The Good, The Bad and the ALMOST MADE IT!
Happy Tuesday and that means ARENA Action is coming! Tons of action from the National Arena League and the Arena Football League and some news about the American Arena League.
So much to talk about.. so lets go…
The Table is set for the 2019 Jack Bowmen Trophy! The American Arena League Championship game is set for Saturday June 29, 2019 at the Wesbanco Arena in Wheeling West Virginia.
The Carolina Energy defeated the 2018 AAL Champion, Carolina Havoc 58-38 on Saturday to advance and the West Virginia Roughriders defeated the West Michigan Ironmen 45-6 to claim the other spot.
Why is it every time there is NEWS about the American Arena League, its BAD. Now for months we have talked about getting fans to the games to make the league successful, and this week we learned that the Carolina Havoc will NOT be playing at the Florence Center next year. Where will they be playing? A call to Chris Duffy, owner of the Havoc got us the information that an attorney is looking into the situation and that NO decision has been made. The Florence Center released this statement,
“The decision was all about economics. If the citizens would’ve came to the game and I wish they had because they were very good games. Then I would’ve been happy to keep them here. For them to stay. Because it’s a training ground for staff. It becomes more events for the suite holders to enjoy. So, it has ancillary benefits. But those ancillary benefits never materialized. Their attendance started at one number at the first game. And it gradually went down and instead of going up. The last game they play they probably put out, I don’t know 400 or 500 complimentary tickets to the market to help push the attendance up. The total attendance, I think, was 114 paid. And the total people in the building was like 314. In an arena of this big, a football stadium you got 8,000 seats out there. 300 people looks pretty bad,” said Florence Center General Manager Paul Beard, Jr.
Frustrating that the team will have to move again….
Rumors of yet another ALL-STAR game and awards weekend are being talked about.. But at this point who knows!
In the National Arena League.
History was made Saturday Night as the Jacksonville Sharks (8-1) defeated the New York Streets (3-6) 83-51. Jacksonville’s record-breaking night ended with an 83-point victory, the most points scored in a single game in team history. A record that was held since their first season as a franchise (2011, 79 points vs. Iowa Barnstormers).
Sharks’ Quarterback, Mike Fafaul in his second straight start was unstoppable tonight, throwing 20-of-24 for 255 yards and nine touchdowns. Fafaul tied the NAL’s most passing touchdowns in a single-game. Wide Receiver, Devin Wilson, led the team in receiving yards (99) and touchdowns (three). Jarmon Fortson finished with 91 yards and three touchdowns. Durron Neal had four receptions for 52 yards and two touchdowns. Cody Saul came away with his first receiving touchdown this season on a 13-yard catch and run. Fullback/Linebacker Zack Brown finished the night with three rushes for one yard and one touchdown. Kick Returner, Tony Goodman returned three kickoffs for 115 yards and one touchdown. To bring it all together kicker, Brandon Behr, had a perfect night, making all 11 PAT’s and three deuces.
The Massachusetts Pirates (5-4) extended their win streak to four games defeating the Columbus Lions(3-5) 59-50 on Saturday Night at the DCU Center and Phil Zolla Photography was in Worcester, Massachusetts with My4one2 keeping our National Arena League Fans #LockedIN
The Orlando Predators made some changes on Monday, as PeeJay Jack was announced as the teams new Offensive Coordinator PeeJay Jack. Jack, a former play and coach was recently the Head Coach of the Manatee Neptunes of the A-League.
When asked about his thoughts on taking over play calling for the Predators, PeeJay said, ” It’s a blessing to be a part of this historic organization. As a player, I’ve always wanted to play for them and I did briefly. As a Coach, I always wanted to Coach for them and I am now. The team has been through so much, trying to collect the right pieces. I just want to come in and give them an identity on Offense, that they can go in to battle with. I’m a “Win each Quarter and you’ll will the game” type of Coach. I’m definitely going to give them some juice and some positivity. We’re going to fight all 4 quarters and see where we are when the dust settles. This is a great opportunity and I’m excited to get to work tomorrow. One day at a time, One quarter at a time and One game at a time.
Over In the Arena Football League,
The Washington Valor (5-4) defeated the Baltimore Brigade (5-4), 42-35, Thursday night at Capital One Arena. Valor wide receiver Josh Reese put Washington ahead when he recovered a loose ball following a missed field goal with just 14.9 seconds left in the game. Valor quarterback Arvell Nelson was named the game’s Most Valuable Player for the fifth time this season, accounting for five total touchdowns, including four rushing touchdowns.
The Albany Empire (8-1) defeated the Atlantic City Blackjacks (3-6), 63-61, in front of 9,417 fans at the Times Union Center on Saturday night. The game would be the highest scoring affair in the League so far on the season. Empire quarterback, Tommy Grady, completed 18 of 27 passes for 229 yards and seven touchdowns, earning himself the game MVP award. Empire receiver, Quentin Sims, hauled in seven passes for 91 yards, five receiving touchdowns and one touchdown on special teams, being named Offensive Player of the Game. Empire defensive back, Tevin Homer, led Albany with 4.5 total tackles and a key pass breakup that led to an interception, being named Defensive Player of the Game
It came down to the wire but the Philadelphia Soul (5-4) moved one step closer to securing a playoff spot on Saturday night, defeating the Columbus Destroyers (1-8) 42-35 at Nationwide Arena. The victory coupled with the Blackjacks loss to Albany earlier in the day means Philadelphia needs to win just one of its remaining three games in order to clinch a postseason berth.
ARENA FOOTBALL LEAGUE GAMES THIS WEEK
COLUMBUS vs Baltimore 6/28
Albany vs Philadelphia 6/29
Atlantic City Vs Washington 6/29