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February 24, 2012

South Georgia Rams prepare for second season

MOULTRIE —  The new look South Georgia Rams will open their second season at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 3, against the South Georgia Knights at Tom White Field at Mack Tharpe Stadium.

The Rams, again owned and coached by Lameir Slaughter, will play the first five games of the season on successive Saturday nights in Moultrie.

But after playing last year in the United Football Federation’s Georgia Conference, the Rams have moved to the National Developmental Football League.

Among the teams in the league are the Charleston Commanders, the South Georgia Knights, the Georgia Warriors and the Georgia Patriots.

And the only team that the Rams played last year that is still on the schedule this season is the Glynn County Revolution.

But among the new teams on this season’s 10-game schedule are the Valdosta Hawks. The Rams will play host the Hawks on March 24 and April 21.

The Rams will play just three road games, all in Atlanta on April 7, April 14 and April 28.

The team will have a new staff working under Slaughter this season.

The receivers coach in Lee Meeker; the defensive coordinator is Ronnie Caldwell; the offensive line coach is Keven Bivins; and the trainer is Ted Schwarz.

The team will not have as much of a Moultrie flavor as last year’s edition did.

And with the influx of new players, it could take several weeks for the team to jell, Slaughter said.

“We’re bouncing back,” Slaughter said. “By the third game, we should be in good shape.”

The Rams are not scheduled to play Tifton’s Georgia Firebirds this year. The teams met three times last year in emotional games.

The Firebirds, who won the conference championship last year, were coached by former Packer Antonio Edwards, who did not return this year.

Slaughter said he hoped the Rams and Firebirds could meet in a bowl game this season.

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