Minnesota Fighting Pike

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Minnesota Fighting Pike
Established 1996
Folded 1996
Played in Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minnesota Fighting Pike helmet
Minnesota Fighting Pike logo
Helmet Logo
League/conference affiliations
Arena Football League (1996)
  • American Conference (1996)
Team colors Green, gold, white
              
Personnel
Owner(s) Tom Scallen
President Tom Scallen
Head coach Ray Jauch
Team history
  • Minnesota Fighting Pike (1996)
Championships
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Prior to 2005, the AFL did not have conference championship games
Division championships (0)
Home arena(s)

The Minnesota Fighting Pike were an Arena football team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They joined the Arena Football League (AFL) in 1996 as an expansion team. The Fighting Pike were the first ever attempt at an arena/indoor football team in the state of Minnesota. The owner of the Fighting Pike was Tom Scallen. The Fighting Pike played at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The team colors were green and gold. In a 2012 AFL Poll, the Fighting Pike were voted as the 8th greatest nickname in AFL history.[1]

Franchise history

In November 1995, the announced that they would be nicknamed the "Fighting Pike" and that Art Haege was named the team's head coach.[2]

During the team's first tryout, Haege walked out, stating he was going "Back to Iowa." The next day, Haege faxed in his resignation to team owner Tom Scallen.[3][4]

The Pike were 0-7 at home, and the average attendance for the 7 home games was 8,894.[5]

The roster was full of players who had played at the University of Minnesota or other Minnesota colleges and universities. Tony Levine, a former Golden Gopher, joined the team and received 8 passes for a total of 83 yards and 1 touchdown. Former Gopher Rickey Foggie was the quarterback and he struggled adapting to the Arena Football League after many years in the Canadian Football League. Once during the season he was benched in favor of Southwest State's Jeff Loots, who threw four interceptions in a game. Loots was playing on his third expansion team in three seasons. Another player from Southwest State was Alvin Ashley. The best-known ex-Pike is kicker Mike Vanderjagt, later a star in the CFL and NFL.

Ray Jauch was the head coach. He was assisted by John Coatta Jr. on offense and Frank Haege on defense.

The team's lack of exposure or advertising was the key reason for the team's folding at the end of the 1996 season.[citation needed] The team did not have a regional television deal to promote their games or have the games advertised in newspapers and other media.

The Pike's final game of the season against the Memphis Pharaohs was played in Tupelo, Mississippi, because the Pharaohs had been evicted from their arena.[citation needed]

The Pike's official mascot was a giant Pike named "Tackle." He was known to "dive" into a promotional hot tub at the arena.

Players

Final roster

Minnesota Fighting Pike roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Offensive linemen/Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Kickers

Rookies in italics
Roster updated August 16, 2012
32 Active, 0 Inactive, 0 PS

Coaches

Head coaches

Name Term Regular season Playoffs Awards
W L T Win% W L
Ray Jauch 1996 4 10 0 .286 0 0

Coaching staff

Minnesota Fighting Pike staff
Front Office

Head Coach

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

1996 season results

Arena Bowl Champions Conference Champions Division Champions Wild Card Berth League Leader
Season Team League Conference Division Regular season Postseason results
Finish Wins Losses Ties
1996 1996 AFL American Western 4th 4 10 0
Totals 4 10 0 All-time regular season record (1996)
0 0 - All-time postseason record (1996)
4 10 0 All-time regular season and postseason record (1996)
Date Opponent Home/Away Result
April 27 Texas Terror Away W 36–24
May 4 Iowa Barnstormers Home L 43–59
May 10 St. Louis Stampede Home L 22–59
May 18 Albany Firebirds Away L 30–85
May 24 Tampa Bay Storm Home L 16–41
May 31 Anaheim Piranhas Home L 23–49
June 7 Arizona Rattlers Home L 27–59
June 15 Florida Bobcats Away L 28–63
June 28 Milwaukee Mustangs Home L 49–61
July 5 Connecticut Coyotes Away W 44–40
July 12 Orlando Predators Away L 12–56
July 19 Texas Terror Home L 51–51
July 26 San Jose SaberCats Away W 40–31
August 3 Memphis Pharaohs Away W 50–25

Statistics

Team leaders

  • Leading rusher: Harry Jackson 22 carries, 26 yards and 0 touchdowns
  • Leading passer: Rickey Foggie 224-443 for 2,269 yards, 40 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.
  • Leading receiver: Reggie Brown 79 catches, 964 yards 17, touchdowns

Offense

Passing

Place Player Name Completions Attempts Comp% Yards TD's INT's Rating
1 Rickey Foggie 224 443 50.6% 2269 40 16 73.1
2 Jeff Loots 40 75 53.3% 484 7 8 57.2

Rushing

Place Player Name Car Yards Avg TD's
1 Harry Jackson 22 26 1.2 0
2 Guy Howard 11 19 1.7 0
3 William Freeney 5 18 3.6 0
4 Rickey Foggie 17 17 1 4
5 Bruce LaSane 6 12 2 0
6 Wayne Hawkins 3 12 4 0
7 Willie Jennings 8 9 1.1 0
8 Kevin Wolfolk 2 8 4 0
9 Norman Brown 1 2 2 0
10 David Andrews 1 2 2 0
11 Jeff Loots 3 −2 −0.7 0

