFL to date with two undefeated teams battling early for first place. The Ravens were bosting the leagues best defense not giving up a single point and holding their opponent last week to minus eight yards of total offense (and -28 yards on the season). The Outlaws knew that they would have to bring a physical brand of football and as designed dominated the game physically. Not only did the Outlaws score but when the dust settled they put up 310 yards of offense and 23 points on the board. The physical play on the other side of the ball saw the Outlaws secondary hit everything that moved and only gave up 10 points. Outlaw kicker Phil Insalaco started the scoring with a 29 yard field goal in the first quarter and the Ravens tied it up before halftime with a Hansen field goal to knot the teams up 3-3. Ruben Gammage would intercept a pass just short of the end zone to halt a Raven threat going into the half. The second half was just like the first with the Outlaws dominating on both sides of the ball. Running back Jarrell Davis took advantage of outstanding blocking in route to a new Outlaw single game rushing record of 183 yards on 13 attempts for an outstanding 14.08 yard average. Even though Jarrell had a long touchdown called back due to a penalty, he still ran two more in from 35 and 72 yards out. Jarrell is currently running away with the rushing title leading all other runners by more than 300 yards. Quarterback Tony Aguilera had a steady game and made big throws at big times. The leading receiver was C. J. Venezia who totaled 76 yards on three receptions and Ruben Gammage scored the passing touchdown catching a pass from 6 yards out in the fourth quarter for the game clincher. The defense... man, every player could have received the "hit of the week" award. The defense was lead by Billy Hammer who recorded 8 tackles followed by Gammage with 5, and A.K. Kilbert and Gary Stevenson with 4 each. Otis Frazier after missing last weeks game was back at it hitting the Ravens quarterback consistently and recorded 2 more sacks giving him 5 on the young season. Others who recorded sacks were Ron Romero and Chet Sanders. This game will be continued later in the year and the talented Ravens squad will be just as ready as we will be! So if you missed this one, you may not want to miss the next one. The 4-0 Outlaws will have a bye this next week and will return to play on March 9th at 3:00 with a rematch against the Monsoon who are now hitting their stride after a big win last week.
#15 - DE - Otis Frazier
1 2 3 4 F
East Valley Ravens 0 3 7 0 - 10
Phoenix Outlaws 3 0 14 6 - 23
Outlaws- Insalaco 29 yard field goal
Ravens- Hansen 31 yard field goal
Outlaws- J. Davis 35 yard run (Insalaco kick)
Outlaws- J. Davis 72 yard run (Insalaco kick)
Ravens- McAddley 42 yard pass from Dement (Hansen kick)
Outlaws- Gammage 6 yard pass from Aguilera (kick failed)
PASSING: Aguilera 5-13-104-1-2
RUSHING: J. Davis 13-183-2, Avila 10-15-0, Tolman 1-3-0, Barnes 3-3-0, Aguilera 1-2-0
RECEIVING: Venezia 3-76-0, Cvelbar 1-22-0, Gammage 1-6-1
As the two longest running teams, words could never describe the history of these two organizations. There is, and has never has been, anything but respect for each other. In the 13th edition of the Outlaws vs Sting rivalry, this match up had the Sting dominate in time of position, and the Outlaws cashing in on the few times they had the ball resulting in a 21-0 victory. The win put the Outlaws ahead in the all time series vs the Sting 11-2 as well as 3-0 on the season. Outlaw Quarterback Tony Aguilera made his first start of the season and responded well throwing three touchdown passes including two to Mike Cvelbar and another to C. J. Venezia. Cvelbar lead all receivers with 4 receptions for 114 yards followed by Venezia with 32 yards and Austin Davis with 31 yards. The Outlaws leading ground leader and still the leading rusher of the league Jarrell Davis with 50 yards on 9 rushing attempts. The Outlaws defense recorded its second shut out in three games with three goal line stands. The defense was lead by Mike Napolitano with 8 tackles followed by Ron Romero with 7 and Chet Sanders with 5. Even though the Outlaws had plenty of tackles for loss, only three were counted as sacks by Kyle Hitchcock, Ron Romero and Matt Vaughn. Next up, the battle of the undefeated. The 3-0 Outlaws vs the 2-0 Ravens. Game time is 6:00 pm at Moon Valley High School.
