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National Arena League All-Time Records

With the conclusion of the 2019 National Arena League (NAL) season last August, things have slowed down enough to put together a list of all of the records in the league since the beginning. The NAL All-Time Records includes stats and records from all three sides of the ball. This could help figure out who the best possible player could be in league history.
National Arena League All-Time Records
National Arena League Individual Game Records (Regular Season and Post-Season)
Passing Attempts:
EJ Nemeth (Streets) at Massachusetts Pirates on 6.1.19 (61)

Passing Completions:
EJ Nemeth (Streets) at Massachusetts Pirates on 6.1.19 (34)

Passing Yards:
Charles McCullum (Cobras) at Orlando Predators on 6.30.19 (346)

Passing Touchdowns:
Bryan Hicks (Predators) at Carolina Cobras on 5.25.19 (9); Luke Collis (Lions) at New York Streets on 6.15.19* (9); Mike Fafaul (Sharks) vs. New York Streets on 6.22.19 (9); Charles McCullum (Cobras) vs. Orlando Predators on 7.13.19 (9)

Interceptions Thrown:
Matt Parsons (Predators) vs. Jacksonville Sharks on 7.5.19 (7); Brian Smith (Predators) at Jacksonville Sharks on 7.27.19 (7)

Rushing Attempts:
Undra Hendrix (Grizzlies) vs. Georgia Firebirds on 5.7.17 (19)

Rushing Yards (Net):
Derrick Ross (Sharks) vs. Dayton Wolfpack on 6.3.17 (92)

Rushing Touchdowns:
David Legree (Streets) vs. Carolina Cobras on 6.8.19 (4); Quayvon Hicks (Lions) at Jacksonville Sharks on 6.2.18 (4); Derrick Ross (Sharks) vs. Dayton Wolfpack on 6.3.17 (4)

Receptions:
Rob Jones (Streets) at Massachusetts Pirates on 6.1.19 (15)

Receiving Yards:
Tyron Laughinghouse (Cobras) at Jacksonville Sharks on 4.28.18 (181)

Receiving Touchdowns:
Bones Bagaunte (Pirates) at Maine Mammoths on 6.2.18 (6)

Points In A Game:
Tristan Purifoy (Lions) at Monterrey Steel on 6.12.17 (38)

Kick Return Yards:
Jason Johnson (Mammoths) at Columbus Lions on 6.9.18 (163)

Missed Field Goal Return Yards:
Bones Bagaunte (Pirates) at Carolina Cobras on 5.19.18 (59)

Longest Missed Field Goal Return:
Jacoby Jones (Steel) vs. Corpus Christi Rage on 3.20.17 (58)

Field Goals Attempted:
Tyler Rausa (Lions) at Jacksonville Sharks on 7.21.18 (4); Henry Nell (Mammoths) vs. Columbus Lions on 7.14.18 (4); Spencer Hotaling (Steelhawks) vs. Jacksonville Sharks on 6.30.18 (4); Spencer Hotaling (Steelhawks) vs. Massachusetts Pirates on 4.29.18 (4); Nick Belcher (Sharks) vs. Monterrey Steel on 5.20.17 (4); Brandon Rutherford (Steel) at Jacksonville Sharks on 5.20.17 (4); Will Johnson (Grizzlies) vs. Lehigh Valley Steelhawks on 5.20.17 (4)

Field Goals Made:
Henry Nell (Mammoths) at Columbus Lions on 6.9.18 (3); Jed Solomon (Firebirds) at Columbus Lions on 4.2.17 (3)

Extra Points Attempted:
Brandon Behr (Sharks) vs. Orlando Predators on 7.27.19 (12); Lindsey Wolfe (Lions) vs. Corpus Christi Rage on 6.3.17 (12); Spencer Hotaling (Steelhawks) vs. Corpus Christi Rage on 4.29.17 (12); Cody Sterrett (Grizzlies) vs. Dayton Wolfpack on 4.1.17 (12)

