While always keeping their eyes open for a next-level opportunity, the majority of players at this level play for the love of the game of football. But, truth be told, every player comes into each season wanting to win a ring at season’s end and hoist a championship trophy with their teammates.
The Louisville Piranhas of the Tennessee Football Alliance, are no different.
“My expectation is to end the season with a ring,” Piranhas owner Bryan Mooser told Developmental Football USA. “We’re in it to win it. It won’t be easy, it will take work and a lot of it to make it happen, but we have the talent. We can compete with each team in the league.
“Honestly, I feel like we are going to be a contender, along with the Bulldawgs, Chaos, and the Fury. No disrespect to the others and not overlooking any of them, but I just know these teams are established and have the experience together. Other teams don’t have the same experience together.”
What makes the first-year Piranhas different from these other teams lacking experience together is their players’ history of playing with or against each other as members of various other Louisville teams in the past. With a successful transition, Louisville should have a very deep and very talented team.
“Thus far, being able to bring a lot of Louisville’s local talent to one team has been an accomplishment,” Mooser said. “These guys have wanted to play together for awhile now.”
Before assembling Louisville’s elite players into one team, Mooser spent this past season in the front office of the Middle Tennessee Bulldawgs, which is one of the hottest teams in the country – unbeaten through 24 games with a shot at a national championship coming next month.
Rolling through two area leagues with the Bulldawgs, Mooser is already familiar with most of the teams the Piranhas will face this season.
“I’m familiar with every team in the league other than the Clarksville Airborne,” Mooser said. “Some more than others, but I feel comfortable with saying I’m familiar with each team other than the Airborne.”
Knowing what his team will be up against every Saturday, Mooser likes the Piranhas chances at having a solid season this spring.
“I have no doubts about how could we can be,” Mooser said. “As far as what would be a successful season: a winning record and being competitive in every game will be a successful first year. I expect to win. I expect to be successful.”
A major test will come on March 10 as Louisville’s finest squares off against Nashville’s finest when the Piranhas take on the Bulldawgs.
“I’m not looking ahead too much, but that will be a fun, bittersweet game,” Mooser said. “I’ve been a part of the Bulldawgs organization for the last year. It will be the first of many, I hope, that I’m on the opposite sideline. It’s going to be a cool night. Me and (Bulldawgs co-owner Ricky Prochaska) plan on doing a jersey swap at the end of the game. He’s been a big part of me making the choice to start a team. It’s going to be a fun week.”
Not just Week 5, but every week should be a fun week for the TFA.
“Yes, it’s new, but what they are offering to players and teams is unheard of,” Mooser said.
“Streaming games live, championship rings paid for by the league, game film and stats for the players, etc. These are all things that not every league offers.
“The competition of the teams in the league is exciting. We’ve got two past league champions, one of which has won two league championships and is about to play in a National Title game in January, along with a few other very well-established teams. And three teams that seem to be good first year teams.”
Every good offense starts up front with the offensive line and the Piranhas will need a big season from theirs, to open up the playbook.
“If things come together, our offensive line could be one of the best lines in the league,” Mooser said. “I’m excited to see the big guys together.”
With every player being in their first year with the Piranhas, all of them will be hungry to make a statement. One player in particular coaches are raving over is Romeo Perry.
“He’s young, quick, coachable, willing to learn, has some college experience and is a big team player,” Mooser said. “We have talent at every position.”
Defensively, Louisville could have one of the best defensive linemen in the TFA in end Austin Green.
”He is a beast on the defensive line,” Mooser said. “Six-foot-eight with speed and power. It’s not going to be easy for an offensive tackle that is up against him. He took two seasons off and has been waiting for the right team to come along to get back out there.”
The Piranhas should also have a nasty secondary, with one promising newcomer joining a corner the entire league should already be familiar with.
“We picked up a true field general, he goes by Rasta,” Mooser said. “This guy is an animal back there from the safety position. Smart player, hard hitter, and he plays as hard for the guy next to him as he does himself. He has been picked as one of our team captains and K.O. Overall will be locking down receivers. I expect to have a very stout defense.”