1 2 3 4 F
Globe-Miami Sting 0 0 0 0 - 00
Phoenix Outlaws 7 0 7 7 - 21
Outlaws- Venezia 32 yard pass from Aguilera (Insalaco kick)
Outlaws- Cvelbar 47 yard pass from Aguilera (Insalaco kick)
Outlaws- Cvelbar 3 yard pass from Aguilera (Insalaco kick)
After a team bye and then followed by a league bye, the Phoenix Outlaws were back at it with a rematch of our pre-season game with the Westside Monsoon. The pre-season game was close and with the Monsoon doubling in size since the pre season, we knew it would be another tough game. The layoff for both teams showed with the defenses dominating the game for the most part. The Monsoon would score three defensive touchdowns to keep the game close and actually take the lead at the end of the third quarter. The game was controlled by Outlaws running back #2-Jerrell Davis who rushed 15 times for 135 yards including two touchdowns from 24 and 46 yards out. Laz Avila added another 34 yards on the ground giving the Outlaws 176 total rushing yards on the day. After Outlaw Quarterback Tony Aguilera rushed for a touchdown and threw a two point conversion to Mike Cvelbar the Outlaws had the 3 point lead at 29-26. After the Monsoon gave it their best shot at a comeback, the Outlaws would take the ball over in their own territory with 6:45 to go in the game. After countless first downs running and passing the Monsoon finally got the ball back with only 38 seconds remaining. The Outlaw defense who played lights out all day sealed the deal when OLB Aaron O'Neal made his first interception of the season. On the day the Outlaw defense recorded five sacks lead by Otis Frazier with two and Matt Vaughn, Jimmy Fuentes, and Emmanuel Luna each recording one. To Go along with O'Neal's interception, Fuentes also had one. The defense was lead by Mike Napolitano and Billy Hammer who each recorded 6 tackles. Next up for the Outlaws is a game with a long time rival the Globe-Miami Sting at 3:00pm at Moon Valley High!
1 2 3 4 F
Phoenix Outlaws 7 6 8 8 - 29
Westside Monsoon 0 10 16 0 - 26
Outlaws- J. Davis 24 yard run (Kick failed)
Outlaws- Cvelbar 18 yard pass from Ochoa (Insalaco kick)
The 2013 Gridiron Football League started just as it finished with a rematch of the Championship Game. The Phoenix Outlaws vs. the Scottsdale Sharks. The word of the day was DEFENSE! With both teams playing physical football, the Outlaws were able to make more plays than the Sharks and get the opening day victory 10-0. Points were a premium on the day with the Outlaws scoring early on a nice drive that ended with kicker Phil Insalaco kicking a 38 yard field goal for the 3-0 lead that would hold all the way to the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter Outlaw linebacker Gary Stevenson would hit the Shark quarterback Matt DeSmidt causing a fumble that Emmanuel Luna would scoop up and return it 24 yards for the only touchdown on the night. The Outlaws defense pitched a shout out lead by Otis Frazier in tackles with 7 followed by Mike Napolitano with 6 as well as Tyson Muse with 3. The Outlaws defense also recorded sacks by Stevenson, Frazier, and Luna. Muse and Ruben Gammage each had an interception. The Outlaw offense who played with out QB Mike Ochoa, TE Mike Cvelbar, and WR James Castillo, still were productive all day lead by quarterback Tony Aguilera, and the running game once again was solid with Jerell Davis leading the team in rushing with 64 tough yards on 10 carries. On the night the Outlaws rushed for 89 yards on 27 attempts. The team will have a two week break from games but will have the Championship ring ceremony on February 2nd. It will be "Championship weekend" with the Outlaw rings on Saturday and the Super Bowl on Sunday. When play resumes that Outlaws will have a rematch of the pre season game against the Westside Monsoon at 3:00 pm.
January 12th 3:00pm Phoenix Outlaws-27 @ Westside Monsoon-19
PHOENIX OUTLAWS 27 WESTSIDE MONSOON 19
With the two teams that were ready to go on a cold winter day, the Phoenix Outlaws and the Westside Monsoon showed that defense may be a large key to who will have success in the 2013 season. The Monsoon flexing their muscles would score two touchdowns on interceptions. The fact that both teams were in white jerseys may have had something to do with that. Not to mention for that very reason it was difficult to figure out who to block in the running game for both teams however the Outlaws dominated in the rushing attack pilling up 160 yards on 36 attempts. Jerrell Davis lead all rushers with 87 yards on 9 attempts followed by Tirrell Thompson with 44 yards on 13 attempts. Not to be out done by his brother Jerrell, Austin Davis lead the team in receiving yards with 48 followed by Christian Millers 38 yards on 2 receptions. The mix of quarterback Mike Ochoa and Tony Aguilera netted 166 passing yards to give the team 326 total yards of offense. Aguilera threw a touchdown to Ruben Gammage who made a sensational catch with one hand as well as rushing for one himself. Tyat Tolman and Laz Avila also scored rushing touchdowns. The Defense was solid all day shutting down the running game and only giving up a score to the Monsoon offense at the end of the game. The defense was lead by Gary Stevenson with 5 tackles followed by Otis Frazier, Tyson Muse, and Emmanuel Luna with 4 each. A.K. Aaron Kilbert returned an interception 34 yards and Stevenson, Luna, Frazier, Adam Zionts, Matt Vaughn, and Jared Mathis all recorded sacks. Good game for both squads to chip off the rust of a long off season. Next up: the start of the regular season and a rematch of last years State Championship game. Outlaws vs. the Scottsdale Sharks - be there!