Extra Points Made:
Brandon Behr (Sharks) vs. Orlando Predators on 7.27.19 (11); Brandon Behr (Sharks) vs. New York Streets on 6.22.19 (11); Spencer Hotaling (Steelhawks) vs. Corpus Christi Rage on 4.29.17 (11)

Deuces Made:
Nick Belcher (Cobras) vs. New York Streets on 5.4.19 (4); Craig Peterson (Cobras) at Jacksonville Sharks on 4.28.18 (4); Henry Nell (Mammoths) at Massachusetts Pirates on 5.12.18 (4); Craig Peterson (Cobras) vs. Massachusetts Pirates on 5.19.18 (4); Tyler Rausa (Lions) vs. Massachusetts Pirates on 6.30.18 (4); Lindsey Wolfe (Lions) at Corpus Christi Rage on 3.26.17 (4); Nick Belcher (Sharks) vs. Corpus Christi Rage on 5.6.17 (4)

Tackles:
Jabari Gorman (Sharks) at High Country Grizzlies on 4.9.17 (13.5)

Sacks:
Logan Ingle (Lions) vs. Corpus Christi Rage on 6.3.17 (6.5)

Interceptions:
Jimmy Legree (Grizzlies) vs. Dayton Wolfpack on 4.1.17 (4)

Interception Return Yards:
Brandon Fuentes (Grizzlies) vs. Dayton Wolfpack on 4.1.17 (91)
National Arena League Team Individual Game Records (Regular Season and Post-Season)
Passing Attempts: New York Streets at Massachusetts Pirates on 6.1.19 (61)

Passing Completions: New York Streets at Massachusetts Pirates on 6.1.19 (34)

Passing Yards: Columbus Lions at Lehigh Valley Steelhawks on 5.20.18 (346)

Passing Touchdowns: Columbus Lions at Lehigh Valley Steelhawks on 5.20.18 (9); Carolina Cobras vs. Orlando Predators on 5.25.19 (9); Orlando Predators at Carolina Cobras on 5.25.19 (9); Columbus Lions at New York Streets on 6.15.19 (9); Jacksonville Sharks vs. New York Streets on 6.22.19 (9); Carolina Cobras vs. Orlando Predators on 7.13.19 (9)

Interceptions Thrown: Orlando Predators at Jacksonville Sharks on 7.27.19 (7); Orlando Predators vs. Jacksonville Sharks on 7.5.19 (7)

Rushing Attempts: High Country Grizzlies vs. Georgia Firebirds on 5.7.17 (22)

Rushing Yards (Net): Jacksonville Sharks vs. Dayton Wolfpack on 6.3.17 (129)

Rushing Touchdowns: New York Streets vs. Carolina Cobras on 6.8.19 (4); Columbus Lions at Carolina Cobras on 6.23.18 (4) (Regular Season); Columbus Lions at Jacksonville Sharks on 6.2.18 (4) (Regular Season); Massachusetts Pirates vs. Maine Mammoths on 5.12.18 (4) (Regular Season); Carolina Cobras at Maine Mammoths on 4.14.18 (4) (Regular Season); Columbus Lions at Massachusetts on 8.11.18 (5) (Post-Season)

Points In A Game: Lehigh Valley Steelhawks vs. Corpus Christi Rage on 4.19.17 (95)

Total Offense: Columbus Lions vs. Massachusetts Pirates on 5.11.19 (352); Massachusetts Pirates at Carolina Cobras on 5.19.18 (352)

Kick Return Yards: Maine Mammoths at Columbus Lions on 6.9.18 (163)

Missed Field Goal Return Yards: Massachusetts Pirates at Carolina Cobras on 5.19.18 (59)

Field Goals Attempted: Columbus Lions at Jacksonville Sharks on 7.21.18 (4); Maine Mammoths vs. Columbus Lions on 7.14.18 (4); Lehigh Valley Steelhawks vs. Jacksonville Sharks on 6.30.18 (4); Lehigh Valley Steelhawks vs. Massachusetts Pirates on 4.29.18 (4); Jacksonville Sharks vs. Monterrey Steel on 5.20.17 (4); Monterrey Steel at Jacksonville Sharks on 5.20.17 (4); High Country Grizzlies vs. Lehigh Valley Steelhawks on 5.20.17 (4)

