FOOTBALL: Semi-pro team forming in east Alabama

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Posted: Friday, November 22, 2013 8:27 pm

Football season is drawing to a close in east Alabama at both the high school and collegiate levels, but a new gridiron entity making its way to the area is just in its infancy.

The East Alabama Predators, a startup semi-pro team set to begin its inaugural season next May, is hosting tryouts Saturday at 10 a.m. at Miles Thomas Park in Opelika.

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