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Sacramento Surge
WLAF Surge
SacramentoSurge91
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Year Founded 1991
Year Retired 1992
City Sacramento, California
Team Colors Aqua, Light Gold, Black, White [1]
                   
Franchise W-L-T Record Regular season: 11–9
Postseason: 2–0
Championships
World Bowls (1)


The Sacramento Surge was a professional American football team that played in the World League of American Football (WLAF) in 1991 and 1992. The team played its first season at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento, and the second season in Hornet Stadium on the Sacramento State University campus. It was owned by Managing General Partner Fred Anderson and the General Manager was Michael F. Keller. In charge of Special Projects was Jack Youngblood, who also partnered with Joe Starkey and Ronnie Lott on the Surge radio broadcasts on KRAK-AM Radio, Sacramento.

The team was coached by former Buffalo Bills quarterback–head coach Kay Stephenson. Charlie Sumner was the defensive coordinator and Jim Haslett was a defensive assistant coach.

The Surge won the World Bowl in 1992, the only American team to do so. On this championship team was future professional wrestler Bill Goldberg.

After the WLAF ended its American presence at the end of the 1992 season, Surge owner Fred Anderson continued Sacramento's presence in professional football by acquiring a Canadian Football League expansion franchise. The new team was named the Sacramento Gold Miners; Stephenson and several Surge players were retained in the change, as were the team colors of aqua and yellow.

Season-by-seasonEdit

Season Division Regular season Post season results Awards
Finish W L T Pct
Sacramento Surge
1991 North American West 3rd 3 7 0 .300
1992 North American West 1st 8 2 0 .800 Won Semifinal (Dragons) 17–15
Won World Bowl '92 (Thunder) 21–17
David Archer (Offensive MVP)
Total 11 9 0 .500 (1991–1992, includes only regular season)
2 0 0 1.000 (1991–1992, includes only playoffs)
13 9 0 .650 (1991–1992, includes both regular season and playoffs)

1991 seasonEdit

1991 Sacramento Surge season
Head Coach Kay Stephenson
General Manager Mike Keller
Home Field Hughes Stadium
Results
Record 3–7
Place 3rd
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
Previous season Next season
1992

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1991 Sacramento Surge staff
Front Office
  • Managing General Partner – Fred Anderson
  • General Manager – Michael F. Keller
  • Assistant to the General Manager – Cliff Dochterman
  • Special Projects – Jack Youngblood
  • Director of Community Relations – Doug Cosbie
  • Player Personnel Consultant – Bob Griffin
  • Player Personnel Consultant – Lannie Julias

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  • Running Backs/Wide Receivers – Bob Owens
  • Offensive Line – Jim Criner
  • Offensive Assistant – Mike Weston
  Defensive Coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs – Charlie Sumner
  • Defensive Line/Linebackers/Special Teams – Jim Haslett
  • Defensive Assistant – Bob Moran

Support Staff

  • Head Trainer – Tony Griffith
  • Equipment Manager – Marc Miller
  • Video Director – Mike Gleeson

[2]

RosterEdit

1991 Sacramento Surge roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

  • 26 Victor Floyd

Wide Receivers

  • 86 Carl Parker

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen
  • 72 John Buddenberg G
  • 62 Richard Stephens T
  • 51 Curtis Wilson C

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

  • 27 Mike Adams CB
  • 33 Greg Coauette S
  • 45 Tom Gerhart S

Special Teams

Operation Discovery


Rookies in italics

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Results Game site Attendance
Final score Team record
1 Saturday, March 23 Raleigh–Durham Skyhawks W 9–3 1–0 Hughes Stadium 15,126
2 Saturday, March 30 at Birmingham Fire L 10–17 1–1 Legion Field 16,432
3 Sunday, April 7 at San Antonio Riders L 3–10 1–2 Alamo Stadium 6,772
4 Saturday, April 13 Frankfurt Galaxy W 16–10 2–2 Hughes Stadium 17,065
5 Monday, April 22 at New York/New Jersey Knights L 20–28 2–3 Giants Stadium 21,230
6 Saturday, April 27 Barcelona Dragons L 20–29 (OT) 2–4 Hughes Stadium 19,045
7 Saturday, May 4 Montreal Machine L 23–26 (OT) 2–5 Hughes Stadium 17,326
8 Saturday, May 11 at Orlando Thunder L 33–45 2–6 Florida Citrus Bowl 20,048
9 Saturday, May 18 London Monarchs L 21–45 2–7 Hughes Stadium 21,409
10 Saturday, May 25 at Frankfurt Galaxy W 24–13 3–7 Waldstadion 51,653

