GEFA History

GEFA History

PFL/6

In early 2005, Bill Wrobble was starting an 11 man team.  The new 11 man team would be called the North Penn Energy.  Wrobble shopped the new team to numerous leagues but couldn’t find the right fit.  He brought in Bill Smith and John Thellion to help market this new team. Not really getting anywhere with the leagues in the area, Bill Smith decided to shop the team to a 5 man league in Texas that was looking to expand out east.  After several meetings with the league owners in Texas things went sour and the three pulled out of the league.

On June 24, 2005 the three met in Bloomsburg to discuss what to do with the team.  John Thellion threw out the idea of starting their own six (6) man league consisting of two teams, the North Penn Energy and Susquehanna Valley Stallions.  Once everyone agreed the Pennsylvania Football League (PFL/6) was born. The league was run by a Board of Commissioners (Thellion, Wrobble, and Smith) to make sure there was a balance in leadership and not one person had too much power.

The first season consisted of five games amongst the two teams; two home, two away, and one game each vs the Mount Gretna Mountaineers, ending with an All-Star clash. The inaugural game in PFL/6 history was played on August 6th, 2005 with the Stallions traveling to Millersburg to take on the North Penn Energy.  Susquehanna Valley won the game 35-14.  The Stallions would finish the season 5-0 while the Energy finished 3-2. The Stallions hosted the Energy in Bloomsburg for the inaugural Keystone Bowl on September 17th.  Susquehanna Valley would go on to win Keystone Bowl I, 35-7.

Travis Wrobble stepped away as a member of the Board of Commissioners in 2006 and was replaced by Frank Susino and Jim Gibson.  In Keystone Bowl II the Bayshore Celtics defeated the Middleton Maniax.

In 2007, Bill Smith stepped down from the Board and was replaced by Eric Roush and Zane Simpson before the 2008 season.  Also, the now, Bayshore Brawlers were named GEFA champions for the second straight year as the team defeated the Williamsport Wildcats in Keystone Bowl III in the highest scoring championship game to this day.

In 2008, the Board of Commissioners approved the move from a six (6) man league to a seven (7) man league.  At the time the league was going strong and had grown from the original two teams to now ten teams.  After fighting back to the championship game for the second year in a row, the Williamsport Wildcats finally got over the mountain defeating the Lykens Thunder in Keystone Bowl IV.  At the time that was the largest point difference (40) in Keystone Bowl history.

A year later (2009) the league changed yet again, this time from a seven (7) man league to an eight (8) man league.  Also, January of that year the league changed its name.  It would no longer be called the PFL/6.  The name change would reflect what the league’s mission would be.  To take over the east coast, not just in Pennsylvania but the east coast of the country.  The league would now be called what it is today, the Great Eastern Football Association.    2009 also saw its first three time champion with the Bayshore Brawlers defeating the Millville Marauders in Keystone Bowl V.

Those early years of the league, 2005-2009, would be referred to as Football Camelot.

GREAT EASTERN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

In 2010, a lot of changes began to happen that would change the league’s landscape forever.  The Board of Commissioners dissolved when the last of the original three, John Thellion, was voted out.  Zane Simpson would redo the board and become the league’s first President.  The Back Mountain Mayhem defeated the Schuylkill County Wolfpack in Keystone Bowl VI.

2011 brought in new faces and new places such as the Mountain Top Reapers, Harrisburg Sharks, and the Wilkes-Barre Vipers.  In Keystone Bowl VII the Schuylkill County Wolfpack defeated one of those upstart teams, the Dubois Mountain Lions.

In its eighth season of play, and the leadership of new President, Mark Whitney, the League continued to take steps to improve its business model.  The Dubois Mountain Lions defeated the Harrisburg Sharks, 34-30, in Keystone Bowl VIII.

2013 brought in a new President, Rick Lash.  Inner conflicts within his own organization prevented him from finishing his term as President. Vice President Lester Smeal would finish it.  In Keystone Bowl IX the Harrisburg Sharks dropped their second straight championship, this time to the Susquehanna Valley Seminoles, 38-37.

The 10th anniversary season saw an unlikely team emerge and upset a powerhouse in Keystone Bowl X.  In what many believed may have been the greatest championship ever, the Mount Joy Cyclones defeated the Dubois Mountain Lions.

In 2015, the Great Eastern Football Association was granted 501c3 non profit status.  Dubois Mountain Lions got their rematch vs the Mount Joy Cyclones, winning 65-24, claiming their second Keystone Bowl championship.

Over the next couple of seasons, the GEFA has continued to grow.  The Mount Joy Cyclones have claimed the League’s first ever three-peat.  The League has also seen new teams emerge in the Keystone Bowl scene such as the Mifflin County Tomahawks (Keystone Bowl XII & XIII) and the Moshannon Valley Vikings (Keystone Bowl XIV).

