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2/16/2012 10:58:00 PM
Outlaws bring indoor football back to Prescott Valley
The Outlaws are Prescott Valley's third attempt to establish professional indoor football team
Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier, file photoTimís Toyota Center in Prescott Valley is set up for an Indoor Football League game. The Arizona Outlaws begin their season vs. the Sin City Black Jacks at home March 1.
Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier, file photo

Timís Toyota Center in Prescott Valley is set up for an Indoor Football League game. The Arizona Outlaws begin their season vs. the Sin City Black Jacks at home March 1.
Cheryl Hartz/Courtesy PhotoSeveral players tryout for the Arizona Outlaws.
Cheryl Hartz/Courtesy Photo

Several players tryout for the Arizona Outlaws.
Special to the Courier

While the NFL goes into mothballs and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis gets swept out after the Super Bowl, Tim's Toyota Center is prepping for its professional indoor football season.

March will steal into Prescott Valley on the cleats of the Arizona Outlaws with their inaugural American Indoor Football League game.

The Outlaws represent Prescott Valley's third attempt to establish professional indoor arena football. The brand new owners of the brand new team in the brand new league are confident they have the right formula. They already are a half dozen steps ahead of the second try because the six homes games are prepaid at Tim's Toyota Center, according to TTC general manager Gary Spiker.

Outlaw co-owner and head coach Terry Foster said tryouts in Prescott Valley in December and Tucson in January "went very well."

"We picked up four guys, two of them University of Arizona grads," Foster said of the most recent event.

That swells the team's training camp roster to 31 players who've traveled from their homes in Florida, Virginia, Minnesota, New Mexico, California and Arizona.

"My recruiting style is, I deal with a lot of agents for guys tying to go to the next level or get back to that level, and I talk to college coaches of guys who need a little more tutelage to get to the NFL," Foster said.

They all hit the practice field in Tucson this week, then travel to Ontario, Calif., for a scrimmage Saturday, Feb. 25.

By opening day, March 1, Foster must trim the roster to 25 players.

"We will carry 20 on each of our game rosters," he said.

One of those hopefuls is Glendon Lee Brown, a Chino Valley High graduate.

The two from U of A are quarterback Jaime Cota and running back Kevin Morris. The other players from the Tucson tryout are defensive lineman James Stanfield, California's Gavilan College, and Cedric Johnwell, a wide receiver out of Cortez High School and lately the Phoenix Raiders of semi-pro AZFL.

Foster rattled off more names to illustrate the caliber of athletes he's recruited.

Virginia State University alum Jaa Valentine played stints in the IFL and UIFL as a defensive back. Marty Graham was a receiver with the Arizona Rattlers. Tony Norman is a veteran defensive back out of Western New Mexico University. St. Louis native Chris Whitaker played linebacker for Iowa State.

"We're really excited about becoming a member of the community and getting our players out into the community," Foster said.

• Home game schedule (all games at 7 p.m. except Sunday, March 25):

Thursday, March 1 and Friday, May 25 vs. Sin City Black Jacks; Thursday, March 8 and Sunday, March 25 vs. Ontario Warriors (Sunday is 3 p.m.); Friday, March 16 and Monday, May 14 vs. California Eagles.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Article comment by: R outlaw fan

I just got home one day and I live near the school near the square. I saw the Outlaws practicing at the field right across from my place and they look like they are hungry, and I mean hungry . They have football players on this team and I see a team with talent. I look forward to seeing them crush the blackjacks. I noticed a guy looking for tickets on here, Google Arizona outlaws football and you will find what your looking for.

Posted: Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Article comment by: Concerned Fan

We have contacted Tim's Toyota Center and Gettix to purchase season tickets. Gettix does not know anything about the Outlaws and Tim's Toyota Center states that it is undecided at this time and not selling tickets. Does anyone know what is going on??? If so we will be at the first game too!!

Posted: Friday, February 17, 2012
Article comment by: Julian Gonzalez

Wow! I hope this works. We need more entertainment choices here in the area and I'm glad they are here. It frustrates me to see the low attendance at the Sundogs games just because they aren't winning games! I don't go to sporting events to see our home town team win. I go to have some fun with the kids and to do something other than watch a movie. I hope the area citizens can realize that and just go to the games because they're fun! I do not want to drive 100miles to PHX and pay $40 for a ticket on top of the gas it took me to get there. Outlaws I will be there on the first home game to cheer you on and to see football close to home.

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