RiverCity Rage



Years of Existence: 2009
Venue: Family Arena (St. Charles, MO)
Accomplishments
2009 Championship game appearance
Lifetime Record: 11-7
Home: 6-2
Away: 5-5
Playoffs: 3-1
Average Attendance: 1,631

The RiverCity Rage joined the new IFL as a former UIF member. Indoor football veteran Dixie Wooten led the team at quarterback, while receivers Hurtis Chinn, Luke McCardle, and Maurice Avery were the favorite targets. Wooten threw 41 scores and seven picks. Another veteran, Randy Bell, ran for almost 300 yards and seven scores. The Rage managed an 8-6 regular season record, defeating just three teams with winning records. The team lost five of its final six but managed to qualify for the playoffs as a three seed in their division. Ben Sankey had taken over at quarterback by this time, and his first test would be at Rochester, where the team had been thumped jus a few weeks before. Sankey's five touchdown passes and Byron Jones' 39 yard fumble return for a touchdown lifted the Rage to a surprise 45-42 upset victory over the Raiders. The next game would be played in St. Louis because Maryland's venue was unavailable. Darnell Terrell returned a fumble for 36 yards and a score as the first half expired, giving the Rage a 35-7 lead. The team didn't look back and would go on to win 55-31. The next test was at red hot Wichita, the other third seed in the conference. Byron Jones opened the game with a 59 yard kickoff return for touchdown and the tone had been set. The Rage would outscore the Wild 26-14 in the second quarter and held the Wild to just one score in the second half. The Rage advanced to the United Bowl with a 43-30 victory. The Rage traveled to Billings to face Chris Dixon and the heavily favored Outlaws. The Rage kept the game close, but Sankey's eight touchdown passes would not be enough to overcome the potent Outlaws offense. Two stops for the Outlaws would be enough to secure a 71-62 championship victory over the upset-minded Rage.