The EFL

Minor League football has many names, some choose to call it adult amateur, while others use the term Semi-Professional. The EFL considers itself to be a Minor League, our players are definitely not amateur, but do not get paid to play the game they love. Some play for the simple fact that they have not yet rid their bodies of the passion for playing the game, while others use our league as a stepping stone to the next level. Since our players do not get paid, they are able to maintain their NCAA eligibility. The EFL has players who range in age from 18-40, we welcome all potential players to try out for their local team, and see if they have what it takes to be an EFL player. With teams in 8 communities in 2 states, there may just be a team near you!

The early beginnings of the EFL: In the summer of 2003 EFL Co-Founders Jerrid Edgington & Greg Piper were teammates on a Semi-Pro football team. They often joked about giving other communities in the State of Washington a place to play competitive, full contact football. After further discussions, and some interest from teams in other areas in joining such a league, Edgington & Piper hung up their helmets, and began organizing the EFL. Not realizing the full extent of the work involved to start a league, the EFL's first season didn't get underway until 2005. In the summer of 2004 Greg Piper asked his longtime friend Jamie Waldo to come aboard the EFL, Dr. Waldo is a professor and football coach at Chadron State University in Chadron, NE. With the business law background that Jamie added to the mix, the "EFL Team" was in place.

Season One: With 8 teams in the league, the EFL officially kicked off in April 2005, with the very first EFL game being played in Spokane, WA between the Spokane SaberCats and the Walla Walla Stars. As the regular season wrapped up, the first annual Evergreen Bowl was played in Burbank, WA between the Tri-City Knights and the Walla Walla Stars, it was one of the most exciting games we have had the opportunity to be involved in. The lead in the game changed hands seven times before the Knights finally ended up winning. Walla Walla fought hard, right up until the final seconds of the game. The final game of 2005 was the EFL All Star Game, which was held in Spokane, WA in July 2005. The game pitted the Eastern Conference All-Stars VS. The Western Conference. The West came out with the victory, and season one went in the books.

Season Two: The EFL had 8 teams yet again in the league with one small change. The Moses Lake Bulls decided to take a year off and replacing them were the Okanogan County Commandos. The Commandos put to sleep several opinions that they wouldn't be a competitive team when they made the playoffs as the #4 seed. However their season came to an end when they traveled to take on the defending Champions, Tri-City Knights, but ended the year as a very successful first year team. The Blue Mountain Stars and the Wenatchee Valley Rams battled to an exciting overtime game where the Stars found themselves victorious in front of their home crowd in Burbank. Evergreen Bowl II was set with a rematch of the first years' Championship where the Tri-City Knights and the Blue Mountain Stars faced off for the crown jewel of the EFL. The Tri-City Knights found themselves on the winning end of that game with a final score of 41-28. The last game of the year was the EFL All Star Game which was played in Wenatchee at the Apple Bowl. The first half was a 14-14 tie but the Western All Stars prevailed by a score of 35-14.


 

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