Suspense continues to build with each passing week as the Tennessee Football Alliance gets ready to kick off its inaugural season in February. Eight teams will be vying to be crowned champions at season’s end and the Dickson Chaos looks to get back on top.
The Chaos quickly introduced themselves to the developmental football world two years ago by winning the Middle Tennessee Football League in their first season, but the Middle Tennessee Bulldawgs emerged in 2017 and took their crown.
Now both members of the TFA, the Chaos looks to return the favor in 2018 to become the first-ever TFA Champion.
“We’re going to knock them off,” Chaos co-owner Steadman Bell told Developmental Football USA. “You never know. Of course, it’ll be a bittersweet moment.”
Bell, who spends time at both quarterback and wide receiver for the Chaos – on top of his front office duties – played for the Bulldawgs during their recent 12-0 championship summer season. In what looks to be a loaded TFA, Middle Tennessee won’t be the only tough test for Dickson.
“The Tennessee Fury, they’ve always had a solid program,” Bell said. “They’ll be pretty good. We’re getting another team, the Clarksville Wolfpack, I think they’ll be pretty solid. Across the board, I think everything is going to be solid and the new teams, they’ll have some weapons too.
“Since this league came about, we’ve had some teams that formed together just to get into it. From an overall standpoint I think it’s going to be a well-balanced league, as far as the teams go. I think it’s going to be good competition night in and night out.”
During the regular season, the Chaos will look to separate themselves from the Clarksville Wolfpack, the Louisville Piranhas and the Tennessee Fury to win the Music City Conference and they’ll look to a strong backfield offensively to get that done.
In addition to Bell, look for running back Rahim Muhammed to help carry the load offensively for Dickson.
“Whether I’m at quarterback or receiver, I have to do my part and do what’s best for the team,” Bell said. “Rahim, I think he’ll be big for us. I’m really excited about our offensive line and I think that’s where it’s going to stand as far as winning or losing ball games.”
Defense looks to be a strength for Dickson, led by linebacker Travis March.
“He’s probably one of the smartest football players I’ve been around,” Bell said. “Our linebacker out of Waverly, Tenn., he’s been solid, really consistent for us since we started this organization.
“We have Cameron Williams on the defensive line and L.J. Jamison. Our defense is going to be pretty solid. I’m really excited about the defense.”
The Chaos also have a lot to look forward to off the field, in their first year in the TFA.
“Just really the promotion,” Bell said. “They are promoting the whole league and doing it the right way. Other leagues didn’t push it like (co-commissioner Ricky Prochaska) has been doing. A lot of these guys are going to try to go play arena ball or play in different leagues so just the promotion has been A1, top notch. The promotion and the meetings, those are some of the big perks I’ve been seeing.
“They deserve a special shout out, the ones behind the doors putting in the dirty work. We all know who all it is, and to all the owners, coming up with the eight teams we have out now. Me, being a co-owner of the Chaos, it can be a headache, so I just pray everyone strength to stick it through and be ready to ball come February. Also, one of the wives, Kelly March, she has really been – you used to have a team mom back in middle school and high school – she’s really been big helping everything come together.”