The Palmetto Havoc is set to begin a new football season in the Gridiron Developmental Football League. None of the Havoc players or coaches are paid. Most of them play for fun. Others have goals to someday play on a higher level.
The Havoc workout at the Atlantic Center Industrial Park in Conway. They play home games at Ashley Booth Field next to Myrtle Beach High.
Their preseason opener will be on Saturday, May 10 in Benson, North Carolina against the Triangle Nighthawks. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. The Havoc first home game is slated for Saturday, May 17 against the Charlotte Colts at 7 p.m.
The Havoc are comprised of former high school and college players, including former WPDE All-Zone running back Alkeem Sherman of Conway High.
The most famous player on this year's Havoc roster is former Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark. Clark says he would welcome a chance at playing in the Arena Football League, "If I had another shot, I would definitely take full advantage of it. That's why I continue to work so hard."
Clark works at a Verizon Wireless store in North Myrtle Beach. He's also a personal trainer in his spare time.
In his first college start at QB, he led Penn State to a 66-10 win over Coastal Carolina in 2008. Clark completed 11-of-14 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown.
Havoc head coach Roc Frierson says, "We've been in the GDFL for five years, this is my fifth year, we're looking forward to having a good year this year."