Amarillo Venom

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Amarillo Venom
Established 2003
Play in Amarillo Civic Center in Amarillo, Texas
Amarillo Venom logo
League/conference affiliations

Intense Football League (2004)
AF2 (2005–2009)

  • National Conference (2005)
    • Midwestern Division (2005–2006)
    • Central Division (2007–2009)

Indoor Football League (2010–2011)

  • Intense Conference (2010–2011)
    • Lonestar West Division (2010)
    • Lonestar Division (2011)

Lone Star Football League (2012–2014)
Champions Indoor Football (2015–present)

  • Southern Division (2016)
  • South Conference (2017–present)
Team colors Black, Red, Tan, White
Mascot Striker
Cheerleaders Venom Vixens
Owner(s) Stephanie Tucker
Head coach Julian Reese
Team history
  • Amarillo Dusters (2004–2009)
  • Amarillo Venom (2010–present)

League championships (3)

Conference championships (0)

Division championships (3)

Playoff appearances (9)
Home arena(s)

The Amarillo Venom are a professional indoor football team in the Champions Indoor Football league. They play their home games at the Amarillo Civic Center. The Venom began play in 2004 as the Amarillo Dusters, a charter member of the Intense Football League, a small indoor football league based in Texas. They won the championship in their first and only season with the IFL.

The following year, the Dusters became the first team to leave the Intense Football League and join the AF2, where they played for four seasons until the AF2's folding in 2009. At that point, the team held a fan vote as to whether to join their AF2 brethren in the new Arena Football 1 (now the Arena Football League) or enjoy numerous Texas rivalries in the Indoor Football League.

In 2009, it was announced that the Dusters would be moving to the Indoor Football League for the 2010 season. It was then announced that the Dusters would have to be renamed because the Arena Football League owns the rights to the Dusters name and logo. The new Amarillo Venom name and logo was later unveiled.

The team was featured on an episode of Only in America, a show that aired on the Discovery Times channel.


Amarillo Dusters (2004–2009)

Expansion championship (2004)

The Amarillo Dusters finished their only season in the Intense Football League with a 13-3 record en route to a league championship. Coach Don Carthel lead the Dusters to the cup as they defeated the Lubbock Lone Stars.[1] The Dusters would abandon their spot in the IFL to play in the AF2.

Move to AF2 (2005–2009)

In their first year in the AF2, the Amarillo Dusters reached the playoffs with an 8-8 record, which was good enough for a wildcard. The Dusters, quarterbacked by Julian Reese, came from 21 points down at the start of the 4th quarter to quiet the Cox Convention Center crowd to win Round 1 over the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz. The Dusters fell in Round 2 to the eventual-af2 champion Memphis Xplorers.

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The Dusters tried to build on the moderate success they had in 2005. However, in 2006, the team suffered many injuries and failed to make it to the AF2 playoffs. Quarterback Steve Panella was injured early in the season, forcing numerous backups to take the job. The Dusters also lost some lost receivers. They ended the season with a 4–12 record. Carthel left to take the head coaching job at West Texas A&M two games into the Dusters first AF2 season.

For 2007, Steve Perdue took over the head coaching job and lead the team playoffs and a first round victory over the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgs. Looking to rebound after the previous losing season, injuries plagued the Dusters' offense. After a win against the Lubbock Renegades the Dusters struggled for the remainder of the year but were still able end the Quincy Carter-led Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings' perfect season with a 51–49 upset.

On July 5, 2008, Dusters running back Donte Newsome was shot to death outside of a nightclub in Huntington, West Virginia, home of his alma mater Marshall University.[2]

In 2008, under the leadership of head coach Chris MacKeown and outstanding QB play by Julian Reese, the Amarillo Dusters went 10-9 and played for the AF2 National Conference ArenaCup Finals. Following the Dusters most successful season, in their AF2 history, MacKeown stepped up to AFL as the offensive coordinator for John Elway's Colorado Crush.

On December 21, 2008 the Dusters introduced a new color scheme for the team. The new colors were revealed as crimson, grey, and black.[3]

Amarillo Venom (2010–present)

Moving to the IFL (2010–2011)

With the AF2 breaking up and its larger market teams moving to the newly reformed Arena Football League, the Dusters were forced to find a new league. On October 9, 2009, it was announced that, because of a 65-35 percent margin in the fan vote, the Dusters would be moving to the Indoor Football League for the 2010 season. Owner Randy Sanders applied for his team's spot in the Indoor Football League (IFL)[4] and they were accepted as an expansion franchise.[5] It was announced on January 28, 2010, that the Dusters would have to be renamed, because the Arena Football League owns the rights to the Dusters name and logo. On February 8, the new Amarillo Venom name and logo was unveiled.

