2001 AF2 season

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The 2001 AF2 season was the second season of the AF2. The league champions were the Quad City Steamwheelers, who defended their title with a victory over the Richmond Speed in ArenaCup II. This is the first time that both conferences contained two divisions each, like the Arena Football League.

2001 AF2 season
LeagueAF2
SportArena football
Regular season
Season championsQuad City Steamwheelers
Playoffs
Semifinals championsQuad City Steamwheelers
  Semifinals runners-upCarolina Rhinos
Semifinals championsRichmond Speed
  Semifinals runners-upTennessee Valley Vipers
ArenaCup II
ChampionsQuad City Steamwheelers
  Runners-upRichmond Speed
AF2 seasons

League infoEdit

New teams Baton Rouge Blaze, Bossier City Battle Wings, Columbus Wardogs, Florida Firecats, Iowa Barnstormers, Lafayette Roughnecks, Lincoln Lightning, Louisville Fire, Macon Knights, Memphis Xplorers, Peoria Pirates, Rochester Brigade, Wichita Stealth
Renamed / Relocated teams None
Defunct teams None
Total teams 28

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StandingsEdit

Team Overall Division
Wins Losses Percentage Wins Losses Percentage
American Conference
Northeast Division
Richmond Speed 13 3 0.812 8 2 0.800
Carolina Rhinos 12 4 0.750 7 3 0.700
Norfolk Nighthawks 7 9 0.437 6 4 0.600
Roanoke Steam 7 9 0.437 5 5 0.500
Charleston Swamp Foxes 7 9 0.437 3 7 0.300
Greensboro Prowlers 5 11 0.312 4 6 0.400
Rochester Brigade 4 12 0.250 2 8 0.200
Southeast Division
Tallahassee Thunder 11 5 0.687 7 3 0.700
Macon Knights 10 6 0.625 7 3 0.700
Jacksonville Tomcats 9 7 0.562 7 3 0.700
Augusta Stallions 9 7 0.562 7 3 0.700
Florida Firecats 7 9 0.437 3 7 0.300
Pensacola Barracudas 5 11 0.312 4 6 0.400
Columbus Wardogs 0 16 0.000 0 10 0.000
National Conference
South Central Division
Tennessee Valley Vipers 14 2 0.875 9 1 0.900
Birmingham Steeldogs 12 4 0.750 6 4 0.600
Baton Rouge Blaze 10 6 0.625 7 3 0.700
Bossier City Battle Wings 7 9 0.437 4 6 0.400
Arkansas Twisters 6 10 0.375 6 4 0.600
Lafayette Roughnecks 3 13 0.187 2 8 0.200
Memphis Xplorers 3 13 0.187 1 9 0.100
Midwest Division
Quad City Steamwheelers 15 1 0.937 9 1 0.900
Tulsa Talons 13 3 0.812 8 2 0.800
Iowa Barnstormers 9 7 0.562 4 6 0.400
Peoria Pirates 7 9 0.437 4 6 0.400
Wichita Stealth 7 9 0.437 3 7 0.300
Louisville Fire 6 10 0.375 4 6 0.400
Lincoln Lightning 6 10 0.375 3 7 0.300
  • Green indicates clinched playoff berth
  • Purple indicates division champion
  • Grey indicates best regular season record

PlayoffsEdit

Round 1 Semifinals ArenaCup II
         
8 Macon 55
1 Quad Cities 80
1 Quad Cities 35
6 Carolina 16
6 Carolina 69
3 Tulsa 35
1 Quad Cities 55
4 Richmond 51
7 Tallahassee 52
2 Tennessee Valley 70
2 Tennessee Valley 50
4 Richmond 51
5 Birmingham 60
4 Richmond 67

Awards and honorsEdit

Regular season awardsEdit

Award Winner Position Team
Offensive Player of the Year Jay McDonagh Quarterback Quad City Steamwheelers
Defensive Player of the Year Ernest Certain Defensive lineman Tallahassee Thunder
Ironman of the Year Kevin Harvey Wide receiver/Defensive back Richmond Speed
Lineman of the Year Jamarr Ward Lineman Quad City Steamwheelers
Built Ford Tough Man of the Year Ronnie Washburn Lineman Carolina Rhinos
Rookie of the Year Matthew Sauk Quarterback Tennessee Valley Vipers
Coach of the Year Bret Munsey Head Coach Tennessee Valley Vipers
Executive of the Year Art Clarkson Owner Tennessee Valley Vipers
Expansion Team of the Year Macon Knights

ArenaCup IIEdit

ArenaCup II
Quarter 1 2 3 4 Tot
Richmond Speed 9 20 7 15 51
Quad City Steamwheelers 7 21 7 20 55
Date August 10, 2001
Arena iWireless Center
City Moline, Illinois
Attendance 8,261
Most Valuable Player Jay McDonagh
Winning Coach Frank Haege
Losing Coach Richard Davis

ArenaCup II was the 2001 edition of the AF2's championship game, in which the American Conference Champions Richmond Speed were defeated by the National Conference Champions Quad City Steamwheelers in Moline, Illinois by a score of 55 to 51.[2][3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "af2 announces divisional alignment". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. December 5, 2000. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  2. ^ Mike Vergane (August 11, 2001). "An Arena Cup Nailbiter, 55–51". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  3. ^ "Quad City repeats in rubberband battle". www.arenafootball.com/af2. AF2. August 10, 2001. Archived from the original on December 5, 2001. Retrieved August 21, 2017.

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