Minnesota Brawlers Team Gears Up for Season and Gets Involved in Community

MInnesota Brawlers Football

The Minnesota Brawlers semi-professional football team, based in the Greater Mankato and Southern Minnesota area, with members from all corners of the state and country, has just joined an elite semi-pro league called the Northern Elite Football League. The team has made an effort to not only step up their football game, but their volunteering game as well.

Head Coach Trever Coxworth said the team is making a concerted effort to get involved in the community to help youth and adults, focusing their efforts on personal and professional development and educational and career goals. They recently participated in an event and volunteered their services at a United Way event in Mankato at the Kato Ballroom. The United Way and its partner organizations have been in communication with the team, who plans to select multiple events and organizations to work with in the community throughout the season and during off season.

The Minnesota Brawlers will play exhibition and league-sanctioned games at various fields throughout the state, including in communities like Mankato, Saint Peter, Madelia and Nicollet and possibly some Twin Cities games in the near future. Games begin in April and season passes and tickets are now becoming available for games in Madelia on May 14 and 21 against the Sting and Minnesota Valley Warriors, on June 11 in Nicollet against North Bank Bulls and again in Madelia against the St. Paul Pioneers on June 18.

The NEFL is part of an elite group of five top northern regional semi-pro leagues. It is also on a national level with 20 other leagues in the country. The Brawlers will play two of the best teams in the North this season. There are several players that are former Minnesota State University, Mankato Mavericks.

Ray Bibbens, who also played for West High School in Mankato, is one of the star players who joined other contenders like Ryan Saumur from Long Beach, CA and Marques Parks from St. Louis, MO, both former Mavericks.

“We hope to make a name fore ourselves this season,” said Coxworth. “To beat the best, you need a solid team with a few stars and we have them. The goal this year is to win our league and push as far as we can.”

All things great are a struggle. The same is true in football.

“It won't be easy. All the teams at this level are tough. The Pioneers and Blaze both have won their leagues forever. But we have Ryan Saumur from Long Beach and he plays everything, linebacker, tight end, even kicks. He’s a beast and is always a handful. And the face of the Brawlers is Ray Bibbens. Nobody we play has a threat like Ray. And the only way he is stopped is if our line is beat up.“

Coxworth recalls last season.

“We had a great run last year in the Northern States League. We fell short only one game. That's the true test with us is depth at the line to last the entire season.”

For more information about the MN Brawlers football team and the upcoming season, contact Robert Lawson at 612-460-5851 or Trever Coxworth at 507-381-1901. Also visit for updates on the team. Find us on Facebook at


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