Season Preview: AFC Raiders
The Raiders have struggled in recent seasons being able to compete in the conference, and with the realignment last season they finished at 0-9 for the second consecutive year. With the shortened season, the Raiders will not play in week 1. They will play 4 conference opponents and a crossover game with acquainted foe, Stockton.
Coach Brad Winterland stepped down after last season, and new Head Coach John Kutz is taking over the program. The Raiders will need to rely on some talented seniors and some incoming juniors that have already experienced varsity football to have some success this spring. The biggest question mark for the Raiders will be their offensive and defensive lines. AFC doesn't necessarily have the strongest schedule in the conference, but they will be facing 4 teams that were in the playoffs just a season ago. This is the last hurrah in the NUIC for AFC, as they will be moving to the 8-man football league this fall.
AFC has made the playoffs 5 times in school history, going 6-5. They last advanced to the playoffs in 2005 when they were still a part of the Four Rivers Conference, losing in the quarterfinals to eventual state champion Aquin. The season gets started for the Raiders on the road, where they will visit the Aquin Bulldogs at Freeport High School in week 2.
AFC Playoff History