The Wichita Falls Vipers have released their schedule for the 2011 season, the teams second in the Minor Professional Football League. The ten game schedule kicks off February 26 in Bedford against the North Texas Stampede.
Owned by Cathie Lozada, the Vipers capped a perfect 10-0 regular season in 2010 with playoff wins over the Waco Thunder and West Texas Drillers before defeating the San Antonio Warriors in the MPFL Championship game. Last season was the inaugural season for both the Vipers and the MPFL.
The 2011 Vipers schedule is as follows. Home games are in bold and are scheduled to be played at Memorial Stadium.
- Feb 26 – @ North Texas Stampede (Bedford) – 7 p.m.
- Mar 5 — @ Texas Knights (Dallas) – 3 p.m.
- Mar 12 – Shreveport/Bossier City Knights – 7 p.m.
- Mar 19 – @ East Texas Wildcats (Center) – 3 p.m.
- Mar 26 – Bye
- Apr 3 — North Texas Stampede – 2 p.m.
- Apr 9 — North Dallas Cowboys – 3 p.m.
- Apr 17 – Bye
- Apr 23 – Texas Knights – 3 p.m.
- Apr 30 – @ Shreveport/Bossier City Knights (Independence Bowl) – 7 p.m.
- May 7 — @ North Dallas Cowboys (Dallas) – 3 p.m.
- May 15 – East Texas Wildcats – 3 p.m.
A quick look at the Vipers 2011 opponents:
North Texas Stampede – The longest continuous running spring season franchise in Texas minor league football, the Stampede join the MPFL from the Texas United Football League for their 11th season. A TUFL playoff team in 2010, the Stampede lost 14-6 to the eventual champion Hunt County Longhorns in the second round.
Texas Knights – One of the returning teams from the MPFL’s first season, the Dallas based Knights finished 5-5 and in third place behind the Vipers and Thunder in the MidWest Division in 2010. In two losses to Wichita Falls last season the Knights were outscored 113-18.
Shreveport/Bossier City Knights – Part of the MPFL’s Eastern Division in the Northern Conference, the Knights enter their first season with the league. The team is owned by Dotties Pope who also owns the Shreveport/Bossier City Crusaders basketball team.
East Texas Wildcats – Entering their second season of existence, the Wildcats are another team jumping from the TUFL to the MPFL for 2011. In their inaugural season, East Texas finished 2-8 and in fourth place in the
TUFL’s East Division.
North Dallas Cowboys – Dubbing themselves “America’s Semi-Pro Team”, the Cowboys are one of the new teams in the MPFL. The winner of nine previous championships, North Dallas practically wiped the slate clean and will be fielding a largely new team for the 2011 season.
Based in Dallas, the Minor Professional Football League was founded in 2009 and began play in 2010. Operations are overseen by MPFL Commissioner J.C. Kimey.