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Destroyers star WR Fabian Guerra named AFL’s 2019 Co-Rookie of the Year

Fabian Guerra (courtesy Columbus Destroyers)

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Arena Football League announced today that wide receiver Fabian Guerra of the Columbus Destroyers and wide receiver Antwane Grant of the Atlantic City Blackjacks have both earned Rookie of the Year honors after strong rookie campaigns during the 2019 regular season.

 

Guerra proved to be an incredibly dynamic player this season, leading the league in all-purpose yards with 1,521. As a kick returner, Guerra also led the league in kick-return yards with 736 and tied for the most kick-return touchdowns with three. As a receiver, Guerra finished fourth in receiving yards per game, averaging 76.5, and ranked sixth in receiving touchdowns with 15. Guerra also delivered one of the best single-game performances of the season in the home opener against the Albany Empire in Week 4, totaling 290 all-purpose yards and delivering six touchdowns in a breakout performance. His 202 receiving yards that night set a new franchise single-game high, breaking the previous record of 190 receiving yards in a game.

 

Grant was one of the most dependable receivers all season, finishing second in receiving yards with 959, and ranking second in receiving yards per game with an average of 87.2. Grant also recorded six games with 100 or more receiving yards, which was good for second most in the league and finally also ranked sixth in all-purpose yards with 1,003. Grant tied with Guerra for sixth in touchdowns with 15.

 

Last Thursday, Guerra earned first team all-arena honors on special teams, while Grant earned second team all-arena honors at the wide receiver position. This is the first time in league history there will be co-Rookie of the Year recipients.

 

Previous Awards

Antwane Grant:

2019: Second Team All-Arena (WR); Rookie of the Year

 

Fabian Guerra:

2019: First Team All-Arena (ST); Rookie of the Year

 

ABOUT THE ARENA FOOTBALL LEAGUE

The Arena Football League (AFL) enters its 32nd season in 2019. Since its inception in 1987, the AFL showcases a fast-paced, exciting game to a significant number of fans in a myriad of markets. With the addition of two new teams in Atlantic City, N.J., and Columbus, OH, the League totals six teams, all of which will play 12 regular-season games in2019: Albany, Atlantic City, Columbus, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. The League can be found on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using the handle @OfficialAFL.

 

The Columbus Destroyers are members of the Arena Football League (AFL) and play at Nationwide Arena! Interested in purchasing season tickets for the 2020 season? Call (614) 228-5518 or visit ColumbusDestroyers.com to get your seats today! Be sure to follow the Destroyers on Twitter @AFLDestroyers, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AFLDestroyers, and on Instagram @AFLDestroyers.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS DESTROYERS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Destroyers DB Brandon Stephens named AFL’s Al Lucas Hero Award winner

 

 

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Arena Football League announced recently that Columbus Destroyers defensive back Brandon Stephens has been named the Al Lucas Hero Award winner for the 2019 season.

 

The Al Lucas Hero Award is presented annually to the player who makes the most significant contribution to both his community and the game of Arena Football. The award was created in honor of Al Lucas, the late Los Angeles Avengers lineman to who believed in both giving back to his community and growing the AFL.

Brandon Stephens (courtesy Miami Ohio)

 

Stephens, a 5’11”, 205 lb. native of Strongsville, Ohio, not only works tirelessly on the field but was beyond generous with his time off the field throughout the 2019 season. Brandon has been very active in getting out in the Columbus community, including making frequent visits to schools, day cares, summer camps, or youth football practices, where he speaks to kids and athletes about his experience in the world of professional football, how to be healthy and stay active, and the importance of excelling in school and earning an education.

 

Brandon has also graciously volunteered and spent quality time with kids at the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio and has helped serve food to the homeless at the Community Shelter Board in downtown Columbus.

 

In addition to all the aforementioned hard work that Brandon has put in, he has also participated in many other charitable events in downtown Columbus, where he has networked and served as a spokesman for not only the Destroyers, but for the Arena Football League as a whole.

Past Al Lucas Hero Award Winners

Year Player Team

2019 Brandon Stephens Columbus

2018 Tracy Belton Washington

2017 The Jason Foundation

2016 Collin Taylor Cleveland

2015 David Hyland San Jose

2014 J.J. Raterink Los Angeles

2013 Nick Davila Arizona

2012 John Dutton Cleveland

2011 Kenny McEntyre Orlando

2008 Mike Brown Philadelphia

2007 John Dutton Colorado

2006 Kenny McEntyre Orlando

2002 Chuck Winters Detroit

2001 James Baron Nashville

2000 Michael Baker Grand Rapids

1999 Latish Kinsler New Jersey

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS DESTROYERS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Columbus Destroyers announce Watterson RB Tommy Bair as High School Football Player of the Week

 

Tommy Bair finds opening in defense (file photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Columbus Destroyers announced Tuesday that Bishop Watterson running back Tommy Bair has been named Week Four High School Player of the Week, presented by Bo Jackson’s Elite Sports, for his performance in his team’s 41-28 victory over Dayton Carroll this past Friday night.

 

Hall, a 5’11”, 190 lb. senior, rushed 20 times for 164 yards and four touchdowns in helping lead Bishop Watterson to its week four win, as they stayed perfect at 4-0 on the season. As a result of his performance on the field, Bair will receive a certificate, a Destroyers swag bag, and in-game recognition to go along with a meet and greet at a Destroyers home game in 2020.

