LockedIN Takes A Look At the Good, The Bad and the UGLY of Arena Football
What a WEEK this has been and the games this weekend will keep EVERYONE Talking! LockedIN takes a Look at the National Arena League, The American Arena League and the Arena Football League as we get ready for some More Football.
How did your teams come out last week and what to expect this week is our focus today! Lets look back at the Sharks vs Predators, Baltimore and the Blackjacks and all the Transactions you might have missed.
The Jacksonville Sharks (4-1) devastated their rival, Orlando Predators, Military Appreciation Night, brought to you by Ocean Grove RV. The Sharks were introduced to their Red, White, and Black camouflage jerseys tonight and did not disappoint against the Orlando Predators (1-5), finishing on a high-scoring 61-7 beat down.
The Baltimore Brigade (2-2) were defeated, 48-41, by the Atlantic City Blackjacks (2-2) on Saturday night at the Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall in their first road game of the season. Baltimore added 22 points to the scoreboard during the fourth quarter, ending the game with a touchdown pass to wide receiver Joe Hills and a two-point conversion by wide receiver Brandon Collins with zero seconds remaining on the clock.
Now Inside the NAL:
Congratulations goes out to the Week 6 Players of the Week!
WR Devin Wilson: 8 receptions for 112 yards and 3 touchdowns
JLB Pasquale Vacchio: 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery, 2 touchdowns, and 5 tackles
K Nick Belcher: 6-of-8 PAT, 3 deuces
The Orlando Predators have started to clean house this week releasing QB Garry Chouloute, K Mike Adams, DBs Arness Ikner, Dezariah Johnson, WR Rob Brown and OL Iswah Webster. Will this be enough as the Predators head west this weekend to take on the Carolina Cobras? Doubtful. Look for the Cobras to score 75 and to keep the Predators on their losing streak.
The Columbus Lions Released OL Manny Ogunleye and then activated Kamryn Pettway.
After a lengthy bye week, the Massachusetts Pirates (1-4) will be rested and ready to go for their upcoming matchup against the 3-1 New York Streets in Westchester on Monday afternoon at 3:00. The Streets, are currently in third place in the National Arena League. The time off allowed for massive changes to the Pirates roster. Massachusetts added former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Dexter McCluster, former Patriots offensive lineman Tre’ Jackson, and shipped wide receiver Lavon Pearson to the Carolina Cobras in exchange for future considerations. Sitting at four games below .500, the squad hopes these roster moves will turn the season around.
As far as the passing attack goes, New York quarterback E.J. Nemeth leads the league in passing yards per completion, efficiency, passing yards per attempt, and passing completion percentage. Through four games he has completed 62% of his passes while throwing for 917 yards, 19 touchdowns, six interceptions, and four rushing scores. The Pirates Sean Brackett has used his rushing ability to lead the NAL in yards per rush and rushing touchdowns with four. Through the air, he has accumulated 807 yards with 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions while throwing for 53.9%.
The Pirates made the Following roster moves and is expected to make more before Monday’s game. This weeks’ moves included:
May 20, Placed DB Lashard Durr, Mississippi State, on short term injured reserve
May 20, Activated DB Al Louis-Jean, Boston College, from short term injured reserve
May 20, Placed K Tyler Rausa, Boise State on team suspension
May 22, Activated WR Tavares Martin Jr. Washington State, from long term injured reserve
May 22, Activated WR Thomas Owens, Florida International, from short term injured reserve
May 23, Released OL Kenny Lacy, UCLA
May 23, Placed LB Sean Loiseau, Merrimack, on team suspension
May 23, Signed DB Khalid Wooten, Nevada
Inside the AAL:
With two weeks remaining in the 2019 American Arena League season, the regular season divisional champions have been determined. With this Saturdays win, the West Michigan Ironmen led by Head Coach, Nate Smith are the Midwest Regular Season Champions and will host the Indianapolis Enforcers in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday, June 8th. The Enforcers are led by owner/Head Coach KC Carter.
In Wheeling, West Virginia two undefeated Northern Division teams met to determine the host site for the AAL quarterfinal playoff game. In a rematch, on Saturday, June 8 the Roughriders will host the Jersey Flight.
On Saturday, the Carolina Havoc clinched the regular season Atlantic Division Championship with a big win and despite their BYE, the undefeated Carolina Energy are the Southern Division Champions.
And one more for the ROAD as the Defenders called it QUITS on Friday Via Facebook.
#Attention #fans #players #press #naysayers #lovers and anyone we are missing. Thank you all for tuning in and following us throughout our first season of play (its been a rough learning year for us but we made it through). Our season has ended as our last 2 games where awarded to us do to our last 2 opponents arena availability.
We have #officially started our first #offseason and we are hard at work revamping our organization to make our 2020 season in the American Arena League a special season to remember. We have released all players except 5 who will be returning next season to compete for the #AAL crown in 2020. #Staytuned for team news & upcoming team events. #DefendTheBurgh#WeAreTheNorth
Inside the Arena League:
The Arena Football League announced today that Baltimore Brigade defensive back Nias Martin has been named Week 4’s Defensive Player of the Week for his stellar performance against the Atlantic City Blackjacks.
Martin recorded two interceptions, including his first pick-six of his AFL career, and three solo tackles. With a little over eight minutes left in the fourth quarter, Martin snagged Atlantic City quarterback Randy Hippeard’s pass and returned it 26 yards for a touchdown, which left the Brigade trailing by just one point at 33-32. Martin’s first interception of the night came during the first quarter where he grabbed another pass from Hippeard.
The Baltimore native is playing in his second AFL season after making a brief appearance in one game with the Brigade last year. Martin is one of just three players in the AFL who have returned an interception for a touchdown this season. Martin is second on the Brigade in interceptions (2) and fourth in total tackles (8.5).
This is the second consecutive week a Baltimore player has earned AFL Defensive Player of the Week honors. Last week, linebacker Dexter Jackson was named Week 3’s Defensive Player of the Week.
The Baltimore Brigade take on the Philadelphia Soul this Sunday, May 26 at 3:00 pm at Royal Farms Arena.
The Baltimore Brigade announced today that wide receiver Brandon Thompkins and linebacker Joe Goosby are both out indefinitely due to injuries.
Thompkins was examined after collapsing during Saturday night’s game at Atlantic City. An MRI revealed a tear in the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Thompkins has started in every game this season for the Brigade and recently hit a new milestone of 8,000 career receiving yards during Week 3. The eight-year veteran leads the Arena Football League in kickoff return yards with 249 and the Brigade in receptions with 25.
Goosby, an eight-year veteran, suffered a neck injury during Saturday night’s game. This is Goosby’s first season with the Brigade and he has started in every game. Goosby ranks third on the team in total tackles with 18.5 and has recorded 15 solo tackles and one forced fumble this season.