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Mid Continental Football League
Current season or competition:
2009 MCFL Season
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Mid Continental Football League
Sport American football
Founded 1991
Commissioner Dan Wright (President)
No. of teams 10
Country(ies)  United States
Most recent champion(s) Kings Comets
Most championships Detroit Seminoles (3), Kane County Eagles (3), and Southern Michigan Timberwolves (3)
Official website MCFL Homepage

The Mid Continental Football League (MCFL) is a semi-professional football league formed in 1991. Teams usually consist of unpaid athletes and volunteer staff working together to field a competitive and professional product both on and off the field.

Contents

Overview

The league currently consisting of 10 teams in the Kentucky (1), Indiana (1), Ohio (3), Michigan (4), and Wisconsin (1) areas.

The MCFL operates under the guidance of an executive committee. This committee is made up of different people from various teams within the league. There is also a Board of Directors, consisting of the general managers from each member team. These board members represent the one vote per team in the league.

The MCFL is a member of the American Football Association, which serves as the national organization for non-professional leagues and teams from coast-to-coast.

The regular season is a nine-week schedule during which each team has one bye week and plays eight.

At the end of each regular season, eight teams, form an eight-team single-elimination tournament that culminates with the MCFL Championship game. This game is held at the home stadium of the team with the highest seed remaining at the end of the playoffs. During the spring, following the championship game, selected all-star players from all teams meet in the MCFL All-Star game, held in various locations in past years.

As of 2009, the MCFL has a presence Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The MCFL once had a presence in Illinois, Missouri, New York, Ontario, Pennsylvania. The New York teams split off in 1997 and became the New York Amateur Football League.

League History

1991

The MCFL began play in 1991. The founding four members were the Cleveland Falcons, Dayton Steelers, Wyandot Chiefs, and Shenango Valley Blasters.

Under the guidance of Robert Ruckstuhl from Cleveland and Steve Moser from Shenango Valley (PA) the league elected Ross Harrison, a Cleveland law enforcement officers, as its first commissioner. Five teams joined the new league in 1991, but two weeks into the season, one team dropped out. Voids in the schedule were made up with the four teams playing independent teams on their open dates. The Cleveland Falcons and the Dayton Steelers finished with identical 6 - 2 records, with their teams splitting their two games against each other. In the first championship game at Cleveland, the hometown Falcons scored in the final quarter to blank the Dayton squad 7 - 0.

1992

In January 1992, the league held its expansion meeting and decided to add two teams—the Columbus (OH) Battlestars and the Louisville (KY) Bulls. Commissioner Harrision was reelected and the new feature of weekly statistics, newsletter and a media guide were added. these new innovations were the work of Dick Suess, the leagues new Director of Public Relations. Once again, the league saw another team drop out early in the season. Once more voids were filled by independent teams, most of whom would gain entrance into the league in the 1993 season. The 92 season ended in the same manner as the 91 season did; the Falcons and Steelers finished with 7 - 1 records after splitting their two games. This year the championship game was played in Dayton, but unfortunately for the Steelers the out come was the same as the Cleveland Cowboys defeat Dayton 17 - 10.

1993

In January 1993, at a meeting in Dayton, Ohio, Cleveland architect, Robert Blatchford, began the new MCFL commissioner. Blatchford brought with him over 30 years of football experience both as a football player, referee and administrator.The league also, elected Mike Herron as League Statistician, John Grech as Director of Officials, David Miller as Secretary and Frank Lavender as Treasurer. With the addition of 17 new franchises plus the Cleveland Falcons, Dayton Steelers and the Louisville Bulls the MCFL grew to 20 teams, making it one of the largest and strongest leagues in the nation. To accommodate the 20 teams the league separated into three divisions. this alignment allowed each team to play ten games. The playoffs, another first, would have two teams from the North and Central Divisions playing off to meet the eventual winner of the four team Southern Division. After two rounds of playoffs, the Kokomo Mustangs and the Toronto Athletics, sporting impressive 11 - 1 records, squared off in Canton, Ohio. On a cold snowy day, the Athletics blanked the Mustangs 20 - 0 to capture the third MCFL championship.

1994

The 1994 executives remained relatively unchanged with the exception of Matt Ross who was added as Secretary and Director of Constitutional Affairs. Added where four Divisional Directors to oversee their Divisions. Blatchford, Suess and Lavender remained in their positions from 1993. An innovation that came from the 1994 season was the introduction of a All Star Game. The first annual game was held in Cleveland in early May and pitted the North against the South. A professional scout from the National, Canadian, and Area leagues were on hand to assess the talent of the MCFL. The North fought off a fourth quarter South rally to hang on for a 22 - 21 victory. Twelve teams entered the playoffs. Round one saw the four divisional winners receiving a bye while the second place team in each division hosted a wild card team. The semi finals found the St Louis Bulldogs defeating the Kokomo Mustangs 35 - 20 and the Toledo Thunder beating the Lockport Invaders 26 - 20. The fourth annual MCFL Championship game was played before a large crowd at Monroe, Michigan, a neutral site. Both teams entered the game with perfect 12 - 0 records, and the winner would advance to the National Championship Game in Marlboro, Massachusetts to face the defending Minor League Football Alliance/United States Football Association champion Marlboro Shamrocks. Toledo won the thriller 20 - 14 in a game that went down to the wire. The Thunder would go on to lose the National Championship Game 36 - 16 giving Marlboro their second straight National Championship