2011 season

Move to the LSFL (2012–2014)

For the 2012 season, the Venom played in the Lone Star Football League (LSFL).[6] In their inaugural season in the LSFL they won the 2012 championship. Under the leadership of quarterback Nate Davis and Coach Julian Reese, the Venom finished the 2013 season with a 9-3 record. In the playoffs, the finished off the Abilene Bombers, 70-40.

On July 13, 2013, they faced off against the Laredo Rattlesnakes, where they won 70-69, winning back-to-back championships in the LSFL. Davis won the MVP of the Game.[7]

Champions Indoor Football (2015–present)

In 2014, after the completion of their third season in the LSFL, the league merged with Champions Professional Indoor Football League to become Champions Indoor Football.


Season W L T Finish Playoff results
Amarillo Dusters (Intense)
2004 13 3 0 1st League Won Round 1 (S.A. Stampede 41-29)
Won Intense Bowl I (L. Lone Stars 62-47)
Amarillo Dusters (af2)
2005 8 8 0 4th NC Midwest Won NC Round 1 (Oklahoma City 59-56)
Lost Semifinals (Memphis 71-30)
2006 4 12 0 5th NC Midwest --
2007 3 13 0 4th NC Central --
2008 8 8 0 3rd NC Central Won NC Round 1 (Tulsa 65-62)
Won NC Semifinals (Bossier-Shreveport 59-45)
Lost NC Championship (Spokane 79-49)
2009 3 13 0 3rd NC Central --
Amarillo Venom (IFL)
2010 11 3 0 1st IC Lonestar West Won IC Round 1 (West Texas 56-36)
Lost IC Semifinals (Arkansas 46-31)
2011 4 10 0 3rd Lonestar --
Amarillo Venom (LSFL)
2012 10 4 0 1st League Won Round 1 (West Texas 56-42)
Won Lone Star Bowl I (Rio Grande Valley 62-40)
2013 7 5 0 2nd League Won LSFL Semifinals (Abilene 70-42)
Won Lone Star Bowl II (Laredo 70-69)
2014 5 7 0 -- --
Amarillo Venom (CIF)
2015 7 5 0 6th League Lost Semifinals (Sioux City 83-52)
2016 8 4 0 2nd Southern Won Southern Wildcard (Dodge City 98-56)
Won Southern Championship (Texas 57-53)
Lost Champions Bowl II (Wichita 48-45)
2017 9 3 0 1st South Won South Divisional (Duke City 70-41)
Lost Southern Conference Championship (Texas 77-71)
Totals 114 102 0 (including playoffs)

Notable players


Amarillo Venom roster
  • Currently vacant

Running backs

Wide receivers

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

  • Currently vacant

Defensive backs

Special teams

  • Currently vacant
Reserve lists
  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
Roster updated October 2, 2017
9 Active, 0 Inactive

More rosters

Awards and honors

Season Player Position Award
2013 Nate Davis QB LSFL Championship MVP


  1. ^ "Editorial: Dusters blow away IFL competition, Amarillo". Amarillo Globe-News. September 8, 2004. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ Dusters remember fallen teammate
  3. ^ "Dusters unveil new website and team colors". arenafootball2. 2008-12-21. Archived from the original on 1 January 2009. Retrieved 2008-12-30. 
  4. ^ Lee Baker (October 8, 2009). "Dusters' decision". Sinclair Communications, LLC. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  5. ^ Ryan Minch (November 10, 2009). "Indoor Football League announces teams for 2010". The Billings Gazette. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  6. ^ Dave Henry (October 5, 2011). "Venom owner Tucker: LSFL is all about Texas". Amarillo Globe-News. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  7. ^ Lance Lahnert (July 13, 2013). "Lahnert: QB Nate Davis leads Venom to another crown". Amarillo Globe-News. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Amarillo Dusters at ArenaFan
  • Final Standings of the Dusters' Only Year In The IFL
  • 2008 af2 Stats
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