LockedIN On Arena Football May 16

The Good, The Bad and The VERY Disturbing

Thursday and LockedIN Magazine thinks its time to get ready for the Arena Football weekend. Some really interesting matchups coming up and some things that need to be said…. So let’s talk Football.

Last weekend showed Arena Fans that you can rebuild a team over night. Congratulations to Kenny McEntyre and the Orlando Predators. Did they win, NO. But they hard HEART! The team played like a TEAM.

Sundays’ 54-53 win over the Predators at the Amway Center in Orlando was a battle from start to finish and it was the very essence of an Arena Football back and forth affair. From the opening kickoff to the final whistle, the game was a terrific advertisement for what this sport if someone’s first experience watching an Arena Football game was Sunday’s contest, they certainly had to be impressed. At the end of the day, it was also a huge victory for the Streets after suffering their first loss of the season the week before in Carolina. And a saddening loss for the Orlando Predators.

The Battle for 1st Place in the National Arena League took place on Saturday at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena as the Defending NAL Champion Carolina Cobras were in town to take on the Jacksonville Sharks and Jacob Ross was in Jacksonville, Florida with My9oh4 keeping our Arena Fans #LockedIN.

The Jacksonville Sharks (3-1) dominated the defending champs in the second half of tonight’s game and came out on top 35-24 in low scoring brawl between the two best defenses in the NAL. Jacksonville’s freakish performance on defense tonight led to the (3-1) Carolina Cobras lowest scoring game in team history with 24 points total with only six points in the second half.

The Columbus Destroyers visited the Royal Farms Arena on Friday Night to take on the Baltimore Brigade in Friday Night Arena Football League Action and Richard Bailey was in Baltimore, Maryland with My4one2 keeping the Arena Fans#LockedIN.

Wide Receiver Joe Hills became the 17th player in Arena Football History to surpass 10,000 career receiving yards tonight. Hills was named Offensive Player of the Game with nine receptions for 74 yards and one touchdown. Quarterback Shane Boyd was named Most Valuable Player with his 24 completions for 287 yards and five touchdown performance.

It was all ENERGY inside the Bojangles’ Coliseum on Saturday Night as American Arena League Football returned to Charlotte, North Carolina. The Carolina Energy were no match for the The Carolina Aviators  scoring every which way but Lose! and finishing with a final score of 72-6. Thanks to JJsphotos for hanging out with My8four3 and keeping our Arena Fans #LockedIN.

And this week is going to be more of the same FUN.

On Saturday the Orlando Predators visit Jacksonville Florida and the Jacksonville Sharks. Coming off their home field win last week, the Sharks look forward to see their old rivals in the Shark Tank this weekend. Currently, three teams are tied for first place in the NAL: Jacksonville, New York and Carolina. With both Jacksonville and Carolina playing this weekend each team needs a victory to stay on top. Luckily, Jacksonville finds themselves with home field advantage against an improving but 1-4 Orlando team.

When it comes to the Sharks offense, they have the second-most efficient quarterback in the league. Jonathan Bane, who is currently 84-of-141 (59.57%) for 939 yards (2nd – NAL), 19 touchdowns (T-1st in NAL), and just five interceptions runs the offense. On the ground fullback, Alstevis Squirewell, has rushed 18 times for 41 yards (2nd – NAL) and two touchdowns. The Sharks are firing on all cylinders with the most dominant receiving core in the National Arena League. The Sharks boast four receivers with over 100 yards receiving, two with over 200 yards, and Devin Wilson the NAL leader in receiving yards with an astonishing 415 yards. This fantastic four (Wilson, Neal, Fortson, Gilchrist) combine for 19 touchdowns making the passing game a serious threat to all Sharks opponents.

Saturday’s other LockedIN game, the WEST VIRGINIA ROUGHRIDERS will be at home defending the house as the JERSEY
FLIGHT come to town. The Rougriders(7-0 Overall and 4-0 in the division) take on the Flight(3-1 Overall and 3-0 in the division) who are heading in looking to play Spoiler.

Will the Roughriders have it all to stay undefeated or will the Flight ground the Roughriders. We shall see on Saturday!

