Playing for the love of the game is why most adult amateur players continue to compete in 11-on-11, full-contact football.
It’s also the chance for Soldiers and veterans to maintain a sense of brotherhood.
“The best part is just feeling like you’re a part of a team,” said Christopher Laspada, linebacker and co owner. “People depend on you and you depend on them. There’s kind of a brotherhood that comes from that.”
The Commandos have a wide range of players, ranging in age from 19-year-olds and just out of high school, to 40-plus fathers who continue to practice hard for the chance to lace up their cleats on Saturdays.
Commandos quarterback J.R. Lane has helped the team find a rhythm as the offense has put 28 or more points in three of the five games played this season.
“I love playing with this team,” said Lane. “The great part about being out there during a game is that they (my teammates) look at me and know that we can get this done.”
Half way through the season the Commandos sit at 4-1 hoping to grab a share of first place as they travel to Smith River Sports Complex in Virginia to face the undefeated Virginia Storm on Saturday.
“We’ve come a long way since our first meeting,” said Alan Caudell II, a linebacker, and Soldier assigned to 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment. “We will play more as a team this game and play our kind of football by putting points on the board in our spread offense.”
Even though this team gives many of its players the opportunity to continue to play the sport they love, for the Commandos who are Soldiers first, it mean a place to feel release.
“The best part is the hitting because it allows us to get rid of all of anger that build up sometimes,” said Laspada. “We are able to get on the field and just let it out. It’s kind of a therapy for stress.”
Upcoming games for the Commandos will be:
April 6, at Virginia Storm, 2 p.m.
April 13, Surf City Sharks, 3 p.m. (Military Appreciation Game)
April 20, Capitol City Cowboys in Raleigh, N.C., 6 p.m. (Falcon Children’s Home benefit game)
April 27, Carolina Rams in Durham, N.C., 3 p.m.
The team has openings for players as well as for coaches.
For more information about joining the Commandos or about attending any of their games, visit www.fayettevillecommandos.com, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/carolina.enforcers?fref=ts or call Caudell at 210-885-9082.