The Wolverines are a Non-Profit, Christian owned, Minor League Football organization. Founded in 2003 by President and Owner Kendrick Johnson , the Wolverines have become a perennial power in Minor League Football.
The Wolverines have exceeded even the most ambitious expectations for an expansion franchise. In the first year the team posted a 9 win season before falling to the former OVFL champion, Bowling Green Blitz, in the playoffs.
This initial success built the foundation for a story book 2004 season. The Wolverines, while still unheralded in the national rankings, began the season on a hot streak. The Wolverines ran off seven consecutive victories at one point, including a couple of thrilling upsets, in route to climbing to #1 in the National 2A Minor League Football Rankings. These rankings, released by Minor League Football News, encompass over 300 teams throughout the country.
The only blemish on the season, a loss at Indianapolis, was over came by advancing to and hosting the league championship game on October 16th, 2004. The Lima Warriors, ranked 9th nationally, came into North Hardin’s Trojan Field to battle for the Championship Trophy. After fighting for a 7-0 lead at halftime, the Wolverines were able to run away from the Warriors in the 2nd Half, winning 24-7. The win propelled the Wolverines to #5 in the final MLFN National Rankings.
Wolverines celebrate after 2004 O.V.F.L league championship
The 2005 season marked another successful year for the Wolverines. The Wolverines continued the tradition of excellence associated with the franchise; however Hardin County fell short of the goal of repeating as league champions. Riding the reputation of the championship team and an early season win streak, the Wolverines once again climbed to the top of the National Rankings. After two regular season losses, the playoff road led the Wolverines to the home of the archrival Evansville Vipers for a 2nd round match-up. The undefeated Vipers entered the game ranked #1 nationally, having defeated the Wolverines once already in the regular season. The Wolverines entered the game on a mission with a different script in mind for this meeting. Hardin County blitzed the Vipers, scoring at will in the first half, in route to building a 41-0 lead while coasting to an easy victory.
The conference championship game took the Wolverines on to Indianapolis. The Hoosier Hurricanes, sponsored by Reggie Wayne and Edgerrin James of the Indianapolis Colts, are known for their athleticism on the defensive side of the ball. The Wolverine season came to an end, one game short of the league championship, 20-3. The Hurricanes went on to win the league title and were invited to play in Florida for the Minor League Football News National Championship, beating an undefeated team from South Carolina 41-0.
Over the first 3 years of existence, the Wolverines have posted an overall record of 31 wins, 8 losses and 1 tie. With a winning percentage of nearly 79%, and being undefeated at home the last 2 seasons, the Wolverines are one the most successful athletic programs in the Kentucky region.
Wolverines QB Kendrick Johnson prepares for the snap during the Wolverines Charity Classic at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium
The 2006 football season saw the Wolverines success on the field as well as in the community continue to grow. On May 27th 2006, at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, KY (Memorial Day weekend) marked the first Annual Wolverines Charity Classic football Game. The Wolverines and other participant organizations took to the gridiron to aid Par For the Cure ( www.parforthecure.com ) Foundation and the United Way in raising funds for Breast Cancer research and touching lives of many. Par for the Cure, founded in 2005, is a charitable organization whose purpose is to generate and raise funds for Breast Cancer research. The Wolverines were able to donate over $5,000.00 for Par for the Cure and the United Way. The wolverines success continued on the football field as well. The wolverines spent nine weeks as the number 1 team in the nation according to the MLFN 2A rankings gaining the opportunity to play for the MLFN 2A National Championship. The wolverines were eventually moved up to play in the 3A National Title game. The Wolverines fell in the National Title game to the Ocala Thoroughbreds but it proved that the Wolverines could compete at the highest level in minor league football.