Field Goals Made: Maine Mammoths at Columbus Lions on 6.9.18 (3); Georgia Firebirds at Columbus Lions on 4.2.17 (3)

Extra Points Attempted: Jacksonville Sharks vs. Orlando Predators on 7.27.19 (12) Columbus Lions vs. Corpus Christi Rage on 6.3.17 (12); Lehigh Valley Steelhawks vs. Corpus Christi Rage on 4.29.17 (12); High Country Grizzlies vs. Dayton Wolfpack on 4.1.17 (12)

Extra Points Made: Jacksonville Sharks vs. Orlando Predators on 7.27.19 (11); Jacksonville Sharks vs. New York Streets on 6.22.19 (11); Lehigh Valley Steelhawks vs. Corpus Christi Rage on 4.29.17 (11)

Tackles: Jacksonville Sharks at High Country Grizzlies on 4.9.17 (48)

Sacks: Jacksonville Sharks vs. Lehigh Valley Steelhawks on 5.12.18 (10); High Country Grizzlies vs. Dayton Wolfpack on 4.1.17 (10)

Interceptions: High Country Grizzlies vs. Dayton Wolfpack on 4.1.17 (8)

Interception Return Yards: High Country Grizzlies vs. Dayton Wolfpack on 4.1.17 (150)

National Arena League Individual-Players Season Records

Passing Attempts: Jonathan Bane (Mammoths) in 2018 (494) (Regular Season); Charles McCullum (Cobras) in 2018 (550) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Passing Completions: Charles McCullum (Cobras) in 2018 (296) (Regular Season); Charles McCullum (Cobras) in 2018 (332) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Passing Yards: Charles McCullum (Cobras) in 2018 (3,313) (Regular Season); Charles McCullum (Cobras) in 2018 (3,778) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Passing Touchdowns: Charles McCullum (Cobras) in 2018 (87) (Regular Season); Charles McCullum (Cobras) in 2018 (102) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Interceptions Thrown: Caleb Walton (Steelhawks) in 2018 (19) (Regular Season); Charles McCullum (Cobras) in 2018 (19) (Regular Season); Caleb Walton (Steelhawks) in 2018 (19) (Post-Season); Charles McCullum (Cobras) in 2018 (19) (Post-Season)

Rushing Attempts: Derrick Ross (Sharks) in 2018 (111) (Regular Season); Derrick Ross (Sharks) in 2017 (124) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Rushing Yards (Net): Derrick Ross (Sharks) in 2017 (521) (Regular Season); Derrick Ross (Sharks) in 2017 (558) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Rushing Touchdowns: Derrick Ross (Sharks) in 2017 (25) (Regular Season); Derrick Ross (Sharks) in 2017 (27) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Receptions: Jarmon Fortson (Lions) in 2018 (104) (Regular Season); Jarmon Fortson (Lions) in 2018 (114) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Receiving Yards: Jordan Jolly (Cobras) in 2019 (1,210) (Regular Season); Jordan Jolly (Cobras) in 2019 (1,399) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Receiving Touchdowns: Jarmon Fortson (Lions) in 2018 (31), Jordan Jolly (Cobras) in 2019 (31) (Regular Season); Jordan Jolly (Cobras) in 2019 (35) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Points: Mardy Gilyard (Pirates) in 2019 (198) (Regular Season); Mardy Gilyard (Pirates) in 2019 (198) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Kick Return Yards: Daron Clark (Grizzlies) in 2017 (453) (Regular Season); Daron Clark (Grizzlies) in 2017 (453) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Field Goals Attempted: Spencer Hotaling (Steelhawks) in 2018 (28) (Regular Season); Spencer Hotaling (Steelhawks) in 2018 (28) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Field Goals Made: Henry Nell (Mammoths) in 2018 (12) (Regular Season); Henry Nell (Mammoths) in 2018 (27) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined) (Note: Mammoths didn’t make playoffs in 2018)

