FANDOM


Raleigh–Durham Skyhawks
WLAF Skyhawks
R-DSkyhawks
Helmet Logo
Year Founded 1991
Year Retired 1991
Home Field Carter-Finley Stadium
City Raleigh, North Carolina
Team Colors Red, Kelly Green, Black, White[1]
                   
Franchise W-L-T Record Regular Season: 0–10
Championships
World Bowls (0)



The Raleigh–Durham Skyhawks were an American football team headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina that played for one season in 1991 in the World League of American Football (WLAF). The name was inspired by the Wright brothers' flights on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The three jet-trails and three planes in flight, as well as the triangle design in the logo, represented the three points of the Research Triangle area (Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill). The team's cheerleaders were known as the "Kittyhawks."

The name was chosen by Raleigh citizens, the choices being the Skyhawks, Daredevils, or Rogues as published in the News and Observer.

The Skyhawks' home field was N.C. State's Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh. Then-Charlotte Hornets owner George Shinn owned the franchise, and the head coach was former NFL player and State alumnus Roman Gabriel.

The team posted a perfectly dismal 0-10 record in the 1991 season and averaged 12,066 spectators per game due in part by the lack of beer sales at Carter-Finley Stadium. The team folded after their lone season of 1991. To replace them for the 1992 season, the WLAF established a new franchise in Columbus, Ohio, naming it the Ohio Glory.

The Skyhawks' lack of success did not sour the NFL on the whole state, as in 1995, Charlotte welcomed the expansion Carolina Panthers franchise.

Season-by-seasonEdit

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties

Season W L T Finish Playoff results
1991 0 10 0 4th North American East --

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site Attendance
Final score Team record
1 Saturday, March 23 4:00 p.m. at Sacramento Surge L 3–9 0–1 Hughes Stadium 15,126
2 Saturday, March 30 8:00 p.m. at Orlando Thunder L 20–58 0–2 Florida Citrus Bowl 20,811
3 Saturday, April 6 8:00 p.m. Barcelona Dragons L 14–26 0–3 Carter–Finley Stadium 17,900
4 Monday, April 15 8:00 p.m. San Antonio Riders L 15–37 0–4 Carter–Finley Stadium 11,818
5 Saturday, April 20 8:00 p.m. at Frankfurt Galaxy L 28–30 0–5 Waldstadion 21,065
6 Sunday, April 28 6:00 p.m. at London Monarchs L 10–35 0–6 Wembley Stadium 33,997
7 Sunday, May 5 1:00 p.m. New York/New Jersey Knights L 6–42 0–7 Carter–Finley Stadium 10,069
8 Monday, May 13 8:00 p.m. at Montreal Machine L 6–15 0–8 Olympic Stadium 20,123
9 Monday, May 20 8:00 p.m. Orlando Thunder L 14–20 0–9 Carter–Finley Stadium 4,207
10 Saturday, May 25 3:00 p.m. Birmingham Fire L 7–28 0–10 Carter–Finley Stadium 16,335

[2] [3]

StaffEdit

1991 Raleigh–Durham Skyhawks staff

Front Office

  • Owner – George Shinn
  • Vice President/Administration – Wayne Thompson
  • Director of Player Personnel – Ernie Driscoll

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs – Johnnie Walton
  • Receivers/Special Teams – Jim Popp
  • Offensive Line – Buck Fowler
 

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers – Doug Kay
  • Defensive Line – Claude Humphrey
  • Secondary/Special Teams – Charles Harbison

Support Staff

  • Trainer – Mike Mazzella
  • Equipment Manager – Mike Kennedy

[2]

RosterEdit

1991 Raleigh–Durham Skyhawks roster

Quarterbacks

  • 14 Mark Maye
  • 11 Bobby McAllister
  •  6 Joe Pizzo

Running Backs

  • 28 Sean Doctor
  • 21 John Burch
  • 30 Bren Lowery
  • 20 Darryl McGill

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

  • 81 Joe Meerten
  • 85 Kevin Sprinkles

Offensive Linemen

  • 64 Terry Gray G
  • 60 Jason Kuipers G
  • 51 Wood Myers T
  • 68 Ruffin Rodrigue T
  • 53 Paul Wulff C

Defensive Linemen

  • 73 David Ammons DE
  • 94 Anthony Butts NT
  • 75 Jon Carter DE

Linebackers

  • 52 Ezekial Gadson OLB
  • 61 Steve Glasson ILB
  • 98 Rafe Wilkinson ILB
  • 59 Shawn Woodson OLB

Defensive Backs

  • 47 Ray Jackson S
  • 26 Pat McGuirk CB
  • 23 Brian McPhatter S
  • 31 Peda Samuel CB

Special Teams

  •  3 Wilson Hoyle K
Operation Discovery
  • 22 Nicolay Aslaksen RB
  •  1 Peter Bush QB/P
  • 55 Vladimir Gerogiev LB
  • 92 Oleg Sapego DL

Rookies in italics

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Team Colors – WLAF". SSUR.org. http://www.ssur.org/research/TeamColors/Football_Outdoor/WorldLeagueOfAmericanFootball/WorldLeagueOfAmericanFootball.htm. Retrieved January 17, 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Official 1991 World League of American Football Media Guide.
  3. The Official 1992 World League Fact Book.

External linksEdit

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.