In 2004 The Inland Northwest Football League kicked
off with high hopes for eastern Washington, and for one season the
Yakima Scorpions were near the top, finishing with a 7-3 record.
But the off-season turmoil of lawsuits, unpaid bills caused a stir in
Yakima, and a revolt took place.
At least 35 players, coaches and staff left the
Scorpions organization in efforts to distance themselves from team owner
Chuck Love. The new team formed was the Yakima Mavericks, and the
Scorpions struggled to field a team for the next two seasons.
The INWFL collapse forced the Scorpions to find
games where they could which would be the Portland teams of the
Northwest League and the lone INWFL competitor for the Scorpions, the
Kootenai County Eagles which formed in 2005.
The Scorpions staggered through the 2005 season
finishing 1-5. Seeking stability, an envoy of the team was sent to
talk with Dick Seuss of the Pacific Northwest Football Conference, but
the western Washington spring organization denied the Scorpions
membership due in large part to a number of unpaid bills in Yakima under
the team name.
Only one game was played in 2006 as the King County
Jaguars decimated the Scorpions whose players numbered only in the
Scorpions are no more 9/23/2004