The hubcity redraiders were born into the ESFFL in 2006 as the earleville destroyers. Team owner, Jacob Clifton, is the son of earleville merchants-of-cool owner Larry Clifton. It didn’t take long for the destroyers to mark their mark on the league, finishing each of their first two regular seasons with 8-5 records. They qualified for the Johnson Cup Playoffs each of those first two years. They lost in the First Round of the playoffs in 2006, but in 2007 they won two games in the post-season tournament, advancing all the way to the semifinals. In the process, they pulled off a stunning upset of the bear asses who went 12-1 during the regular season. More than 14 years later, that victory over the asses stands as the biggest win in the history of the redraiders franchise. The team’s only division title came in 2010 when a 7-5-1 record was just enough to edge out the shahvalley sheiks by a half game in the final standings. They won their first round playoff game that year, but were defeated in the quarterfinals by their father’s merchant-of-cool squad. They would not return to the Johnson Cup Playoffs again until 2016, when they earned a wild card berth with an 8-3 regular season record. The team officially changed their name to the hubcity redraiders in 2019 to honor the town where they attended college, Lubbock, Texas. The redraiders continued to demonstrate grit and determination year after year, but haven’t returned to the Johnson Cup Playoffs since 2016. They came damn close in 2021 when they finished the season with a 7-6 record and were just a game out from the final traditional wild card spot and just 16 points out from the final Bowen Statute wild card spot. If the redraiders can make just a small improvement in 2022, perhaps they can return to the Johnson Cup Playoffs and make that long anticipated run to a title.
(capsule last updated on 9-March-2022)
|Years Active:||2006 to Present|
|All-Time Record (through 2021):||102-125-4|
|Johnson Cup Playoff Appearances:||4|