Extra Points Attempted: Craig Peterson (Cobras) in 2018 (110) (Regular Season); Ali Mourtada (Pirates) in 2018 (110) (Regular Season); Craig Peterson (Cobras) in 2018 (128) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Extra Points Made: Brandon Behr (Sharks) in 2019 (94) (Regular Season); Brandon Behr (Sharks) in 2019 (109) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Deuces: Craig Peterson (Cobras) in 2018 (27) (Regular Season); Craig Peterson (Cobras) in 2018 (30) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Tackles: Keiron Jones (Mammoths) in 2018 (83) (Regular Season); Keiron Jones (Mammoths) in 2018 (83) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Sacks: Jermiah Price (Sharks) in 2018 (16.5) (Regular Season); Jermiah Price (Sharks) in 2018 (16.5) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Interceptions: Seth Ellis (Sharks) in 2019 (13) (Regular Season); Seth Ellis (Sharks) in 2019 (14) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Interception Return Yards: Kyle Griswould (Lions) in 2017 (190) (Regular Season); Kyle Griswould (Lions) (192) in 2017 (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)
National Arena League Team Season Records
Passing Attempts: Jacksonville Sharks in 2018 (545) (Regular Season); Jacksonville Sharks in 2018 (583) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Passing Completions: Columbus Lions in 2018 (307) (Regular Season); Columbus Lions in 2018 (344) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Passing Yards: Massachusetts Pirates in 2018 (3,677) (Regular Season); Massachusetts Pirates in 2018 (3,898) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Passing Touchdowns: Carolina Cobras in 2018 (89) (Regular Season); Carolina Cobras in 2018 (104) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Interceptions Thrown: Orlando Predators in 2019 (39) (Regular Season); Orlando Predators in 2019 (39) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Rushing Attempts: Jacksonville Sharks in 2018 (186) (Regular Season); Jacksonville Sharks in 2018 (192) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Rushing Yards (Net): Jacksonville Sharks in 2017 (643) (Regular Season); Jacksonville Sharks in 2017 (720) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Rushing Touchdowns: Jacksonville Sharks in 2017 (34) (Regular Season); Jacksonville Sharks in 2017 (37) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Points: Massachusetts Pirates in 2018 (878) (Regular Season); Carolina Cobras in 2018 (1,015) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Kick Return Yards: Jacksonville Sharks in 2017 (651) (Regular Season); Jacksonville Sharks in 2017 (688) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Field Goals Attempted: Maine Mammoths in 2018 (29) (Regular Season); Maine Mammoths in 2018 (29) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined) (Note: Mammoths didn’t make playoffs in 2018

Field Goals Made: Maine Mammoths in 2018 (13) (Regular Season); Maine Mammoths in 2018 (13) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined) (Note: Mammoths didn’t make playoffs in 2018)

Extra Points Attempted: Carolina Cobras in 2018 (111) (Regular Season); Massachusetts Pirates in 2018 (111) (Regular Season); Carolina Cobras in 2018 (130) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Extra Points Made: Jacksonville Sharks in 2019 (94) (Regular Season); Carolina Cobras in 2018 (102) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Deuces: Carolina Cobras in 2018 (27) (Regular Season); Carolina Cobras in 2018 (30) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Tackles: Massachusetts Pirates in 2018 (443) (Regular Season); Massachusetts Pirates in 2018 (471) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Sacks: Monterrey Steel in 2017 (47) (Regular Season); Monterrey Steel in 2017 (48) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Interceptions: Jacksonville Sharks in 2019 (36) (Regular Season); Jacksonville Sharks in 2017 (38) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)
National Arena League All-Time History Individual Leaders
Passing Attempts: Charles McCullum (Cobras) (886) (Regular Season); Charles McCullum (Cobras) (1,006) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Passing Completions: Charles McCullum (Cobras) (528) (Regular Season); Charles McCullum (Cobras) (601) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Passing Yards: Charles McCullum (Cobras) (6,196) (Regular Season); Charles McCullum (Cobras) (7,053) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Passing Touchdowns: Charles McCullum (Cobras) (153) (Regular Season); Charles McCullum (Cobras) (175) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Interceptions Thrown: Charles McCullum (Cobras) (34) (Regular Season); Charles McCullum (Cobras) (37) (Post-Season)