Receiving

Place Player Name Rec. Yards Avg TD's
1 Reggie Brown 79 964 12.2 17
2 Alvin Ashley 69 971 14 19
3 Eric Jennings 29 230 7.9 0
4 Bruce LaSane 22 275 12.5 6
5 Wayne Hawkins 15 164 10.9 1
6 Harry Jackson 15 128 8.5 1
7 Kevin Guy 9 96 10.6 0
8 Tony Levine 8 83 10.4 1
9 Guy Howard 5 22 4.4 0
10 Franklin Thomas 3 43 14.3 0
11 D.J. McCarthy 2 53 26.5 1
12 Fernando Evans 2 23 11.5 0
13 Tony Harris 2 15 7.5 0
14 Nate Johnson III 2 14 7 0
15 Tony Young 1 45 45 1
16 Tracey Martin 1 14 14 0
17 Adrian Lunsford 1 7 7 0
18 Norman Brown 1 5 5 0

Touchdowns

Place Player Name TD's Rush Rec Ret Pts
1 Alvin Ashley 19 0 19 0 114
2 Reggie Brown 17 0 17 0 102
2 Bruce LaSane 6 0 6 0 36
4 Rickey Foggie 4 4 0 0 24
5 Adrian Lunsford 2 0 0 2 12
6 Wayne Hawkins 1 0 1 0 6
7 Harry Jackson 1 0 1 0 6
8 Tony Levine 1 0 1 0 6
9 D.J. McCarthy 1 0 1 0 6
10 Tony Young 1 0 1 0 6

Defense

Place Player Name Tackles Solo Assisted Sack Solo Assisted INT Yards TD's Long
1 Kevin Guy 52.5 49 7 0 0 0 2 0 0
2 Tony Harris 43.5 41 5 0 0 0 1 10 0
3 Adrian Lunsford 41 37 8 0 0 0 7 29 2
4 Alvin Ashley 28.5 27 3 0 0 0 2 42 1
5 Brian Krulikowski 25 19 12 1.5 1 1 0 0 0
6 Nate Johnson III 23 19 8 4.5 4 1 0 0 0
7 Norman Brown 22.5 21 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Mike Sunvold 21.5 18 7 4 4 0 0 0 0
9 Harry Jackson 19 18 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Franklin Thomas 16 15 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Bruce LaSane 15.5 13 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Guy Howard 14.5 12 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Joe Fuller 11.5 11 1 0 0 0 1 13 0
14 Roosevelt Nix 10 8 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 Kevin Wolfolk 9.5 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 Reggie Brown 9 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 Scott Dolfi 8 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 Randy Smith 6.5 6 1 0 0 0 1 21 0
19 William Freeney 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 Wayne Hawkins 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 Sheldon Haliburton 4 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 Tony Levine 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 Ty Stewart 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 D.J. McCarthy 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
25 Jeff Loots 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 Tony Young 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 Jon Garber 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 Fernando Evans 1.5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 Ricky Foggie 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 Eric Jennings 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 Macey Stephens 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Special Teams

Kick Return

Place Player Name Ret Yards TD's Long Avg Ret Yards TD's Long Avg
1 Alvin Ashley 52 951 0
2 Adrian Lunsford 22 393 2
3 Reggie Brown 3 23 0
4 Tony Harris 2 26 0
5 Wayne Hawkins 2 9 0
6 Kevin Guy 2 0 0
7 Eric Jennings 1 0 0

Kicking

Place Player Name Extra pt. Extra pt. Att. FG FGA Pct. Pts
1 Ty Stewart 37 43 16 52 30.8 87
2 Mike Vanderjagt 7 10 2 6 33.3 13

1996 regular season

Week 1: vs Texas Terror

at The Summit, Houston, Texas

Attendance: 4,520

Week 2: vs Iowa Barnstormers

at the Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Attendance: 14,840

Week 3: vs St. Louis Stampede

at the Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Attendance: 8,726

Week 4: vs Albany Firebirds

at the Times Union Center, Albany, New York

Attendance: 11,712

Week 5: vs Tampa Bay Storm

at the Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Attendance: 7,781

Week 6: vs Anaheim Piranhas

at the Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Attendance: 8,117

Week 7: vs Arizona Rattlers

at the Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Attendance: 8,207

Week 8: vs Florida Bobcats

at the West Palm Beach Auditorium, West Palm Beach, Florida

Attendance: 4,450

Week 10: vs Milwaukee Mustangs

at the Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Attendance: 7,207

Week 11: vs Connecticut Coyotes

at the Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, Connecticut

Attendance: 9,249

Week 12: vs Orlando Predators

at the Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida

Attendance: 15,107

Week 13: vs Texas Terror

at the Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Attendance: 7,380

Week 14: vs San Jose SaberCats

at the HP Pavilion, San Jose, California

Attendance: 14,901

Week 15: vs Memphis Pharaohs

at the BancorpSouth Arena, Tupelo, Mississippi

Attendance: 4,520


Other media

Notes

  • All game scores and statistics are from arenafan.com
  1. ^ "Top 25 Team Names in Arena Football History". www.arenafootball.com. Arena Football League. February 16, 2012. Retrieved August 17, 2012.
  2. ^ "Transactions". Hartford Courant. November 10, 1995. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  3. ^ Anthony Hall (July 5, 2007). "A Return Of The Minnesota Fighting Pike?". www.realclearsports.com. Real Clear Sports. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  4. ^ Dan Barrerio (January 17, 1996). "Coach tells Pike: This I don't like, I'm takin' a hike; `They weren't my kind of folks,' says Haege". The Star Tribune. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  5. ^ "Minnesota Fighting Pike history - 1996". www.arenafan.com. Arena Fan. Retrieved August 13, 2012.

External links

  • Minnesota Fighting Pike at ArenaFan.com
  • Minnesota Fighting Pike statistics
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