Baltimore Mariners

Years of Existence: 2008-2010, 2014-
Venue: Baltimore Arena/First Mariner Arena (Baltimore, MD)
2008 -
2009 - Playoff appearance
2010 - AIFA Champions
2014 - AIFA Champions
Lifetime Record: 35-18
Home: 20-5
Away: 15-13
Playoffs: 4-1
Average Attendance: None Reported

The Baltimore Mariners were owned by the AIFA league owners. The team didn't do any better than the Blackbirds, however. The team averaged just 37 points per game. Quarterback Mike Orihel passed for 38 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Only four of the ten losses came by ten points or less. The team played an exhibition game at Rochester and lost, 57-48. Earnest Nemeth led the Mariners in 2009 to a 9-5 regular season record. Nemeth passed for 36 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, while running for 10 scores. Isaiah Grier rushed for 20 scores. The Mariners picked off opponents 42 times, returning 11 for touchdowns. The team had three out-of-character losses to South Carolina, Harrisburg, and Columbus. The 82-19 loss at Columbus was avenged with a 52-32 home victory. The team also defeated Reading twice in the regular season, earning a first round playoff game in Reading. It proved too difficult to beat the same team three times in one year, as the Express rolled to a 50-20 victory, knocking the Mariners out of their first postseason competition. The Mariners returned in 2010, led by quarterback E.J. Nemeth. Nemeth threw for 52 touchdowns and ten picks in an unbeaten regular season. Scorpio Brown caught 22 touchdowns and racked up 577 yards. On defense, the Mariners picked off an astounding 43 balls, returning nine for touchdowns. Armar Watson led the outstanding secondary with 13 picks. A last second J.R. Cipra kick kept the perfect season going in Erie, giving the Mariners a 39-37 victory as time expired. The Mariners also defeated rival Reading 69-35 in the final week of the regular season to keep the Express out of the playoffs. After earning a first-round bye, the Mariners took on Harrisburg, blasting the Stampede 63-15. The Mariners advanced to host the AIFA title game and after trailing Wyoming 24-17 at halftime, came back to take the title 57-42. The Mariners picked off Wyoming quarterback Matt Srrand three times and stopped the Cavalry offense three times inside the red zone. The team returned to the field in 2014. Statistics were not available for the season, but the Mariners went through a 5-1 regular season. The team qualified for the playoffs and traveled to Rochester in the first round. Baltimore came away with a 46-40 victory and advanced to face Cape Fear in the title game. Cape Fear led 44-39 with six seconds left. A half hour injury timeout was needed to get a Mariners player off the field, as he went over the wall in an attempt to catch a game winning touchdown. When the game resumed, Baltimore threw an incompletion, leaving just two seconds. On the final play, Baltimore finally completed the touchdown pass and came away with the AIFA title 45-44.