Georgia Doom hold tryout to fill final roster spots

Macon Doom head coach Derek Stingley watches players tryout for the team on Sunday at Windsor Academy. (Mason Prince, WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- Middle Georgia's newest football team, the Georgia Doom, held a open tryout on Sunday morning as they try to fill out their roster before training camp starts this winter.

Doom head coach Derek Stingley said the team currently has a little over 20 players currently on the roster and they are hoping to get that number to around 30 by the time training camp starts.

This is not Macon's first experience with an arena football league team. Back in 2001, the Macon Knights began their five-year stint in the midstate before the team folded after the 2006 season. Stingley was the head coach for the Knights in 2006 when he led the team to the playoffs. He thinks that arena football can indeed thrive in Macon.

"People really enjoyed the Macon Knights product," said Stingley. "I think it's been awhile since the fans had something to do in the spring and summer when it comes to football."

The Doom, part of the American Arena League (AAL) begin their inaugural season at the Macon Centreplex on March 24, 2018. Stingley knows that winning games will fill the seats.

"I think we're going to put a winning product out on the field," said Stingley. "People will be at least able to come out there and see it and enjoy it and enjoy themselves as a family."

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