Win Or Go Home … Can You Say Title Time?
Normally Monday mornings are spent talking football and this morning there was TONS to talk about. August always brings out the BEST EVERYTHING! So playoff’s or bomb shells? Which comes first?
Since LockedIN doesn’t like Drama, let’s talk PLAY-OFFS!
Over in the Arena Football League,
The Albany Empire (2-0) defeated the Baltimore Brigade (0-2), 62-21, in front of 5,282 fans at the Royal Farms Arena on Saturday night. Taking both games of the home-and-home series and winning the aggregate score, 123-47, the Empire advance to ArenaBowl 32. As the top overall seed in the playoffs, the Empire will return home to Albany to play in ArenaBowl 32 at the Times Union Center on August 11 at 8pm. This will be the first time the AFL championship has been hosted in Albany since 1999 when the Firebirds won the title. Firebird legends, “Touchdown” Eddie Brown, will serve as the honorary captain for the game as the Empire look to bring the championship back to Albany for the first time in nearly twenty years to the date. Fans can secure their tickets to ArenaBowl 32 by visiting www.TheAlbanyEmpire.com or by calling 518-533-2200.
Empire jack linebacker, Terence Moore, had two scores on the night, returning an interception and an Empire kickoff for touchdowns, earning himself the game MVP award. Empire receiver, Collin Taylor, hauled in three catches for 59 yards, and one receiving touchdown while also running in a score on the ground, being named Offensive Player of the Game. Empire defensive back, Tevin Homer, had 7.5 tackles and an interception return for a touchdown, being named Defensive Player of the Game.
In the Other game,
After taking the first game of the series 69-33, the Philadelphia Soul returned to the Wells Fargo Center with a 36-point lead over the Washington Valor and it was close throughout the game until the last minute-and-a-half, when Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh connected with wide receiver Darius Prince to take the lead with a 33-yard touchdown to win, 48-41.
So its on to the TIMES UNION CENTER on Sunday August 11, 2019 for ARENA BOWL 32!
Over in the National Arena League,
Saturday Night one of the BEST National Arena League games of 2019 brought the Massachusetts Pirates to the Greensboro Coliseum Complex to take on the Carolina Cobras. On the line was a trip to the 2019 NAL Championship game, and this turned out to be an instant classic game and Jerry Self Jr was in Greensboro, North Carolina with My8four3 keeping our Arena Football fans #LockedIN.
And now its on to Jacksonville Florida as the Columbus Lions come to the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena to take on the Jacksonville Sharks.
The (13-1) Jacksonville Sharks are riding high on a 13-game win streak and number one seed as they head into the playoffs following a record-breaking 85-30 victory over their in-state rival the Orlando Predators. This Tuesday, August 6th the Sharks will face the #4 seeded Columbus Lions (6-8) at the Veterans Memorial Arena with kickoff set for 7 p.m. The Sharks swept the Lions in their 2 matchups this season. Columbus will have to defeat a Jacksonville team that hasn’t lost since April. Is there hope for the Lions? They have defeated the top-seeded team the last 2 years to advance to the Championship game so we will see. The National Arena League has a four-team playoff bracket, this year the Jacksonville Sharks are #1, Carolina Cobras # 2, Massachusetts Pirates #3, and the Columbus Lions #4, each have earned their ticket to the Playoffs but only two can advance to the Championship!
This rivalry dates back to 2017 as the early rivalry between Columbus and Jacksonville has led to some very exciting games. Overall the Sharks are 7-2 against the Columbus Lions and are 5-0 when playing in Jacksonville. The last time these rivals met in the Play was in the first-ever NAL championship game, where the Sharks took down the Lions in a thrilling 27-21 nail biter. Heading into this week, the Sharks are feeling confident after a seven-interception performance against the Orlando Predators (2-12) last weekend. Not only did they record seven pics, they returned three of them for touchdowns. The team set another franchise record for the most points scored in a single game with 85, besting their defeat of the New York Streets 83-51.
*some info from Press Releases