River City Rage

Years of Existence: 2005-2006, 2002 as the River City Renegades, 2003-2004 as the Show Me Believers
Venue: Savvis Center (St. Louis, MO)
2002 -
2003 -
2004 - Playoff appearance
2005 - Playoff appearance
2006 - Semifinal appearance
Lifetime Record: 38-36
Home: 23-18
Away: 15-18
Playoffs: 1-3
Average Attendance: 3,190

The River City franchise has been an up-and-down team in their four years. The 2002 season brought just one win to River City, 41-26 over the Energy. The most points the Renegades scored in their thirteen losses was 37. The Renegades lost at Lincoln, 120-15, one of the worst losses in indoor football history. After the dismal season, the Renegades moved to Mississippi, the “Show Me” state and became the Believers. The team improved ever so slightly, going 4-10. Only a couple of the losses were by wide margins. The Believers won a defensive struggle, 24-21, against the Lincoln Capitols, rather than being blown out by 105. The franchise had its first winning season in 2004 and finally had a powerful offense. The team scored 60 points or more in seven of their 14 regular season games. In their first-ever playoff match, the Believers lost to the Ft. Wayne Freedom, 45-28. Following the 2004 season, the team relocated back to Missouri to become the River City Rage. The Rage had the best season in franchise history, going 10-4 and earning another home playoff game. The team won a few close games over Cincinnati and Fayetteville, but finally dealt some beatings. Most notable was the 90-39 pounding of Montgomery. In their playoff match, the Rage was upset up by Cincinnati, 67-64, on a last second field goal. The following season was the best ever for the franchise. After blasting through their first three opponents, the Rage lost to the Billings Outlaws, the eventual Pacific Conference champions. This was the only regular season loss for River City. Despite the success, there were problems. The final five games of the regular season consisted of three forfeits and two games against replacement teams. The Rage earned an unwanted first round bye week in the playoffs. After planning on playing Osceola, a series of breakdowns in communication and some issues gave Cincinnati a forfeit win and a game against the Rage. River City, led by Moses Regular for much of the year, got a 48-30 victory. The Atlantic Conference Championship game ended much like the game against Cincinnati in 2005. This time, the Rage erased a 22 point deficit to force overtime with the Fayetteville Guard. However, after bringing the score to 72-70, the Rage did not score a needed two point conversion, as the receiver was forced out of bounds. Following the 2006 season, the Rage moved to the UIF.