Official Eatery of the Outlaws. 43rd ave & Thunderbird.
2016 PHOENIX OUTLAWS GAME DAY
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GRIDIRON BOWL XIV
2016 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
May 21st 7:00 pm Teams - TBA
Wildcard round May 7th Teams - TBA
Semi Final's May 14th Teams - TBA
April 30th 4:00 pm @ Sunrise Mountain High Peoria, AZ
Quad-City Roadrunners @ PHOENIX OUTLAWS
April 24th SUNDAY 11:00 am The Outlaws have a BYE
18th ANNUAL OUTLAWS TEAM, FAMILY, & FANS "PICNIC"
Vista Del Camino Park Ramada #3
April 16th 2:00 pm @ Desert Sun Stadium, Yuma AZ
PHOENIX OUTLAWS 60 Yuma Storm 6
After two weeks off, the Phoenix Outlaws hit the road for a trip to Yuma to play the Storm. As customary, the Outlaws wore their alternate Blue jerseys for Autism awareness, for the month of April. The trip was a quick one so we were able to enjoy Desert Sun Stadium the once home of the San Diego Padres. The field was like a carpet and the Storm made sure we were taken care of. Both teams had to battle a strong 20+ mph winds, but that was typical this day in the state of Arizona. The first quarter saw the Outlaws score the first points of the game on a Tony Aguilera pass to C.J. Venezia from 36 yards out. That would be the first of four TD's he would throw on his way to a 307 yard passing day. C.J. Venezia would collect two of those scores as well as totaling 153 yards on the day. He would also throw a TD to his brother Eric Venezia later in the game. Terell Toliver was the leading rusher on the day totaling 60 yards including a 52 yard TD run. DeAndre Barnes was next with 36 yards rushing and two touchdowns. In all the Outlaws would put up 438 total yards and 60 points. The defense played lights out recording four interceptions and three fumbles. The special teams scored off of one of those fumbles when Josh Pare stripped the ball from a returner and raced 36 yards into the endzone. Jahmez Foster was the leading tackler recording 4 tackles all solo, followed by Emmanuel Luna, Rico Verner, and Tayt Tolman who all totaled four tackles with the assist added. The Outlaws would like to thank the Yuma Storm for being such a great host with an awesome venue. It is always a pleasure to make the trip a play a class organization who gives it everything they have and just enjoys the competition. The Outlaws would also like to thank Ronnie's Pizza for taking us in and destroying all their food! It was awesome! NEXT UP: the Outlaws will have their annual TEAM, FAMILY, & FAN PICNIC, before the season Finally vs the Quad-City Roadrunners at 4:00 pm at Sunrise Mountain High.
April 9th 7:00 pm @ Williams Field High Gilbert, AZ
Desert Eagles 0 PHOENIX OUTLAWS 2
league mandated forfeit
April 2nd The Phoenix Outlaws have a BYE
March 26th 1:00 pm @ Williams Field High Gilbert, AZ
Tucson Thunder 14 PHOENIX OUTLAWS 26
Photo by: Gray Photography
The Phoenix Outlaws played the Tucson Thunder Saturday in as clean as a game as you can have. A large contrast to last weeks 28 penalty game. This game had a total of only 6. The officiating crew obviously "gets it". Last year the Thunder was in another league and also went by the name of the Outlaws so the game was important to both squads. They were kind enough to change their name to the Thunder when they moved to our league. This game would be a good one. After a Thunder fumble was recovered by Jared Mathis, the first of two fumble recoveries for Mathis. The Outlaws would then score first when Terrell Toliver rushed it in from 7 yards out. This kick was missed and the Outlaws took an early 6-0 lead. In the second quarter the Outlaws started to drive at the two minute mark but an interception returned for a touchdown and the extra point put the Thunder a head 7-6. That is the fourth time this season that the Outlaws have given their opponent an easy touchdown on a turnover. The Outlaws would put a drive together with very little time left in the half and scored on a C.J. Venezia pass to Mike Cvelbar from 5 yards out. Patrick Hill kicked the extra point and the Outlaws went into the half leading 13-7. The second half saw the Outlaws take the opening kickoff and march down the field scoring on Venezia's second touchdown pass this time to Lawrence Scott from 30 yards out. With Hills kick the Outlaws moved out to a 20-7 lead. On the last play of the third quarter the Outlaws would put their final score in the books