ONE LAST LOOK
Archived games for the week ending May 19, 2019
Here’s your reference to all games broadcast this past weekend. Just click on the blue links for another look. Purple links are to each league’s composite schedules and results.
In AFL action over the weekend, the Albany Empire remained perfect, downing the winless Columbus Destroyers, 56-40. The remaining field all moved to 2-2 on the season as the Washington Valor beat the Philadelphia Soul, 53-46, and the Atlantic City Blackjacks took care of the Baltimore Brigade, 48-41.
The season-long struggle to stay on schedule continued to plague the AAL this past weekend, as only two of the six games originally billed were played. In all, five games were canceled and a sixth was called early as the Carolina Havoc were humiliating the Southern Steam, 91-20, with four minutes remaining before the Steam tapped out. The Northern Division was wrapped up after the West Virginia Roughriders beat the Jersey Flight, 53-16. Despite a league requirement to livestream its games this year, none of the other three contests were broadcast as the West Michigan Ironmen downed the Muskegon Mustangs, 44-37, the Indianapolis Enforcers beat the Illinois Renegades, 46-6, and the Cape Fear Heroes breezed to a 68-28 win against the Carolina Predators.
With the Texas Revolution folding, the CIF had an unusually light schedule with just two games on the slate. The Omaha Beef moved to 6-1 after downing the Wichita Force, 70-33. The Sioux City Bandits kept pace with the Beef in the North by holding off the Amarillo Venom, 79-71, as the Bandits recovered an onside kick with 29 seconds remaining and QB Dillon Turner scored on a 4-yard run for the clincher. (Editor’s note: CIF archived games can be accessed through the PlutoTV app. Individual URLs are not available for each archived game.)
All ten teams were in action in the IFL, with the top three all holding serve. It was the Arizona Rattlers moving to 10-0 after beating the San Diego Strike Force, 84-63. The 10-1 Iowa Barnstormers outlasted the Green Bay Blizzard, 54-49, and the 9-2 Sioux Falls Storm edging the Nebraska Danger, 57-56. The Quad City Steamwheelers got past the Cedar Rapids River Kings, 48-29, and the Tucson Sugar Skulls downed the Bismarck Bucks, 52-40, in a game not archived.
The NAL featured only two games, headlined by the renewal of an old rivalry as the Jacksonville Sharks blasted the expansion Orlando Predators, 61-7. In the only other game, the Carolina Cobras got back to their winning ways, downing the Columbus Lions, 60-32, as the Cobras came up with seven defensive stops, six of them on takeaways.
ONE LAST LOOK (Archived)
Week ending May 12, 2019
In the battle of the AFL‘s last two undefeated teams. the Albany Empire beat the Soul in Philadelphia, 57-48, scoring touchdowns on its first eight possessions while stopping the Soul twice – one by forcing a missed FG and another with a late interception. The Washington Valor held off the Atlantic City Blackjacks, 41-34, to earn their first win of the season, while the Baltimore Brigade kept the Columbus Destroyers winless with a 48-30 victory in a game in which Brigade WR Joe Hills became the 17th player in AFL history to surpass 10,000 career receiving yards and teammate Brandon Thompkins went over 8,000 career yards.
Of the seven games originally scheduled in the AAL, two were canceled and three forfeited, highlighted by the Peach State Cats gaining a split in their home-and-home forfeit series with Cape Fear after the Heroes couldn’t make the trip to Georgia. In games actually played, the Carolina Energy moved to 5-0 with a 72-6 win over the Carolina Aviators in a non-broadcast game, while the Carolina Havoc moved to 6-1 with a win over the Carolina Predators , 78-32. The Jersey Flight were 56-12 winners over the hapless Burgh Defenders and the Kentucky Xtreme were thumped by the Indianapolis Enforcers, 40-6, in their bizarre mid-season debut.
In the IFL both Iowa and Sioux Falls kept pressure on the idle Arizona Rattlers, with the 9-1 Barnstormers edging the Quad City Steamwheelers, 59-56, and the 8-2 Storm handling the Green Bay Blizzard, 44-37. The Tucson Sugar Skulls evened their record with a win over the San Diego Strike Force, 65-48.
In NAL action, it was the Columbus Lions over the Massachusetts Pirates, 67-56, the New York Streets slipping past the Orlando Predators, 54-53, and the Jacksonville Sharks surprising the Carlona Cobras, 35-24.
