SATURDAY March 13th, 2021 at 6pm eastern, the Savannah Falcons begin their 2021 IAFL Spring campaign. Their opponent? The confident and hungry Effingham Outlaws. Effingham is full of fiery competitors that believe there is more to life than what they have seen. Within the team are former stars from different areas of south Georgia. No matter where they’re from, one of the team captains linebacker Mike Wiley said “We know each other. That’s the difference. Other teams can’t say they are family like us.”
EFFINGHAM County seems to be the perfect place for a team like the Outlaws whose players proudly represent and interact with their fans. It’s a place that features heavy traffic despite not a huge population. It’s residents work hard despite not necessarily being recognized. It’s full of dozens of well known family names. Still, something more seems to be missing. The Outlaws are prepared to provide a voice for their beloved home and an escape from the 9-5 normalcy.
SPONSORS have also been pouring in with the team recently announcing Patrick’s Auto Body as it’s first partner. One of the players said: “People notice. They want to sponsor us.” Yet, the team is well aware of the work ahead. Sacrifices are being made to make time and compensate for what is still semi professional football that doesn’t exactly pay the bills.
FALCONS need not be cocky around the new guys. The Outlaws have voiced their drive and desire to make a statement in a game that is only exhibition after all. Animated defensive coordinator Jon Marshall Sauls told the team “view this as an official tryout.” Despite being zealous to show the county what they’re made of, there is a feeling within the team that this is a chance to prove it.
OUTLAWS football will be physical. It’s defense has embraced the challenge early in practice and scrimmages. Led by safety and team captain Devon Marshall, the defense is full of tough and speedy ball hawks like other safety Jeremy Mills and cornerback Ken Thompson. The linebacker core features gritty guys like Dashaun Johnson and Chris Murray led by team captain Mike Wiley.
OFFENSIVE coordinator and head coach Fred Nunn now has his offense gaining momentum, too. Physical running backs with sneaky speed accompany team captain and quarterback Joshua Cumbee. He has the option to throw to guys like Dylan Goins, Ben Galloway, and Trevin Moore. That list doesn’t even include former high school star Mike Hamilton. Nor does it account for his ability to run.
BIG offensive linemen are led by David Schneider and expect to set the tone early in games.
NO matter what happens in the game, the Effingham Outlaws view this game as important and more than an exhibition. Memorial Stadium will have an interesting matchup for sure. 12oz Sports will air the game LIVE and it will be broadcasted by energetic Michael Karvelis.