Area players on full display for Freedom football debut

mbfree-11Grand Strand football fans get their first taste of professional indoor football tonight in more than a decade with the debut of the Myrtle Beach Freedom. But longtime high school and college fans will spot some familiar names on the field for the upstart American Indoor Football franchise.

When the Freedom kicks off the season at 7 tonight against the Savannah Storm at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, the home team will feature some hometown talent. Among the local products on the roster are former Carolina Forest and Coastal Carolina player Ronnie Moses, North Myrtle Beach High’s Marco Vereen, and six Conway High grads – Messiah Dixon, Tim Fowler, Eric Huggins, Jason Livingston, Jonathan Sharpe and Alkeem Sherman, a former standout running back for the Tigers and Newberry College.

Ex-college stars from all over the country also make up the inaugural edition of the Freedom, led by former Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark. Several Coastal Carolina alums, including backup QB Will Newsome, receiver Anthony Craig, and offensive lineman Mark Bechtel, make up the 30-man roster.

Fans can purchase tickets to the inaugural regular-season game at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center ticket booth before the game. The Freedom play five home games through May with the potential to host playoff games.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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