Defending Champion Carolina Havoc to Play First Playoff Game at Florence Center
For the first time in almost a decade, professional playoff football will take place in Florence. The Carolina Havoc, following a 7-1 season, has won the Atlantic Division and will defend it’s championship starting with the Cape Fear Heroes on Days Inn Florence Center Field at The Den starting Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Kickoff for the game will be 7:05 p.m. at the Florence Center. The Havoc are undefeated at home this season with an average margin of victory of over 40 points.
Tickets for the game go on sale this Friday morning starting at 10 a.m. at the Florence Center box office and ticketmaster.com. Prices start at $10 and children 3-12 can get in for $6. Group rates for the game start at 10 or more with the opportunity to purchase “BOGO” or buy one, get one free tickets. Those seeking group purchases can call the Havoc’s office at (843) 603-1743.
The Heroes and Havoc are no strangers in the playoffs. For the second time in as many seasons, the two will square off in the opening round. Last season the Havoc, then based in Buford, Georgia as the Atlanta Havoc, traveled to Fayetteville, North Carolina to play the Heroes at The Crown Coliseum. The Havoc defeated the Heroes in last season’s playoffs to earn the right to play for the title against the then Richmond (VA) Roughriders. In their inaugural game in Florence March 14 of this year, the Havoc defeated the Heroes 60-59 on the last offensive play of the game with less than a second left. The two teams have a shared history as they virtually swapped coaching staffs in the offseason.
Current Havoc assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Charles Gunnings was the head coach of the Heroes the previous five seasons. Defensive line coach Quincy Malloy and offensive line coach Jon Hall served as assistants under Gunnings. Additionally, current Havoc head coach Anson Yarborough started last season on the Heroes’ roster under Gunnings before being traded to Atlanta. The Heroes’ head coach Chris McKinney was on the Havoc’s offensive staff under former general manager and head coach Josh Resignalo.