By Marcelo Metzelar, Contributing Writer
An early Saturday afternoon game in Macon, GA, saw the Georgia Doom lose their season opener 48-32 to the Carolina Havoc. The Havoc improve to 3-0.
The Havoc utilized a two quarterback assault. Daryll Clark and Tymere Zimmerman shared duties behind center to help lead the Havoc undefeated start.
The Doom got the early lead as kicker, Jed Soloman split the uprights on the opening kick for his first uno of the season.
Each team got shut down on their first series when the Havoc moved downfield to the Doom eight-yard line. A Doom interception and return to their own 12 ended the Havoc series to remain scoreless.
The Havoc defense would start the ball rolling, when Martel Moore would make an interception to remember. On the return, when Moore would seemingly be ready to fall at the Doom 10-yard line, he would flick the ball back to an unsuspecting Christian Russell who would scamper the rest of the way for the touchdown and an eventual 7-1 lead.
In the second quarter, a roughing the kicker penalty gave the Doom an important first down. Antwuan Cutts would catch a Nate Sammas strike for 8 yards and the Doom’s first touchdown. Soloman would convert the kick. He would then expand the Doom lead with his second uno of the night to make it 9-7 Doom.
A second Clark interception would not amount to much as the Doom missed their 56 yard field goal attempt. Clark would find Rashad Carter on the next drive for 30-yard catch and run and a 14-9 lead. Sammas would find Cutts for their own 30-yard touchdown to regain the lead. A two point conversion would give the Doom a 17-14 lead with 4:00 to go in the first half.
Zimmerman would call his own number and run the ball for 8 yards and a Havoc 21-17 lead in the back and forth battle.
On the Doom’s next series, Victor Hampton picked the Sammas pass and returned it 26 yards for the Havoc’s second defensive touchdown. The ensuing series for the Doom would not be much better as the three and out gave the Havoc excellent field position. That would result in Zimmerman finding Trevonte Long to expand their lead going into halftime.
The Doom started the second half on fire. A circus catch by the Doom’s Bryan Robinson for 15 yards brought the score to 24-34 and Soloman hit his third uno bringing the deficit to 8 points. The Doom’s defense would come up big and make another interception to set up the Chris Slaughter touchdown to bring the score to 34-31. Soloman’s fourth and final uno of the game would make it 34-32 and that would be the last time the Doom score.
Hampton would catch the Zimmerman screen pass and scoot for a 15 yard score to start the fourth quarter onslaught. Zimmerman would make run for a touchdown, this time for 4 touch yards and the final score of the game.
The Doom will take on the Carolina Predators at home on April 7. The Havoc will take a week off and then play the Jensen Beach Tigers in a non-league matchup on April 14.