Louisiana Swashbucklers

Years of Existence: 2009-
Venue: Lake Charles Civic Center (Lake Charles, LA)
2009 SIFL Champions
2010 - Championship game appearance
2011 - Championship game appearance
Lifetime Record: 27-13
Home: 18-2
Away: 9-11
Playoffs: 5-2
Average Attendance: 3,082

When the UIF and Intense leagues joined together to form the new IFL, the Louisiana Swashbucklers broke off and formed a league of their own. It truly was a league of their own, as the Swashbucklers cruised through their schedule. Including their playoff game and the SIFL title game, Louisiana outscored its opponents 721-359, an average of 55-28. The team scored 53 passing touchdowns behind the arms of Alvin Bartie and Freddie Harrison, while Marcus Wilridge and Sammy Knight combined to catch 28 of the scores. Despite a lot of turnover in the year, the quarterbacks spread the ball around quite a lot. Eleven receivers caught touchdowns. The redzone offense and defense was key, as the Swashbucklers scored 87% of the time, while opponents scored just 55% of the time. The team did suffer a single loss at Austin, 56-53, in which Austin led 56-40 with under three minutes to go in the game. In the postseason, the Swashbucklers would host Houma in the semifinals. The Conquerors were held to -11 yards rushing, while Louisiana rushed for 146. Louisiana easily advanced 61-19. The Swashbucklers would host Austin, an overimte winner in the other semfiinal match, for the SIFL title. A 28-3 lead in the second quarter ended up as a 59-38 run away championship victory for Louisiana. The team returned in 2010, but the usual success did not follow. In fact, the final home game of the regular season saw the Swashbucklers lose for the first time in 33 games. Columbus blasted Louisiana, 88-32, in the second game of the season, setting the tone for a 5-6 record. Fred Harrison and Alvin Bartie both quarterbacked the team, combining for 50 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Marcus Wildrige and Sammy Knight combined to catch 36 scores. The defense held teams to 44 points per game and forced 37 turnovers, but the team was not able to get over the hump, losing four games by a combined 19 points. The Swashbucklers made the postseason as the fourth and final seed, and managed to upset Albany. Louisiana led at one point 41-13 in the third quarter, but Albany had a chance to win in the final seconds. The final was 41-35. Columbus would be the foe in the SIFL title game, and dismantled Louisiana, 68-13. The Swahbucklers turned the ball over five times and were down 21-0 before they could blink. The game was never close. The Swashbucklers returned in 2011. After losing the first game of the year to Albany, the Swashbucklers rattled off five consecutive blowout wins before losing three of their last five. Ben McLaughlin quarterbacked the team through the regular season, throwing for 2,265 yards, 50 touchdowns and 12 picks. Sammy Knight and Marcus Wilridge were again at the top of the receiving stats, combining for 25 scores and 1,169 yards. The Louisiana defense only allowed three total sacks. Sammy Knight was forced to quarterback the team in the second round of the playoffs, after a 59-20 drubbing of Corpus Christi. Knight led the team to a 56-41 victory at Houston and into the SIFL title game at Albany. After trailing 27-21 at halftime, the Bucs fell behind in the second half and would lose 72-48.