Quarterback Nick Martino is the signal caller for the minor league West Coast Soldiers football team, which plays out of Hudson. Martino played his high school ball at Ridgewood.

HUDSON — The West Coast Soldiers minor league football team is going back to the playoffs this season, but will be doing it in a different league this time around.

West Coast qualified in reaching the Florida Champion Football League’s playoffs and will receive a first round bye week after finishing the regular season with a record of 8-1-1. The Soldiers will play either the Space Coast Tar Heels or the Miracle City Cougars in the second round of the postseason. The Soldiers are the No. 2 seed in the North Conference of the FCFL playoffs.

The Soldiers have made the postseason since their inaugural season, 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 in 2017 in the league’s championship game, which was played at Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs.

The following season, the Soldiers fell short again in the championship game against the Orlando Phantoms, played at Astronaut High School, in Titusville.

West Coast’s football team is filled with a contingent of former Pasco County prep players, including quarterback Nick Martino of Ridgewood and Chris Palasky of Gulf. Former Land O’ Lakes assistant Troy Ruthruff serves as the program’s head coach, along with former Gulf High assistant Tyshon Peters as the offensive coordinator.

The Soldiers are an adult amateur football team based in Hudson and play 11-on-11 full contact football. West Coast is a member of the Pompano Beach-based FCFL and for more information on the league, visit