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On a Sunday night in June, roughly 20 semipro football players watched curiously as two vans from Natick-based JFK Transportation pulled up to Hollis Field in Braintree.
Twenty more players, wearing football gear, piled out. They were strangers.
A new franchise in the Eastern Football League was about to spring to life.
The Braintree Cowboys did not have enough players last season to field a competitive team in the Eastern Football League.
The Metro-West Mavericks struggled mightily through a 1-9 season and seemed on the verge of bowing out of the 2013 season too. Under the direction of Larry DeVoe, a semipro lifer, along with the generous support of owner Joe Gaylord and a handful of sponsors, the Metro-West Cowboys started the season 4-2.