"We knew it was going to be a dog fight going into the game. No mater how much we were down my guys continued to hold their heads high and fight with all they had left, and in the end we were able to pull out a victory and walk away as the new champions. We will enjoy this victory for now but come next spring we will be back on the field ready to defend our championship", Shaun Sosa Arctic Seahawks
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Sullivan Arena has the Aces, but soon the Anchorage Football Stadium will once again be home to the Alaska Football League. Ever since the AFL moved to the AT&T Sports Pavilion in 2010, AFS has been without semi-pro football. But on Monday, AFL owner Abe Hernandez announced a new partnership with AFS.
The AFL will play 21 games at AFS starting August 6th, a move Hernandez is billing as a potential to develop more players, as the league will be moving back to 11 man style football, and more available seating for fans, as the league has outgrown its current venue. AFS was home to the AFL’s inaugural 2008 season and 2009 season. The AFL continues to be the bridge in development for players from high school to college football, as current players will be attending college or pro-combines in 2015
"I am excited about the move to outdoor semi-pro football for the 2015 season. This will provide the opportunity for even more of Alaska's athletes to showcase their football skills to coaches and scouts outside of the state. Our fans and sponsors will get the same action packed football show that the AFL is known for,"stated Executive Director, Bob Lee. The AFL currently has six teams, including teams in Eagle River and the Mat-su Valley
The Alaska Football League are proud to announce that Anchorage Cowboys and AFL veteran Shawn Adgerson has signed a contract with the New Mexico Stars of the Champions Indoor Football. Adgerson will be attending training camp with Stars in February.
“I’m excited in having this opportunity to attend training camp with the New Mexico Stars. Being a professional has always been my ultimate goal. I’m very grateful to have the support of my family and coaches. The Alaska Football League has helped me to develop and prepare for this moment, and I’m looking forward to this next chapter in my life, “stated Adgerson.
Stars Head Coach Dominic Bramante is looking forward to seeing what Adgerson can bring to training camp and having him compete for a roster spot. The Stars made it to the LSFL championship game last season and are looking to reload to make another run.
Over the last three seasons Adgerson has been a top receiver in the AFL in multiple categories and is a three time AFL All-Star. “It’s great to see one of our players getting an opportunity to play professionally. I look forward to seeing more AFL players, as they continue to develop, get more opportunities to play at the next level,” stated AFL owner Abe Hernandez.
The Alaska Football League has announced a name change for the Alaska Giants franchise to the Frontier 49ers for the 2015 season. “The 49ers name is a great addition to the AFL and already has a solid fan base following here in Anchorage”, stated AFL Owner Abe Hernandez.
The Frontier 49ers will showcase the traditional red and metallic gold colors. Terrance Thompson will remain as the head coach of the team. “I’m excited for the name change of the team, and we will continue to build this franchise to be a winner”, stated Thompson.
The Frontier 49ers are currently looking for sponsors, coaches, and other team personal. If you would like to be involved with the 49ers franchise please contact Coach Thompson at 441-9494.
It wasn’t easy and up against the defending champions Anchorage Cowboys, and down by as many as 15 points, the Arctic Seahawks found a way to complete an improbable comeback to win the AFL Championship in front of a record setting crowd at The AT&T Sports Pavilion.
The defending champs came out strong led by quarterback Si'o Fiso who drove the Cowboys on three scoring drives. Fiso Connected with Cornelius Daniels to make the score 7-0. The Seahawks would strike back as quarterback La’Michael Fernandez would connect with Dejaye Honeycutt on a 27 yard touchdown pass to make the score 7-6. The Cowboys would add a 1 yard touchdown from Kanuri Stokes to make it 14-6 at the end of the first quarter.
On the next Seahawk possession Fernandez would fumble the ball off a Keiuntai Lane hit, scooping it up was Kahlil Autry who took it in for a Cowboys touchdown making the score 21-6. On the ensuing kickoff Honeycutt would return the kickoff back for a 45 yard touchdown making the score 21-12. Fernandez would make up for his turnover connecting with Jordan Daniels for a 25 yard touchdown pass 21-19 Cowboys. Fiso would connect with Shawn Adgerson on an incredible 43 yard touchdown catch to end the half with the Cowboys up 27-19.
The second half belonged to the Seahawk defense. They would show why they were ranked number 1 in the league. They played suffocating defense on the Cowboy receivers and harassed Fiso into completing only one pass in the entire second half. The defense was led by Naquan Morgan and Ma’o Tosi. James Westor would add a momentum changing interception. The Seahawks took advantage of the turnover as Fernandez would connected with Franklin on a 30 yard touchdown pass, adding the two point conversion, made the score 27-27. After a defensive stop the Seahawks would drive right down the field with Fernandez sneaking it in from 2 yards out giving the Seahawks their first lead of the game 33-27 to end the third quarter. Fernandez would be named the Buffalo Wild Wings Player of the Game.
Penalties would hurt the Cowboys all game long and would haunt them in the fourth quarter. After a Cowboys turnover on downs the Seahawks would went on a long six minute drive taking it to the Cowboys 5 yard line but were unable to score. The Cowboys would have the ball with one last shot at tying the game. Fiso would lead the Cowboys down to the Seahawks 3 yard line with 27 seconds remaining but a holding penalty would push the Cowboys back to the 13 yard line. After a Seahawk sack Fiso would spike the ball with 1.8 seconds remaining. On the last play of the game Fiso attempted to connect with Agderson in the endzone but was broken up by Honeycutt to seal the win.
As a five year veteran in the AFL, I have seen this league grow to great heights and still continuing to grow into a power house league everyone wants to join. Unable to continue my journey in football after high school due to a family emergency, I was fortunate enough to find this league to satisfy the urge to get back on the field. With a whole new style of play and adjusting from an 11 on 11 to arena style football, I was able to learn and love the game quickly. Many thanks to the owner Abe Hernandez, Executive Director Bob Lee and the rest of the AFL staff for making this league possible for all those who would've lost hope for football here in the state of Alaska. - Alex Navarro
Coming into this league as a highly motivated Rookie, the first thing I knew I had to do was understand how the game is played. My mother always told me , "In order to be successful at something you must obtain some type of knowledge of it" and I have lived by that saying all my life. With that being said, I had to get mentally ready and adjust my playing style very quickly and my coaches and team-mates helped me get there. However, my overall experiences with this league has been nothing but positive remarks, we play on TV, we have statisticians, and photographers, and great sponsors. This league is by far the best league I played in as far as preparing guys for the next level such as the AFL, CFL, and college. I see nothing but success in the future and I am glad to be a member of this organization. Lastly, I would like to give a big thanks to the owners Abe, Bob, AFL Staff, and the sponsors who have supported this operation. -Kevin Brown