OKC Pro Football News
OKC Bounty Hunters lease CB Speegle Stadium
Bounty Hunters looking forward to Spring Football beginning in March
By: Kevin Duane, Marketing and Business Development, OKC Bounty Hunters, LLC
For the past seven years, the OKC Bounty Hunter Professional American Football organization has played their home games, first at Crooked Oak High School, then Millwood High School, then, for the past four years, at Putnam City High School. The Bounty Hunters competed in the Gridiron Developmental Football League (GDFL) for the past four years during which time they reached the National Quarterfinals twice, the National Semi-finals, and The GDFL National Championship.
Today marks the beginning of a new period as the OKC Bounty Hunters organization has successfully negotiated a two year lease with the OKC Public School Board to lease CB Speegle Stadium. The team plans to play their home games in both Spring and Summer leagues at Speegle.
“You just cannot beat the opportunity offered by the OKC Public Schools and the School Board to build an American Football franchise around such a beautiful facility,” says team General Manager, Tom Trepagnier (Pronounced tră-pan-yay). “We enjoyed Crooked Oak and Millwood. They got us started. We loved Putnam City. They supported us 100%. But, the opportunity offered by Speegle is hard to match.”
CB Speegle Stadium is part of the Maps 3 plan to upgrade school facilities in OKC Public Schools. The stadium has undergone an $8 million upgrade similar to Taft Stadium, Douglas Stadium and Star Spencer Stadium. The upgrades preserved some of the original WPA built façade from the 1930’s, but installed the latest turf-field, a new track, a state-of-art pressbox, digital scoreboard, team locker rooms and concession facilities. The stadium supports athletics for three South OKC High Schools, Capitol Hill, US Grant and Southeast, as well as being available for professional sports teams like the OKC Bounty Hunters.
“When OKC Public Schools Athletic Director, Keith Sinor, first took us on a tour of Speegle, we fell in love with the facility,” remembers Trepagnier. “We had hoped to lease Speegle in 2015; however, the MAPS Construction Board recommended completion of the visitor bleachers before entering into lease negotiations.”
The OKC Bounty Hunters are a professional football team playing in AAA level American Style Football. As members of the Amateur to Professional Developmental Football League (APDFL), http://theapdfl.net, the Bounty Hunters begin their Spring Season in less than a month. The first home game at Speegle Stadium is planned for Saturday March 12th at 7:00 pm.
“The APDFL is a new league for us,” says Head Coach, Brian Kelly. “They are a solid Triple A league with strong competitive teams from Florida to Oklahoma. A Spring league, like the APDFL, will give us the kind of competitive test our players desire.”
The Bounty Hunters play in the APDFL National Conference, Southern Division. The League currently has 37 teams across the Southern U.S.. The Bounty Hunter Spring Schedule lines up well.
|APDFL Regular Season
|March 5th||Bounty Hunters||Cabot (AR) Bucks|
|March 12||New Orleans Jaguars||Bounty Hunters|
|March 19||Bounty Hunters||Mississippi Sting|
|March 26||Bounty Hunters||Arkansas Wolverines|
|April 2||Cabot (AR) Bucks||Bounty Hunters|
|April 16||Mississippi Sting||Bounty Hunters|
|April 23||Bounty Hunters||Plaquemine Parish Broncos|
|April 30||Arkansas Wolverines||Bounty Hunters|
|May 7||Bounty Hunters||Louisiana Lightning|
|May 14||Alabama Rottweilers||Bounty Hunters|
Offensive Coordinator, Kevin Cox, leads several key players including former Philadelphia Eagle, Gerald Jones, two-time Doak Walker Award Finalist, Reggie “Monster” Arnold, SE-OSU standout, Zach Frederick, and Midwest City Bomber, Vincent Pinniy.
Countering the offensive attack from APDFL teams will be the lethal Bounty Hunter defense led by Head Coach, Brian Kelly. The defense includes some familiar names: Langston University All Americans, Lionel “Bruiser” Bibbins and Roderick Jenkins. Linebackers include Myshun “Sonny” Bowie (Langston), Tom Wort (OU), and Twon Moore (K-State), NFL and CFL Veteran, Larry Birdine (OU), and Lamont McDonald and TJ Shaw of the OKC Yard Dawgs.