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Cobras snap 2-game skid with 41-0 blowout win

 

Royal A. Shepherd, Director (@RoyalShepherdFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – After losing their last two games, the Capital City Cobras made a statement to the rest of the APDFL — we’re not dead yet. The Cobras put up 33 points in the first half en route to a 41-0 massacre over the Emerald Coast Scorpions Saturday at Godby High School. 

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Cobras quarterback Dion Graham scrambles away from pressure during the Cobras 41-0 win over the Emerald City Scorpions.

After losing quarterback Brandon Parks to injury, the Cobras turned to a familiar face to guide the offense. 36-year old veteran Dion Graham again was called to action and returned to the tune of five touchdown passes. The former Thomasville Bulldog QB, who still holds several records at the school including career passing touchdowns (60) and career completion percentage (58.6%), provided just the spark the team had been looking for. 

“Like I told them, it’s not that I’m back — I was just late,” Graham said. “They’ve been waiting on me and I just came to give my teammates what they have been waiting on.”

The team responded with its most dominant performance of the season. Their 41 points mark the team’s highest scoring total of the year and the defense posted its second home game shutout in as many games. 

Graham said the win came at the right time for the club. For a team that is not accustomed to losing streaks, dropping two games in a row puts a lot of older players in unfamiliar territory.

“This win just taught us that the train is still rolling and that we’re not out of it,” Graham said. “Two losses can take a little bit out of a team, but a win like this can pump the air right back in us.”

Head coach Antonio Ivey was visibly excited to get his team back on the winning track. His enthusiasm throughout the game was echoed by his players, who once again played with the moxie and confidence that has become their identity. 

“It was everything I needed. They did everything I asked them to,” Ivey said. “I asked for them to give me maximum effort, leave it all on on the field, and the scoreboard speaks for itself.”

He said the team has a point to prove and will spend the rest of the season putting the league on notice.

“It lets them know that our missing piece is back,” Ivey said. “A lot of teams have missing links too, but tonight shows that we are back to where we are supposed to be and a force to be reckoned with.”

The have a bye week and will use the time to recover from nagging injuries. They return to action April 8 in Orlando against the UMOJA Dragons. 

VIDEO UPDATE: Capital City Cobras open season with blowout win

Royal A. Shepherd, Director (@RoyalShepherdFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –

The Capital City Cobras opened their season with a 34-0 opening day massacre of the Alabama Spartans. Head coach Antonio Ivey, offensive coordinator Brandon Robinson, quarterback Brandon Parks and defensive back Jarrod Marable give their thoughts after the game.

 

Sports Brief: Capital City Cobras to play first home game of the season

Royal A. Shepherd, Director (@RoyalShepherdFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –Tallahassee’s own semi-pro football team is set to take the field for the first time of the 2017 season. Head coach Antonio Ivey and the Capital City Cobras will face the Alabama Spartans at Godby High School on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Their Feb. 18 game against the First Coast Fire of Jacksonville was canceled, making this the first time Ivey will see his new team in action against another squad.

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Capital City Cobras quarterback Dion Graham looks over the defense in the first half. The Cobras defeated the Pensacola Bay Spartans 22-8 in the first round of the Amateur to Professional Developmental Football League playoffs in 2015.

The Cobras are in their fourth year as members of the  Amateur to Professional Developmental League. The league is for players ranging in age from 18 to 30 looking for a second chance at either the collegiate or professional level, according to the APDFL website. The inaugural season was in 2013 and started with 18 teams. Today, it has 27 teams across five states, including Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Louisiana and Florida. 

In 2016, the team went 11-2, advancing all the way to second round of the playoffs before being defeated by the Opelika Chiefs 48-20. They will start the season ranked fourth in the league’s power rankings.

The Cobras roster features several notable names from the area. Former Louisville and Lincoln standout Travis Norton plays cornerback for the team. Godby’s own Jarvis “Boogaloo” Davis, Lavon Downs and Keith McCaskill all dawn Cobra jerseys. Tay Bennet from Monticello and William Sweets of East Gadsden round out the area players on this roster. 

Both Tallahassee universities are also represented on the team. Freddie Pompey and JuaQuinn Timmons are former Florida A&M players. Leon High School and Florida State quarterback Brandon Parks is also on the team along with former FSU linebacker Dorian Earley.

South Georgia names like Fred Holton and Jarrod Marble can also be found on a stacked Cobras team. More information can be found on the Capital City Cobras Facebook page.

Tickets are $3 for children ages 3-11 and $7 for patrons 12 and older.  They may also be purchased at the gate.