Kentucky Horsemen



Years of Existence: 2008-2009
Venue: Rupp Arena (Lexington, KY)
Accomplishments:
2008 Playoff appearance
2009 - Quarterfinal appearance
Lifetime Record: 20-15
Home: 12-4
Away: 8-11
Playoffs: 1-2
Average Attendance: 3,075

The Lexington Horsemen joined the af2 after spending several years in the NIFL and then in the UIF. Coming off a United Bowl appearance, the team was looking to tear up their new league. The Horsemen were 6-2 in their first eight games, including wins at Green Bay and against Quad City. However, the team was plagued by injuries; no receiver for the team played in all sixteen regular season games. Receiver Tavon McGee caught 1,000 yards in just eleven games. The team limped into the postseason with a 9-7 record, despite having a chance to win the division in the final week. After an 81-79 loss at Quad City, the Horsemen traveled to Green Bay. Two regular season meetings went to the Horsemen, both by one point and once in overtime. Green Bay exacted the perfect revenge against an injury riddled Lexington squad, 65-37. The 2009 Horsemen were led by Justin Rascati and former New York Giants backup quarterback Jared Lorenzen. The team score 58 points per game, but was very streaky. The team set a regular season high of 93 points scored in Peoria, but gave up 72 in that game alone. The Horsemen only scored thirteen points at Tennessee Valley about a month later. By winning seven of their final nine, the team earned a first round playoff game at division rival South Georgia. Kentucky pulled a 66-63 upset and then traveled to Wilkes-Barre to take on the Pioneers. A 35 all tie at halftime gave way to an 82-49 Pioneers win and another streaky showing by the Horsemen. Following the 2009 season, the Horsemen were scheduled to enter the new AF1, but later ceased operations, citing the inability to afford the new league.