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Texas Bullets 2016 MPFL Champions

2016 Champions

The Bullets knock off the Patriot Conference Champions, Texas Broncos 27-20 to win 2016 MPFL Shanklin Bowl V. 

The Bullet's offensive linemen were named the MVPs of the game, as the provided QB Justin Willis ample time in the pocket and set up the running backs for big gains.

We would like to thank all of the fans that attended the game.

MPFL News Shanklin Bowl V edition

MPFL Championship Weekend News:

*Mayor and local media in attendance -  Weatherford Mayor Craig Swancy will be on hand to execute the coin toss and The Weatherford Democrat Newspaper has dispatched their sports department to cover Saturday's game. (Check out today's article on the game at:; go to the sports page)

*Saturday Night Lights radio show moved to Tuesday for season and series finale - The final show of 2016 has been moved to Tuesday next week and will focus on The 2016 MPFL Championship Game. This will also be the final show in the 7 year run of the program, so be sure to tune in, starting at 7pm at: .

*2016 MPFL All Star Game in Houston?  A formal announcement regarding The 2016 MPFL All Star Game will be made on Monday, June 27th, and it is expected to be announced that the game will take place in The Houston area.



Home of Shanklin Bowl V

The 2016 MPFL Championship, featuring the winners of The American and Patriot Conferences, will be played at Kangaroo Stadium in Weatherford, Texas, on Saturday, June 25th. Gates open at 6:00 pm and kickoff is set for 7:45 pm.

Minor Professional Football League

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MPFL 2016 Individual Award Winners

The MPFL will recognize our award winners at halftime of Shanklin Bowl V on Saturday June 25th at halftime. Each winner and his spouse will be invited to the game as a guest of The MPFL. The game is in The DFW area and the stadium arrangements will be finalized in the next few days. 
Be sure to get your votes in, and if you are uncertain about the process, contact your owner.

2016 MPFL Playoff Format

The 2016 Chase for The Shanklin Trophy begins on Saturday, June 4th!

American Conference

The winners of The *Plains, Horizon, and Skyline Divisions will be seeded 1, 2 and 3, according to overall record, with the first tie breaker being head to head, the next being fewest points allowed.

 *The Plains Division Champion will be determined by an extended playoff, at the conclusion of the regular season, where the 2 seed will host the 3 seed, with the winner visiting the 1 seed, in the division championship game. The winner of this playoff will enter The American Conference playoffs as one of the top 3 seeds, and the lone Plains Division representative in The American Conference Playoffs.

The champions of The Horizon and Skyline Divisions, will be determined by overall regular season record, and will be the other 2 of the top 3 seeds in the conference.  The next best 4 teams according to overall record, will receive at large berths, and be seeded 4 - 7 according to record.

The #1 seed will receive a bye for the 1st round (June 4th), with the following games taking place in the 1st round:

#7 @ #2

#6 @ #3

#5 @ #4

The winners will advance, and will be reseeded (if necessary) for the 2nd round (June 11th), with the higher ranked team being the host.  The winners of these two games will advance to the conference championship (June 18th), again with the higher ranked team being the host.

The Patriot Conference

The winners of The Capital and Sunbelt Division will be seeded 1 and 2 according to overall record, with the same tiebreaking procedures used in The American Conference.  The next 6 teams with the 6 best overall records, will receive at large berths. The 1st round (June 4th) will feature the following matchups(with the same reseeding and dates, following, and for each round): 

#8 @ #1

#7 @ #2

#6 @ #3

#5 @ #4

The winners of The American and Patriot Conference Championship games will meet in Shanklin Bowl V on June 25th, with time and location TBA.

Good luck and enjoy the chase! 

