With training camp out of the way and rosters set, the Carolina Cobras are will be doing something that hasn’t been done in over ten years: bringing arena football back to Greensboro.
The National Arena League expansion team with a name that pays homage to the former Cobras of the early 2000s will be the third team to play based out of the Greensboro Coliseum complex and open the NAL season as one of two games slated for opening weekend.
The Cobras will kick off the season April 7 with a bang by taking on the defending NAL Champions at home in a highly anticipated matchup against the Jacksonville Sharks. With Charles McCullum filling the quarterback position for Carolina, it’s sure to be a high scoring and energy-filled affair.
As the dust settles from the opening weekend, the Cobras will make the long haul to Portland, ME to play against Jonathan Bane and a supporting cast of Maine Mammoths that include wide receiver Devon Wilson on April 14 before coming home to host the Massachusetts Pirates the following weekend.
The Cobras will be looking for McCullum to find his familiar targets in Jordan Jolly and Tyron Laughinghouse while slowing down the Pirates offensive combo of Sean Brackett and London Crawford.
Week 4 of the NAL schedule will put Carolina in the Shark Tank at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena for a rematch of Week 1.
From there, head coach BIlly Back will bring the team home to play the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks of Allentown, PA, who are hopeful to rebound from last season’s playoff lost despite losing their MVP quarterback Warren Smith Jr. and several receivers.
In a Week 6 road trip, the stage will be set for Carolina to square off against the Columbus Lions at the Columbus Civic Center, which is affectionately known as the Jungle. Between the passionate Lions fans, and the potential Columbus has on offensive under head Coach Jason Gibson, the Cobras could be in for a defensive test in a hostile environment.
After having the opportunity to face each team in the league the Carolina Cobras will have a mix of three bye weeks, road games, and a handful of chances to play in front of their home crowd before finishing off the season at home against the Columbus Lions.
With expectations set high for the new team lead by a experienced quarterback in McCullum with the support of reliable targets in Jolly, Laughinghouse and Tyrell Goodman, the Cobras inaugural season looks promising. Ladies and Gentlemen, arena football is back in the Triad.