1995

There were many new faces on and off the field as the MCFL kicked off its 1995 season. The most notable was the appointment of Lou Piccone as the new commissioner of the league. Piccone had served with the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills as special teams ace and wide receiver. also elected were Rhonda Gillenwater as Secretary, Bill Camp as Treasurer. Mitch. Morrison as statistician and John Grech as Director of Officials. Paul Johnson was tapped for assistant to the commissioner when Dick Suess moved away from the area. New franchises joining the league included the Hornell (NY) Dragons, Erie (PA) Hawks, Racine (WI) Raiders and Sangamo (IL) Express With 24 teams again for the league was split into two conferences and three divisions. For playoff purposes the northern teams in the Central Division would play with the Eastern Conference while the southern teams would play with the Western Conference. The two best teams end up in Racine, Wisconsin on a sub zero degree evening, to play for the fifth annual MCFL Championship Game. The host Racine Raiders defeated the Southern Michigan Timberwolves in a battle not indicative of the final score of 20 - 0. The Raiders moved on to the United States Football Associations (USFA) Championship Game in Marlboro. There they proved how good they were by defeating the Marlboro Shamrocks and bringing home the trophy for the MCFL.

1996

In 1996, Lou Piccone continues to head the MCFL as Commissioner for the second year. The twenty teams for 96 include newcomers, Ft. Wayne River City Rhinos, Syracuse Express and Pontiac Chargers. The Lockport Invaders have changed their name and home city. They are now the Niagara Predators and are based in Niagara Falls, New York. The teams are broken down into two conference of unequal sizes. The Eastern Conference is made up of the seven New York teams and the Cleveland (OH) Lions. The Western Conference is made up of the 12 remaining teams, located in five Midwestern states. Each conference will play a 10 game schedule with the top twelve teams making in to the playoffs. This year the teams were all ranked by a power ranking systems devised by the league to try and equal the unbalanced conference.

The final regular seasons standings showed a lot of parity as the Buffalo (NY) Gladiators, Racine (WI) Raiders and the Southern Michigan Timberwolves all finished with identical records at 10 - 0. But the power rankings separated the three and put the Timberwolves on the road for the semi final and championship game.

Buffalo was able to reach the championship game by defeating the Kokomo (IN) Mustangs in a cold wet battle in New York. That same weekend the Timberwolves traveled to Racine to revenge last years title game loss to the powerful Racine Raiders. This set the stage for the final MCFL game of the season. And what a game it was as the Timberwolves waited until late in the game to score their only touchdown, but it didn't matter because their defense was able to hold the Gladiators to just two field goals. an insurance field goal by the Timberwolves gave them a 10 - 6 victory and the MCFL Championship. The Timberwolves lost in the semi final round of the newly expanded USFA National Championship. They lost to DownRiver (MI) Raiders who went on to defeat the Marlboro Shamrocks for the National Championship.

1997

When it became evident that the newly formed NYFL and the MCFL were going to split Lou Piccone turned in his resignation. With operational centers so far apart it would be impossible to conduct business efficiently and economically from Piccone's Buffalo, New York home.

For the first time in its history the league found itself with out a commissioner. So they took a page from the major league baseballs operating manual and decided to go with a Board of Directors run organization. A new constitution and by-laws were established and rectification of their non profit status was obtained from the State of Ohio where the league originated. This reorganization make the league a truly team owned league with all members participating and helping to grow the league into a healthy and prosperous organization.

As they have come to be called, the original 10 teams that separated, from the NYFL were able to attract the attention of a few interested football squads. Among them was a group of three teams in Chicago that had split and formed their own league in 1996. These teams; Chicago Panthers, Kane County Eagles, and The Cook County Cardinals along with the Northern Kentucky Raiders, a past member of the MCFL, will make up the League for 1997.

This year the teams will play a 10 game schedule with the top eight teams entering the playoffs. Unlike last year the teams will be ranked by their win loss record with a tie breaker system. Home field advantage will go to the top seeded teams. The MCFL will again participate in the USFA tournament. this year the event has been expanded to cover the champions from at least four Midwest leagues and two east coast leagues. This truly has the makings of a National Championship.

2008

The Cleveland Lions did not play in 2008, the team took a leave of absence.

The West Michigan Force joined the United States Football Alliance for 2008.

The Central Kentucky Chargers (formerly Studs) were admitted to the MCFL by the Expansion Committee on February 24, 2008 by a vote of 5-4. They were the only team admitted for the 2008 Season.

