- Columbus Lions
Columbus Lions Founded 2006 League WIFL (2007)
Team history Columbus Lions (2007-present) Arena Columbus Civic Center Based in Columbus, Georgia Team colors
Blue, Black, Silver, White
Head coach Jason Gibson Championships 1 (2010) Division titles 3 (2007, 2009, & 2011) Dancers Lady Lions Mascot Beamer Website www.ColumbusLions.net
The Columbus Lions are an indoor football team of the Professional Indoor Football League. Based in Columbus, Georgia, the Lions play their home games at the Columbus Civic Center. Before joining the PIFL, the Lions were members of the World Indoor Football League (2007), the American Indoor Football Association (2008-09), and the Southern Indoor Football League (2010-11).
The Lions are the third indoor/arena team to be based in Columbus, after the Columbus Wardogs af2 team which played from 2001 until 2004 and the Chattahoochee Valley Vipers American Indoor Football League team which only played the 2006 season before folding.
The Lions' inaugural game on February 26, 2007 was marred by tragedy when opposing defensive back Javon Camon of the Daytona Beach Thunder was killed after a hard but clean hit by Columbus fullback Cedric Ware during the fourth quarter.
For the Lions' impressive inaugural season, Head Coach Jason Gibson won the league's inaugural Coach of the Year Award.
The Columbus Lions also have a dance team, the Lady Lions. This group is made up of seven to fifteen young women who perform jazz, hip hop, and sideline cheering during all home games.
Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties
Season W L T Finish Playoff results Columbus Lions (WIFL) 2007 10 4 0 1st League Lost World Indoor Bowl I (Augusta) Columbus Lions (AIFA) 2008 10 4 0 2nd WC Southern Lost WCS Round 1 (Mississippi) 2009 11 3 0 1st Southern Won Divisional (Fayetteville)
Lost Semifinal (Reading)
Columbus Lions (SIFL) 2010 8 3 0 2nd League Won Semifinal (Lafayette)
Won SIFL Championship (Louisiana)
2011 11 1 0 1st EC South Won EC Round 1 (Trenton)
Lost EC Championship (Albany)
Columbus Lions (PIFL) 2012 -- -- -- -- -- Totals 54 19 0 (including playoffs)
2008 season schedule
Date Opponent Home/Away Result March 13 Augusta Colts Away Won 54-44 March 22 Erie RiverRats Home Lost 48-54 March 28 Baltimore Mariners Away Won 67-39 April 5 Carolina Speed Away Lost 44-59 April 12 Reading Express Home Won 50-25 April 19 Fayetteville Guard Home Won 75-16 April 26 Florida Stingrays Away Won 56-25 May 3 Augusta Colts Home Won 51-48 May 10 Mississippi Mudcats Home Lost 61-70 May 17 Mississippi Mudcats Away Won 53-48 May 24 Florida Stingrays Away Won 52-45 June 6 Florence Phantoms Home Lost 35-40 June 15 Huntington Heroes Home Won 57-54 June 21 Fayetteville Guard Away Won 59-58
- ^ Indoor football player dies after head-to-head hit, espn.com; retrieved February 27, 2007
- ^ Daytona player dies, ledger-enquirer.com; retrieved February 27, 2007
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