July 5, 2006
Albany -- It's easy to forget sometimes, but the Arena Football Two league is set up as a feeder system for Arena One.
It's kind of like minor-league baseball, while every team wants to win, the ultimate goal is actually to graduate the players out of the league.
The Wildcats have one-quarter of their season still remaining and are doing their best to get their top players some recognition.
With just four games left in the season, South Georgia head coach Donnie Davis says he's hoping to help his players springboard to the next level.
"Our number one goal is to win games," says Davis. "But now coming down the stretch, we have quite a few guys who have the opportunity to play at the next level. We have to make sure as a coaching staff we support those guys and put them in the best light possible."
Julian Reese, Chris McKinney, Ronald Dowdy, James McCoy, and Dan Burnett have been getting the most Arena One attention.
"Those are probably the core guys that are getting the most consistent calls from a variety of teams through the (Arena Football) league."
Davis says it's easy for the team and the fans to lose sight of the purpose behind AF2.
"If you think about it on a local level, it's all about here-and-now. But if you think about it globally like it's actually set up to be, then it's not about the here-and-now. It's about preparing young men for the next level, and sometimes we lose sight of that."
Davis says the Cats talent will be on display these last four weeks.
"It's their time to shine. It's their opportunity, and it's our time to support them. That's our job now. We'll support these guys now, and quite a few of the players the fans see today will be on NBC (in Arena One) next year."
The Wildcats next game is Saturday at 7:30 at home against the Battle Wings.