New Orleans VooDoo



Years of Existence: 2004-2005, 2007-2008, 2011-2015
Venue: New Orleans Arena (New Orleans, LA)
Accomplishments
2004 Southern Division champions, playoff appearance
2005
2007 -
2008 -
2011 -
2012 - Playoff appearance
2013 -
2014 -
2015 -
Lifetime Record: 55-100
Home: 33-45
Away: 22-55
Playoffs: 0-2
Average Attendance: 4,067

The New Orleans VooDoo was the second attempt at an AFL team in Louisiana. The VooDoo franchise has not been a disappointment for the fans. The VooDoo won their conference in their first year, an extreme rarity by an expansion team. The team was 9-2 at one point and finished at 11-5. Four of the losses were on the road. Their first playoff game was at home against Colorado. The VooDoo lost by a field goal to the Crush, who would go on to be the AFL Champions the following year. In 2005, the VooDoo could not match their success from the previous year. With a 9-7 record, the team did not clinch a playoff berth. The team had a very hard schedule coming down the stretch and lost to Tampa Bay, Colorado, and Orlando in three of their final four games. The team had other opportunities to make up for these losses, with a three point loss to Georgia followed by a one point loss at Austin. The VooDoo have one of the strongest fanbases in all of the AFL, never having a home crowd below 12,000. The teams was forced to suspend operations for the 2006 season due to Hurricane Katrina. Many of the VooDoo players played in Kansas City. The franchise was reinstated in 2007 and did not do so well in its first year back in action. A 4-3 start, which included wins over Orlando and San Jose, was followed up by seven consecutive losses. Included in these seven losses was a classic game at Dallas, which the Desperados won 80-79. The 2008 VooDoo went 8-8, missing the playoffs by one game. The team started the season at 7-2, but collapsed down the stretch. The franchise folded following the 2008 season. The team returned to the AFL in 2011. Attendance dropped by over 7,000 and the on-field product wasn't great. The VooDoo dropped all nine home games and won three road contests. D. Bryant and Danny Wimprine quarterbacked the team, combining to throw for 3,922 yards, 71 touchdowns and 26 picks. P.J. Berry easily led all wide receivers, as he was the only wide out to play more than eleven games for the team. He caught 155 bals for 1,593 yards and 27 scores. The teams averaged just 46 points per game and sacked opposing quarterbacks just 16 times, while allowing 41. The VooDoo were outscored 573-400 in the first half of games. New Orleans won 34-33 at Cleveland, outscoring the Gladiators 14-7 in the second half. Kurt Rocco led the team for the 2012 season. He threw for 5,317 yards, 107 scores and 17 picks. The team produced three 1,000 yard receivers: Josh Bush, L.J. Castile, and Quorey Payne. Alvin Jackson picked 14 passes for the defense. Rocco was sacked 30 times. The team rebounded from a 3-15 year with an 8-10 regular season. Three wins came against teams that made the playoffs. The VooDoo were the fourth seed in the playoffs and would play at Philadelphia. After a close half, the Soul used a 35-23 second half to pull away with a 66-53 victory. The VooDoo returned for the 2013 season, quarterbacked in large part by Kurt Rocco and Chris Dixon. Rocco threw for 2,305 yards, 49 scores and 18 picks. Chris Dixon, formerly of the IFL's Sioux Falls Storm, came in later in the year after leaving Orlando and threw for 998 yards, 21 touchdowns and six interceptions. Donovoan Morgan was the leading receiver, with 27 scores and 1,263 yards. Courtney Smith added 871 yards and 19 scores of his own. Opponents beat the VooDoo defense 85% of the time in the red zone, scoring 59 points per game. New Orleans compiled just five wins, The team was held to a franchise record low 16 points against Iowa in a 46 point loss. The team did withstand a 25-7 fourth quarter onslaught by the Storm in a 54-51 victory and won their first game of the year in overtime over Orlando. The 2014 season did not yield any better results, as the team went 3-15 and was forced to use their fourth string quarterback at a few points during the season. No quarterback played in more than nine contests, as Kurt Rocco and Adam Kennedy split most of the time at the position. All quarterbacks combined for 78 touchdowns and 32 interceptions. Larry Beavers was the lone 1,000 yard receiver, bringing in 16 scores. L.J. Castile scored 26 times. Cameron McGlenn picked eleven passes for the defense, scoring once. The VooDoo averaged just 43 points per game and allowed 142 touchdowns. The final two games of the season were overtime losses to Orlando and San Antonio. The 2015 season was another ugly one for the franchise, winning just three games. The team was also involved in a double forfeit against Las Vegas, as both franchises collapsed and were left without ownership. Adam Kennedy and Brian Reader spent the most time at quarterback, combining to throw for 64 touchdowns, 20 picks, and 4,006 yards. The offense outdid the 2014 KISS by scoring just 38.5 points per game. The VooDoo defense recorded just eight sacks all season. Chris Duvalt was the team's leading receiver, accounting for 1,265 yards and 23 scores.