Week ending May 5, 2019
Last Friday, the AFL announced a media rights agreement with ESPN in which remaining 2019 regular season games will be streamed on ESPN3 and the ESPN App and Arena Bowl XXXII broadcast on ESPN2. In weekend action, the two expansion teams faced off for the first time with the Blackjacks downing the Columbus Destroyers, 42-35, before 6,139 fans on opening night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The Philadelphia Soul went down to Baltimore and beat the Brigade, 36-27, while the Albany Empire won at home against the Washington Valor by the same score.
All three AAL host teams held a moment of silence for Jack Bowman, the league’s late co-founder, before Saturday’s games. West Virginia then went on to complete their season sweep of the Burgh Defenders, 74-0. In their two games, the Roughriders outscored the Defenders by 151 points with WR Larry Beavers accounting for 90 of them, catching 13 TD receptions, rushing for one, and passing for another. The Jersey Flight stunned New England, 42-32, marking both the Bobcats’ first home loss and first two-game losing streak in team history. It won’t get any easier for them this week as they’ll be hosting the 6-0 Roughriders. And don’t count Georgia out after the Doom took a must-win game against the Cape Fear Heroes, 49-44, down on Skull Island.
CIF fans begin the week wondering if they’ll have another Dallas Marshals situation on their hands this season after Texas Revolution ownership canceled its scheduled game against the Amarillo Venom this weekend. It was just one year ago that the Marshals suspended operations, and there’s a sense of déjà vu after the Revs deleted their remaining 2019 schedule. In games that were played, the defending-champion Duke City Gladiators continued to be an enigma, dropping their third straight road game, 29-22 to the Liberty in Salina, after opening the season with three straight home wins. The Sioux City Bandits took care of the Wichita Force, 70-30, while the Omaha Beef kept the Flying Aces winless with their 42-23 victory in Oklahoma.
In the IFL the Arizona Rattlers improved to 9-0 with a dominant performance over the Nebraska Danger, 70-30. The Iowa Barnstormers beat the Cedar Rapids River Kings, 43-18, to remain a game back. It was the Sioux Fall Storm over the Quad City Steamwheelers, 59-46, the Green Bay Blizzard over the Bismarck Bucks, 48-39 (link not working), and the Tucson Sugar Skulls over the San Diego Strike Force, 54-34.
In an early season showdown between the NAL‘s last two unbeaten teams, the defending-champion Carolina Cobras downed the expansion New York Streets, 48-33. Notwithstanding the Cobras’ mastery, this league is at its best when the Sharks and Lions are winning and both did just that this past weekend as Jacksonville beat the struggling Massachusetts Pirates, 55-36, while Columbus blew out the Orlando Predators, 63-22, to notch its first victory.
Week ending April 28, 2019
The AFL kicked off this weekend with the defending-champion Washington Valor dropping another regular season game, 59-51, to the Baltimore Brigade. If history is any indication, they’re well on their way to Arena Bowl XXXII. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Soul had to come from behind at home, but got past the expansion Atlantic City Blackjacks, 48-41. And in front of a reported 11,682 fans in Albany, the Empire downed the league’s other expansion team, the Columbus Destroyers, 35-19.
The AAL‘s headliner was hyped as a battle of two unbeatens that would seem to belie the considerable gap between the West Virginia Roughriders and New England Bobcats, and the Roughriders did get the 41-22 win. Nonetheless, the Bobcats hung tough all night with a pass rush that pressured Roughriders QB Jarrett Brown and a secondary that largely shut down a vaunted trio of West Virginia receivers. The Carolina Energy remained perfect with their win over the Georgia Doom, 47-33. In Florence, officials had more troubles finding the arena, but once they arrived the Carolina Havoc had no trouble with the Carolina Aviators in this non-league game, winning 72-7. In another non-league filler that came about after a Peach State Cats cancellation, the Cape Fear Heroes beat the High Point Wildcats, 50-36.
All eight teams were in action this weekend over in the CIF. In a pair of surprises, the previously undefeated Texas Revolution were taken out by the Omaha Beef, 48-34, while the defending-champion Duke City Gladiators lost their second straight, this time to the Amarillo Venom, 88-62. The Wichita Force kept Oklahoma winless, beating the Flying Aces, 61-34. In the weekend’s most competitive game, the Salina Liberty edged the Sioux City Bandits, 51-49.
In the IFL, the Arizona Rattlers downed the Sioux Falls Storm, 63-50, to remain the league’s last undefeated team, while the Iowa Barnstormers held off the Tucson Sugar Skulls, 51-48, to stay a game back. The Nebraska Danger handed the Cedar Rapids River Kings their sixth straight loss, 66-42, while the Bismarck Bucks extended the Quad City Steamwheelers losing streak to four by a score of 51-48.
Only one game was on tap in the NAL as the Massachusetts Pirates beat the Orlando Predators, 45-12, for their first win of the year.