Professional football comes to Duplin County

Professional football comes to Duplin County

KENANSVILLE, NC (WECT) - Duplin County is the home of a professional football team.

The Duplin County Events Center in Kenansville is the home of the Carolina Torch, who play in the American Arena League.

Arena football is played indoors on a 50-yard field, and fans should expect to see plenty of big hits and scoring, according to Torch head coach Chris McKinney.

"You are going to see a hard-hitting defense," said McKinney. "The offense will be fast paced, and I hope there will be a lot of long throws and a lot of broken tackles."

Fans will be able to watch a former Duplin County high school standout Kendal Jones take the field. Jones won a state championship at James Kenan in 2008, and says arena football isn't that different from the game played outdoors.

"The big difference is how short the field is," said Jones. "You don't have much space once you catch the ball, or you are in the wall so you have to be quick on your feet or know where you are going because it's a short field."

On Saturday, the Torch (0-3) play their first home game against the Upstate Dragons from Anderson, SC, at 7 p.m.

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