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MDFL History


The MDFL represents one of the stronger memberships of any active minor league organization. Located just outside of Baltimore, the Arbutus "Big Red" have played since 1943, making them one of the oldest teams in the country. In 1996, one of our former teams, the Fredericksburg Generals, was declared the AFA National Champion. In 1997, the Virginia Ravens played the Marlboro, Mass. Shamrocks in the AFA's National Championship game. Many of our players have received national recognition by being named AFA All-Americans. Ron Meehan, former QB for the Big Red, was selected the AFA Player of the Year in 1991. In 1994, Darryl Dugger, center for the Virginia Ravens, was selected AFA Offensive Lineman of the Year. Rodney Baylor, Hampton Roads Sharks, was named the 1995 AFA Defensive Lineman of the Year. In 1997, Charles Allen, OG for the Virginia Ravens, was named the Offensive Lineman of the Year. Eight MDFL players were named 1998 1st & 2nd team AFA All-Americans, in 1999 five players were selected and in 2002, the League had seven players selected as 1st & 2nd team All-Americans. Joe Hand of the Jacksonville Raiders was named the AFA's 2002 Gold Ball winner as Special Teams Player of the Year. The Virginia Mutiny were recognized as the AFA's 2002 State and Mid East Regional winner and the Jacksonville (NC) Raiders were named the AFA's North Carolina State Champions. The National Football Events named a total of 20 MDFL players to their 2002 All-American teams. The AFA end-of-season rankings listed the Raiders at # 8 and the Mutiny at # 11. Also in 2002, the MDFL (16 teams) joined with the United (16 teams), Southern (10 teams), South Atlantic Minor (6 teams) and Appalachian (4 teams) Leagues to form the Eastern Football Alliance Tournament. League Champions would advance as well as the next 3 teams with the top power rankings. It was decided that the following Leagues would host the Championship in the following years: 2004 - MDFL; 2005 - SAMFL; 2006 - Appalachian; 2007 - United. Playoffs began in November with 3 MDFL teams invited: the Virginia Mutiny, the Jacksonville Raiders and the Raleigh/Durham Wolverines. In December of 2002, the Jacksonville Raiders won the inaugural championship game which was hosted by the United League in Richmond, Va., and were named the Eastern National Semi-Pro Football Champions. Kendrick Pollock, QB for the Raiders, was named as the MVP for the game. In 2003, 2 MDFL teams participated in the EFA tournament (Broncos & Ravens) with the Broncos advancing to the semi-final round. The Middle Georgia Stallions of the Southern Football League were crowned the 2003 Champion.

In 2003, the AFA recognized 57 MDFL players as All-Americans. Minor League Football News honored several of our members with the following awards: 2003 Outstanding League of the Year; Comeback Team os the Year - New Jersey Broncos; GM of the Year - Sharon Jacobs, Cumberland Calley (PA) Cardinals; Woman of the Year - Mary Lockhart, Virginia Ravens. National Football Events recognized 11 MDFL players as All-Americans.
2004 saw the VA Ravens beat the PW Monarchs in an exciting championship game decided in the last seconds by a field goal. It also saw the VA Ravens win the EFA title beating the NY Bandits of the UFL.

2005 saw a repeat of the Ravens beating the Monarchs for the MDFL title but a repeat of the EFA was not to be had as the Ravens lost to the Conshohocken Steelers of the CFA in the title game.

2006 had the Monarchs fianlly getting over the hump and defeating the Carolina Heat in the MDFL championship game. The Heat got some measure of revenge by beating the Monarchs in the EFA playoffs but lost in the finals to the Conshohocken Steelers.
 
Take a look!, here are our former MDFL League Champions:
 
 
1978 - Franklin County Minutemen (Chambersburg, PA)
1979 - Fredericksburg (VA) Rebels

1980 - Virginia Chargers (Manassas, VA)
1981 - Richmond (VA) Bruins
1982 - Richmond (VA) Bruins

1983 - Arbutus (MD) Big Red
1984 - Arbutus (MD) Big Red
1985 - Chesapeake Bay (VA) Neptunes
1986 - Triangle Cardinals (Durham, NC)
1987 - Baltimore (MD) Bears
1988 - Peninsula Pirates (Hampton/Newport News VA)
1989 - Washington (DC) Stonewalls
1990 - Tidewater Sharks (Norfolk, VA)
1991 - Baltimore (MD) Bears
1992 - Peninsula Poseidons (Hampton/N.News, VA)
1993 - Metro Bulls (Washington, DC)
1994 - Charlotte (NC) Blast
1995 - Fredericksburg (VA) Generals
1996 - Fredericksburg (VA) Generals M.D.F.L League Champions
1997 - Richmond (VA) Ravens
1998 - Arbutus (MD) Big Red
1999 - West Deptford (NJ) Broncos

2000 - West Deptford (NJ) Broncos

2001 - Prince William (VA) Monarchs
2002 - Virginia Mutiny
2003 - New Jersey Broncos

2004 - Richmond (VA) Ravens
2005 - Richmond (VA) Ravens
2006 - Prince William (VA) Monarchs
2007- Richmond (VA) Ravens
2008-VA. Crusaders
2009-Arbutus Big Red
2010-Virginia Crusaders
2011-Northern neck Rivermen
 
 
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