Rushing Attempts: Derrick Ross (Sharks) (221) (Regular Season); Derrick Ross (Sharks) (240) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Rushing Yards (Net): Derrick Ross (Sharks) (832) (Regular Season); Derrick Ross (901) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Rushing Touchdowns: Derrick Ross (Sharks) (44) (Regular Season); Derrick Ross (Sharks) (46) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Receptions: Jarmon Fortson (Lions/Sharks) (248) (Regular Season); Jarmon Fortson (Lions/Sharks) (278) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Receiving Yards: Jarmon Fortson (Lions/Sharks) (2,594) (Regular Season); Jarmon Fortson (Lions/Sharks) (2,909) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Receiving Touchdowns: Jarmon Fortson (Lions/Sharks) (64) (Regular Season); Jarmon Fortson (Lions/Sharks) (66) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Points: Derrick Ross (Sharks) (290) (Regular Season); Derrick Ross (Sharks) (308) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Kick Return Yards: Bones Bagaunte (Pirates) (612) (Regular Season); Bones Bagaunte (Pirates) (612) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Field Goals Attempted: Spencer Hotaling (Steelhawks) (37) (Regular Season); Spencer Hotaling (Steelhawks) (39) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Field Goals Made: Henry Nell (Mammoths) (12) (Regular Season); Henry Nell (Mammoths) (12) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Extra Points Attempted: Brandon Behr (Sharks) (161) (Regular Season); Brandon Behr (Sharks) (178) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Extra Points Made: Brandon Behr (Sharks) (134) (Regular Season); Brandon Behr (Sharks) (151) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Deuces: Nick Belcher (Sharks/Cobras) (33) (Regular Season); Nick Belcher (Sharks/Cobras) (34) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Tackles: Michael Green (Cobras) (118.5) (Regular Season); Chris Pickett (Lions/Sharks/Predators) (134) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Sacks: Jermiah Price (Sharks) (25.5) (Regular Season); Jermiah Price (Sharks) (26.5) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Interceptions: Kyle Griswould (Lions) (20) (Regular Season); Kyle Griswould (Lions) (22) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)
Current Receiving Touchdown Streaks
Devin Wilson (Mammoths/Sharks) from 7.21.18 vs. Lehigh Valley Steelhawks to Current (18), Lavon Pearson (Pirates/Cobras) from 5.4.19 vs. Jacksonville Sharks to Current (13), Jordan Jolly (Cobras) from 6.30.19 at Orlando Predators to Current (7), Durron Neal (Sharks) from 7.27.19 vs. Orlando Predators to Current (3), Rob Brown (Predators) from 5.12.19 vs. New York Streets to Current (2), Prechae Rodriguez (Predators) from 4.27.19 at Massachusetts Pirates to Current (2), Michael Lyons (Predators) from 7.19.19 vs. Columbus Lions to Current (2), Devonn Brown (Pirates) from 7.20.19 at Jacksonville Sharks to Current (2), James Summers (Cobras) vs. Columbus Lions from 7.6.19 to Current (2), Rannell Hall (Pirates) from 7.27.19 vs. New York Streets to Current (2), Greg Carr (Predators) from 6.15.19 vs. Massachusetts Pirates to Current (1), Julius Gregory (Cobras) from 6.30.19 at Orlando Predators to Current (1), Cody Saul (Sharks) from 7.27.19 vs. Orlando Predators to Current (1), Darrin Peterson Jr. (Predators) from 7.27.19 at Jacksonville Sharks to Current (1), Devante Jenkins (Streets) from 7.27.19 at Massachusetts Pirates to Current (1), Edgar Poe Jr. (Streets) from 7.27.19 at Massachusetts Pirates to Current (1), Rob Jones (Streets) from 7.27.19 at Massachusetts Pirates to Current (1)
The Last Time It Happened…
250-Yard Passer: Charles McCullum (Cobras) vs. Columbus Lions on 8.27.18 (258) (Post-Season); Mike Fafaul (Sharks) at Orlando Predators on 7.5.19 (262) (Regular Season)