when DeAndre Barnes ran it in from 4 yards out. The scoring was capped when an errant snap went over the Outlaws punters head and the Thunder took advantage driving the short length into the end zone on a QB sneak. The Outlaws would end the game taking a knee on the Thunder one yard line after a hard fought win. The Outlaws defense held up real well with Greg Riley leading the team in tackles with 8 followed by Art Miranda with 3 and with Tyson Muse and Jimmy Fuentes with 2 each. Miranda also recorded the only sack of the day. Riley also recorded an interception that he returned 27 yards. In all it was a good game and the Thunder played hard and have a lot of talent and skill players who will be a force in the future. For now the Outlaws have a much needed bye to heal up a lot of wounds. We all knew this year would be on of the more physical ones and it has lived up to that for sure. After the bye the Outlaws will have a rematch of last years playoff game vs the Desert Eagles who are coming off a big win over the Stampede. The Eagles are sitting one game a head of us, so come on out and see an awesome game in two weeks at 7:00 pm under the lights at Williams Field High. Playoff implications are in full effect with only three regular season games left!
March 19th 4:00 pm @ Sunrise Mountain High Peoria, AZ
PHOENIX OUTLAWS 22 Phoenix Phantoms 30 4-OT's
Photo by: Gray Photography
In what has been customary for these two teams, the game always goes down to the last second, however on this day it went well beyond that! As in four overtimes past that! The game started as so many of them do for the Outlaws this season, an outlaw fumble and having their opponent return it for a touchdown. So starting from a hole seems to be common place for some reason and after the Phantoms scored on a broken coverage the Outlaws went into the half time trailing 14-0. In the third quarter the Outlaws would break into the scoring column when DeAndre Barmes hauled in a Tony Aguilera pass from 25 yards out to make it 14-7. At the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth, the Outlaws would take off on one of there long panted drives. Aided by a long C.J. Venezia pass to Jordan Brown and with five minutes to go in the game Aguilera would throw another touchdown this time to Jamell Ward from 8 yards out to tie the game at 14. The Outlaws would get one more chance to end the game in regulation but a field goal from 31 yards out was blocked with 1:01 left. The game would now go into overtime. It was still 14-14 after the first overtime, so on to overtime #2. That also saw no scoring but the Outlaws had a field goal blocked. The Outlaws returned the favor by blocking a Phantom field goal but they called an illegal leap and an automatic first down, but the Outlaws eventually stopped them to keep the game tied, so we now traveled into overtime #3. In the third overtime the Outlaws broke the scoring ice when Agularia found Venezia in the corner of the endzone. Another Aguilera to Ward pass reception for the two point conversion made the score 22-14. The Outlaws shut down the Phantoms however a controversial targeting call on a fourth down incompletion kept their drive alive and a scoring run from a yard out as well as a pass for the two point conversion and now with the score notted at 22-22, it was off to overtime number four. The Phantoms would strike on a long run as well as a two point pass play to put the final at 30-22. The Outlaws had one last shot but on fourth down a pass fell incomplete in the endzone.
My opinion with two big teams playing in such a big game it would be nice if the players on the field decided the game. There were fifteen penalties called during this 4 overtime period. The two that were the worst was a PI against the Phantoms and the targeting against the Outlaws that would have ended the game. Both teams suffered a lot of injuries due to fatigue. No game at our level should go that long. It did however set an Arizona state record for the longest game ever played. The game lasted 3 1/2 hours. Only fitting when the Phantoms and the Outlaws play I guess. Both teams must heal up and let this game go. The Outlaws will be at Williams Field High next Saturday to play the Tucson Thunder who also have one of the leagues better defenses so it will be another challenge. Kickoff is set for 1:00 pm. Come out and support the Outlaws and the GFL!
