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  Yakima Mavericks (2005 - Present)

Years of Operation: 2005 - Present

 

Overall Record:  42-23-1

 

First Game: Mar 26, 2005 vs Idaho Matadors

 

First Win: Mar 26, 2005 vs Idaho Matadors

 

Final Game:

 

League Affiliation:  

Evergreen Football League (2005 - 2008)

Washington Football League (2009-2010)

North American Football League Northwest (2009)

 

 

Team Headquarters: Yakima, WA

Owner:

 

General Manager: Nathan Soptich

 

Coaches: Lenny Abrhams

 

Home Field(s): Zaepfel Stadium; Naches HS

Titles Won

None

 

 

 

 

 

Honors

Joe Smith, 2005 EFL Special Teams MVP

 

All-League

Mike Sexton, QB (2005 All-Star)

Jesse Cardenas, FB (2005 All-Star)

Chris Alvarez, TE (2005 All-Star)

Tanner Johnston, WR (2005 All-Star)

Ian Zero, OL (2005 All-Star)

Todd Connell, DL (2005 All-Star)

Chris Vanamburg, LB (2005 All-Star)

Devin McDaniel, DB (2005 All-Star)

Joe Smith, P/K (2005 All-Star)

All-America

 

The Mavericks were created in 2005 when a majority of players and staff broke ties with the Yakima Scorpions and the Inland Northwest Football League.

 

Yakima joined the newly formed Evergreen Football League and has been a top team in the EFL every year making the championship game in 2008 falling short to their top nemesis Blue Mountain.

 

Place kicker and punter Joe Smith made team history in 2008 when he signed a contract with the New York Jets of the NFL.  The former Central Washington All-American spent three weeks in camp before being released.

 

The Mavs put their best team to date on the field in 2009 and seemed poised to run away with the Washington Football League.  Place kicker Joe Smith set a new GNFA record by drilling a 60-yard field goal on Apr 25. But, incidents during the season started to distract the team while Wenatchee wobbled one of the wheels and Spokane knocked it off in back to back weeks ending Yakima's run in the WFL semi-finals after being 8-0 and ranked #1.

 

Following the season, Nathan Soptich announced the Mavericks organization would compete in the summer-league North American Football League northwest division.  The season opener was a victory over the East County Blackshirts followed by a canceled home game against the Renegades when the Mavs field fell through.  The season would not go the way Soptich had hoped and on Sep 1, he pulled the plug on the summer experiment shutting down the team with 1-3-1 record.

 

Returning to the WFL the Mavericks were expected to be the force to contend with after going 2-0 to start the season, but a stumble against the Shockers started problems for the Mavericks in close games.  Okanogan took Yakima to overtime only to end in allegations of threats and the Commandos organization vowing never to play Yakima again.  The GNFA eventually suspended the Mavericks from a chance at the GNFA title.  That move was met with much consternation, but became a non-factor down the stretch as the Mavericks lost to Spokane and were awarded a forfeit from Columbia Basin.  Faced with a season finale against Wenatchee that Yakima had to win to get into the playoffs, the Rams proved too much and eliminated them from a playoff spot finishing the season at 4-4.

 

 

 

2005 Schedule/Results (9-2):

 
Mar 26 @ Idaho Matadors 55-0
Apr 2 @ Tri City Knights

6-3

Apr 9 - Wenatchee Rams 35-7
Apr 16 @ Columbia Basin Bulls 14-7
Apr 23 @ Palouse Thunder 35-6
Apr 30 - Walla Walla Stars 33-24
May 14 @ State Line Miners 35-7
May 21 - Spokane SaberCats 42-12
May 28 - Columbia Basin Bulls 60-6
June 4 @ Wenatchee Rams 26-27
June 11 - Tri City Knights 18-45
   
2006 Schedule/Results (5-5):  
Mar 19 - Columbia River Coyotes 33-0
Mar 25 @ Missoula Raptors 32-7
Apr 1 @ State Line Miners 10-3
Apr 8 - Spokane SaberCats 47-8
Apr 15 @ Blue Mountain Stars 32-39
Apr 22 - Tri City Knights 44-58
Apr 29 @Okanogan Commandos 14-17
May 6 @ Palouse Thunder 25-6
May 13 - Wenatchee Rams 22-29
May 20 - Blue Mountain Stars 24-14
   
2007 Schedule/Results (6-5):  
Mar 24 @ South Sound Shockers 15-33
Mar 31 @ Spokane SaberCats 32-3
Apr 7 - Palouse Thunder 42-13
Apr 14 @ State Line Miners 12-10
Apr 21 - Skagit Valley Lightning 37-8
Apr 28 - Okanogan Commandos 28-14
May 5 @ Tri City Knights 36-42
May 12 - Columbia Basin Riverhawks 38-8
May 19 @ Wenatchee Rams 10-13
May 26 - Blue Mountain Stars 13-35
June 2 @ Blue Mountain Stars * 3-47
   
2008 Schedule/Results (9-2):  
Mar 29 - Vancouver Vipers 12-6
Apr 5 - South Sound Shockers 28-21
Apr 12 @ Palouse Thunder 34-7
Apr 19 @ Wenatchee Rams 40-32
Apr 26 - Renton Ravens 24-7
May 3 - Skagit Valley Lightning 38-28
May 10 @ State Line Miners 26-16
May 17 @ Bellingham Bulldogs 38-10
May 24 - Blue Mountain Stars 21-38
June 14 - Okanogan Commandos * 16-13
June 21 @ Blue Mountain Stars ** 7-20
   
2009 Schedule/Results (8-2):  
Apr 4 @ Hells Canyon Thunder 41-0
Apr 11 - Blue Mountain Stars 31-28
Apr 18 - South Sound Shockers 28-3
Apr 25 @ North Sound Sting 43-7
May 2 @ Okanogan Commandos 12-6
May 9 - Spokane Wolfpack 20-2
May 16 - King County Jaguars 64-0
May 23 - Columbia Basin Riverhawks 24-6
May 30 @ Wenatchee Rams 16-24
June 6 - Spokane Wolfpack* 13-19
   
2009 Summer NAFL Schedule/Results (1-3-1)  
July 11 @ East County Blackshirts 24-21
July 18 - Southern Oregon Renegades PPD
Aug 1 @ Grays Harbor Bearcats 13-31
Aug 8 - West Sound Saints PPD
Aug 15 @ Southern Oregon Renegades 0-42
Aug 22 - Portland Raiders 12-28
Aug 29 - West Sound Saints ^ 10-10
Sept 12 - Grays Harbor Bearcats L FFT
Sept 19 - East County Blackshirts L FFT
Sept 26 - Southern Oregon Renegades L FFT
 ^ Overtime was skipped due to tempers  
   
2010 Schedule/Results (4-4):  
Mar 20 - Palouse Thunder 35-0
Mar 27 @ Hermiston Hurricanes 27-14
Apr 3 @ South Sound Shockers 14-21
Apr 10 - North Sound Sting 49-0
Apr 24 - Okanogan Commandos 26-23 OT
May 1 @ Spokane Wolfpack 6-12
May 8 - Grays Harbor Bearcats 23-26
May 15 @ Columbia Basin Riverhawks W FFT
May 22 - Wenatchee Rams 27-31
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 

 

*EFL/WFL Playoffs

 

**EFL Championship

 
   
   

 

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News Releases:

Punter Joe Smith signs with New York Jets

 

 
 
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