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.
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.