The Tennessee Football Alliance will kick off its inaugural season in just a few short months and all eight teams are eager to make a statement. Kicking off a new year in the new league, the Clarksville Rattlers are looking for a turnaround from one year ago.
“My expectations for the Rattlers is to be better than last year,” owner Bo Townsend told Developmental Football USA. “We will be in the playoffs, running with the top teams.”
Offensively, the Rattlers will look for quarterback Tyree Townsend to lead the charge and put up more points than the other team and wide receiver Johnal Browne looks to be his go-to guy.
“They are young, dynamic and full of energy,” Townsend said.
Defensively, Clarksville looks to be stout in the trenches with Tyrone McKinney clogging up the middle at defensive tackle and Chris Murray coming off the edge at end. However, opportunities to play at the next level could lure them away, leaving the Rattlers looking for answers.
“Chris Murray will be leaving us down the road to play football in Germany,” Townsend said. “Tyrone McKinney will be leaving to play at the collegiate level at Tarleton State University. Tyree Townsend will be going to the Air Force Academy to also play football.”
Last year was the first for the Rattlers, which went winless in the Middle Tennessee Football League. However, players remained loyal and finished out the year with only two of 25 choosing to walk away before season’s end.
“That was the biggest highlight about last year, loyalty,” Townsend said.
The Rattlers look to make strides in 2017 and make a push for post-season in the first year of the TFA.
“We want to finish at the top,” Townsend said. “We also want exposure for our athletes to get a chance to excel in their careers. We decided to join the TFA mainly for exposure for the young players who have the potential to be better. The TFA is providing that for us.”
Currently looking for their first-ever win, the Rattlers have a lot to prove before they make a serious championship run. However, each win this season will get them one step closer.
“The contenders will be the Bulldawgs, the Chaos and the Fury,” Townsend said.