With common goals of providing a “pro like” experience for our players and coaches and developing our talent to play at the next level while supporting our communities, the GEFA is here to stay.

Team History

Anthracite Reapers

(2011-16)

Back Mountain Mayhem

(2010-11)

Bay Shore Brawlers

(2007-09)

Danville Demons

(2008)

Harrisburg Sharks

(2011-13)

Haven Warhawks

(2014-15)

Huntingdon County Elite

(2014-15)

Morrisdale Stormrunners

(2013-15)

Montour County Bucks

(2016)

South Central Raptors

(2008)

Panther Valley BreakerBoys

(2011-15)

Railroad City Bandits

(2016)

Schuylkill County Wolfpack

(2010-12)

Summit Hill Tigers

(2009-10)

Susquehanna Valley Seminoles

(2012-14)

Susquehanna Valley Stallions

(2005-10)

Wilkes-Barre Vikings

(2011-12)

2005 – North Penn Energy, Susquehanna Valley Stallions
2006 – Lykens Thunder, Williamsport Wildcats, Bayshore Celtics, Middletown Maniax, North Penn Energy, Susquehanna Valley Stallions
2007 – Sunbury Devils, Bayshore Brawlers (originally the Celtics), Lykens Thunder, Williamsport Wildcats, Middletown Maniax, North Penn Energy, Susquehanna Valley Stallions
2008 – Tri-Town Braves, South Central Raptors, Danville Demons, Sunbury Devils, Bayshore Brawlers, Lykens Thunder, Williamsport Wildcats, Middletown Maniax, Schuykill County Storm, Susquehanna Valley Stallions
2009 – Millheim Flying Dutchman, Bucks County Broncos, Tri-Town Braves, Lewisburg Knights, Sunbury Devils, Bayshore Brawlers, Williamsport Wildcats, Middletown Maniax, Susquehanna Valley Stallions, Millville Marauders, Tamaqua Tigers, Elizabethtown Mustangs
2010 – Back Mountain Mayhem, Schuykill County Wolfpack, Mifflin County Tomahawks (originally Flying Dutchman), Bucks County Broncos, Tri-Town Braves, Lewisburg Knights, Sunbury Devils, Williamsport Wildcats, Middletown Maniax, Millville Marauders, Mount Joy Cyclones, Summit Hill Tigers (originally Tamaqua), Elizabethtown Mustangs
2011 – Dubois Area Mountain Lions, Wilkes-Barre Vipers, Back Mountain Mayhem, Schuykill County Wolfpack, Mifflin County Tomahawks, Bucks County Broncos, Tri-Town Braves, Sunbury Devils, Williamsport Wildcats, Millville Marauders, Mount Joy Cyclones, Harrisburg Sharks, Mountain Top Reapers, and Panther Valley Breaker Boys, Elizabethtown Mustangs, Morrisdale Storm Runners
2012 – Dubois Area Mountain Lions, Schuykill County Wolfpack, Mifflin County Tomahawks, Tri-Town Braves, Hazleton Spartans,  Susquehanna Valley Seminoles, Williamsport Wildcats, Millville Marauders, Wilkes-Barre Vipers, Mount Joy Cyclones, Harrisburg Sharks, Mountain Top Reapers, Panther Valley Breaker Boys, Elizabethtown Mustangs, Morrisdale Storm Runners
2013 – Dubois Area Mountain Lions, Mifflin County Tomahawks, Tri-Town Braves, Susquehanna Valley Seminoles, Williamsport Wildcats, Port Matilda Flash, Mount Joy Cyclones, Harrisburg Sharks, Mountain Top Reapers, Panther Valley Breaker Boys, Elizabethtown Mustangs, Morrisdale Storm Runners, Lancaster Outlaws, NEPA Shock
2014 – Dubois Area Mountain Lions, Schuykill County Predators, Mifflin County Tomahawks, Tri-Town Braves, Susquehanna Valley Seminoles, Williamsport Wildcats, Port Matilda Flash, Mount Joy Cyclones, Mountain Top Reapers, Panther Valley Breaker Boys, Morrisdale Storm Runners, Hazleton Devils, Altoona Elite, Anthracite Diamondbacks, Lancaster Outlaws, Columbia County Phantoms
2015 – Dubois Area Mountain Lions, Schuykill County Predators, Mifflin County Tomahawks, Tri-Town Braves, Mount Carmel Tigers, Williamsport Wildcats, Port Matilda Flash, Mount Joy Cyclones, Mountain Top Reapers, Panther Valley Breaker Boys, Cumberland Valley Hitmen, Morrisdale Storm Runners, Haven War Hawks, Hazleton Devils, Altoona Elite, Lancaster Outlaws, Columbia County Phantoms
2016 – Dubois Area Mountain Lions, Mifflin County Tomahawks, Mount Joy Cyclones, Montour County Bucks, MoShannon Valley Vikings, State College Flash (originally Port Matilda), Mount Carmel Tigers, Tri-Town Braves, Williamsport Wildcats, Rail City Bandits, Haven War Hawks, Anthracite Reapers, Cumberland Valley Hitmen, Columbia County Phantoms, Lancaster Outlaws, Upper Dauphin Comanche, Carlisle Venom, Schuykill County Predators, Wyoming Valley Warriors, NEPA Shock
2017 – Dubois Area Mountain Lions, Mifflin County Tomahawks, Mount Joy Cyclones, MoShannon Valley Vikings, State College Flash, Coal Region Tigers (originally Mount Carmel), Tri-Town Braves, Williamsport Wildcats, Cumberland Valley Hitmen, Columbia County Phantoms, Lancaster Outlaws, Upper Dauphin Comanche, Schuykill County Predators, Wyoming Valley Warriors, NEPA Shock, Benton Maniacs, Jefferson County Jaguars


