Alabama Warriors

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The Alabama Warriors are a minor-league football team based in Birmingham. The team is a member of the Premier South Football League, formerly the Premier Football League. The team's home games are played at Lawson Field off Oporto-Madrid Boulevard. Lee Ellison is team owner and head coach.

For its first two seasons, the team played at Warrior Stadium, the former home field of the Warrior Wildfire adjacent to Warrior Elementary School.

In the team's first season in 2009, Ellison was assisted by Todd Pelkey, former Birmingham Wildfire head coach, and by Jeremy Hallman and Frank Doganiero.

In 2010, the rival Central Alabama Devil Dawgs were formed, with Warriors center Jesse Reed as the head coach and part owner, and Pelkey as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator. Several Warrior players left the team and moved to the Devil Dawgs roster. The Warriors, in turn, picked up several players from the Wildfire after its league folded.

2009 season

The Warriors record was 9-2-1. They were Pioneer Division Champions in the PFL and hosted a first round playoff game on August 29. They visited second seed Pensacola in the second round and lost. Had they won, they would have played in the PFL championship game. Pensacola went on to defeat the undefeated top seed Satsuma Sharks in PFL Bowl II.

  • May 31 exhibition: Warriors 20 - Henry County Horsemen 17 (United Southern Football League) at Warrior Stadium
  • June 6: Panhandle Crusaders 19 - Warriors 13 (at Escambia County, Florida)
  • June 13: Warriors 49 - South Alabama Seminoles 0 (at Warrior)
  • June 27: Warriors 24 - Gulf Coast Pirates 6 (at Warrior)
  • July 11: Warriors 50 - South Alabama Seminoles 12 (at Montgomery, Alabama)
  • July 18: Warriors 16 - Memphis Panthers 16 (at Memphis, Tennessee)
  • July 25: Warriors 62 - Crestview Thunderbirds 6 (at Warrior)
  • August 1: Warriors 37 - Panhandle Crusaders 7 (at Warrior)
  • August 8: Warriors 38 - Memphis Panthers 20 (at Warrior)
  • August 15: Warriors 21 - New Orleans Flames 0 (forfeit win)
  • August 22: Warriors 27 - South Alabama Seminoles 0 (at Warrior)
  • August 29: Playoffs, First Round: Warriors 42 - Northwest Florida Falcons 20 (at Mortimer Jordan High School in Morris)
  • September 5: Playoffs, Second Round: Pensacola Wolfpac 47 - Warriors 26 (at Pensacola, Florida)

2010 Roster

Player Position Height Weight Previous experience
Alexander, Shawn Shawn Alexander DE 6' 4" 290 University of Alabama
Anderson, James James Anderson OL 6' 6" 300 Hueytown High School
Bascomb, Mardreques Mardreques Bascomb ATH 6' 0" 215 Alabama State University
Battle, Brandon Brandon Battle LB 5' 11" 245 University of West Alabama
Blankenship, Darnell Darnell Blankenship RB/KR 5' 10" 165 Mortimer Jordan High School
Bradford, Rusty Rusty Bradford LB 5' 10" 225 Army
Bruce, Tarence Tarence Bruce DB 6' 1" 185 Miles College
Burroughs, Courtney Courtney Burroughs DL 6' 1" 290 Ensley High School
Burroughs, D. J. D. J. Burroughs RB 5' 10" 205 Alabama A&M University
Cherry, Patrick Patrick Cherry DT/LB 5' 09" 5' 9" 235 Hayden High School
Clark, Fred Fred Clark FB/LB 5' 10" 240 Cordova High School
Colley, Darrius Darrius Colley LB/ST 5' 09" 5' 9" 265 Midfield High School
Dowdell, Marcus Marcus Dowdell WR 6' 0" 188 Arizona Cardinals/New Orleans Saints
Elliot, Marculus Marculus Elliot ST 5' 09" 5' 9" 210
Fialko, Kyle Kyle Fialko DB 5' 10" 190 Curry High School
Franklin, Rodney Rodney Franklin DB/ST 6' 0" 205 Pinson Valley High School
Gatson, Randall Randall Gatson DE 6' 3" 265
Glover, Brian Brian Glover OL/DL 6' 3" 325 Birmingham Steeldogs
Hall, Roderick Roderick Hall WR 6' 1" 205 Birmingham-Southern College
Hays, Dale Dale Hays QB 6' 1" 190 Cleveland High School
Hill, Vince Vince Hill WR 5' 11" 185 Miles College
Holt, Micheal Micheal Holt WR/DB 5' 11" 180 Cordova High School
Jackson, Kawaski Kawaski Jackson QB 6' 3" 185 Miles College
Jones, Brandon Brandon Jones DE/LB 5' 10" 210 Southern University
Larilette, Rocky Rocky Larilette RB/ST 5' 10" 190 Walker High School
LeBeaux, Darrell Darrell LeBeaux WR 6' 0" 198 Miles College
Madison, Justin Justin Madison DB/K 5' 10" 175 Miles College
McWhorter, Madhi Madhi McWhorter SS/LB 5' 10" 210 Alabama A&M University
Neely, James James Neely OL 6' 2" 305 Hayden High School
Reed, Jesse Jesse Reed C 5' 11" 221 West Jefferson High School
Simon, Josh Josh Simon DB 5' 09" 5' 9" 170 Walker High School
Smith, DJ DJ Smith WR/PR 6' 0" 190 Birmingham Steeldogs
Smith, Eric Eric Smith OL/DL 6' 2" 275 Meek High School
Stelman, John John Stelman WR 6' 2" 200 Miles College
Stewart, Mark Mark Stewart OL/DE 6' 5" 280
Stillings, Josh Josh Stillings RB/KR 5' 06" 5' 6" 160 Jackson-Olin High School
Stirtmire, Roland Roland Stirtmire DT 5' 07" 5' 7" 275
Taylor, Rob Rob Taylor DE/P 6' 2" 230 Cordova High School
Washington, Jarvis Jarvis Washington WR/DB 6' 1" 185 Parkway Christian Academy
Washington, Marcus Marcus Washington LB/FB 5' 10" 235 Warrior High School
Williams, Joey Joey Williams LB/DE 6' 2" 250 Cordova High School

References

  • Carter, Robert (January 25, 2011) "Minor league football: Warriors, Devil Dawgs moving out of local area." North Jefferson News

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