300-Yard Passer: Charles McCullum (Cobras) at Orlando Predators on 6.30.19 (346) (Regular Season)

350-Yard Passer: N/A

400-Yard Passer: N/A

7+ Touchdown Passes: Charles McCullum (Cobras) vs. Columbus Lions on 8.27.18 (7) (Post-Season); Charles McCullum (Cobras) vs. Orlando Predators on 7.13.19 (9) (Regular Season)

150-Yard Receiver: Paris Mack (Lions) at Massachusetts Pirates on 6.22.19 (173) (Regular Season)

2+ 100-Yard Receivers In One Game: Jordan Jolly (133), Kyrin Priester (118) (Cobras) at Orlando Predators on 6.30.19 (Regular Season)

10+ Receptions: Trevor Kennedy (Sharks) at Carolina Cobras on 8.14.18 (10) (Post-Season); Jordan Jolly (Cobras) vs. Orlando Predators on 7.13.19 (11) (Regular Season)

5+ Receiving Touchdowns: N/A (Playoffs); Chris Sanders-McCollum (Lions) vs. Massachusetts Pirates on 5.11.19 (5) (Regular Season)

4 Receiving Touchdowns: Jordan Jolly (Cobras) vs. Columbus Lions on 8.27.18 (4) (Post-Season); Edgar Poe Jr. (Streets) at Jacksonville Sharks on 6.22.19 (4) (Regular Season)

3 Receiving Touchdowns: Trevor Kennedy (Sharks) at Carolina Cobras on 8.14.18 (3) (Post-Season); Jordan Jolly (Cobras) vs. Orlando Predators on 7.13.19 (3) (Regular Season)

10+ Rushes: David Legree (Streets) at Jacksonville Sharks on 6.22.19 (10) (Regular Season)

3+ Rushing Touchdowns: Jeremy Johnson (Lions) at Massachusetts Pirates on 8.11.18 (4) (Post-Season); EJ Nemeth (Streets) vs. Columbus Lions on 6.8.19 (4) (Regular Season)

50+ Rushing Yards: Quayvon Hicks (Lions) at Carolina Cobras on 6.23.18 (60)

Kickoff Return For Touchdown: Tony Goodman (Sharks) vs. Orlando Predators on 7.27.19 (Regular Season)

2+ Interceptions: Pasquale Vacchio (Cobras) vs. Orlando Predators on 7.13.19 (2) (Regular Season)

Interception Return For A Touchdown: Cody Saul (Sharks) vs. Orlando Predators on 7.27.19 (Regular Season)

Fumble Return For A Touchdown: Christopher Gilchrist (Sharks) vs. Carolina Cobras on 8.17.19; Pasquale Vacchio (Cobras) vs. Orlando Predators on 7.13.19 (Regular Season)

Missed Field Goal Return For A Touchdown: Christopher Gilchrist (Sharks) vs. Carolina Cobras on 8.17.19 (Post-Season); John Hardy-Tuliau (Pirates) vs. Lehigh Valley Steelhawks on 8.4.18

Safety: Walter Thomas (Cobras) vs. Columbus Lions on 8.27.18 (Post-Season); Mark Munson (Sharks) at Orlando Predators on 7.5.19 (Regular Season)

200+ All-Purpose Yards: Rob Jones (Streets) at Orlando Predators on 5.12.19 (225)

2+ Sacks: Anthony Ellis (Cobras) vs. Jacksonville Sharks on 8.14.18 (2) (Post-Season); Shawn Loiseau (Pirates) vs. New York Streets on 7.27.19 (2) (Regular Season)The post National Arena League All-Time Records appeared first on Last Word on Sports.


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NAL: Bad vs. Worst; Only One Wins

Two of the worst teams in the National Arena League (NAL) are ready to kick off Week 3 of the NAL season.

