Abilene Ruff Riders

Years of Existence: 2009-2010
Venue: Taylor County Expo Center (Abilene, TX)
2009 Playoff appearance
2010 -
Lifetime Record: 10-19
Home: 7-8
Away: 3-11
Playoffs: 0-1
Average Attendance: 3,807

The Abilene Ruff Riders, formerly the Katy Ruff Riders, joined the IFL from the old Intense league. Former Dallas Cowboys star Quincy Carter led the team for nine games of the year, throwing 41 touchdowns and just 5 picks. However, like all situations where Carter has been involved in indoor/arena football, discipline became an issue. He was cut and David Bowie and Randy Hymes split time for the remaining five regular season games, throwing 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions between them. The team rushed for just 12 scores, while giving up 34 on the ground. The defense did return five interceptions for touchdowns, however. The team was streaky all year long and finished at 8-6, good for second in the division. The Ruff Riders would host San Angelo in the first round of the playoffs and had a 31-21 halftime lead. However, the offense was held to just two field goals in the second half, and the Stampede Express would advance, 37-34, on a 22 yard field goal as regulation time expired. The 2010 season would not go as well. Robert Kent led the team at quarterback for eight games, while Bart Gloyd would be the other major contributor. Kent threw for 23 scores and 13 picks, while Gloyd tossed 12 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Kent also ran for 9 scores. Robert Gill was the best receiver for the team, averaging 16 yards per catch and scoring 13 times. Fred Howze contributed with 11 touchdown receptions. The Ruff Riders would go 2-12, being outscored by an average of 46-38. The season included four 3 point losses and seven losses by 9 points or less. Both wins came at home to Corpus Christi and Austin. After the 2010 season, Abilene moved to the SIFL.