Week five took the Outlaws up to Prescott AZ to play the Quad-City Roadrunners. The weather was a perfect 55 degrees with a chilly breeze. Perfect conditions! After the Outlaws settled into their new environment, they rolled up over 400 yards of offense and put up 28 points. The defense scored the other seven and the Outlaws left the high country with a 35-12 win. The Roadrunners were great host, and had everything in order. Great job Robert Jones, staff, and players. This is a strong young team that is well coached and are just a few players away. Outlaws rookie wide receiver J.J. Kessberger had another big day gaining 166 yards on four receptions and a touchdown. Mike Cvelbar added 76 yards and a touchdown and C.J. Venezia had 66 yards on three receptions. C.J. also filled in at quarterback in the third quarter when starter Tony Aguilera had to leave. Prior to that, Aguilera threw for a season high 308 yards and the two scores. Seven different Outlaws had rushing attempts with Jerrel Davis leading the team in rushing with 31 yards. Everyone else was split up pretty even. George Thomas had 5 rushing attempts and two of those were for touchdowns from four and five yards out. Jahmez Foster was the leading tackler with 9 including 8 solo. Tayt Tolman recorded 6 tackles, Otis Frazier had 5 tackles and LaTreze Mushatt was next with 4 tackles. Mushatt also added a 43 yard interception return for a touchdown to his resume. The defense had another solid game and had a shut out until late in the game. As a true test top the character of the Roadrunners, they did not quit fighting and they scored the last two touchdowns of the day. It was a fun day and the Outlaws thank Arizona Corporate Coach for the awesome charter bus ride! They always take care of us! Next up, a 4:00 pm game at Sunrise Mountain High when the Outlaws take on the Phoenix Phantoms in a rematch of the state championship game the last two years. Come out and support the Outlaws and the Gridiron Football League!
March 5th 1:00 pm @ Sunrise Mountain High Peoria, AZ
Yuma Storm 00 PHOENIX OUTLAWS 55
Photo by: Suzette Whipkey
On an absolute perfect weather day, the Outlaws played about as perfect as you can get. The Yuma Storm traveled to the valley and as usual, played us very hard. It was a physical game that saw us sustain multiple injuries, but that is the way it is when you play the Yuma squad. The Outlaws scored early and often. Keegan Whipkey started the scoring with a 34 yard punt return. Lawrence Scott scored from 23 yards out on a pass from Tony Aguilera and after two Phil Insalaco extra points the outlaws had a 14-0 lead after the first quarter. In the second quarter the Outlaws hit their stride scoring multiple times. Tayt Tolman scored from a yard out. Tommy Cawood took an interception to the house but it was nullified by a penalty so the next play LaTreze Mushatt took an interception 69 yards for the score. Whipkey recorded his second punt return touchdown, this time from 64 yards out. Jamel Ward added a 23 yard touchdown from an Aguilera pass and the Outlaws went into halftime with a 41-0 lead. The Outlaws started the third quarter with a 13 minute drive that ended with Laz Avila punching it in from three yards out and the fourth quarter had DeAndre Barnes complete the scoring when he ran 22 yards to make the final 55-0. On the day Aguilera threw 13 times completing 9 of them for 156 yards and two TD's. George Thomas was the leading rusher with 33 yards, but five Outlaw runningbacks had double diget rushing numbers. Mike Cvelbar lead the team in receiving with 41 yards followed by Ward with 41. The defense posted a shutout and played dominate all day recording six sacks lead by Otis Fraziers two. Greg Riley add an interception to go along with Mushatt's. The leading tackler was Frazier and George Thomas who each recorded four each. Art Miranda, Tyson Muse, and Jrod Mathis each recorded three tackles. In all the entire Outlaw roster played and played well. We thank the Yuma Storm for the physical game and the fact that they made it out here and back safe! We will travel to Yuma later in the season for what is expected to be another physical game. Up next.... a 2:00 pm game in Prescott Arizona when the Outlaws will take on the Quad-City Roadrunners! Make the trip and enjoy the cool country and watch some entertaining football as well!!!
