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The Hudson-based West Coast Soldiers amateur football team will play Jan. 19 in a bowl game, prior to the start of the Florida Champion Football League season.

HUDSON — The West Coast Soldiers, an adult amateur football team, will play in the National Football Events’ Tangerine Bowl on Jan. 19 at Lake Brantley High School, in Altamonte Springs.

The Soldiers will face the Michigan Patriots, of Detroit. The kickoff is slated for noon. The stadium is at 991 Sand Lake Road.

This will be the second consecutive season that the Soldiers are taking part in the national bowl game event before beginning their regular season play. The Soldiers reached the United Football Federation of America’s championship game once again and this time faced the Orlando Phantoms. West Coast ended up falling just short on a missed field goal attempt.

The Soldiers have made the postseason since their inception back in 2013, in which they went 2-8 and qualified for the United Football Federation of America’s playoffs. West Coast lost 48-26 to the Florida Stingrays, of Fort Myers, in the 2017 UFFOA championship, which was played at Lake Brantley.

West Coast will start off the regular season against the Orlando Phantoms on Feb. 2nd at its home field, Arthur Engle Park, off Denton Avenue.

Returning as the Soldiers’ head coach is Troy Ruthruff, who has also been a high school assistant coach, at Gulf and Land O’ Lakes.

The Soldiers have left the UFFOA and joined a new league, the Florida Champion Football League, for the 2019 season. The Pompano Beach-based FCFL has 22 teams throughout Florida.