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  Bellevue/Eastside Express (1984-1988)

Years of Operation: 1984-1988

 

Overall Record

 

First Game: July 14, 1984 vs Spokane Fury

 

First Win: July 14, 1984 vs Spokane Fury

 

Final Game: Nov 5, 1988 vs Pierce County Bengals

 

League Affiliation:  

Northwest Football Alliance (1984-1987)

Northwest Football League (1988)

 

 

Team Headquarters: Bellevue, WA

Owner: Dee Strong

 

General Manager:

 

Coaches: Richard Harris (HC 1984-85, Asst 1988); Ron Howard (84, 86); Eddie McMillan (85); Don Testerman (85); Art Kuehn (85-86); Sherman Smith (85-86); Steve Meyer (Asst 85, HC 1986, 88); Doug Long (86); Ron East (86); Dennis Boyd (86); Ron Fitzgerald (HC-1987); Bob Couch (87); Tony Softli (DC-87); Walt Benz (87); Pat Fitzgerald (87); Scott Fitzgerald (87); Wayne Dickens (AC-88); Steve Myer (HC-1988)

 

Home Field(s): Renton Stadium, Mariner Stadium

Titles Won

1988 Northwest Football League Champions

 

 

 

Honors

Tony Softli - 2011 GNFA Hall of Fame

 

All-League


All-America

 

Dee Strong, an ex Iowa Hawkeye and Washington County Grizzly player purchased the gear from Grizzly owner Dr. Nash in 1984 and used it to start up the Bellevue Express.

 

The team adopted "Eastside" prior to the 1985 season.  Long-time NWFL'er Dave Broussard tied a then-NWFL record with a  57-yard FG against Spokane.  Ironically, a week later, Spokane's Rik Pearson broke the record with a 59-yard effort.

 

In a 9/13/1986 matchup with the Blue Knights, hard-nosed fullback Daryl Brown smashed in for 2 TD's to lead the Express in a 32-6 victory on 16 carries for 146 yards.

 

After the Auburn Panthers disbanded, the Northwest Football League reformed from the ashes of the NFA and Eastside finally became top dog of the league.

 

After winning the NWFL Championship in 1988, Worth Skinner purchased the team and immediately removed it from the NWFL for the newly formed Minor League Football System (MLFS) which attempted to become an NFL feeder league.  The team became the Seattle/Tacoma Express.

 

Key Players in 1988:  QB- AD Stinson, RB- Marvin Johnson, WR- Donnie Moorhead, WR- Calvin Yarborough, OL- Jake Moore, OL- Joe Johnson, DB- Lewayne Foster, LB- Matt Reoh

 

 

 

1984 Schedule/Results (7-6):

 
July 14 - Spokane Fury 22-13
July 29 - Auburn Panthers 6-12OT
Aug 4 @ Spokane Fury 0-36
Aug 11 - West Seattle Warhawks 36-6
Aug 19 - Auburn Panthers 30-31
Aug 25 - Spokane Fury 8-28
Sep 1 - Skagit Valley Raiders 14-26
Sep 9 - Snohomish Blue Knights 37-7
Sep 22 - Peninsula Pioneers 42-20
Sep 29 - West Seattle Warhawks 34-0
Oct 6 - Seattle Cavaliers 30-8
Oct 13 - Clark County Grizzlies 45-11
Oct 27 @ Spokane Fury * 16-32
   
1985 Schedule/Results (4-2):  
July 27 - Spokane Fury 10-3
Aug 3 @ Auburn Panthers  
Aug 10 - West Seattle Warhawks 6-2
   
Aug 24 @ Spokane Fury 7-20
Sep 15 - Seattle Cavaliers 9-0
Sep 21 - West Seattle Warhawks 8-27
Sep 28 - Auburn Panthers  
Oct 5 - Salem Pioneers 34-49
   
1986 Schedule/Results (4-4):  
July 19 @ Auburn Panthers 14-33
Aug 3 - Seattle Cavaliers 41-0
Aug 23 - West Seattle Warhawks 7-6
Sep 6 - Auburn Panthers 10-28
Sep 13 - Snohomish Blue Knights 32-6
Sep 20 @ Seattle Cavaliers 35-3
Oct 18 - West Seattle Warhawks 7-10OT
Oct 25 - Auburn Panthers * 0-28
   
1987 Schedule/Results (1-4):  
July 25 @ Auburn Panthers 0-55
Aug 1 @ Seattle Cavaliers  
Aug 8 - Southside Warhawks  
Aug 22 - Seattle Cavaliers 38-0
Sep 5 - Auburn Panthers 7-42
Sep 12 @ Southside Warhawks  
Sep 26 @ Seattle Cavaliers 0-7
Oct 10 @ Auburn Panthers 10-34
   
1988 Schedule/Results (12-0):  
July 30 @ Southside Warhawks (Hi-Yu Cup)  
Aug 13 NWFL Jamboree  
Aug 20 @ Snohomish Blue Knights  
Aug 27 @ Southside Warhawks  
Sep 3 @ Salem Pioneers  
Sep 10- -West Seattle Steelers  
Sep 17 @ Pierce County Bengals  
Sep 24 - Snohomish Blue Knights  
Oct 1 @ Southside Warhawks L FFT
Oct 8 - Salem Pioneers  
Oct 15 @ West Seattle Steelers  
Oct 22 - Pierce County Bengals  
Oct 29 - West Seattle Steelers *  
Nov 5 - Pierce County Bengals ** 14-0
   
   
   
   
   
   
 

 

*NFA/NWFL Playoffs

 

** NWFL Championship

 
   
   

 

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