In OTHER Arena Football News:

Over in the National Arena League, the Pirates are at it again. Days after the Pirates signed former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Dexter McCluster, the organization has announced the trade wide receiver Lavon Pearson to the Carolina Cobras for future considerations. Pearson is the Pirates all-time leader in receptions with 102 and the franchise leader in receiving yards with 1,156. He had appeared in four of the Pirates five games this season and was tied for second on the team with 19 receptions. He had two touchdowns to go along with 145 receiving yards.

McCluster was a second round pick (36th overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft out of Mississippi by the Kansas City Chiefs. After four seasons with the Chiefs, where he enjoyed a Pro Bowl selection in 2013 and was second team All-Pro the same season, he went on to play for two seasons with the Tennessee Titans and then in 2016 with the San Diego Chargers.  His last professional season was in 2018 with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. Now he wants to get to work for the Pirates.

Now over in the American Arena League, The DRAMA that is unfolding on social media, should be contained. This isn’t the first time a team has folding mid-season. But from lack of League supervision, the “Internet” Reporters have found a home to air out their DIRTY Laundry.

Who pays the price? The PLAYERS DO. People. You work all your life to play professional sports. Training. Training. And More training. Watching Film. Working out. Training some more. You sign a CONTRACT to play Professional Sports. Instead of getting on Facebook to air out your dirty Laundry, Call A LAWYER. Take the People responsible to COURT. Have your day. But sitting like 8th graders on facebook, telling the world the secrets you have. isn’t putting MONEY in your POCKET. Actually, it may be hurting you.

The more negative tossed into the MIX, the Worse the public will attend anything going around the league.

The Carolina Havoc, 2018 defending champion of the American Arena League (AAL), will use it’s last home game of the 2019 season as a “Salute to Heroes.” On Saturday, May 18, 2019, beginning at 7:05 p.m., the Havoc will take on the Southern Steam. The Steam are an Elite Indoor Football League out of Jacksonville Florida, and are 3-1 this year in a EIF / AAL Season.

That night, the team will honor the members of the “Florence Seven”.

The “Florence Seven” were the seven members of the Florence County Sheriffs Office and Florence Police Department who were either wounded or killed in the line of duty Oct. 22, 2018, while serving a warrant in Florence County, South Carolina. Terrance Calloway and Farah Turner lost their lives as they took fire from the suspect.The Havoc will honor these brave men and women at halftime of their game Saturday. The team will also honor members of the armed forces, first response and law enforcement before kickoff. Area children will be able to come to the Florence Center before the game and participate in a “Touch-a-Truck” style event as well as participate in other planned events.Family members of the “Florence Seven” will also eat with the team at it’s pregame meal provided by Liberty Station Catering and Events of Florence.As a bonus, all members of the armed forces, law enforcement and first response will be able to enter the game for free. They can purchase additional tickets at the Florence Center box office for just $7 each. For questions or inquiries about Saturday’s events, please call the team’s office at (843) 603-1743. or on TicketMaster.

 

The Columbus Lions have partnered with NFL Flag for the 2019 season  to provide your children with the best flag football experience in the bi-city.  The season will kick off next summer at Hughson Field in the Columbus Civic Center, home the National Arena League Columbus Lions. Age groups TBA.  Registration is $99 dollars per player and includes the following:

1. NFL flag jersey, flag belt, and insurance
2. (3) game tickets for Lions home games
3. Official Columbus Lions Adidas T-shirt

-NEVER A RAIN OUT

-PLAY ON THE TURF INSIDE (A/C)

-FULL USE OF THE JUMBOTRON

-SOME TEAMS WILL PLAY AT HALFTIME OF THE LIONS GAMES!

Powered by USA Football, the sport’s national governing body, NFL FLAG is the country’s leading flag football program, with unmatched standards of safety, education and support. We believe football imparts great lessons and provides kids with skills that serve them well throughout their lives.

If you are interested in coaching a team or officiating, please contact jason@columbuslions.net or call 706-322-3336

Date : Summer 2019
Where : Columbus Civic Center
Cost : $99 per player
Division: 5-6, 7-8, 9-10. 11-13
Season : 5 games , no playoffs. Exhibitions during halftime of Lions games when available.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

 

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