Tackling the Teams: Carolina Havoc

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The Carolina Havoc moved away from Atlanta, and into the city of Florence, SC. No one expected it, but we all still stand behind the AAL champs with a new logo and city.    

Last season, the Havoc were nothing short of dominant. Their defense was easily one of the greatest in recent arena history, holding teams to below 40 points in eight of their 13 total games played. They even held the Austin Wild, Triangle Torch, Upsate Dragons, and South Carolina Cowboys to a combined 41 points, holding the Dragons to just seven and the Wild to zero. 

Just all together a great defensive unit. What's the point here? Well, the Havoc basically cleaned house. They left Atlanta and moved to Florence aand hired a new head coach, and a new general manager. So can this team maintain that same 2018 dominance they had? You decide.   

The Havoc promoted Steve Smith to general manager after Joshua Resignalo moved on the NAL's Carolina Cobras. Smith has years of experience. He started his arena football career with the Milwaukee Mustangs in 2000 as the equipment manager. 

He did that same thing with the Tampa Bay Storm and Green Bay Blizzard. After spending time with Northeastern University as an equipment manager, he was hired on as the general manager for the Houston Stallions 2010. He was there for five months (August through December), and in the Stallions 2011 season, it's worth noting they went 12-0 under head coach Gerald Dockery. 

He went on to be the equipment manager/video coordinator for the Allen Wranglers, and then to the Knoxville NightHawks as the special teams coordinator, but also coaching the offensive line, fullbacks, and linebackers, while also serving as the Assistant Director of Football Operations. 

After a few more stints as a coach and equipment manager at multiple colleges, he found himself in arena ball again with the Columbus Lions as a Pro Personnel Scout, covering the Louisiana and Mississippi areas as a regional scout. He's also been the equipment manager of the College Gridiron Showcase since 2016. 

Now, he's the general manager of the Havoc.  

Smith hired Anson Yarbrough to head coach this team. Yarbrough spent 10 seasons playing arena football, and spent last season playing with the Havoc. He's also currently the defensive coordinator at Scotland High School. He was also a 2018 AAL All-Star. 

Yarborough is familiar with all of the players on a personal and emotional level as he's played with them, and he has tons of experience as a player. His mind set is "championship or bust" for 2019.   

This team still has some of the best talent in the AAL. The team has signed key players like offensive lineman Cameron Craig, receiver Rashaad Carter, offensive/defensive lineman Tyson Fernandez, wide receiver Martel Moore, defensive back Laroche Jackson, fullback/linebacker Christian Russell, defensive back/linebacker Niles Clark, wide receiver Alex Coleman, wide receiver Thyron Lewis, offensive lineman Tymere Zimmerman, and quarterback Daryll Clark.   

The Havoc will play at the Florence Center in Florence, SC. They will start the season off at home against the Cape Fear Heroes on March 15.

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