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    • RB - Texas Bullets - Michael Armstead Armstead is ready to lead the Bullets to the Shanklin Bowl. Touted as one of the top half backs in the MPFL, Armstead is poised to and ready to expose the defenses of the MPFL in 2016
    • ATH - NTX Stampede - Anthonty Stevenson Stevenson may be one of the most diverse players in the MPFL. Over his career he has lined up at safety, receiver, half back, linebacker and defensive end. Stevenson adds depth to the stout Stampede defense and is looking to be in the running for the Defensive Player of the Year.
    • QB - WTX Drillers - Adrian Pertile Pertile has played every skill position on offense and defense for the Drillers over the past 6 season and looks to head up the offense as one of the top dual threat QB's in the MPFL in 2016
    • QB - Texas Bullets - Justin Willis Willis is coming of an ACL injury in 2015 and looking to get back to form for 2016. Willis has been rated as top QB in minor league for the last 3 years. He has consistently put of amazing numbers on the offense and shows tremendous leadership for the Bullets.
    • LB - WTX Drillers - TJ London TJ has played TE for the Drillers over the past 3 seasons with spot duty at DE and LB. In 2016 he is making the transition to ILB and looks to make an impact early and often. His combined size and athletic ability are rare, TJ played safety in High School and OLB in college and seems to be very comfortable on the Defensive side of the ball
    • DL - NTX Stampede - Dion Leonard Leonard will play the opposite side of the line from Demarcus Cummings (reigning DL of the year 2015). Leonard looks to bring his size and speed to the Stampede and create havoc for opposing quarterbacks. Look for Leonard on top of the stats board during the season!
    • QB - Dallas Trojans - Jarett Beal Texas all-star game MVP, national championship game MVP
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    History behind the Trophy

    Shanklin brothers

    The Shanklin brothers were called two of the greatest athletes that played under Johnny Allen Sr. during his coaching tenure at Carver High School.

    Donald and Ronnie Shanklin were named one of the 20th Century’s Top 100 Sports Legends of The Panhandle by The Globe-News in 2000.

    Donald “Don” Shanklin was born Nov. 3, 1946, in Amarillo. He attended Carver High School, where he ran track and played football.

    At that time, Amarillo was segregated, with blacks attending Carver.


    “We never understood that,” Shanklin said. “How when we all played Kids, Inc. and YMCA football together during grade school, then suddenly you couldn’t play with each other in high school? We had friends at Amarillo High and Tascosa. Carver had everything they had at Amarillo High and Tascosa. It made no sense to us.”

    Don Shanklin was extremely thankful for his Carver High mentor, coach Johnny Allen, according to AGN files.

    Allen not only coached all sports at Carver and knew strategy, he “taught me everything I ever learned. He started coaching me when I was in Kids, Inc. We were well-schooled,’’ Shanklin said in a Dec. 30, 2007, AGN report.

    After graduating in 1965, Don Shanklin went on to attend and play football at Kansas University.

    Don Shanklin’s professional football career spanned 10 years, beginning in 1969, when he was a 10th round draft pick for the Philadelphia Eagles. He played in the Canadian Football League, the Atlantic Coast Conference and the World Football League.

    In his later years, Don Shanklin was a professional golfer.

    Don Shanklin remains on the list of greatest football players in Amarillo history. He was named second team All-Big Eight running back in 1966, and led KU in total yards in the 1966-68 seasons. He also was awarded Most Valuable Player of the 1969 Orange Bowl.

    As the oldest of 12 brothers and sisters, Don Shanklin wanted to be an example for his siblings by getting an education and striving for greatness.

    “I wanted to be a role model for my brothers and sisters, because I had learned the way to get out was to get an education,” Shanklin said. “You had to focus on what you are doing.”

    And according to past AGN files, younger brother Ronnie Shanklin followed in his big brother’s footsteps.

    Ronnie Shanklin attended school at Carver High School in the 1960s and excelled in track, basketball and football. He earned a track scholarship to North Texas State University after graduating in 1966, but ended up playing football.

    He was the school’s all-time leader in career receiving yards, and his 31 touchdown receptions still stand as the North Texas record. He still ranks among the top 10 in seven other school receiving lists — a rare feat in the current era of pass-oriented offenses, according to AGN files.

    Ronnie Shanklin was the second selection of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970 NFL draft.

    He went on to earn All-Pro honors and a place in the Pro Bowl in 1971. He also helped the Steelers to a world title with a 16-6 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IX.

    He retired from the NFL with the Chicago Bears in 1976, and would later coach at North Texas State and the University of Houston.

    Shanklin was twice named All-Missouri Valley Conference and was inducted into the North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986.

    Ronnie Shanklin, died on April 17, 2003, at the age of 54.

    Donald “Don” Shanklin, died on Aug. 30, 2009, at the age of 62.

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