Columbus Storm football team set to take center stage this spring


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Opelika Observer

Loaded with Division I talent and years of experience, the Columbus Storm Football Organization looks to leave a lasting impression this season, which begins in February. The Columbus Storm will take center stage in the APDFL (Amateur Professional Developmental Football League) this spring.
The Storm will open the season at Garrett-Harrison Stadium in Phenix City against the East Alabama Predators from Opelika, an established team that has been in existence since 2014.
Marqui Hawkins is a standout receiver from Carver High School that signed with the University of Florida. Having played against the best of the best, it should not take him long to get started early in the season. Starting quarterback Tarvaraska Davis comes into the season with experience at the collegiate level. Jamal Stickney, Teddy Gibson, JoJo Ray, Mike Swann and Marquise Hawkins II all have the potential be damaging in the passing game this Spring. DJ Moore, Octavius Smith and Sacory James Sr. will take lead in the running game to set the tone on the ground.
The defensive side of the ball has 5-star recruits across the board. Tjai Bryant is the captain of the defense and his ability to control the box at linebacker will prove to be pivotal with a tough schedule ahead. Travis Jones, TJ Moore and Jalen Taylor can shut down any offensive attack presented. While only giving up only one touchdown the entire preseason, it will be interesting to see how they match up against teams like the Orlando Phantoms, who can strike at any given time.
With the support of the community, the Columbus Storm Football Organization looks to bring family-oriented entertainment to the Tri-City area. Families will be able to bring their kids to the games during pre-game to receive autographs, pictures and face painting with the players.
For more information, visit Garrett-Harrison Stadium is located at the intersection of Summerville and Airport Road in Phenix City.


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