February 27th 1:00 pm @ Williams Field High Gilbert, AZ
PHOENIX OUTLAWS 16 Mesa Hornets 13
Photo by: Suzette Whipkey
The Phoenix Outlaws played week three just like the first two. Exciting football for the fans, but to many mistakes to have a comfortable victory. For the second week in a row the Outlaws allowed their opponent to score on a fumble return. Outside of that score the Hornets were held to two field goals. The Outlaws are growing week to week and eliminating mistakes each week. Of all the games and all the teams in the league, it looks like the Outlaws have the most entertaining games each week. The upside to these games is that the Outlaws will have a lot of close game experience when the playoffs come around. This game came down to the Outlaws completely owning the fourth quarter. With the game tied at 13-13, the Outlaws took possession of the ball with 10:30 left in the game and starting on their own 13 yard line, drove the ball 86 yards on 15 plays eating up 10:27 of clock. Sitting on the one yard line with 3 seconds remaining, Phil Insalaco nailed the 19 yard field goal for the 16-13 lead with 3 seconds left in the game.The Hornets made it exciting when they returned the kickoff down the sideline for a huge gain as time expired when the ball slipped out of the returners hand. He would have had to get past two Outlaw players but lost that chance when he lost the ball. So, as usual the Outlaw fans were treated to a close and exciting game! The Outlaws dominated the time of possession with ball control the entire game racking up 248 yards on 54 plays. Laz Avila and Jerrell Davis saw their first extended action since off season surgery and responded well with Avila rushing for 78 yards and a touchdown and Davis adding 31 more yards. This game also saw the season day-beau of Mike Cvelbar who had 5 receptions for 84 yards to lead the team in receiving followed by C.J. Venezia who had 36 yards and a touchdown. QB Tony Aguilera threw for 171 yards completing 11 of 24 passes. The Outlaws defense was not on the field much in this game. Tyson Muse was the leading tackler with 6 tackles followed by Jimmy Fuentes with 4 and Jared Mathis, LaTreze Mushatt, Otis Frazier and Jahmez Foster with 3 each. Muse and Frazier also added a sack each. It was a physical game that the Outlaws won in the trenches rushing the ball 30 times and shutting down the Hornets rushing attack. This puts the Outlaws at a 2-1 record on the season. The next opponent is the Yuma Storm at 1:00 pm at Sunrise Mountain High. Don't miss the next game because they always seem to be the most exciting!
