Pro football in May?

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 15, 2016

WOODVILLE — Pro football is coming to Woodville.

The Mississippi Brawlers are a semi-professional football team getting set to partake in its inaugural season. The team is coached by Joseph West and will play its games at Wilkinson County High School.

The Brawlers practice on Saturdays and Sundays and are preparing for the start of the season, a 7 p.m. May 21 home game.

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“The team consists of players 18 or over and are getting ready to graduate (college) and some are ex-college players,” West said.

The Brawlers play in the Gridiron Developmental Football League in the Impact South Division. The team features a roster of approximately 30 players, and will travel from Tupelo to New Orleans for an eight-game season.

“This league has affiliations with the Arena Football League and the NFL — they help develop players,” West said. “We produce film for them, and they can try out, or they might be recruited by a team.”

West said the team was formed mostly to give players a second opportunity to continue their football careers, with most attending practices on weekends to avoid conflicts with their day job.

The Brawlers feature a slew of high-profile players from the Miss-Lou area, including Khalil Brice a former Cathedral star running back.

West said, schematically, the team is flexible on offense. Depending on the team the Brawlers play, West said the team will operate from an I-formation or feature a spread attack.

“There’s really no set offense,” West said.

The Brawlers’ quarterback is former WCHS standout Javarious Jenkins. Jenkins was a former All-Metro honorable mention at Wilkinson County.

On the defensive side, West said his team will feature the 3-4 defense, allowing the team to play to its strength in the secondary.

“This is going to be a good season for us,” West said. “We have a lot of skill players on offense, and these guys work hard at what they do.”