Duke City Gladiators

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Duke City Gladiators
Established 2015
Play in Tingley Coliseum
in Albuquerque, New Mexico
dukecitygladiators.com
Duke City Gladiators helmet
Duke City Gladiators logo
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League/conference affiliations

Champions Indoor Football (2015–present)

  • Southern Division (2016)
  • South Conference (2017–present)
Team colors Silver, black, white
              
Personnel
Owner(s) Duke City Gladiators, Inc.
General manager Matt Caward
Head coach Dominic Bramante
Team history
  • Duke City Gladiators (2015–present)
Championships

League championships (1)

  • 2018

Conference championships (1)

  • 2018
Division championships (0)
Playoff appearances (2)
Home arena(s)

The Duke City Gladiators are a professional indoor football team based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They began play in March 2015 as members of the Champions Indoor Football league. The Gladiators play their home games at Tingley Coliseum.[1][2]

The Gladiators are led on the field by head coach Dominic Bramante and off by co-founder/co-owner and general manager Matt Caward as well as co-owner/chief financial officer John Lopez.[3] The dance/cheer team is known as the DCG Dancers.

History[edit]

The team was formed in February 2015 by general manager Matt Caward, head coach Dominic Bramante, and director of media relations Andres Trujillo.[4][5][6] The Gladiators joined Champions Indoor Football (CIF) in the league's inaugural season after the Rio Rancho-based New Mexico Stars cancelled their entry into the league shortly before the season began.[7][8][9] (In April 2015, the Stars announced that they would instead join the North American Indoor Football for 2016.)[10] The Gladiators had originally looked to join the X-League Indoor Football but geographical and financial considerations as well as the sudden availability of the CIF franchise slot led the team to change directions.[11][12]

The ownership of the team is held by Duke City Sports Entertainment Group, INC. A New Mexico corporation.

2015[edit]

In 2015, the Gladiators played an abbreviated 11-game CIF schedule in 2015, as a direct replacement for the New Mexico Stars, but with some modifications and non-league games because of prior scheduling maneuvers and arena availability.[12][13][9] The team opened training camp on March 15.[14] Their first indoor practice session was March 24.[2] Regular season promotions included Hispanic Heritage Night on March 28 and Public Service Day on April 26.[15]

Roster[edit]

Duke City Gladiators roster
Quarterbacks
  • 12 Caleb Holbrook

Running backs

  • 30 Jestin Kelly
  • 00 Juwan Lewis

Wide receivers

  •  3 Antonio Bray
  •  0 Dello Davis
  •  2 Ricardo Johnson
  • 88 Sedric Johnson
  • 13 Dexter Manley
  • 16 William Martin
  •  4 Warren Oliver
Offensive linemen
  • 60 Sherman Carter
  • 56 Terrale Johnson
  • 54 Oliver Lumpkin

Defensive linemen

  • 11 Brent Bowers
  • 34 Noah Brown
  • 99 Matt Moss
  • 90 Christopher Smalls
  • 10 Fatu Ulale
Linebackers
  • Currently vacant

Defensive backs

  •  1 Donnie Duncan
  • 21 Dontrell Johnson
  • 22 Ibrahim Maiga
  •  5 Paul Robinson
  • 28 Jayson Serda
  •  9 Michael Singleton

Special teams

  •  7 James Naehu
Reserve lists
  • -- Desmond Anaya DL (Did Not Report)
  • -- Sterling Dubose WR (Susp.)
  • -- Desmond Howard OL (IR) Injury icon 2.svg
  • -- Julian Lewis DB (Did Not Report)
  • -- Wondell Rutledge OL (Susp.)
  • -- Gabriel Sherrod DL (Did Not Report)
  • -- Jack Tomlinson DB (Susp.)
  • -- Darrain Winston DB (Did Not Report)

Roster updated April 25, 2018
25 Active, 8 Inactive

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Season-by-season results[edit]

League Champions Conference Champions Division Champions Playoff berth League leader
Season Team League Conference Division Regular season Postseason results
Finish Wins Losses Ties
2015 2015 CIF 5th 7 4 0
2016 2016 CIF Southern 4th 6 6 0
2017 2017 CIF South 4th 7 5 0 Lost Conference Semifinal (Amarillo) 41–70
2018 2018 CIF South 1st 10 2 0 Won Conference Semifinal (Wichita) 44–39
Won Conference Championship (Texas) 41–28
Won Champions Bowl (Sioux City) 31–27
Totals 30 17 0 All-time regular season record (2015–2018)
3 1 All-time postseason record (2015–2018)
33 18 0 All-time regular season and postseason record (2015–2018)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christ, Bob (February 23, 2015). "Gladiators plan to call Tingley home in maiden season". Albuquerque Journal. Albuquerque, NM. Retrieved March 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Christ, Bob (March 26, 2015). "Tingley getting ready for Gladiators' home debut". Albuquerque Journal. Albuquerque, NM. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  3. ^ Christ, Bob (February 25, 2015). "Owner of Gladiators made things happen in a hurry". Albuquerque Journal. Albuquerque, NM. Retrieved March 4, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Duke City Gladiators Professional Indoor Football presents to Albuquerque, NM, entrepreneurs | 1MillionCups.com". 1MillionCups.com. Retrieved 2018-08-26. 
  5. ^ "This is Albuquerque: Duke City Gladiators". alibi. Retrieved 2018-08-26. 
  6. ^ "Duke City Gladiators Professional Indoor Football". www.newmexico.org. Retrieved 2018-08-26. 
  7. ^ Christ, Bob (February 22, 2015). "NM Stars owners pull plug on season". Albuquerque Journal. Albuquerque, NM. Retrieved February 26, 2015. 
  8. ^ Jones, Darlene (February 22, 2015). "New Mexico Stars will not play the CIF 2015 season". Champions Indoor Football. Retrieved February 26, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b Christ, Bob (May 23, 2015). "Arena of the absurd: Local indoor football has had funny bounces". Albuquerque Journal. Albuquerque, NM. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  10. ^ Christ, Bob (April 18, 2015). "Stars announce plans to play in upstart indoor league in 2016". Albuquerque Journal. Albuquerque, NM. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  11. ^ Herron, Gary (February 25, 2015). "New football team comes to Albuquerque". Rio Rancho Observer. Rio Rancho, NM: RR Community Publishing LLC. Retrieved March 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b Christ, Bob (March 3, 2015). "Gladiators will compete in Champions League". Albuquerque Journal. Albuquerque, NM. Retrieved March 4, 2015. 
  13. ^ "CIF Enjoys Relief and Balance with Replacement Team in New Mexico". Champions Indoor Football. March 4, 2015. Retrieved March 7, 2015 – via Our Sports Central. 
  14. ^ Walker, Amy (March 19, 2015). "Duke City Gladiators begin spring training". Albuquerque, NM: KRQE-TV. Retrieved March 25, 2015. 
  15. ^ Tate, Van (March 25, 2015). "Gladiators ready for home opener". Albuquerque, NM: KRQE-TV. Retrieved March 25, 2015. 

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