In 2017 the Arizona Football League AzFL is bringing the game back to the far East Valley. Now players from Apache Junction, Gilbert, Mesa, Queen Creek and Chandler have their own local team.
In recent years our east valley teams went only as far east as Tempe and Scottsdale. To those East of the 101, that is the West side of the valley.
The Head Coach/Owner Michael Clauss and his wife Joby have started something they believe will be around for years to come. A home team for the younger area players looking to put their name back in the recruiting circles for college. Also a place for veteran players to put the pads on and rekindle the brotherhood they left behind.
The team is accepting players for the February start of the 23rd season of AzFL play. Their first move was to pick up a top EV Coach and named Larry Cain, former HC at Gilbert Christian as their Offensive Coordinator.
Since then they have added a new Defensive Coordinator Dustin Watson and Special Teams Coach Derek Daniels. Together they all have experience on championship teams. They plan to build on that and bring the bling back to the EV. To see some photos from a recent practice, visit our AzFL Gallery.
Defending State Champs Tucson Demons
The off season for football players is the toughest time of all. No matter how your squad finished, you still have something to prove.
The champs from 2016 are back. The Tucson Demons won it all last seaon. Will they be ready for the challenge from the team they beat the Tempe Predators? Then you have their rivals from Scottsdale, the Crusaders waiting for their shot at a championship.
In all nine teams are getting ready for the Race for Gold in this the 23rd season for the Arizona Football League. The CRU, Preds along with the West Valley Head Hunters have been in some title games. They won some and lost some. Each believes this is their year.
Throw in the Cave Creek Dragons, East Valley Vengeance, Peoria Raiders, Prescott Valley Patriots and the Tucson Punishers to make it interesting. They all want a piece of the pie.
Each team has added new players, coaches and taken a hard core attitude in their off season preparation. I for one cannot wait. To learn about each team, visit our team link at the top of the page.