FRIDAY featured a semi pro preview as the Effingham Outlaws and Savannah Raiders met in Richmond Hill, GA for a 7v7 scrimmage. The Raiders are already a part of the IAFL and Effingham is planning to be in the league this summer. Here is what happened and some key takeaways…
JOSHUA Cumbee, who had just been named starting QB on Wednesday, couldn’t play. The backup Cam Duncan reportedly tore his MCL during the QB battle Wednesday and had suddenly left the team. Who would come and play hero for the rising Outlaws?
HUNGRY for more reps, the 3rd string QB Robby Godby accepted the challenge without hesitation. Robby has been vocal about his desire to be more consistent. This scrimmage had it’s ups and downs for him. He finished the day with 2 interceptions and a spectacular corner of the end zone touchdown pass to WR Dylan Goins.
DEFENSE remained the calling card for the Outlaws, however. Deshaun Johnson and captain / S Devon Marshall both recorded picks with Marshall’s going to the house. It was also noteworthy that LB Jobie Owen played well.
RAIDERS eventually won 4 scores to 2. A late scrimmage scuffle ultimately ended things, but the Outlaws came away confident in their ability to compete with teams already organized for years. There is still some things to work on, but Effingham knows they have talent.
FRANK Troop also played QB in the game late. Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator Fred Nunn announced that Troop will fill in as emergency QB and will be a player coach ultimately. Troop has no desire to compete for the starting job with Robby Godby and Joshua Cumbee.
DEVON Marshall told me personally that he suffered a hamstring injury during an early Sunday morning practice and will not practice for 1 week. He hopes to return to full practice after a 2nd week of limitations.
ANOTHER scrimmage is being worked on for this weekend.
IAFL announced that the Outlaws would play Spring football, but the general team consensus is that Summer remains the goal.