By Fred Woods
Are you ready for some football? The Opelika Chiefs, local member of the APD Football League, open their season Sat., March 5, against the Alabama Blackhawks of Birmingham. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. at the Beulah High School Stadium.
The Chiefs, undefeated last year, are playing in a new league this year, and are excited about playing in the Amateur to Professional Developmental Football League (APDFL.)
Coached by Hunter Price, this year’s Chiefs squad has a large number of returnees from last year’s explosive squad whose offense averaged 38 points a game and whose defense gave up only 5.4 points.
The team also has a few skilled additions including exciting new quarterback Kyle Caldwell, Dadeville High School alumnus. On the defensive side keep an eye on Jamar Travis, a lineman who was on the AU 2010 national championship team.
The Alabama Blackhawks are a veteran team, having finished among the top teams in the APDFL last year. They are expected to be a tough opponent for our guys.
These men play because they love the game and hope to move up to a higher level of competition. The Chiefs play to win. Come and support them.
For those unfamiliar with the area, Beulah High School is 13.5 miles east of Opelika about three miles off Hwy. 29 on Lee Road 270. Driving time is 15 to 20 minutes from the center of Opelika.
Here are detailed directions from the corner of Second Ave. and N. 8th St. : Go east (2nd. Ave. becomes Samford becomes West Point Pkwy.) 3.3 miles to right across I-85 to second left (Hwy. 29N). Proceed 6.9 miles to left on Lee Road 270 ( El Gallo Mexican restaurant is on left). On LR 270, go 3.3 miles to Beulah High School on right. (Careful, there’s a four-way stop just before the school that’s not well marked.) Follow sign to stadium behind school.
See you there.