Bakersfield Blitz



Years of Existence: 2002-2007
Venue: Rabobank Arena (Bakersfield, CA)
Accomplishments:
2002 Western Division Champions, playoff appearance
2003 Playoff appearance
2004 Western Division champions, playoff appearance
2005
2006 - Quarterfinal appearance
2007 -
Lifetime Record: 50-50-1
Home: 28-22
Away: 22-28-1
Playoffs: 1-4
Average Attendance: 3,941

The Bakersfield Blitz have been somewhat of a mediocre franchise. In 2002, the Blitz won their division, but only with a 9-7 record. They would lose their first playoff game to San Diego, a division opponent. 2003 was similar, only this time the playoff loss would come against Arkansas. In 2003, the Blitz ere part of the only tie in AF2 history. The deadlock came against the Wichita Stealth in Wichita, when #42 Julian Yearwood collapsed and died in the first quarter. Following the 2003 season, the original Bakersfield Blitz franchise moved and became the Central Valley Coyotes. Another team would be born and this franchise currently plays at the same arena and is the current Bakersfield Blitz of the af2. In 2004, the new Blitz finished 11-5, but would again fall in the first round of the postseason, this time to Peoria. The next year, the Blitz did not make the postseason. The team went 6-10, winning three games against San Diego, two against Bossier-Shreveport, and one against Arkansas. The Blitz began the 2006 season by winning five of their first six, including a 52-20 victory at the upstart expansion Spokane Shock. After this great start, the team won four of its final ten games, including a four game losing streak. Bakersfield qualified as the #6 seed in the playoffs and played at Central Valley in the first round. The Coyotes were defeated, 45-37, and Bakersfield evened up the season series with the Coyotes at 2-2. The Blitz then headed back to Spokane, but a 26-19 halftime lead turned into a heartbreaking, 50-47 loss. In 2007, the team began by winning four of their first six, but then fell into a five game losing streak and finished at 6-10. Three players spent significant time at quarterback for the Blitz, giving little stability to the offense. The team was usually down early, being outscored by 90 points in the first quarter. Following the 2007 season, the Blitz folded.