Officer History

2005 – Board of Commissioners: John Thellion, Travis Wrobble, Bill Smith
2006 – Board of Commissioners: John Thellion, Travis Wrobble, Bill Smith
2007 – Board of Commissioners: John Thellion, Bill Smith, Frank Susino, Jim Gibson
2008 – Board of Commissioners: John Thellion, Bill Smith, Eric Roush, Frank Susino, Jim Gibson, Zane Simpson
2009 – Board of Commissioners: John Thellion, Eric Roush, Frank Susino, Jim Gibson, Zane Simpson
2010 – President: Zane Simpson Vice President: Lester Smeal
2011 – President: Rick Lash*/Lester Smeal Vice President: Mark Whitney
2012 – President: Mark Whitney Vice President: Jim Gibson
2013 – President: Mark Whitney Vice President: Darren Winters
2014 – President: Mark Whitney Vice President: Darren Winters**/Zane Simpson
2015 – President: Zane Simpson Vice President: James Wyatt
2016 – President: Brian Rodgers Vice President: Justin McNulty
2017 – President: Brian Rodgers Vice President: John Shoup
2018 – President: James Simerson Vice President: Brent Melhorn

*Rick Lash was removed from President in 2011 when he failed to finish the year as President.
**Darren Winters was removed from Vice President in 2014 when the Mustangs moved to another league.

Owners History

Travis Wrobble – North Penn Energy
John Thellion – Susquehanna Valley Stallions
Jim Gibson – Williamsport Wildcats
Tom Boothe – Lykens Thunder
Frank Susino/Will Smith – Bayshore Brawlers
John Merchinsky – Sunbury Devils
Matt Gerdy – Danville Demons
Charles Funson – Millville Marauders
Spencer Rappaport – Wilkes-Barre Vipers
Travis Grobes – Back Mountin Mayhem
Willis Spotts – Skuykill County Wolfpack
Craig Harter – Harrisburg Sharks
Paul Tower – Huntingdon Elite
James Cuse – Haven Warhawks
Wes Pruit – Mountain Top Reapers
Warren Hiles – Summer Hill Tigers
Scott Reese – Panther Valley Breaker Boys
Zane Simpson – Susquehanna Valley Seminoles
Joshua James – South Central Raptors
Greg  Briigade – Schuylkill County Storm
Coaches of the Year
Year Northern Conference Southern Conference
2006 Will Smith – Celtics Michael Roush – Maniax
2007 Frank Susino – Brawlers Michael Roush – Maniax
Eastern Conference Western Conference
2008 Tom Boothe – Thunder Jim Gibson – Wildcats
Mountain Conference  Penn-Jersey Conference
2009 Charles Funson – Marauders Frank Susino – Brawlers
2010 Marty Evans – Mayhem Willis Spotts – Wolfpack
2011 Bill Clark – Mountain Lions Willis Spotts – Wolfpack
Mountain Conference Valley Conference
2012 Jim Gibson – Wildcats Rick Lash – Sharks
2013 Zane Simpson – Seminoles Corey Jett – Sharks
2014 Brian Rodgers – Tomahawks Justin McNulty – Predators
2015 Bill Clark – Mountain Lions
2016 Brian Rodgers – Tomahawks Ron Kerr – Hitmen
2017 Thor Marlow – Vikings
2018 Thor Marlow – Vikings Brent Melhorn – Cyclones
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