Down in numbers, Cobras’ season wraps up

TACOMA, Wash. — Facing the possibility of playing short-handed in back-to-back weeks, the Seattle-Tacoma Cobras elected to conclude their inaugural season of Professional Developmental Football League play this week.

Sea-Tac overmatched a semi-pro opponent and split league contests against Utah and Portland this spring. Two other teams that were set to play in the American Developmental Conference were unable to keep their league commitments and chose to try again in 2014. The league also hopes it can bring on several teams from the East Coast next year to form a National Developmental Conference.

It came down to a numbers game for the Cobras (2-1, 1-1). The Portland Boltz outscored Sea-Tac 56-40 on June 15 at Lincoln High School in downtown Portland, and many Cobras players had to play both ways due to injuries and a lack of depth. A rematch with Portland to wrap up the season originally was scheduled to take place June 22 at Renton Memorial Stadium, but a decision was reached earlier this week to move the game to Portland after Sea-Tac officials learned about a scheduling conflict at Renton Memorial. 

Fewer than 25 Cobras players could make the commitment to the road trip, PDFL Commissioner Theo Hall said, so the game was canceled on the basis of player safety.

Hall said the 2013 season was an exhibition of what the PDFL can be in the future.

"There's obviously a need for this kind of low-cost, family entertainment," he said. "We're going to learn from this and regroup and come back in 2014."

In the shortened season, quarterback Justin Walz finished 34-of-60 passing for 670 yards with eight touchdowns and four interceptions, and Ken Cornist added 376 rushing yards and six scores. Titus Mack led the receiving corps with 13 catches for 363 yards and five TDs, and he added another touchdown on a 92-yard kickoff return.

Stay tuned for offseason updates and personnel moves as the Cobras reload for next spring.

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