1996 Minor League National Champions
The 1996 Fredericksburg Generals dominated Minor League Football like no team before winning the American Football Association's National Championship. Many observers feel to this day that the 1996 Generals team was the greatest Minor League Football team in history. The Generals were led by Quarterback Mark Ryhanych who is widely considered the best Quarterback to have ever played in the Minor League ranks. Ryhanych's National Championship season aerial assault saw him torch the opposition for 3,097 yards and 37 touchdowns. Wide Recievers David Hughes 49 receptions for 1,129 yards combines with Tony Prices 68 receptions for 1,403 yards led the way offensively. The outstanding offensive line led by Tackle Tommy Fairfax, Center Russ Helton, Guard Lance Thompson, Tackle Marquis Hamm and Guard Dana Shields paved the way opening huge holes for the speedy and elusive Running Back Eric Bates one of Virginia's greatest All-Time Rushers. He combined with the bruising attack of the powerful Fullback Levi Frye who rambled over and through everyone in his path.
The Defense was led by Defensive Coordinator Lonnie Messick who coached an attacking style of defense with the sole purpose of dominating every week no matter who the opposition was. Messick's defense gave up a low of 129 points by the opposition for an entire year (less than 9 points per game). The defense had many stars including Linebacker Carlton Raymond, Linebacker Mike Dickens, Defensive End Stephon Banks, Defensive Tackle Terry Alazamora, Defensive End Kenneth Mitchell, Defensive End David Wafle, Safety Russell Williams, Defensive Back Joby Coakley, Defensive Tackle Mike Scroggins, Linebacker Tim Torrey, Defensive Back Leon Gholsen,Linebacker Jermaine Green, Linebacker Troy Spindle, Defensive Back Tony Talley and Defensive Back Jason Lee who combined with many others to dominate teams game in and game out.
Special teams will go down as the greatest pair of performers in Minor League History led by Former Washington Redskins Kicking Legend Mark Moseley (Former NFL MVP 1982) and Punter Former Maryland Terrapin Dan DeArmas whose tremendous distance and hang time made field position battles and punt coverage a major win for the Generals in every game. Moseley was a fan favorite in every city the Generals played in and he delivered through his on field play, community involvement and team leadership.
Head Coach Jamie King credits his amazing team, outstanding coaching staff, front office staff and game day operations personnel for all of their hard work in building the Generals into a national power. Kings winning record with the Fredericksburg Generals was 31-6 in 3 years. During the 1995 & 1996 season King's Generals won 23 out of 24 games. King's recruitment of Mark Moseley paid huge dividends for the Generals as the Generals never lost with Moseley in the lineup reeling off 20 straight wins and a National Championship. King was voted the 1996 Minor League National League Coach Of The Year at the conclusion of the 1996 National Championship season.