Saturday, April 20, 2024

The Williamsburg Colonials Semi-Pro Football Team Preps for Spring Playoffs and Beyond

(Courtesy of the Williamsburg Colonials)

WILLIAMSBURG — The Williamsburg Colonials are a relatively new semi-pro football team that calls the peninsula home.

The team launched its inaugural season in the Fall of 2021 by competing in the Atlantic Coast Football Alliance. The Williamsburg Colonials have since joined the American Football Federation, where the team now competes with other organizations within Virginia and Hampton Roads such as the Norfolk Ducks and the Chesapeake Sharks. The Williamsburg Colonials also have regular-season games against a couple of teams from North Carolina like the Roanoke Rapids Pirates and the Carolina Bears.

One of the main goals of the Williamsburg Colonials is to provide opportunities for football players that may have been overlooked by college teams.

“I kind of put the team together because there are a lot of high school kids in the area that still want to play but didn’t get to go play in college,” David Willis, Owner of the Williamsburg Colonials, said in an interview with WYDaily. “That was like my main focus, just getting the younger guys more playing time.”

Willis says that a majority of the players on the roster are actually locals from Williamsburg. Additionally, there are athletes from Newport News and Hampton.

The Colonials participate in both a Spring Season and a Fall Season. The team is in the midst of finishing up its second spring season. So far, it has tallied seven wins and only one loss out of the nine-game Spring 2022 schedule. The team has one more regular-season game lined up before the spring playoffs.

The local semi-pro athletes are actually in a good spot to kick off a playoff run. If the Williamsburg Colonials win the final regular-season game then it will get the number two seed and a home playoff matchup. If the team loses, it will get the number three seed and still receive a home playoff game.

The last regular-season game is an away game against the Chesapeake Sharks scheduled for May 28. The playoffs start in June.

The upcoming Fall Season looks like it will begin towards the end of August. This season, the team held its home games at Surry County High School in Dendron. However, this Fall, the team will be playing home games at Wanner Stadium at Warhill Sports Complex.

Currently, the football team is looking for people who are interested in joining as part of its ownership group. The team is also looking for interested investors, coaches, and football players.

For more information on the Williamsburg Colonials, please check out the team’s official website or the team’s Facebook page.

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