The league converted to two conferences. The National Conference and American Conference.

2009

Following the 2008 season, the Kentucky/Ohio Xtreme, Detroit Ravens, and the Hardin County Wolverines left the league for the United States Football Alliance for the 2009 season. The Central Kentucky Chargers folded after one year of existence.

For the 2009 season, the MCFL added the Cleveland Cobras, Michigan Stampede, and the Wisconsin Wolfpack during its January 25th meeting.

The league converted to three divisions for 2009. The North, Central, and South.

Current MCFL Membership

Team Location Founded Join MCFL
North Division
Detroit Seminoles Detroit, Michigan 1994 2003
Flint Fury Flint, Michigan 2003 2005
Michigan Stampede Kalamazoo, Michigan 2009 2009
Wisconsin Wolfpack Waukesha, Wisconsin 2008 2009
Central Division
Columbus Fire Columbus, Ohio 1997 2007
Ohio Swarm Columbus, Ohio 1993 1994
Southern Michigan Timberwolves Monroe, Michigan 1994 1994
South Division
Indiana Mustangs Noblesville, Indiana 1991 1993
Kings Comets Cincinnati, Ohio 1998 1999
Louisville Bulls Louisville, Kentucky 1988 1992

MCFL Membership timeline

Conference Championship Teams

MCFL Championship Teams

Championship Games

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Venue City
2002 Cleveland Lions 19-13(2ot) Kane Co. Eagles
2003 Detroit Seminoles 21-17 Cleveland Lions
2004 Cleveland Lions 16-0 Detroit Seminoles Detroit, Michigan
2005 Detroit Seminoles 14–9 Cleveland Lions Cleveland, Ohio
October 14, 2006 West Michigan Force 38–28 Detroit Seminoles Detroit, Michigan
October 13, 2007 Detroit Ravens 36–21 Detroit Seminoles Detroit, Michigan
October 4, 2008 Detroit Seminoles 35–0 Louisville Bulls Southfield High School Detroit, Michigan
October 17, 2009 Kings Comets 16-14 Columbus Fire Grove City Christian School Grove City, Ohio

Former/Defunct Teams

Team Location Founded Folded Joined Resigned
Buffalo Gladiators Buffalo, New York 1993 1996
Buffalo Lancers Buffalo, New York 1994 1996
Canton Hurricanes Canton, Ohio 1993 1993
Central Kentucky Studs/Chargers Danville, Kentucky 2008 2008 2008 2008
Central Ohio Lions Fairborn, Ohio 2005 2005
Chicago Panthers Chicago, Illinois 1997 1997
Cincinnati Cowboys Cincinnati, Ohio 1993 1994

USA Bowl

At the end of each season, the winner of the MCFL Championship game has the option to travel to Miami, Florida to compete in the USA Bowl against another semi-pro team who has won their league's championship game. The winning team is given the title of National Champions. However, this title is often disputed because the title is not official. The game has been typically held in the Miami Orange Bowl.

With the destruction of the Miami Orange Bowl, the game will now be played at FIU Stadium.

All-Star Series

MCFL All-Star Game

Up until the 2006 season, the MCFL held a traditional all-star game. The league would be split up into two teams (red and blue) and pit the best players of the league against the other.

MCFL vs AFL All-Star Game

In 2006, the MCFL agreed to send their best players to compete in an annual all-star game against the Alliance Football League.

On Saturday May 27th, 2006. The MCFL played the AFL all-stars in Bluefield, West Virginia.

The MCFL All-Stars hosted the AFL All-Stars on May 26th, 2007 in Kings Mills, OH. However, at the time, the AFL had folded with most of the teams forming the United South Football League. The remaining teams, the Bluefield Barrons and the Knoxville Knights, played independent schedules for the rest of the season. With the AFL only being made of two teams, the AFL sent the Barrons and other select players from the AFL to compete in the All-Star game. Effectively making the game the MCFL All-Stars vs the Bluefield Barrons with all-star caliber players from other AFL teams. The MCFL won by a score of 40-7.

The AFL will continue in 2008, but the series between the AFL and MCFL has been discontinued in favor of replacing the AFL with the Mid Ohio Football League.

MCFL vs MOFL All-Star Game

Mid Continental Football League vs. Mid Ohio Football League All-Star Game
1 2 3 4 Total
MOFL 0 0 0 0 0
MCFL 7 17 7 27 58
Date May 10, 2008
Stadium Withrow High School
Location Cincinnati, Ohio

On May 10th, 2008, the MCFL played the Mid Ohio Football League in an All-Star game in Cincinnati, Ohio. The MCFL won by a score of 58 to 0.

This logo, depicting the flags of the United States and Canada, was possibly first used by the league in 1993, when Canadian teams entered the league.

The current logo contains an image of the American flag, a football, and a red helmet with a white face mask with 'MCFL' in white letters on the side. The logo also contains ten stars. There is no specific reasoning for the number of stars.

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