February 20th 1:00pm @ Sunrise Mountain High Peoria, AZ
Southwest Stampede 27 PHOENIX OUTLAWS 21
Photo By: Suzette Whipkey
The Outlaws walked into week two to play a team that according to some, was built to beat us. They had two successful all-star games as well as week one to refine their skills and fine tune their machine. The two teams put on quite a show playing very level football except for the turnover battle. The Outlaws were on a very lopsided turnover ratio and when you do that against a solid team, they will beat you with it every time and that is exactly what happened. It started with an Outlaw fumble on the second play of the game that the Stampede returned for a score and with just seconds into the game the Outlaws were down 7-0. In all the Outlaws fumbled a punt snap, a hold on a kick, a kickoff return and a punt return to mention a few. even with all of that it was a close game. Both squads were missing key people and played over and above those issues. The Outlaws battled back before the half when Tony Aguilera hit J.J. Kessberger from 25 yards out but a muffed snap hold and missed kick kept the Outlaws trailing 6-7 going into half time. The Stampede was the only team to score in the third quarter on an 8 yard run making the score 14-6 Pede. In fourth quarter the Outlaws marched the length of the field when Aguilera found Jamel Ward from 8 yards out. An Aguilera extra point pass to C.J. Venezia tied the game up at 14-14. Late in the game the Stampede had back to back scores on a 24 yard pass and a 36 yard run. The scoring was capped by a great interception by Jimmy Fuentes who returned it 60 yards for the touchdown. An unsuccessful on-side kick made the final score 27-21 Stampede. The Pede are a well coached team with a ton of talent and they were just a little sharper on the day than the Outlaws but we all know a post season rematch could easily be in the future for both these teams. Outlaws were lead offensively by quarterback Aguilera who posted numbers of 13-25-251 yards and two touchdowns. J.J. Kessberger was the leading receiver with 5 receptions for 115 yards and a score. Venezia was next with 3 receptions for 72 yards. The defense was led by Jimmy Fuentes and Tyson Muse with 7 tackles each followed by Otis Frazier, Keegan Whipkey and Tommy Caywood with 4 each. The Outlaws will now take their show to the east valley at Williams Field High at 1:00 pm to play the Mesa Hornets who had a bye last week. The Hornets have a stacked roster so it will be an exciting game, so come out and support the Outlaws and the GFL!
February 13th 4:00 pm @ Sunrise Mountain High Peoria, AZ
PHOENIX OUTLAWS 9 East Valley Warloards 8
The 2016 season started of in a new location at Sunrise Mountain High on a picture perfect day, and on a picture perfect field. As was the theme of the day with all the games, week one would be a sloppy one for all the teams. The Outlaws in defense of their title was in an expected battle that came down to the wire. The Outlaws would make plenty of mistakes, but that is all a part of the growth process. The squad has a massive amount of first year players that are playing in very important positions and it will take a little time to gel! The only scoring in the first half was a 27 yard field goal by Phil Insalaco. The Outlaws had a few chances before the half but a turnover kept the game close so 3-0 Outlaws was the score at the half. The third quarter was a defensive struggle with both teams creating turnovers. The Warlords would finally break the touchdown ice when Bell caught a perfectly thrown pass from Cole from 35 yards out. After the fake kick on the extra point, Sellers ran it in to make the score 8-3 Warlords with a little over 5 min left in the game. After the passions changed hands a few times the Outlaws would have one last chance with 1:51 left on the clock. The game ended with the Outlaws offense running the two minute offense to perfection moving the ball 67 yards on 9 plays in just 1:02 seconds scoring with 49 seconds still left on the clock. The drive saw passes to C.J. Venezia and J.J. Kessberger. as well as a huge pass completion on a fourth and 14 to Venezia. The final score was a perfect pass from Aguilera over the outside shoulder that Venezia caught with one hand from 11 yards out for the win. The two point conversion fell incomplete and the Outlaws walked away with a 9-8 week one victory. Outside of the one score the Outlaws defense was in mid season form creating havoc all day. The team was lead in tackles by Tyson Muse with 5 followed by Jon-Te Gibson, and Ralph Gumbs with 4 each. Otis Frazier recorded two sacks and Emmanuel Luna added another. The Outlaws forced two fumbles and had one interception by LaTreze Mushatt who returned it 32 yards. Laz Avila was the leading rusher with 29 yards and Venezia was the leading receiver with 73 yards. Aguilera threw for 115 yards and completed passes to five different receivers. It also looked like once again the Outlaws had the biggest crowd of the day! So we all thank you so much for the support! The Warlords were short in numbers but hugh in heart and talent. They were prepaired and ready to go. Much respect to Mr. Rountree and Mr. Love. Your squad has a lot to look forward to! Next up the Outlaws will be playing the Stampede who is the pre-season favorite to take the crown from us. The crown is not up for grabs next week, but it will be a great measuring stick for both teams. Game time is 1:00 pm at Sunrise Mountain High