Bossier-Shreveport Battlewings

Years of Existence: 2001-2009
Venue: CenturyTel Center (Bossier City, LA)
2001 -
2006 -
2007 - Semifinal appearance
2008 - Southwest Division champions, quarterfinal appearance
2009 - Southwest Division champions, quarterfinal appearance
Lifetime Record: 65-86
Home: 36-39
Away: 29-47
Playoffs: 4-3
Average Attendance: 3,650

Formerly the Shreveport-Bossier Bombers of the Indoor Professional Football League (IPFL), the Bossier-Shreveport Battlewings were one of the most disappointing teams in af2 history. In five seasons, the team had only one winning season (9-7 in 2003) and had never qualified for the playoffs. In 2005, the team beat the defending Champion Florida Firecats, 28-22, for the Battle Wings' only highlight in a 3-13 season. Nothing changed the following year, despite John Fourcade being hired as the head coach to try and turn things around. Again, the Battlewings won just three games, upsetting Oklahoma City at home. The team set records for least points on the road and at home, both games against Tulsa. The franchise took its worst loss, 72-3, at Tulsa. Finally, in the team's seventh year, things turned around. Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Quincy Carter led the team to an 11-5 record and the franchise's first playoff berth. The team stormed through the postseason with road wins against Arkansas and the top seeded Rio Grande Valley Dorados. The season ended in the National Conference championship game with a 67-47 loss to Tulsa. Gary Cooper led the team in 2008 at quarterback, replacing Steve Panella. Manwel Talbert and Chavez McCollister were the stories of the season. The Battlewings lost five of their first eight games, but rebounded in the second half of the year, winning five of their final six. The only loss in that stretch came by way of a 40 yard field goal by Rio Grande Valley as time expired. Thanks to a weak division, the Battlewings clinched their first ever division title. In a first round game against Lubbock, Chavez McCollister returned three kickoffs for touchdowns in a row. The highlights made SportsCenter's top plays. A 77-61 victory propelled Bossier-Shreveport to a conference semifinal home game against Amarillo. With a 45-45 tie in the fourth quarter, the Dusters stopped the Battlewings on downs and then forced a fumble, en rout to a 59-45 victory. The Battlewings continued their run of success in 2009 behind the arm of Andrico Hines, who threw for 76 scores and over 3,200 yards. Jason Schule ran for 28 scores as the Battlewings scored a league best 983 regular season points; just over 61 per game. In a defense that gave up many points, it was also one that only allowed six regular season sacks. The team won its second consecutive division title and finished the regular season on a seven game win streak. The Battlewings had a home playoff game against Rio Grande Valley, which they won, 56-46. The team advanced to play in Tulsa in the conference semifinal. After a 27-27 halftime tie was reached, the Battlewings would only muster seven second half points, as they turned the ball over on downs three consecutive times before a fumble. Tulsa won going away, 59-34. Following the 2009 season, the Battlewings joined the new AF1.