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Photo by Daniel Kucin. The Washington Eagles play all of their home games in the Gardens Ice House in Laurel.

Photo by Daniel Kucin. The Washington Eagles play all of their home games in the Gardens Ice House in Laurel.

Published on: Wednesday, May 22, 2013

By Daniel Kucin

The Washington Eagles are a local indoor football team that plays all regular season home games at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel.

Despite having a winless record to start off their inaugural season, the Eagles squad is comprised of local stars looking to take their game to the next level in the competitive American Indoor Football League Conference.

Arena football is a fast-paced demonstration of acrobatic plays and relentless, hard-hitting action.

The Gardens Ice House provides a family-friendly environment. Fans have an opportunity to play on the same field as the Eagles before and after each contest. Cheerleader performances and live music are just a few perks that add to the fan experience.

“It seems like the team will stay here, and the league is growing,” said Christopher Heidel, Eagles director of communications. “Next year they are going to have a team in Baltimore and Scranton.”

Five Prince George’s County  players represent the Washington Eagles franchise. Receivers Clas Duncan and Durell Wooten headline the Eagles’ offense under the helm of starting quarterback Kareem Dennis. Dennis has been a bright spot for the Eagles so far this season and a promising prospect for the future. He threw for more than 150 yards and four touchdowns in his second game of the season against the Cape Fear Heroes.

Former Surrattsville High School lineman Warren Carroll helps make sure that Dennis stays right side up and wreaks havoc on the opposing team’s ball carrier as a two-way player. Carroll had an impressive senior season for the Hornets during their 2010-2011 campaign. He tallied 37 tackles, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and averaged more than four tackles a game.

Bakarie Bayoh is another promising player that should help the Eagles move forward in a positive direction. The Bowie State standout played as an All-Met and All-County selection for Flowers High School. His power and quickness off of the ball are his strongest attributes. He posted a time of 5.11 for the 40-yard dash time last year.

“With the quality of players that head coach Matthew Steeple recruited, I see potential in the team,” Heidel said. “It seems like the parents and fans enjoy it, and they always have input for what we do. It is very nice and affordable for families to enjoy and they put on a good show for the kids at halftime.”

The Washington Eagles embark on their final game of the season against the Virginia Crusaders at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10, and coverage will start at 6:45 p.m. on the Washington Eagles’ official radio station, HerbFM sports radio at www.herbfm.com.

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