The Latest In Arena Football
Happy Tuesday! With the NFL Super Bowl over all eyes turn to either the Alliance of American Football kicking off this weekend or to the Indoor Arena Football Leagues, and LockedIN Magazine has all the latest 411. From the National Arena League, American Arena League, Arena Football League and more….
Let’s Kick it off this week in the National Arena League(NAL), where things have been turning since the Announcement of the Return of the Orlando Predators to Arena Football. The Amway Center will be LOUD as KLAW and the Predheads return to action, this March.
A month ago, it looked like the league would host 6 teams but after speculation that number rose to 8, until today when the Maine Mammoths called it QUITS! In a statement on their teams website read,
We are very proud of our Mammoths family! And thankful for the opportunity to have been a part of a community. During our first year, the team was built with strong players, excellent coaches and we have established a solid relationship with Cross Insurance Arena. The team was also recognized as National Arena League Franchise of the Year.
Does this move signal a changing of the guards inside the NAL?
In other NAL News:
The Jacksonville Sharks have announced today that they have signed Wide Receiver Chad Walcott (6’2, 212) and Wide Receiver Devin Wilson (6’3, 210).
Walcott started his arena career with the Triangle Torch of the Supreme Indoor Football league in 2016 where he scored 12 touchdowns as a rookie. Walcott returned to the Torch in 2017 for his second year in arena football. During that time, he racked up 18 touchdowns in seven games and made the SIF All-Star selection list as well as being named the 2017 Supreme Indoor Football Offensive MVP. Last season. During his third season, he played for the Cape Fear Heroes of the newly formed American Arena League (AAL). Walcott, finished the 2018 season helping the Cape Fear Heroes to a AAL Semifinals game appearance. In addition, Walcott was honored as a 2018 AAL All-Star and played in the AAL’s All-Star game.
Last season, Wilson signed with the Maine Mammoths for their inaugural season in the NAL and proved to be a dominant threat by earning First Team All-NAL honors as a Wide Receiver. He totaled 79 receptions for 1,035 yards and 27 touchdowns. He also added a rushing touchdown with the Mammoths. In the 2017 season, Wilson played with the Jacksonville Sharks and helped Jacksonville to a NAL Championship victory. He caught 25 passes for 237 yards and four touchdowns in nine games with the Sharks. Prior to the Sharks, Wilson spent the 2016 season with the Cleveland Gladiators of the AFL where he made 21 catches for 262 yards and nine touchdowns. Wilson started his arena career with the Richmond Raiders in 2015 when they were with the PIFL. That season, he caught 40 balls for 483 yards and eight touchdowns.
The Massachusetts Pirates made several moves this week: First off, naming Anthony Payton Head Coach of the team and promoted Sergio Gilliam to Defensive Coordinator. The moves were facilitated after Ameer Ismail, the National Arena League Coach of the Year, could not come to terms with the Pirates to coach for a second season. Pirates President Jawad Yatim announced the moves and thanked his former coach.
Then re-signing offensive lineman Cornelius Lewis. Lewis was an All-National Arena League First Team Offense selection last season. At 6-4, 305 lbs. Lewis anchored an offensive line that helped the Pirates establish themselves as the number one passing team in the league averaging 229.8 yards per game. A product of Tennessee State University, Lewis was part of a unit that allowed just 11 sacks on the season, the fewest in the NAL. Lewis had one rush for four yards and one reception for 17 yards that went for a touchdown. He said there were several reasons why he’s coming back to the Pirates.
The Pirates then added wide receiver Tavares Martin Jr,the 6’1” 177 lb. Belle Glade, FL native played three seasons at Washington State University from 2015-2017 where he had 150 receptions for 1,683 yards and 17 touchdowns in 36 games. Martin Jr. likes what he sees when looking at the Pirates.
Over in the American Arena League:
The West Virginia Roughriders add former Heisman Candidate Lache Seastrunk RB/WR Baylor U to the already explosive offense The team then signed Sack master DL Bryson Kelly 6ft2 275lbs. Bryson is a 4 year AFL vet and played 16′ season in the CFL with the Calgary Stampede. He will join co AAL defense MVP Larry Ford on the Defense Line.
Over in the Arena Football League:
The Arena Football League’s newest franchise in Atlantic City, Atlantic City AFL (AC AFL), announce that they have named two-time AFL Coach of the Year, Ron James as Head Coach. Along with the hiring of James, the team also announce that they have secured their Offensive and Defensive Coordinators, Defensive Line and Linebackers Coach and Director of Player Personnel. The new AFL franchise will make its Arena Football League debut for the 2019 season, which is set to begin in April.
Its going to be an INTERESTING Next few weeks…