The Midwest Defenders are a semi-professional eight-man adult football team coming to West Plains in the spring of 2020. Owned by a group of friends that do it for the love of the game, the Defenders want every home game to be a family friendly activity for everyone in West Plains and surrounding communities.

The team will have players from all over the region and invites anyone who would like to try out to attend the first open tryouts 2 p.m. Aug. 17 in West Plains. The tryouts will be held at Carmichael Field in West Plains, for a fee of $25.

Head coach is Daryl Baker from Springfield. Coach Baker will also be the offensive coordinator. He will be assisted by defensive coordinator Deonta Wade from Northwest Tennessee. The running backs and defensive line will be coached by Erik Butzin from Dallas, Texas. Charles Marks, originally from Cabool, will be the special teams, tight ends, and defensive ends coach. Charles is also a former assistant coach for Houston.

The Midwest Defenders will be a member of the Central Plains Football League (CPFL,) playing teams from Springfield, Joplin, Branson, Oklahoma, and Kansas. The CPFL has a history of good teams, high intensity, and high scoring football action.

“Our goal is to be able to give back to the community and various charitable organizations, but in order to do this we are currently looking for sponsors,” organizers said. Contact Coach Daryl Davis at 417-396-7982 for information about the team, tryouts, or sponsorship. You can also visit them on Facebook or at