Ten Yard Fight played their first show in 1995 with vocalist Anthony "Wrench" Moreschi clad in a combination of football gear and punk rock clothing. After receiving positive feedback the band decided to become more serious. Ten Yard Fight began performing on the East Coast.

Having sold 1,000 demos, Ten Yard Fight teamed up with Big Wheel Recreation to release the Hardcore Pride 7" in 1996. The initial pressing sold out in less than a week, helping generate a buzz that resulted in the band's signing to Equal Vision. During that time they also released a split 7" with Fastbreak. The first result of the partnership was a compiling of the demo and Hardcore Pride 7" onto a single CD. Ten Yard Fight would next release an album entitled Back on Track. Lineup changes followed, as the group toured Europe and the United States through 1997 and 1998. In 1998, the band recorded six new songs that would later surface on The Only Way EP.

In between these releases TYF appeared on many different compilation recordings. On October 17th, 1999, TYF played their last show together with friends Bane, Reach the Sky, and In My Eyes. This show was at the Karma Club on Lansdowne Street as the Yankees and Red Sox were playing right across the street in the ALCS at Fenway Park. The final lineup of the band included Anthony Moreschi, guitarist John LaCroix (who started out playing bass), guitarist Tim Cossar (who later formed American Nightmare), bassist Brian "Clevo" Ristau, and drummer Ben Chused.

Anthony "Wrench" Moreschi - Vocals • Tim Cossar - Guitar • John Lacroix - Guitar • Brian "Clevo" Ristau - Bass • Ben Chused - Drums