Just around the corner is the upcoming 2009 af2 season.
With the opening game tonight, the af2 will kick off what is sure to be a great 10th anniversary season.
The defending Arena Cup champions, Tennessee Valley, is preparing to defend their title in training camp and will kick off next week on the road at Green Bay.
With returners at key positions, the Vipers look to make a long run in defense of the championship. Defensive lineman Eric Scott is back to anchor a big defensive front along with Keller Speaks and John Scott.
Demetrius Derico will return along with Travis Blanchard to secure the backfield. 2008 af2 Ironman of the Year Bradly Chavez has been assigned to play linebacker and receiver. Expect Chavez to play a key role for the Vipers on both sides of the ball this season.
On the offensive side, QB Kevin Eakin is still the starter, even after the performance of Tony Colston in the Arena Cup. WR Chris Bocage wanted to wear the black and green this season, and signed with the Vipers over the Albany Firebirds.
Michael Johnson is also back from last year's squad.
Practices have been upbeat and coach Dean Cokinos is happy with the group of players he's put together.
It's time to get loud and be proud, Huntsville. Your Vipers are the best team in the league and that should bring you to the game.
On a side note, the Quad City Steamwheelers will be in town April 4th for the home opener. We will be unveiling the banner that night, and I have a surprise for the Steamwheelers faithful.