HUDSON — The West Coast Soldiers adult amateur football team will play in the National Football Events’ Tangerine Bowl this on Jan. 19 at Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs. The Soldiers will face the Connecticut Brawlers of the New England Football League. Kickoff for the clash between the Sailors and the NEFL club is slated for noon.
The Lake Brantley stadium is at 991 Sand Lake Road.
This would mark the third consecutive season that the Soldiers take part in the national bowl game event before beginning their regular season play. The Soldiers reached the Florida Champions Football League’s conference championship game once again and this time faced the Orlando Phantoms. West Coast ended up falling just short on reaching the FCFL championship game.
The Soldiers have made the postseason since their inception back in 2013, in which they went 2-8 and qualified for the UFFOA’s playoffs. West Coast lost 48-26 to the Florida Stingrays in the 2017 UFFOA championship, which was also played at Lake Brantley High.
West Coast will start off the regular season against the Dunedin Pirates on Feb. 1, on the road at Dunedin High School. Returning as the head coach is Troy Ruthruff, who’s also been a high school assistant at Gulf High School and Land O’ Lakes High School, is returning as West Coast’s head coach. The Soldiers switched leagues, to the Florida Football Alliance, for the 2020 season. The FFA has 16 teams throughout the state of Florida.