WSFL semi-pro championship

Trevor Rice of Ellensburg will be playing in Saturday’s Washington State Football championship on Saturday at Kittitas Secondary School. The Eastern Washington Coyotes host the King County Predators at 4 p.m.

The NFL preseason kicked off on Thursday with the Hall of Fame game between the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons, getting football fans in the spirit for what’s coming down the road.

Area football fans have a chance to see some live football on Saturday before the local high school and college programs get underway with their 2019 seasons.

The up-start Eastern Washington Coyotes host the King County Predators in the Washington State Football League championship game at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Kittitas Secondary School.

The Eastern Washington Coyotes are a local semi-pro football team consisting of players ranging from 20 to 40 years old. They have 15 veterans from the former Yakima Mavericks like owner/player Scott Millenbach, who played with the Mavericks a few years ago. Former Central Washington University players Daniel Gannon and Coy Chrittenden are also on the roster, along with Trevor Rice of Ellensburg.

“I’m 32, but I still love playing the game,” Millenbach said. “We have a few young guys that are trying to put enough film together so they can maybe can’t catch on at some college or junior college.

“We have other guys that used to play in high school and college ball and just want to keep on playing as long as they can.”

Rice played basketball in high school, never did play Bulldog football. But now as a 6-foot-4, 230-pound, 20-year-old, he has the opportunity to play organized football for the first time.

Despite being just another struggling alternative football league, you just never know who your watching out there. The Yakima Mavericks (2005 to 2016) had a pretty nice run with a fair amount of talent. Mavs place kicker and punter Joe Smith made team history in 2008 when he signed an NFL contract with the New York Jets. The former Central Washington All-American spent three weeks in camp before being released.

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