Northern Arizona Wranglers

Years of Existence: 2021-
Venue: Findlay Toyota Center(Prescott Valley, AZ)
2022 - IFL Champions
2023 - Semifinal appearance
Lifetime Record: 24-26
Home: 14-9
Away: 9-17
Neutral: 1-0
Playoffs: 4-1
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The Northern Arizona Wranglers were a 2021 expansion team. The team went 1-13 with its lone victory coming at home against Tucson, 48-44. Les Moss was hired on to coach for the 2022 season. The Wranglers returned in 2022 and had quite the opposite result. The team went 12-4 in the regular season after dropping dropping two of their first five games to Tucson and Vegas. Kaleb Barker quarterbacked the team, throwing for 2,176 yards, 46 touchdowns and fourteen interceptions. Quentin Randolph led all receivers with 536 yards and thirteen touchdowns on 42 catches. Glen Gibbons caught 43 balls for 485 yards and eleven scores. Barker led all rushers with 750 net yards and sixteen touchdowns. The Northern Arizona defense accounted for 31 sacks and 14 interceptions, while recording 74 tackles for loss. NAZ opened their playoff run at home with a 49-30 victory over Tucson and then would meet Arizona on the road, weeks after a 40-28 loss in Glendale. The Wranglers took their first lead of the game with 45 seconds left on a Glen Gibbons diving touchdown catch and the team hung on for a 52-51 upset victory. The IFL championship was held at a neutral site in Las Vegas, where the Wranglers led Quad City all the way and held on late for a 47-45 championship. The Wranglers attempted to defend their title in 2023, and did manage to make the playoffs despite a 7-8 regular season. The team was on the losing end of a 63-62 double overtime home game against rival Arizona, but did beat the likes of Massachusetts and Bay Area. Garrett Kettle quarterbacked the team for the majority of the season, passing for 1,814 yards, 35 touchdowns and 16 picks. He also ran for 502 yards and eleven touchdowns. Ramaud Chiaokhi was a 1,000 yard receiver, bringing in 27 touchdowns. Kishawn Walker was a star on defense, picking off eight passes. After losing to the Rattlers three times in the regular season, Northern Arizona took it to them on their home turf in round one of the playoffs, building a 34-14 halftime lead and winning 62-53. The Wranglers went on the road to Bay Area and would fall 68-46.