Titans Clash

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Andalusia Titans quarterback Sattrick Rudolph throws the ball at practice. The Titans are scheduled to begin their season in February.

The sun was setting on another practice for the Andalusia Titans football team recently, and its players were in their element.

Former high school players from around the area and surrounding counties have been meeting three times per week — two days for practice and one day for work outs — to get ready for the upcoming XSFL semi-professional football season, which begins in February.

Jeffery Williams, Titans head coach, said the team was formed locally because of the location of the team last year.

“The team we had last year was out of Brewton, and the majority of the players were from here,” Williams said. “It was just a traveling issue, and we decided to make it here.

“I know there’s a lot of talented players,” he said. “We’re just trying to combine all of the talent onto one team.”

Players hale from Red Level, McKenzie, Pleasant Home, Andalusia, Luverne and Brantley on the team.

The Titans will play in the Southern Conference, and will play eight regular season games when the season begins, either on Feb. 18 or 25, 2012.

Other teams in the conference include the Pensacola Commandos, Crestview Thunderbird and the Tri-County Bulldogs, to name a few.

“We have a lot of talent here,” Williams said about the team. “One thing we’re worrying about right now is our finances to afford gear, the equipment, the rental fee for the field.”

The team has been holding fundraisers through selling doughnuts, car washes and raffles, Williams said.

While the season start is a while off, Williams said the goal right now is to get every player on the “same page.”

“I really think we should do very well,” Williams said. “My main thing is once we get all of the players on the same page, we should probably win this division.”