The Massachusetts Pirates (0-2) host the Orlando Predators (1-1), who had the worst game in the NAL this season. What can they do to bounce back? What must be done for the Pirates to seal their first victory of the season?
NAL: Bad vs. Worst; Only One Wins
Who: Orlando Predators @ Massachusetts Pirates

When: Saturday, April 27 at 7:00 pm (E.T.)

Where: DCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts

The worst-ranked team in the league hosts a struggling 1-1 team this week. The Massachusetts Pirates look to get their first win of the season while the Orlando Predators need to dig themselves out of a hole after a Week Two embarrassment.
Pirates Sketchy Offense
2018 NAL MVP, Sean Brackett enters Week Three with a huge monkey on his back, as the Pirates have been held to a franchise low of 22 points in their first two weeks, having an 0-2 record, and throwing 32-of-68 for 288 yards, five touchdowns, and four interceptions. Those aren’t exactly MVP numbers, so what is going on with this offense?

First off, the Pirates lost their top receiver, Bones Bagaunte, to the Columbus Lions. Bagaunte shredded the league last season with 54 receptions for 524 yards and an impressive 14 touchdowns. Lavon Pearson, Mardy Gilyard, and Devonn Brown all have returned from last season, and were the top three receivers for the Pirates last year, but they aren’t seeing nearly the numbers they are used to. There is only one group of people to blame for this: The Offensive Line. Before getting into how bad the Pirates O-Line has been so far this season, we must remember that O-Linemen Cornelius Lewis and Fred Ruff have left for the Arena Football League (AFL). All of this happened well before the season kicked off, so the team knew what they needed to do and who to get for this season, but have still failed to do so.

Not only is the Pirates O-Line playing sub-par, they have starting lineman Mitch Bell suspended during this game for multiple unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on him against the Carolina Cobras last week. With a struggling line and a suspension, this has “DANGER” written all over it. Don’t be surprised if the Pirates give up the game simply because Brackett doesn’t have enough time to throw the ball.
Unsure Defense
Allowing 54 and 50 points respectively is not necessarily a bad thing in arena football. That is typically an average score for most arena leagues. This means that the Pirates defense is doing what they need to do in order to give their offense some sort of chance. They have forced only two turnovers, which is their main area of concern. Their defensive line hasn’t touched the quarterback a single time this season, which is another area of concern.

If the Pirates don’t want to be looked at as a team like the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks, Corpus Christi Rage, or even Dayton Wolfpack, they have to get their stuff together, and it all starts now, when it should’ve started two weeks ago. Not a single team in the NAL has made the playoffs after an 0-2 start to the season. Some have become close, such as the Maine Mammoths last year, but close and almost doesn’t mean anything in football.
Sticky Quarterback Situation
The Predators look solid on offense. They don’t look great, but they definitely don’t look bad. They have great receivers who find ways to get open, but can’t seem to do anything. Both quarterbacks looked strong, yet sloppy at the same time last week in New York. Starting QB Kyle Israel was 16-of-27 for 245 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions before getting benched by QB Gary Chouloute. He ended the night 4-of-9 for 51 yards and one touchdown. Neither quarterback looked impressive, but those numbers look pretty good, except they don’t matter when you can’t put points up on the board. The run game was not existent for the Preds until Chouloute entered the game and rushed for 27 yards, the most rushing yards a player had in the entire NAL last week. Nevertheless, the Preds have a sticky situation at the QB position.
Unpredictable Defense
The Predators looked like they missed the flight from Orlando to New York. It was all non-existent, allowing 70 points, the most of any team this year. They forced no interceptions last week and only got to the quarterback twice. This will not win a single game in arena football.
Conclusion and “Winner”
Both teams look like the worst teams in the league right now. The Columbus Lions may be 0-2 right now, but at least they somewhat put up a fight last week and stayed in the game, unlike the Pirates and Predators last week.

