Truths, Lies And Arena Football
Welcome to Monday Night Football chat as LockedIN magazine looks back and the weekend in Arena Football. And INTERESTING week that for some started off bad, and just continued to get worse. Let’s take a stroll back in time and see how we got here.
About this time last week we were talking about the American Arena League being on the death bed, trying to stay alive. First it was the news of the New England Bobcats deciding to end the season. Rumors fly around about mismanagement, and theft; but all that can be proved at this point is still nothing. The Bobcats will live again next year in a far away league.
Then the Georgia Doom packed it in for the rest of the season, and the AAL Office had to scramble to get teams to play some of the games. This whole issue with the league itself, is MARKETING, MARKETING and MORE MARKETING. The Teams believe its the league, and the league is doing VERY LITTLE.
We spoke to the league the other day, and they quoted saying that they are working on getting some of the technical issues corrected on the website, but the league is strong. Some teams, like the West Virginia Roughriders has over 4000 people in attendance. And the Credit needs to go to the Roughrider owner, Gregg Fornario!
We believe it you bring Gregg, Carolina Havoc owner Chris Duffy and Carolina Energy owner Ervin Bryson into a league advisory role, there might be some hope for the AAL Moving past this season.
Well, Lets take a trip and Lets Start in the Arena Football League:
The Weekend games started off as the Columbus Destroyers visited the Royal Farms Arena on Friday Night to take on the Baltimore Brigade in Friday Night Arena Football League Action and Richard Bailey was in Baltimore, Maryland with My4one2 as the Baltimore improved to 2-1 with a 48-30 win over Columbus.
Wide Receiver Joe Hills became the 17th player in Arena Football History to surpass 10,000 career receiving yards tonight. Hills was named Offensive Player of the Game with nine receptions for 74 yards and one touchdown. Quarterback Shane Boyd was named Most Valuable Player with his 24 completions for 287 yards and five touchdown performance.
The Albany Empire (3-0) defeated the Philadelphia Soul (2-1), 57-48, in front of 9,843 fans at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night to remain undefeated to start the 2019 season. Empire quarterback, Tommy Grady, had an efficient night, going 14 of 17 passes for 256 yards and seven passing touchdowns earning himself the game MVP award. Soul receiver, Lonnie Outlaw, hauled in nine catches for 191 yards and three touchdowns, being named Offensive Player of the Game. Empire defensive back, Arkeith Brown, had an onside kick return for a touchdown and a game-clinching interception, being named Defensive Player of the Game.
The Washington Valor (1-2) earned their first win of the season as they defeated the Atlantic City Blackjacks (1-2) in their season home opener 41-34 at Capitol One Arena in Washington, D.C. Quarterback Arvell Nelson set a new career-high as he surpassed 10,000 career passing yards on his first throw of the night. Nelson totaled five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing).
Over in the National Arena League:
The Battle for 1st Place in the National Arena League took place on Saturday at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena as the Defending NAL Champion Carolina Cobras were in town to take on the Jacksonville Sharks and Jacob Ross was in Jacksonville, Florida with My9oh4 as the Sharks picked up the pace in the 2nd half winning 35-24.
The Jacksonville Sharks (3-1) dominated the defending champs in the second half of tonight’s game and came out on top 35-24 in low scoring brawl between the two best defenses in the NAL. Jacksonville’s freakish performance on defense tonight led to the (3-1) Carolina Cobras lowest scoring game in team history with 24 points total with only six points in the second half.
With the win, the Sharks advance to 3-1 and are now on a hot three-game win streak going into next week where they will play their rivals the (1-3) Orlando Predators Saturday, May 18th in Jacksonville for Military Appreciation Night presented by Ocean Grove RVs.
Speaking of the Orlando Predators, let’s say one thing. They never gave up! Fighting the whole game, the Predators lost a nail biter to the NY Streets 54-53. With the loss the Predators slide to 1-3 and have to get ready for a Trip to Jacksonville to face the Sharks on Saturday Night.
Columbus Lions(2-2) quarterback Luke Collis threw six touchdown passes and ran for two more as the Lions defeated the Massachusetts Pirates 67-56 at the Columbus Civic Center. Chris Sanders-Mccollum led all receivers with ten receptions for 146 yards and five TD’s.
Over In The American Arena League:
It was all ENERGY inside the Bojangles’ Coliseum on Saturday Night as American Arena League Football returned to Charlotte, North Carolina. JJsphotos was there for LockedIN Magazine but The Carolina Aviators were no match for the Carolina Energy scoring every which way but Lose! The Energy walked away with the win with a final score of 72-6.
After a slow start the CAROLINA HAVOC picked up the pace in the second half and strolled into the winners circle with a 78-32 win over the CAROLINA PREDATORS.
The JERSEY FLIGHT cruised to an easy 56-12 victory over the BURGH DEFENDERS.
- Hills currently holds the longest streak in AFL history for most consecutive games with a receiving touchdown at 95 games. On July 15, 2017, Hills surpassed AFL Hall of Famer Damian Harrell’s previous mark of 78 games, scoring on a two-yard pass from quarterback Randy Hippeard against the Baltimore Brigade.
- The Brigade hit the road for their first away game of the season next Saturday, May 18 at 7:00 pm against the Atlantic City Blackjacks at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall
- Brandon Thompkins hit a new milestone of 8,000 career receiving yards on Friday night against the Columbus Destroyers. He is 28th all-time with 8,049 yards and just 64 yards shy of moving up to 27th. The Baltimore Brigade is the only AFL team with two active players in the top 30 all-time in receiving yards.