Arena Football Is Gearing Up And Some Interesting Things Are Brewing
With the NFL Superbowl over and done with, No more Brady Jokes for a few more months, the eyes and ears of Football Fans turn to Arena Football for their Sports Entertainment. The Arena Football League(AFL), American Arena Football League(AAL) and the National Arena League(NAL) are gearing up for their 2018 Start.
In the NAL, the Columbus Lions are stirring up for fan support announcing that they have made partnership deal with Omaha Brewing Company for the season. The Lions will be debuting the Omaha Brewing Party Zone on April 13th and for every Lions home game in 2018. The south end zone of the arena will be transformed into a field level suite, giving fans an up close and personal view of the game and access to OBC’s brews for four quarters of football.
Located just south of Columbus, Ga. in the Chattahoochee Valley, OBC is ingrained in the fresh, Southern soil Georgia knows best. Each brew is crafted with fresh artisan well water running right under the brewery to produce a unique brew full of flavor and aroma.
The Carolina Cobras continue to build their team by first signing former Tampa Bay Storm Phillip Barnett, then former Green Bay Blizzard DB Tyrell Pearson, and rookies Chris Cooley and Antwan Hadley. Cooley started college at Southwest Mississippi Community College. In his sophomore year with Southwest Mississippi, Cooley caught 17 passes for 245 yards. In his junior year, Cooley transferred to the University of Southern Mississippi and played one season as a defensive back. In his senior year, Cooley transferred and finished his college career in Delta State University. That year, Cooley played in 10 games and had 23 catches for 222 yards. Hadley began playing college ball for the Butler Community College Grizzlies in El Dorado, Kansas from 2013-2014. In 2013, Hadley finished the season with 34 tackles, two interceptions and five pass breakups in 11 games for the BCC Grizzlies, finishing the season with a 9-2 record. In 2014, Hadley was fourth on the team in total tackles with 73 (34 solo/1.5 TFL), had seven pass breakups, one interception, elected to the Second-Team All-Jayhawk Conference and helped the BCC Grizzlies to an 8-3 record. After his time in JUCO, Hadley received offers from Western Kentucky University, Colorado State University and Oklahoma State University.
The Maine Mammoths signed WR Ricky Hunt. Hunt spent 2016 with the Central Florida Jaguars in American Indoor Football (AIF). Hunt spent time as a wide receiver and running back for the Central Florida Jaguars.
The Lehigh Valley Steelhawks announced they have resigned Offensive Lineman/Center Shawn Lockett (6’1, 345, American International) for this third season with the Black and Vegas Gold.
There has been NO word out of the AFL since Tampa Bay announced the Storm would stop operations and not play in 2018. Bringing the number of ACTIVE teams in the league to 4.
The AAL has been pretty busy of late. First announcing that Cape Fear Heroes joined the league. The Heroes are a veteran team that played last season in Supreme Indoor Football (SIF). veteran team that has played since 2012 under the direction of team owner Barbara Spigner. Over a five year span since their inception the Heroes have been known as one of the most talented and successful teams in the nation. During that time they have amassed a regular season record of 30 wins 8 losses and a playoff record of 5 wins and 2 losses. The team will be based in Fayetteville, North Carolina,
The Cape Fear Heroes then signed Eddie Verrett a 6’3” 255 pound defensive lineman from Norfolk Virginia. Eddie is a veteran player that will add leadership and looks to contribute to the Heroes immediately. Finally the Heroes signed Justin Sullivan a Defensive Back that is a two year arena veteran having played for the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks in 2016 and most recently the Triangle Torch of Supreme Indoor Football in 2017.
William Thompson, General Manager of the American Arena League’s High Country Grizzlies, today announced that the team named Scott Meserve as the High Country Grizzlies Head Coach. Meserve has more than 25 years of coaching experience including stints at professional, collegiate, and high school levels. His past two decades he primarily served as Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator at the high school level. Prior to his Associate Head Coach position with the Grizzlies, Meserve served as an Assistant with the Triangle Torch and Cape Fear Heroes.
Defensive back Thyrell Lewis signed with the Grizzlies for the 2018 season. Lewis, who recently played in the Champions Indoor Football league with the Duke City Gladiators, is ready to hit the ground running this 2018 season. The 30-year-old attended Weber State University where he finished his senior year as All-Big Sky Cornerback with 36 tackles, 1.5 for a loss, 2 interceptions, 8 pass break ups, and 10 pass deflections.