1992 seasonEdit

1992 Sacramento Surge season
Head Coach Kay Stephenson
General Manager Mike Keller
Home Field Hornet Stadium
Results
Record 8–2
Place 1st
Playoff Finish W World Bowl '92
Timeline
Previous season Next season
1991

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1992 Sacramento Surge staff
Front Office
  • Managing General Partner – Fred Anderson
  • Partner – Dave Lucchetti
  • Partner – Jim Anderson
  • Partner – Bill Pullum
  • Partner – Dick Baker
  • General Manager – Michael F. Keller
  • Assistant to the General Manager – Cliff Dochterman
  • Director of Marketing Operations – Jack Youngblood
  • Director of Community Relations – Doug Cosbie
  • Player Personnel Consultant – Bob Griffin
  • Player Personnel Consultant – Lannie Julias

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  • Running Backs – Bob Owens
  • Wide Receivers – Bob Moran
  • Offensive Line – Jim Criner
  Defensive Coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers – Jim Haslett
  • Defensive Line – Jim Niblack
  • Defensive Backs – John Fontes
  • Defensive Assistant – Rick Mueller

Support Staff

  • Head Trainer – Tony Griffith
  • Equipment Manager – Marc Miller
  • Video Director – Mike Gleeson

[3]

RosterEdit

1992 Sacramento Surge roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

  • 83 Paul Green
Offensive Linemen
  • 72 John Buddenberg G
  • 54 Byron Forsythe G/C
  • 52 Terry Gray G
  • 76 Jarrod Johnson OL
  • 74 Tom Rehder G
  • 70 Ernie Rogers T
  • 62 Richard Stephens T
  • 51 Josh Taotoai OL
  • 61 Lance Zeno C

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Operation Discovery
  • None

[3]

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Results Game site Attendance
Final score Team record
1 Saturday, March 21 Birmingham Fire W 20–6 1–0 Hornet Stadium 17,920
2 Sunday, March 29 at Ohio Glory W 17–6 2–0 Ohio Stadium 37,837
3 Saturday, April 4 Montreal Machine W 14–7 3–0 Hornet Stadium 21,024
4 Saturday, April 11 San Antonio Riders L 20–23 (OT) 3–1 Hornet Stadium 20,625
5 Saturday, April 18 at Birmingham Fire L 14–28 3–2 Legion Field 20,794
6 Sunday, April 26 at London Monarchs W 31–26 4–2 Wembley Stadium 18,653
7 Sunday, May 3 at Montreal Machine W 35–21 5–2 Olympic Stadium 21,183
8 Saturday, May 9 Frankfurt Galaxy W 51–7 6–2 Hornet Stadium 22,720
9 Saturday, May 16 Ohio Glory W 21–7 7–2 Hornet Stadium 21,272
10 Saturday, May 23 at San Antonio Riders W 27–21 8–2 Bobcat Stadium 19,273
Postseason
Semifinal Sunday, May 31 Barcelona Dragons W 17–15 9–2 Hornet Stadium 23,640
World Bowl Sunday, June 6 Orlando Thunder W 21–17 10–2 Olympic Stadium 43,789

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Team Colors – WLAF". SSUR.org. http://www.ssur.org/research/TeamColors/Football_Outdoor/WorldLeagueOfAmericanFootball/WorldLeagueOfAmericanFootball.htm. Retrieved January 16, 2010.
  2. 1991 Sacramento Surge Media Guide.
  3. 3.0 3.1 1992 Sacramento Surge Media Guide.

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