Both teams have no defense and can’t do much on offense. If it comes down to an offensive battle, the experience that Massachusetts has will win them the game. If it comes down to which defense will step it up, there is no telling who would win that one, which is why the Pirates should be able to travel the length of the field on numerous occasions this week and bring home their first win of the season.The post NAL: Bad vs. Worst; Only One Wins appeared first on Last Word on Sports.


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NAL: Suspensions and Fines to Follow Week 2 Action

Week Two of the National Arena League (NAL) concluded on Saturday night. The New York Streets (2-0) defeated the Orlando Predators (1-1) 70-31 and the Carolina Cobras (2-0) defeated the Massachusetts Pirates (0-2) 50-22.

The night before, the Jacksonville Sharks (1-1) also moved past the Columbus Lions (0-2) 48-24 in the standings. Things got chippy all over the league, which resulted in multiple ejections.
NAL: Suspensions and Fines to Follow Week 2 Action
Friday Night Lights
The Sharks controlled just about every 60 minutes of the game with some minor mistakes that would allow the Lions to come back and make it a game.

However, the Lions never came within one score of the Sharks after the second half started. This caused some heated moments, as the Sharks and Lions already have a big rivalry going on.

With 2:50 to go in the game, Defensive Back Seth Ellis intercepted a pass and returned it to the Columbus one-yard line. A Jacksonville Pass Interference would wipe away the turnover, giving the Lions the ball back.

After the play,  Lions Wide Receiver Bones Bagaunte allowed tempers to flare and charged at Sharks DB Robert Brown. This ultimately led to Bagaunte being ejected from the game, letting any hopes of the Lions comeback down the drain.

Bagaunte’s suspension hurts the Lions tremendously. He averages 12 receptions for 104 yards and three touchdowns per game this season.
Cobras and Pirates get Chippy All Night
The Cobras dominated all game and showed no signs of slowing down in their 50-22 victory over the Pirates.

Just like the first game of the week, tempers flared in this one. Down 9-34 with just over five minutes left in the game, Offensive Lineman Mitch Bell for Massachusetts was penalized three times in a span of 12 seconds, leading to his ejection.

Shoving three players and getting in their faces surely doesn’t look good on him, nor the Pirates organization.

The already struggling O-Line for Massachusetts was hurting even more without Bell’s presence.

Not only were they struggling before his ejection, visiting teams don’t take the whole roster on away games, which likely meant that the Pirates needed to put someone outside of O-Line as an O-Lineman for the remainder of the game.

Bell’s ejection was not the only ejection of the night, as Cobras Quarterback Charles McCullum got mouthy with officials.

His first penalty was with 23.9 seconds to go in the game. It is unclear as to what he said, but he broke the huddle with his helmet off and started chirping at the officials.

Just seconds after that penalty, he picked up the ball, handed it to the ref, and pointed at the field, instructing the official as to where the ball should go and seemed like he was telling them how to do their job.
End Result of These Ejections?
According to sources, there is a new rule in the NAL this season when it comes to ejections; that rule states that if a player gets ejected or disqualified from a game, they must serve a suspension the following game.

This incident originally took place last season, as former Lions Wide Receiver Jarmon Fortson was ejected and suspended a game. The league reviewed the situation and lifted the suspension.

The Pirates host the Orlando Predators this week and then host the Sharks the following week. According to this rule, Bell would not be allowed to play against Orlando, but would be allowed to return against Jacksonville.

Unfortunately for Bagaunte and McCullum, they both have a Bye this week.

The Lions host the Predators in Week Four, but Bagaunte won’t be able to return to the field until their Week Five matchup against the Pirates.

The Cobras host the Streets in a huge Week Four game, except McCullum wouldn’t be allowed to play. The Cobras travel to Jacksonville, FL for a Week Five game against the Sharks. That game, McCullum can return to the field.

There is no telling as to whether there will be fines associated with these ejections, but a small fine should be implemented if the league wants to be serious about the rules and how games should be played. Regardless, something should be done or else the players won’t take it seriously and will start drama again.The post NAL: Suspensions and Fines to Follow Week 2 Action appeared first on Last Word on Sports.


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