The Latest News From The AFL, AAL and the NAL
It’s Sunday Morning and most of us Football Fans are still getting over that old fashioned, In Your Face football game that turns SOUTH real quick and turns out to be an ASS WHOOPING in the American Arena League last night. Not ONE but 2 BLOW OUT Games, as the AAL’s group B teams got Beat Down!
One of the BIGGEST problems with leagues like the AAL, is QUALITY of teams. Not only is this issue not good for the league, but for the players safety as well.
The BURGH DEFENDERS brought themself into Wheeling, West Virginia last night to play the West Virginia Roughriders and were NOT READY for the football that they play in WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA. The RoughRiders did it every which way they wanted too cruising easily by the score of 95-18.
We aren’t sure if anyone else say the onslaught coming but no one said anything to the Cape Fear Heroes who had a 4 Course Meal of the Carolina Cowboyz 87-12.
Mark Your CALENDARS NOW! Cause after week 5 or so, neither the Cowboyz or the Defenders will be in the league and then the AAL will have to cancel games again! You Can NOT, allow recreational teams into the league and want fair play. It’s dangerous not only to the players on the field, but its a bad look on the league.
In Other AAL News:
The Carolina Havoc won their 2nd in a row taking care of the PEACH STATE CATS 54-13.
Over In The Arena Football League,
The Arena Football League announced today the Columbus Destroyers as the official name of the new team in Columbus, Ohio, the most recent addition to the League. Also announced was former AFL player and coach, Matthew Sauk, as the Destroyers’ head coach. The Destroyers will begin play in April at the start of the 2019 AFL season.
The Atlantic City Blackjacks have announced the following:
The Atlantic City Blackjacks announce that former Arena Football League MVP quarterback, Randy Hippeard, has been assigned to the team. Per League and team rules, terms are not disclosed.
Originally from Stafford, Virginia, Hippeard attended the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. There, he started every game except the final three of his freshman year. Hippeard earned Honorable Mention All-American honors in 2006, 2007, and 2008. While at college, Hippeard set 24 single-season records and finished with the fourth most passing yards in NAIA history. In 2014, he was inducted into the Virginia-Wise Highland Cavaliers Athletics Hall of Fame.
The Atlantic City Blackjacks also announce that three players have been assigned to the team roster. Antron Dillon, Defensive Line, Denzel Keyes, Wide Receiver and Tyriq McCord, Defensive Line.
Originally from Hammond, Louisiana, Dillon attended the University of North Alabama. He first committed to play football for the Vanderbilt Commodores but transferred to Southwest Mississippi Community college for two seasons. Then he transferred again to North Alabama where he played for them in 2007 and after a two-year gap, played for them again in 2010.
Keyes was raised in Kinston, North Carolina and went on to play football for North Carolina A&T. There he set the school record for career touchdowns with 25. In 43 games, he totaled 111 receptions for 1,333 yards. “I joined AC because I felt like it was an opportunity from God to get back out there, have fun and make plays!” Keyes exclaimed.
McCord, from Tampa, Florida, played football for the University of Miami from 2013-2015. He appeared in 33 games getting 95 tackles, 53 of them being solo tackles, 10.5 sacks and 3 interceptions. In 2016 he spent time with the Pittsburgh Steelers but quickly moved onto the Hamilton Tiger Cars of the CFL in 2017. This year he has played for the Orlando Apollos and the Atlanta Legends of the AAF.
Over in the National Arena League,
The Massachusetts Pirates professional arena football team in Worcester has signed former University of Tennessee Chattanooga quarterback Alejandro Bennifield and defensive lineman Joshua Augusta for the 2019 season.
In 32 games for the Mocs, Bennifield completed 64 percent of his passes (227 of 356) for 2,863 yards with 29 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also ran 589 times for 145 yards and scored seven rushing touchdowns. A native of Lovejoy, GA Bennifield (6’3”, 220 lbs.) graduated in 2017, signed a National Football League contract and went to mini-camp with the New Orleans Saints and said it was a great experience.
At 6’4,” 355 lbs., Augusta, the former Missouri Tiger should be able to dominate on the defensive line. With his size he should be favored in one on one match ups.
The Carolina Cobras have signed former NFL running back and Greensboro native James Summers (6’3”, 223) as a wide receiver. The Page High School quarterback attended East Carolina University where he shifted his role to running back, accruing 1315 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns in 22 games for the Pirates in the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
In LockedIN Magazine’s SpotLight Player portion: Matt Wells!
If you ever wanted to talk FOOTBALL to a person, and I mean Football. The Art of the game. You want to chat with Matt Wells. Going into his 8th year as a professional player, Matt has gained the wisdom that is paying off On the Field and Off the field as well. Over the summer Matt started Global Professional Football Scouting to help players find a spot on the football team.
The dedication and commitment that Matt has to football fuels the drive in the off season as he got ready for camp. Now that the waiting is over, and camp is MONDAY, its a different world from the Georgia Firebirds and the reborn Orlando Predators. From Country Steak, to a Juicy Rib Eye. This camp will be different.
An ownership group led by former Preds defensive specialist Kenny McEntyre and Nate Starling came together to rebirth the Orlando Predators, and the Jungle is READY! The Season kicks off on April 13th, 2019 at the Amway Center and LockedIN Magazine and My4oh7 will be LIVE on the Scene.