Richmond Raiders



Years of Existence: 2012-
Venue: Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, VA)
Accomplishments
2012 Championship game appearance
2013 - Championship game appearance
2014 -
2015 - Championship game appearance
Lifetime Record: 33-21
Home: 22-5
Away: 11-16
Playoffs: 3-3
Average Attendance: 3,595

The Richmond Raiders joined the PIFL after leaving the defunct SIFL. Antwon Yong quarterbacked the team, throwing for 2,636 yards, 55 touchdowns and just five interceptions, winning him league MVP honors. He also ran for over 400 yards and scored 18 rushing touchdowns. Jason Lovett and Herb Jones were the top targets, catching 31 of those touchdowns. On defense, the team picked 21 passes and returned seven of them for scores. A 4-2 start to the year was respectable, with losses to Albany and Louisiana. The team won its final six regular season games, avenging both losses and clinching the second seed in the playoffs. The team had little trouble running over Louisisna, 56-50. This set up a title game against Albany. Richmond had defeated the Panthers 67-66 just two weeks before, but this time, Albany jumped out to a large first half lead. Richmond clawed back but came up short 60-56, as Antwon Young was ejected from the game in the fourth quarter after his second personal foul. Warren Smith led the team in 2013 to a 7-5 regular season record. He threw for 2,993 yards, 48 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. His top targets were Herb Jones and Hakeem Moore, both who topped 1,000 yards and scored 15 times. Mike Jones ran for 13 touchdowns. On defense, RoShawn Marshall picked seven of the defense's ten interceptions. The team played three overtime games in a row late in the year, winning just one of them. The first was a 68-66 double overtime loss at Louisiana, in which the Swashbucklers converted a two-point play. The second was a 48-42 victory against Columbus on a Moore 20 yard reception. The third was a 69-63 triple overtime loss at Albany. The team qualified for the playoffs as the second seed and hosted Lehigh Valley in the semifinals. Lehigh was defeated on a Moore 24 yard touchdown reception with thirty seconds left in the game. The Raiders were then silenced by the Hammers in the PIFL title game, 70-44. Phil Konopka quarterbacked most of the 2014 season, throwing for 1,783 yards, 33 touchdowns and ten interceptions. Herb Jones, Gerron Bryant, and Daron Clark caught twelve, ten, and eleven scores respectively. Richmond finished the regular season with a 5-7 record, missing a chance to qualify for the playoffs in the final game of the year. A 51-41 Lehigh Valley victory sent them to the postseason instead. Richmond got off to many slow starts on the season, being outscored 113-64 in the first quarter and only converting 14 of 79 third downs. Richmond quarterbacks were sacked 43 times. Jonathan Bane led the 2015 Raiders back to near glory, with an 8-4 regular season record and championship game berth. He passed for 2,759 yards, 55 touchdowns and 17 picks. Herb Jones remained with the team and caught thirteen scores. The Richmond defense recorded an outstanding 41 sacks, while the offensive line allowed just seventeen. After a 2-4 start to the season, Richmond won six in a row to enter the postseason. Nashville's Charles McCullum was picked off four times en rout to a 54-35 Raiders win. Richmond then took an early 24-15 lead at Columbus in the PIFL championship game. However, three turnovers helped the Lions to a 42-14 run to end the game and make the Raiders bridesmaids for the third time in four years with a 68-34 victory.