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  High Desert Lightning (2007 - 2011)

 

Years of Operation: 2007-2011

 

Overall Record:  11-34

 

First Game: Mar 24, 2007 vs Umpqua Valley Knights

 

First Win: Apr 21, 2007 vs Rogue Warriors

 

Final Game: July 9, 2011 vs Klamath Crusaders

 

League Affiliation:  

Oregon Football League (2007-2010)

Pacific Football League (2011)

 

 

Team Headquarters:

Bend, Oregon

Owner:  Matt Douthit

 

General Manager: Matt Douthit

 

Coaches: Paul Brown (HC), Jason Crain (DC), Matt Rivera (Line)

 

Home Field(s):

Titles Won

None

 

 

 

Honors

Roy Price 2007 OFL Defensive MVP

Coaching Staff of the Year 2007

 

 

All-League

Chris Engles, QB OFL: 2007 2nd

Smith, RB OFL: 2007 2nd

Mike Greene, WR OFL: 2007 2nd

Matt Ray, OL OFL: 2007 1st

Taylor, OL OFL: 2007 Hon Men

Pedro Joyner, CB OFL: 2007 2nd; 2008 2nd; 2009 2nd; PR/KR 2007 Hon Men; 2009 Hon Men;  Utility 2008 Hon Men

Roy Price, LB OFL: 2007 1st; 2008 Hon Men

Dustin Tuggle, LB OFL: 2007 1st

Merick, DL OFL: 2007 2nd

Zack Glist, P/K OFL: 2007 1st

Jediah Pickles, OL OFL 2008 Hon Men

Mike Wild, LB OFL 2008 1st

Chad Frost, DL OFL 2008 Hon Men

Jake Klein, LB OFL 2009 Hon Men

All-America

 

When the Central Oregon Stampede ownership decided to leave the sport, the hole was filled by the High Desert Lightning.  After an 0-3 start, the Lightning found their stride reeling off 6 consecutive wins enroute to the OFL Championship.  In a hard fought battle the Outlaws prevailed, but it cost Oregon a shot at the GNFA playoffs due to too many injuries.

 

The Lightning stepped up as a replacement representative for the OFL adding a few of the Outlaws and Monarchs players but to no avail as the Shockers steamrolled the Lightning/OFL select team 47-2.

 

The 2008 squad had an average showing that wasn't helped by being the recipient of two forfeit wins including one the week before meeting the Oregon Monarchs.  The two weeks off may have cost High Desert some sharpness.

 

2009 fell below team expectations during a 1-7 campaign that began and ended with blowouts to the Klamath Crusaders.

 

2010 started off much better with an early season win over the Vipers, but again Klamath derailed things with a dominate victory in week 2 and sent the Lightning on a spiral that resulted in eight straight defeats.

 

2011 continued the string of losses with opening shut outs in their first four of five games.  The season ended at 0-10 and prior to kick off of the 2012 season in March, team officials announced the shut down of the team due to lack of participation on and off the field.

 

 

 

2007 Schedule/Results (6-5):

 
Mar 24 -Umpqua Valley Knights 29-36
Mar 31 - Oregon Outlaws 16-20
Apr 7 - Oregon Monarchs 0-33
Apr 21 - Rogue Warriors 23-20
Apr 28 - Siskiyou Savages 17-13
May 5 - Columbia River Coyotes 28-0
May 12 - Klamath Crusaders 29-0
May 19 - Southwestern Oregon Raiders 56-0
June 2 - Rogue Warriors * 24-17
June 16 - Oregon Outlaws ** 20-29
June 23 @ South Sound Shockers ^ 2-47
   ^ GNFA Playoffs   
   
2008 Schedule/Results (3-4):  
Mar 29 - Klamath Crusaders 34-8
Apr 5 - Oregon Monarchs 22-40
Apr 12 - Vancouver Vipers 20-15
Apr 26 - Oregon Outlaws 13-26
May 3 - Columbia River Coyotes W FFT
May 10 - Umpqua Valley Knights 19-27
May 17 - Rogue Warriors 16-13
May 31 - South Coast Storm W FFT
June 7 - Oregon Monarchs * 7-46
   
2009 Schedule/Results (1-7):  
Mar 14 - Klamath Crusaders 7-39
Mar 21 - Rogue Warriors 14-23
Mar 28 - Oregon Outlaws 3-8
Apr 4 - Portland Monarchs 3-42
Apr 18 - Umpqua Valley Knights 13-21
Apr 25 - Vancover Vipers 22-18
May 2 - Springfield Buzzards 12-24
May 9 - Klamath Crusaders 0-40
   
2010 Schedule/Results (1-8):  
Feb 27 @ Vancouver Vipers 25-0
Mar 20 @ Klamath Crusaders 22-55
Mar 27 @ Rogue Warriors 3-19
Apr 10 - Oregon Outlaws 33-43
Apr 17 @ Portland Monarchs 6-68
Apr 24 - Umpqua Valley Knights 12-42
May 1 @ Vancouver Vipers 7-33
May 8 - Springfield Buzzards 10-21
May 15 - Klamath Crusaders 0-59
   
2011 Schedule/Results (0-10):  
Apr 23 - Portland Raiders 0-15
Apr 30 @ Oregon Outlaws 0-40
May 7 @ Portland Monarchs 0-63
May 14 @ Rogue Warriors 6-38
May 21 - Springfield Buzzards 0-37
June 4 - Yakima Mavericks 8-48
June 11 @ Kitsap Bears 7-41
June 18 - Klamath Crusaders 14-22
June 25 @ Southern Oregon Renegades 0-42
July 9 @ Klamath Crusaders 12-26
   

*OFL Playoffs

 

**OFL Championship

 
   
   

 

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