Semi-professional football has made its way to Waldo County.

While the league may not rival that of the National Football League, the Mid Coast Falcons are one of the newest teams in the New England Football League (NEFL) this season. The Falcons officially were accepted into the NEFL in late February.

The Falcons play home games at Larrabee Field in Knox, where the Mount View High School varsity football team plays its home contests. The Falcons’ team colors are teal and black.

The Falcons currently are 1-1 on the season, falling 20-18 to the Northeastern Bulldogs July 17 and earning a 38-6 victory over the Seacoast Vipers July 24. The team plays an eight-game regular season, with the final game of the year scheduled to be played Sunday, Sept. 18.

Should the Falcons make the playoffs, the season “could extend through the first week of November,” said Mustang Youth Football League president Amy Brown.

Brown is pleased with the Falcons move to Waldo County and the team will not only be a driving force in the community, but also bring excitement to the area on the gridiron.

“The Mustang Youth Football League couldn’t be happier about the Mid Coast Falcons bringing their team to our area and calling our field their home field this season,” Brown said. “Having a semi-pro team playing locally not only benefits the local economy it also continues to build the already growing support from our communities toward all age levels of the game. The Mid Coast Falcons have offered their help to our youth league and school teams in various ways. They have offered to help with player camps, coaches’ clinics and even fundraising. We have seen such great things from our local football programs from youth all the way to high school that having a semi-pro team working with us and beside us can only increase our accomplishments. The Falcons have shown such great appreciation to the Knox Booster Club and MYFL. We believe their love of the game, sportsmanship and dedication will be a positive effect to our players, coaches and community.”

The head coach of the Falcons is Rich Mills, with general manager and team owner Kati Mills.

The Falcons are the second team from the state to join the league, with the Southern Maine Raging Bulls also competing in the AAA Division.

The NEFL began in 1994 with one division and four teams and now has 39 teams and nine divisions split into three classes: A, AA and AAA.

AAA teams typically are larger teams that can pull more players from larger areas, much the way Class A football works in the high school ranks. Comparably, AA is more like high school’s Class B football and the A teams more like Class C football.

The Falcons, Bulldogs and Vipers, along with the Notre Dame Cobras and the New England Hawks, make up the five-team “A” North Division.

The team is comprised of many players throughout the state and even features some local players who have played high school football in the last few years throughout the Midcoast.

Ages of players on the Falcons vary from 18 to 45.

The Falcons played on the road against the Hawks July 30 at Landry Stadium in Amesbury, Mass. The local squad’s next home game will be Sunday, Aug. 28 at 3 p.m., also against the Hawks.

Village NetMedia Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at mhaskell@villagesoup.com.