History

The West Central Wildcats are a semi-pro football team located in Terre Haute, Indiana. Founded in 2004, the Wildcats are proud members of the Interstate Football League. We play at a high level of competitiveness and are well supported by our community.

The West Central Wildcats are comprised of coaches and players who share passions for football, a desire to win, and a deep respect for sportsmanship.

HISTORY

The West Central Wildcats were formed in 2004. The Wildcats were formed to bring competitive semi-pro football to Clay County, Indiana. In their inaugural 2004 season, the Wildcats struggled to field a team of more than 17 players. Prior to the beginning of the 2004 season, the Wildcats Management Staff focused their efforts on obtaining a home playing field and membership into the Midwest Football League (MFL). The Wildcats had great success in their search for both.

In 2004, the City of Brazil accepted the Wildcats proposal to host its home games at the Clay Youth Field while simultaneously working to improve the field itself and help support the youth teams that also call it home.

During the 2005 season, the Wildcats showed great promise with a strong nucleus of players and a dominating defense. The Wildcats offense was erratic throughout the season, starting 2 different quarterbacks as a necessity due to injuries and inconsistent play. The offense had its ups and downs, but the defense was rock solid throughout the season and helped the Wildcats finish to a 7-4 regular season record. The beginning of the season was a rocky one starting 0-1 in regular season play, but the Wildcats rose to the occasion as the season progressed and qualified for the MFL playoffs. The Wildcats drew a home game for their first wild-card playoff and destroyed the Jay-Randolph Cougars to complete a series sweep from their first meeting of the season.

It was then on to Muncie, IN as the Wildcats came in with high hopes of eliminating the defending 2004 MFL North Division champion Delaware County Chargers in the MFL Divisional Playoff game. The Wildcats had beaten the Chargers in week 2, which was highlighted by the Wildcats dominating defense.

From there it was on to Marion, IN, where the Wildcats would face the only league team they lost to all season, the Grant County Scorpions. The Scorpions beat the Wildcats twice during the 2005 season. The Scorpions drew first blood by scoring the opening touchdown, but then the Wildcats defense took over and put the offense in position to score 20 unanswered points to win their first league championship, 20-6.

In 2009, the Wildcats rebounded after a 1-10 season in 2008 to finish 9-4 and narrowly missed their second championship in a loss to the Evansville Bearcats 25-22. During that season, the Wildcats set records for points scored in a game twice with 67 and 70 points vs the East Central Wolverines. At the minimum, the Wildcats re-established themselves as an elite squad in Central Indiana.

In 2010, the Wildcats joined a new league, the Interstate Football League (IFL) and immediately picked up right where they left off in 2009 by finishing 9-2 and qualifying for the IFL Divisional Playoff Round. The season ended with a playoff loss to the Indiana Generals who went on to win the IFL Championship that year.

In 2011, the Wildcats built on their success from 09 and 10, added some solid talent to an already strong nucleus, and achieved their ultimate goal – an IFL Championship vs the Indiana Cutters 41-14. The Wildcats set records for Points scored per game 36.5 and points allowed per game 5. In addition, the Wildcats finished 8th nationally ranked among AA Minor League teams.

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