The Carolina Cobras are set to kick off their inaugural season on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 7 pm at the Greensboro Coliseum against the defending National Arena League Champions Jacksonville Sharks.
Tickets are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com and the Greensboro Coliseum box office.
The Cobras announced their final 24-man roster on April 5. All 24 players are new to the team, but not all players are new to the coach.
“I’m like a kid before christmas or a bull chomping at the bit to get going! The later start of the season has us anxious to go. We have a great test on our hands for week one to gauge where we stand with the defending champs coming to town. So we will need the support of the entire Triad area,” said Head Coach Billy Back. “This is game one in franchise history, our goal is to give this area really something to be proud of!”
Ten of the 24 players have played for Coach Billy Back in previous seasons -- QB Charles McCullum, QB/WR Tyrell Goodman, WR Jermaine Jones, WR Tyron Laughinghouse, WR Phillip Barnett, DB Mike Green, OL Anthony Jackson, OL Damien Paris, and OL Jordan Mosely.
One player that stands out is WR Phillip Barnett. Barnett and Coach Back first connected when Barnett was in high school playing under Back. After college, Barnett started his arena career with Back in 2012 and has played on his teams every year except 2016.
Veteran QB Charles McCullum will be throwing to wide receivers Tyrell Goodman, Jermaine Jones, Tyron Laughinghouse, and Phillip Barnett.
On the defensive side of things, the defense is lead by linemen Dwayne Beckford, Omari Manhertz, Ricky Dowdy, Bryan Houston, Faleaoga Russell, and Jamal Palmer and defensive backs Marquez Gollman, Cedric Poole, Antwan Hadley, Darius Thomas, Mike Green, and Keith Lewis.
The Cobras will be on the road the following week (April 14) as they head north to Portland Maine, to face the Maine Mammouth. The Cobras return to the Coliseum April 21 vs. Massachusetts Pirates as they host Country Night. This Saturday’s game will be streamed on Youtube Live and a link for the stream will be posted on the team’s social media accounts.