by Nic Ryder

The Cedar Rapids River Kings have signed defensive back Damante Horton to its 2019 roster. 

Horton (5’10”, 195) is a Washington State alum. Playing four years as a Cougar, he finished his career playing in 43 total games and totaling 121 tackles with 93 solos and 28 assists. Horton was named to the 2011 All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention list, and named to Phil Steele’s All-Pac-12 Conference Second Team. He tied for the Pac-12 lead with four interceptions that same year, including an interception in four consecutive games. He had three tackles and returned an interception for 76 yards for a touchdown to earn WSU Defensive Player of the Week and Big Play honors in a game against number seven Oregon. 

As a senior Horton tallied 49 total tackles, 42 of which were solos. He had three interceptions on the season, two of which came during a Cougar upset of number 22 USC and one he returned 70 yards for a touchdown. That, and two tackles for loss for 12 total yards, earned him Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week and Athlon’s National Defensive Player of the Week honors. 

Horton is from Oakland, California where he played football for Oakland High School. He was named First-Team All-Oakland Athletic League and First-Team All-East Bay after recording more than 100 tackles on defense. 

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The Cedar Rapids River Kings (formerly the Titans) will take the field for their eighth season of operations in 2019 and their first under the new ownership of Roy Choi and Matt Stone with General Manager Ryan Eucker at the helm. Cedar Rapids joined the IFL as an expansion team in the 2012 season. They play their home games at the U.S. Cellular Center and have made four playoff appearances (2013-16) with two trips to the conference championship game (2013, 2014). Tickets and Partnerships are available for the 2019 season. For more information visit goriverkings.com. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (@goriverkings).


The Indoor Football League (IFL) will begin its eleventh season of play in the spring of 2019 and is led by Commissioner Mike Allshouse. The IFL was created in 2008 from a merger between the Intense Football League and the United Indoor Football Association. It’s member teams are located from Phoenix, Arizona to Green Bay Wisconsin. For more information about all things IFL, visit goifl.com or call the league office at 804-643-7277.