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AUSTIN TEXAS RATTLERS AWARDED AFAÂS 21st ANNUAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE
George W. isnÂt the only Texan these days generating national media
attention. Today the American Football Association named the semi-pro team
from Austin Texas the recipient of the AFAÂs 21st annual National Semi-Pro
Football Championship. Like all other teams to win the AFAÂs national
title over the past two decades, the Austin Rattlers will have the names
of their players and coaches engraved on the Arthur S. Arkush Memorial Cup
signifying them as the national associations Ânumber one team in the
countryÂ for the 2000 semi-pro football season.
The Rattlers, winners of the North American Football League championship, and the number one rated team in the AFA West, according to AFNews, edged out the AFAÂs 1999 defending national title holder, and #1 rated team in the AFA East (the Marlboro, Mass. Shamrocks) by just a few Âpower pointsÂ.
Austin finished the playoff season with an unblemished 15-0 record,
accumulating 82.234 overall power points while scoring 668 points (avg.
44.5) and holding their opponents to only 131 (avg. 8.7) against. Marlboro
(19-0) won the Eastern League championship and finished the season just
behind the Rattlers with 80.510 ppÂs as they scored 656 (avg 34.5) total
points for and had 202 (avg 10.6) scored against.
ÂBoth teams are outstanding performers on this level of the sport and
itÂs a shame that they couldnÂt have played against each other in a
National Championship GameÂ, said Ron Real AFA President. ÂTeams still
donÂt realize how important it is to only play against league champions
and/or undefeated teams during post season play in order to better their
Âpower ratingÂ. Even the experienced teams seem to get caught up these
days in those independent post season regional tournaments pitting them
against teams that canÂt help them advance in the end-of-season AFA
The AFNews tracks, on a weekly basis, the games played in the United
States between 420 different semi-pro teams and processes the results for
the AFAÂs national ratings. This year's ratings were based on statistical
information gathered from 2,072 game scores reported from leagues across
the country. Teams are categorized for their strength of schedule and
those game results are input into a database and processed after every
game. Only league champions qualify for AFA national championship
recognition each year and the national association encourages those league
title holders to play each other in order to better their power ratings
while in search of the annual AFA national title.
While the Austin team didnÂt actually play against another league
champion, they did play against and defeat several undefeated Âconference
champsÂ from the 46 team, 10 conference North American league. ÂWe treated
those 10 NAFL conferences as if they were individual leagues because that
league is spread out from coast-to-coast and their conference champs
actually advanced to play (and eliminate) each other during post-season
play,Â added Real.
Enroute to the AFA National Championship, the Rattlers won their
conference title by defeating the Dallas (Tex.) Diesel 15-13 then
proceeded to eliminate 3 other undefeated teams, the Memphis (Tenn.)
Samurai (48 to 13); the Springfield (MO) Rifles (35 to 21 on the road) and
finally the Central (Penn.) Piranha (47 to 12) for the NAFL title. The
Piranha were rated #3 in the nation when eliminated by the Rattlers.
The only other undefeated AAA semi-pro teams at season's end (beside
Marlboro) was the Ânumber 2 ratedÂ (AFA West) Puget Sound (Wash.) Jets
(17-0), winners of the Northwest FL championship and the number 6 rated
(AFA East) West Deptford (NJ) Broncos (15-0), Mason/Dixon League champs.
Bad weather during the regular season forced the MDFL to extend their
league championship playoffs beyond a date when the Broncos could schedule
nationally rated teams in the AFA East in pursuit of theis years AFA
national title. The Jets, who are still playing in a post season tournament, had elected to play double A level teams and non-league champions in that tournament and as a result have mathematically disadvantaged themselves from accumulating enough post season power points to go ahead of the AFAÂs number one rated team the Austin Rattlers.
Congratulations to the Rattler players, head coach Mike ÂBuckeyÂ Godbolt, GM Gene Woodson, the entire coaching staff and of course those great Austin Texas Rattler fans - on winning the AFAÂs 21st. annual National