You Can Almost Smell The Playoffs
Happy Hump Day Sports Fans its been a fun interesting week and no matter if your in the National Arena League or the Arena Football League…. your Talking Playoffs.
Last Week in the National Arena League, The Jacksonville Sharks (11-1) defeated the Massachusetts Pirates (7-5) 59-42 in an exciting Week 14 battle and with that victory secures a home-field advantage in the NAL playoffs. This victory marks the Sharks 11th straight win as they return to Jacksonville to face the Pirates again next week. Jacksonville’s resilience on the road plaid off as faced and won each of their three straight road games against New York, Orlando, and now Massachusetts. Phil Zolla and Capture The Moment Photography was down at the DCU Center with My4one2 keeping our Arena Fans #LockedIN. CLICK HERE for Facebook Pictures and CLICK HERE for Hi Res Pictures
Last week in Worcester, Jacksonville’s defense allowed just eight points in the first half, which helped them get the big win. Offensively, the Sharks were able to score on every drive except three (two interceptions and a turnover on downs). Quarterback Jonathan Bane stepped onto the field for the first time in over four weeks and shook off the rust with a five-touchdown performance against one of the better defensive backfields in the league. With the postseason around the corner, the Sharks have several notable players that are in the running for All-NAL honors.
Notable streaks this season:
– Wide Receiver Devin Wilson has had at least one touchdown reception every single game this season
– Wide Receiver Jarmon Fortson is on a seven-game active receiving touchdown streak
– Defensive Lineman Nick Woodman leads the league in sacks (10)
– Defensive Lineman Nick Woodman leads the league in tackles for a loss (12.5)
– Defensive Lineman Nick Woodman leads the league in forced fumbles (4)
– Kicker Brandon Behr leads the league in deuces (18)
– Kicker Brandon Behr leads the league in PAT’s made (78)
– Defensive Back Seth Ellis leads the league in Interceptions (13)
– Jack Linebacker Cody Saul leads the league in tackles (59.5)
This weekend’s home game is Saturday, July 20 at 7p.m. (ET) versus the Pirates in their final regular-season showdown. For tickets please call (904) 621-0700, visit www.jaxsharks.com or www.ticketmaster.com or go to the arena box office. Tickets start as low as $10. The game will be streamed live on the National Arena League YouTube channel.
This week the Massachusetts Pirates get McCluster, Dantzler and Yarbary back so look for them to set up.
Just when you start to count out the Columbus Lions, lightning strikes and things change. Fighting for the 4th and final spot in the 2019 National Arena League Playoffs the NY Streets took the show on the Road to Columbus, Georgia to take on those Columbus Lions and after the 55-19 win, you now have the 4 playoff teams.
The Lions now head to Orlando to feast on the leaderless Orlando Predators. There is no PRIDE in Orlando at the moment and no FIRE in the players. And this weekend will be revenge for Lions QB Bryan Hicks as he returns to Orlando after being released in early July. Lions HUGE over Predators
There was only 1 game in the Arena Football League Action as football Returned to Baltimore, Maryland on Saturday as the Washington Valor Came to town to take on the Baltimore Brigade and Richard Bailey was at the Royal Farms Arena with My4one2 keeping our Arena Football Fans#LockedIN. CLICK HERE for Facebook Pictures or CLICK HERE for Hi Res Pictures
The Baltimore Brigade fell to the Washington Valor, 47-40,coming up just short in an eventful matchup between the interstate rivals. Wide receiver Brandon Collins became the first Brigade player in franchise history to surpass 2,000 receiving yards and now holds the record for most points scored with 242 and touchdowns with 40. Defensive back Joe Powell was named Defensive Player of the Game and recorded 6.5 tackles (6 solo), 134 kick return yards, and a 56-yard kickoff return.
Saturday Columbus at Washington 330pm
Saturday Philadelphia at Albany 7pm
Sunday Baltimore at Atlantic City 4pm
The Baltimore Brigade playoff tickets are on sale now and start at just $12. Fans can purchase group or all-inclusive tickets by calling 667-930-0200 or by visiting www.BaltimoreBrigade.com. The Brigade will begin postseason play on the weekend of July 26.
The Brigade (6-5) clinched a playoff berth on Saturday, July 6 after the Atlantic City Blackjacks fell to the Philadelphia Soul. This marks the Brigade’s third consecutive postseason appearance since the franchise’s birth in 2016. They join the Albany Empire (9-2), the Philadelphia Soul (7-4) and the Washington Valor (6-5). The Valor clinched the fourth and final playoff spot last week after defeating the Brigade 47-40. Albany has clinched the top seed, while positions 2-4 will be determined following the conclusion of the regular season on Sunday, July 21.
The 2019 postseason will kick off with a pair of home-and-home series between the top four teams in the league (#1 vs. #4 and #2 vs. #3) with games played during the weekends of July 26 and August 2. The two teams with the highest aggregate scores at the end of these series will advance to ArenaBowl XXXII, held on August 11 at 3 p.m. ArenaBowl XXXII will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2.