Larry Taylor, Scott Manley & Rob Powers will play for the Sioux City Stampede on Saturday.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
Sioux City's newest football team is about to play their first game. The Sioux City Stampede is a semi-pro team that will play outdoors, with 11 players and NFL rules. They open the season Saturday in Sioux Falls.
The Stampede are a part of the Midwest Football Alliance, which also includes teams in Sutherland and Pomeroy. Sioux City has an eight game schedule and will play their four home games at Leeds Field.
The team started with modest goals, but those goals have grown.
"Three months ago, don't know where we would have been," said head coach Jason Garnand. "But right now after the practices and seeing the talent, the guys and the players and the coaches and the owners, just everybody having this feeling to make this thing successful, the postseason is definitely a goal for this season."
"I've been playing semi-pro ball for six or seven years, we kind of always wanted to get something going for Sioux City," said. "We knew there was a market for it, we knew there was athletes for it."
About 150 players tried out for the Stampede but just 52 players made the roster. About 80 percent of the players have some college experience. Even though it's called semi-pro the players are not paid and even pay a fee to be on the team.
They play because they love football.
"I actually just came back from playing indoor football in Philadelphia. My team folded so I came back home," said running back Larry Taylor. "They were here so why not get on the team. There's no point wasting my talent sitting home on the couch."
"Coming from high school, I was definitely one of the leaders on our team," said quarterback Scott Manley. "And then you go somewhere like here where everyone's got experience and everyone's a good leader, it's kind of a nice mesh."
After Saturday's opener in Sioux Falls, the Stampede travels to the Quad Cities on May 10th. The home opener is Saturday May 17th at 7 o'clock against Des Moines. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for kids.
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