COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – The Columbus Lions might be winless at home and perfect on the road, but it's still home sweet home for the team, and the proof is on the roster.
Seven players on the squad are from the Columbus metro area, and they're all making contributions.
Last week at Corpus Christi, defensive backs Derrius Brooks from Harris County and Kyle Griswould of Shaw had pick-sixes, and quarterback Darren Daniel of Central connected with former Carver Tiger Jarmon Fortson for a pair of TD passes.
Now add Carver alum Corey Crawford to the mix. The former Clemson star signed with the Lions, as they look to bolster the defensive line.
"It's just great talent out there," Crawford said. "I feel like it's going to be pretty good to be out there playing with old teammates and guys that played here. I'm gonna help the team try to get another title and just continue what I've been doing."
Gibson says that the heavy local presence on the Lions roster is by design.
"I feel like there's a connection here with him and LeRon Furr, Derrius Brooks, and Kyle Griswould," said Gibson. "I'm proud of the fact that Columbus has such great players that are from here, that went to high school here. And when you play together sometimes it builds a camaraderie to where 'I'm not going to let you down.' And I hope that's what we're starting to build."
Add Daniel to the mix. The former Red Devil waited to get his shot, and made the most of his first career start, leading the Lions to that 85-15 blowout win last Sunday.
"I've been on the team for three years and I just took advantage of the opportunity," Daniel said. "It was big. We definitely needed it. We haven't lost a game at home I think in three years, and to come and lose the first game of the season at home, a lot of the guys were down, maybe a lot of fans were down, so to win and to win big like we did at Corpus, that is great momentum coming into this next game."
The Lions return home for a matchup versus the Georgia Firebirds, a team based in Albany with four former Lions on the roster.
Kickoff for Sunday's game is set for 6 p.m. ET at the Columbus Civic Center.