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Its MONDAY Night and LockedIN Magazine is getting back in the saddle after a ROCKY Weekend! Some Good Football was played over the weekend and some.. maybe shouldn’t have taken place at all. One really well played close game and yet ANOTHER HUGE Blow out in the AAL. Guys if a team scores 90 points against you and you don’t score 1 point.. WHY ARE YOU EVEN on the field.
Tons of action this week as not only does the Arena Football League kick off and LockedIN Magazine will be in Baltimore watching the Brigade open up their season! Who’s ready for the Monday Night Break Down.
In The American Arena League,
In what will go down in the 2019 record books as the BEST All around game of the year, The West Virginia Roughriders traveled to play the W Michigan Ironmen on Friday Night, and fans got 4 full quarters of football. The game came down to the end but the Roughriders edged out the Ironmen 33-28.
The Burg Defenders showed the League again this weekend that they don’t belong in the AAL or really any league right now, as they took the L on the chin to the Reading Raptors 62-18. So a team NOT in the league beats a team that shouldn’t be in the league… LEVEL DROP!
The Carolina Cowboyz are still DIZZY from all the action on Saturday… and so was the Scoremen. TONS of points put up in the game, but someone forgot to tell the COWBOYZ that. BLANKED as the Georgia Doom Lowered the hammer 95-0.
The CAROLINA ENERGY charged up the crowd and the league on Saturday as they took out some vengengence on the Carolina Havoc. After shutting out the Peach Tree Cats last weekend the Energy Showed that they were a Top 4 team in the Division, taking charge the entire game and winning 54-29.
The PEACH STATE CATS rebounded after last week and got some revenge beating CAROLINA PREDATORS 18-18.
And in the Battle of the Cats, the NEW ENGLAND BOBCATS defeated the NEW JERSEY BEARCATS 56-26.
Over in the National Arena League,
If Jacksonville Sharks fans were worried about the team after their Week 1 Loss to the Ny Streets, they didn’t have to wait long to see what the future can hold. Traveling up to Columbus Georgia on Friday Night, the Sharks played Dominating Football the entire night beating the Lions 48-24.
In a battle of first year teams, the Orlando Predators traveled to New York to take on the NY Streets, and as some of us know, the streets in NY are NOT Friendly! The Orlando Predators were knocked down, Pushed away, and held at bay most of the game as NY waked away with a 70-31 victory!!
Over in the Arena League….
Its Game time.. and the season is almost here!!
The Season kicks off this weekend and LockedIN Magazine will be LIVE from Baltimore!!
The Baltimore Brigade announced changes as the team cut their training camp roster from 35 players to 23. The Brigade made transactions last week including the re-signing of six-time All-Arena wide receiver Brandon Thompkins and All-Arena fullback Rory Nixon, both who have been with the team since its inception.
Thompkins, an eight-year veteran, has earned six All-Arena honors in just four years. Last season, he was the only player in the Arena Football League to earn All-Arena honors at two different positions, a feat he has done twice, earning both First Team All-Arena honors for kick returner and wide receiver in 2016. That year, Thompkins also earned Playmaker of the Year as he led the league in kick returns (93) and kick return touchdowns (5). He was third in the league for receptions per game (8.4), receiving yards per game (101.9) and scoring touchdowns (45).
Thompkins returns to Baltimore after having an exceptional 2018 season. He led the Brigade and ranked third in the AFL with 85 receptions. He led the league in all-purpose yards (1724) and yards per kick return (19.3). He led the Brigade in receiving yards (809) and receiving touchdowns (15). Thompkins is currently the all-time leader in receptions (137), receiving yards (1435), receiving touchdowns (24), kickoff return attempts (78) and kickoff return yards (1521) for the Brigade.
Also returning to Baltimore for his third season is five-year veteran Nixon. Nixon earned Second Team All-Arena honors for his performance with the Brigade in 2018. He led the league in rush attempts (34) and was tied for first in the league in rushing touchdowns (8). His career totals include 44 receptions for eight touchdowns and 249 rushing yards for 27 touchdowns. During his two seasons with the Brigade, Nixon has tallied 21 receptions for five touchdowns and 115 rushing yards for 14 touchdowns. He was named offensive player of the game after rushing for three touchdowns against Washington in week 10.
Nixon and Thompkins join offensive linemen Colin Madison and Kyron Samuels who both re-signed with Baltimore last week. In addition, the team designated five players as injured reserved including defensive backsLance Austin and Jamal Robinson, wide receivers Ervin Philips and Caylon Weathers, and defensive lineman Christopher Lee.
Baltimore kicks off their season at Royal Farms Arena this Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m. for a rematch of last season’s ArenaBowl Championship game against Washington. Fans looking to purchase single game tickets to the home opener may visit BaltimoreBrigade.com or call 667-930-0200.