The Good, The Bad and Arena Football
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The American Arena League is STILL ALIVE but the medics are on scene and keeping things going at the moment. Who watched the Playoff game Tuesday Night in Florence? The Carolina Havoc took apart the Cape Fear Heroes and there was FEAR, and certainly the only heroes were the fans that watched.
The Havoc started off a bit slow Tuesday night, but once they got rolling, it was clear they were the better team. Carolina beat Cape Fear 60-22 in the American Arena League playoff opener at the Florence Center, setting the stage for a second round match up against the Carolina Energy.
The Havoc led 40-16 at the half. Rashad Carter was the difference marker, scoring three times for the Havoc. Quarterback Jesse Scoggins was once again outstanding. The game against the Energy will take place something next week. A date and time has yet to be released. A win over Carolina would put the Havoc in the championship.
The #1 Jacksonville Sharks (6-1) enter Week 10 as the top-seed in the NAL for the fourth week in a row, close behind them is this week’s opponent, the #2 Carolina Cobras (6-2). The 2018 NAL Champion Cobras are a game behind the 2017 NAL Champion Sharks. This battle of champs now sets the stage for the fight for first place as the winner will claim the number one seed in the NAL standings. If Jacksonville wins Saturday, they will have completed a seven-game win streak going into Week 11.
After a week off from action, the Massachusetts Pirates (3-4) travel to Orlando to take on the Predators (2-5). The Pirates got the best of the Predators in their first matchup on April 27th, winning 45-12 in a one-sided game.
Over in the Arena Football League:
The Washington Valor (4-3) topped the Philadelphia Soul (3-4), 48-41, Sunday afternoon at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The Valor scored three times in the fourth quarter, including a one-yard rushing touchdown by quarterback Arvell Nelson with 20 seconds remaining to seal the victory. With the win, Washington is now tied with Baltimore for the second-best record in the league.
The Baltimore Brigade (4-3) handed the Albany Empire (6-1) their first loss the season, 42-41, Saturday night at Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y. Brigade quarterback Shane Boyd was named the game’s Most Valuable Player, throwing for 261 yards and six touchdowns, tying a season high set in Week 1.
The Columbus Destroyers, presented by GermainCars.com, defeated the Atlantic City Blackjacks, 54-50, in front of 6,029 fans at Nationwide Arena on Friday night. With the win, the Destroyers improve to 1-6 on the season. Quarterback Grant Russell completed 16 of his 27 passes for 217 yards and six touchdowns in the win, while five different players found the end zone in the win. Wide receivers Paul Browning and Kenny Cook both caught two touchdowns on the night, with Cook catching the game-winner, a 13-yarder with 12 seconds left to seal the victory.
WEEK SEVEN: ARENA FOOTBALL LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSIVE: Shane Boyd (#8) | QB, Baltimore Brigade
A strong performance combined with one of the biggest wins of the season earned Shane Boyd, QB for the Baltimore Brigade, the Week 7 Offensive Player of the Week Honors. Boyd threw for 261 yards and six touchdowns to lead his team to a narrow 42-41 victory over the previously unbeaten Albany Empire. The six touchdowns tied his previous season high from week one, and the 261 yards were his second most this season. On top of his solid production thus far Boyd has been smart with the football, leading the league with the fewest interceptions (4).
This is Boyd’s eighth season in the AFL, and his second with the Baltimore Brigade.
DEFENSIVE: James Romain (#25) | DB, Philadelphia Soul
James Romain, DB for the Philadelphia Soul, earned the Week 7 Defensive Player of the Week Honors. Romain was all over the field Sunday recording a game-high nine tackles, one interception and one pass breakup in the Soul’s 48-41 loss to the Washington Valor. The seven-year AFL veteran has been a ball hawk in the secondary this season as is tied with Baltimore’s Joe Powell for the most interceptions in the league (4) and leads the league outright in interception return yards (99).
This is Romain’s seventh season in the AFL, and his seventh with the Philadelphia Soul.
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Through the first half of the National Arena League season, Massachusetts Pirates wide receiver Mardy Gilyard is tied for the league lead in touchdown receptions with 15. He is also second in yards per reception with 13.2 and is in the top ten in receptions, receiving yards per game and total receiving yards. The 32 year old veteran shows no signs of slowing down. His passion for the game began at an early age.
Gilyard’s journey began much like that of several high school football stars from the state of Florida. He possessed all of the skills that would make any college recruiter sit up and take notice. Glyard played at Flagler Palm Coast High School where he was a first-team Class 5A all-state selection as he amassed over 2,500 yards and 30 touchdowns. After being named the MVP of the Florida Coach All-Star Game he committed to the University of Cincinnati in 2005