The Good, The Bad and The Playoffs
Happy Sunday Fellow football fans and welcome to another edition of LockedIN on Arena Football. Its Sunday and this weekends games were pretty fun. Tons to talk about so lets dig in….
The Battle for 1st place in the National Arena League took place in South Carolina on Saturday. The Jacksonville Sharks (7-1) traveled to Greensboro, NC to take on the Carolina Cobras (6-3) in a battle for the top seed in the NAL. After a back and forth first half the Sharks slammed their foot on the pedal defeating the defending champs 55-29 in the Snake Pit. This victory secures Jacksonville sweep of the Carolina Cobras for the 2019 regular season. The #1 Sharks keep their position at the top of the league standings going into week 11. Tonight’s win becomes even more memorable as it becomes the 100th Regular Season victory in team history. Jacksonville joins only 16 other arena and indoor football teams.
The Massachusetts Pirates traveled down to Orlando Florida on Saturday to take on the Orlando Predators at the Amway Center, and the Pirates continued their strong play beating the Preds 45-31.
Over in the Arena Football League,
The Baltimore Brigade (5-3) defeated the Columbus Destroyers (1-7), 44-39, Saturday at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, O.H. Brigade wide receiver Joe Hills made Arena Football League history by catching a touchdown reception in his 100th consecutive game. Hills finished with six receptions for 54 yards and two touchdowns.
“It’s a milestone that I am very proud to have reached,” Hills said. “It took me a long time to get here. Over the course of my career, there has been a lot of coaches and players that were a part of those 100 games and my family has been supporting me the entire way.”
Quarterback Shane Boyd completed 18 of 28 passes for 229 yards and six touchdowns. Boyd was named Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive game and connected touchdown passes to all three starting wideouts including three to Brandon Collins who led the Brigade with seven receptions for 132 yards and three touchdowns. For his efforts, Collin was named Offensive Player of the Game. Baltimore sacked the Columbus quarterback four times with defensive linemen Darryl Cato-Bishop and Justin Lawrence hauling in two each.
The Albany Empire (7-1) defeated the Washington Valor (4-4), 56-55, in front of 7,179 fans at the Capital One Arena on Saturday night. With the victory, Albany became the first team to clinch a playoff berth this season. The win also marked the third-largest comeback in League history, trailing by 27 points during the game. Empire receiver, Quentin Sims, caught nine passes for 186 yards and four touchdowns earning himself the game MVP award. Valor quarterback, Arvell Nelson, completed 23 of 33 passes for 262 yards and seven total touchdowns, being named Offensive Player of the Game. Empire defensive back, Tevin Homer, led Albany with 8.5 total tackles and two pass breakups, one leading to an interception, being named Defensive Player of the Game.
Over in the American Arena League, the Championship game is set up and its going to be a FIREFIGHT! On Saturday both Semi round games took place.
First, the Carolina Havoc traveled to play the Carolina Energy, and the Havoc Looked OUT OF PLACE. Not really ready for the game and it showed from the 1st snap til the last play, and the Energy took full advantage winning 52-38. In the Night game, the W MICHIGAN IRONMEN traveled to Wheeling West Virginia to take on the Roughriders and the Riders were no match for the Ironmen. The Roughriders took the game 45-6 and host the Championship game in 2 weeks.
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