The Horsemen holds on to win 46-44 in home opener

by The posse

Nampa, ID - On Saturday Night, the Ford Idaho Center opened the doors for the second season of professional indoor football.  The American West Football Conference (AWFC) kicked off the 2021 season with 2019 Undefeated Champions hosting the newly formed Oregon High Desert Storm.  

After 21 months off, due to COVID, the Horsemen started the season off the same way they finished in 2019, winning!  This brings the team to 14 in a row without a defeat!  Idaho, you do have a Championship caliber team in your own backyard! 

On the Horsemen’s first possession it took only 2 plays to find the endzone, as Quarterback Hayden Wright hit receiver Jaquan Blackwell on a 33 yard TD pass.  The Horsemen continued to dominate the 1st half as Wright hit multiple receivers for touchdowns. Cal McQueary (1), Justin Clarkston (1), Ryan Stokes (2), Jaquan Blackwell (1) for 5 Touchdown passes throughout the game.  The Horsemen's 2 other touchdowns came on 2 electrifying kickoff returns from Rashad Flanders. The Horsemen went into halftime with a 20 point lead 38-18 despite special team kicking woes!  

The second half special team mistakes allow the Oregon High Desert to capitalize.  The Horsemen gave the Storm good starting field position on pretty much every Storm possession inside the 20 yard line throughout the game.  

After multiple kick returns for TDs, The Storm started to squib kick the ball whereas Horsemen players had trouble getting control of the ball causing the Horsemen to start one possession at the 1 yard line ultimately resulting in a safety and the next squib kick resulted in a fumble at the 1 yard line allowing the Storm to score the very next down.  The Storm outscored the Horsemen in the second half due to Horsemen miscues.  The Storm had an opportunity to tie the game, but was denied that opportunity by the Horsemen swarming defense.  The score did not represent the defensive play by the Horsemen.  The field position that the Storm received from the Horsemen’s special team allowed for the easy points that were put on the board. The Horsemen held off Oregon to win their 14th consecutive game and stay undefeated.  The Horsemen are now (1-0) as the Oregon High Desert Storm starts off  with a (0-1) record


Hayden Wright 12-17 Passing for 172 yards 5tds 1 Int

Rushing (11 for 35 yards)

Robert Jackio 4 for 31 yards

Giovanni Sander 2 for 11 yard

Jaquan Blackwell 1 for 4 yards

Hayden Wright 4 for -11 yards


Ryan Stokes 4 for 76 yards (2 tds)

Giovanni Sanders 3 for 39 yards (2pt conversion)

Jaquan Blackwell 1 for 27 yards (1 td)

Justin Clarkston 1 for 24 yards (1 td)

Cal McQueary 1 for 6 yard (1 td)

The Horsemen’s  next match up is this Friday the 14th versus the Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks 7pm Kickoff.  Wenatchee went (6-7) in 2019\

Tickets -  For single game tickets

Ford Idaho Center (COVID)

The Idaho Horsemen are excited to announce that season ticket holders will be able to return to their originally purchased seats beginning on May 14. Tickets will be automatically sent out over the next week, following the game on May 8. If you would prefer fully socially distanced seating, or have any ticketing related questions, please reach out to the ICTickets box office.

Sponsors - We would like to thank our current sponsors for supporting the building of our team.  We are all Champions!  If you would like to partner with the Horsemen, please contact

In 2019 we experienced a history-making inaugural season, ultimately finishing with a 13-0 record and winning the first ever American West Football Championship. Despite this success, we believe the Horsemen organization has much more room to grow and improve.  We are striving to reach the next level of success and we can not do this without our hometown supporters.  Our community makes our team, Our Posse, ….Let's do it again….Posseup!