 

Congratulations to Tommy! Stay tuned throughout the duration of the regular season to see who earns Destroyers High School Player of the Week honors.

 

ABOUT THE ARENA FOOTBALL LEAGUE

The Arena Football League (AFL) completed its successful 32nd season in 2019. Since its inception in 1987, the AFL showcases a fast-paced, exciting game to a significant number of fans in a myriad of markets. The league was proud to add two new teams this season, totaling six teams in the League: the Albany Empire, the Atlantic City Blackjacks, the Baltimore Brigade, the Columbus Destroyers, the Philadelphia Soul, and the Washington Valor. The league can be found on InstagramTwitter and Facebook using the handle @OfficialAFL.

 

The Columbus Destroyers are members of the Arena Football League (AFL) and play at Nationwide Arena! Interested in purchasing season tickets for the 2020 season? Call (614) 228-5518 or visit ColumbusDestroyers.com to get your seats today! Be sure to follow the Destroyers on Twitter @AFLDestroyers, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AFLDestroyers, and on Instagram @AFLDestroyers.

 

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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS DESTROYERS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Columbus Destroyers announces two open tryout dates at Bo Jackson Elite Sports in Columbus and Chicago

The Columbus Destroyers, presented by GermainCars.com, announced on Thursday that the team will hold two open tryouts this offseason. The first will be held Friday, December 6th at Bo Jackson’s Elite Sports in Hilliard, Ohio. Registration will begin at 8:00 am with tryouts taking place from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. The second workout is Friday, January 10th at the Bo Jackson’s Elite Sports in Lockport, Illinois. Registration there will begin at 7:30 am with tryouts going from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm. The entry fee for both tryouts is $100 pre-registration online and $150 cash only for payments on the day of the workout. All participants will receive an official Destroyers tryout t-shirt upon arrival.

 

“Our open tryouts provide a tremendous opportunity for players to showcase their skills and live out their dream of playing professional football,” said Director of Football Operations Dominic Jones. “Our staff is excited to get rolling on the 2020 season and we’re looking forward to evaluating any talent out there who may have been overlooked or not given a fair shot.”

 

“The staff at Bo Jackson’s Elite Sports have been outstanding to work with,” added Jones. “We are thrilled to partner with them once again for not only our workout in Columbus, but for our open tryout in Chicago as well. The Midwest is loaded with talented football players and we will do everything in our ability to find those who are worthy of an opportunity to make our football team.”

 

This year’s tryouts will feature traditional combine testing drills that include the 40-yard dash, short shuttle, broad jump and the L drill. Participants will also be placed into groups and position-specific drills. Those who register must wear comfortable athletic shorts and a t-shirt. The tryout surface will be field turf, so turf shoes or molded bottom cleats are required. No track spikes will be permitted. Drills at both the open tryouts will be led by head coach Matthew Sauk and the rest of his staff. Kickers will NOT be worked out at these sessions.

 

TRYOUT INFORMATION:

 

Cost: $100 Online Early Entry or $150 Cash ONLY payment on the day of the tryout. T-shirt will be provided upon arrival.

 

Tryout #1

Where: Bo Jackson’s Elite Sports (4696 Cosgray Rd., Hilliard, OH 43026)
Date: Friday, December 6th
Time: 9am to 1pm; Registration 8am-9pm (Click HERE to register)

 

Tryout #2

Where: Bo Jackson’s Elite Sports (17130 Prime Blvd., Lockport, IL 60441)
Date: Friday, January 10th
Time: 8am to 1pm; Registration 7:30am-8am (Click HERE to register)

 

The Columbus Destroyers are members of the Arena Football League (AFL) and play at Nationwide Arena! Interested in purchasing season tickets for the 2020 season? Call (614) 228-5518 or visit ColumbusDestroyers.com to get your seats today! Be sure to follow the Destroyers on Twitter @AFLDestroyers, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AFLDestroyers, and on Instagram @AFLDestroyers.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS DESTROYERS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Guerra, Sonie, Taylor represent Destroyers on All-Arena Football League team

 

Varmah Sonie (Northern Iowa photo)

Fabian Guerra (courtesy Carolina Cobras)

Terrance Taylor (file photo)

 

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Arena Football League announced its 2019 First and Second All-Arena teams today. The selections today mark the beginning of all post-season award announcements. The AFL will unveil post-season recognition for players and coaches every day beginning today and running through next Friday, leading up to ArenaBowl 32.

 

The Destroyers had three players earn All-Arena honors for the 2019 season. Defensive back Varmah Sonie and wide receiver Fabian Guerra earned first-team selections, with Guerra’s coming as a special teamer for his performance as a kick-returner during the regular season. Defensive tackle Terrance Taylor earned a spot on the all-arena second team.

 

In his sixth season in the AFL, Sonie anchored the Columbus secondary and enjoyed a stand-out season while leading an underrated Destroyers defense. The 5’8”, 175 lb. defensive back appeared in all 12 games, leading the team with 47.5 tackles while tying for third in the league in interceptions with five, and third in the league in pass break-ups with 15.

 

Guerra, who just completed his rookie season in the AFL, earns first-team honors as a special teamer, for his work as a kick returner during the 2019 season. Only appearing in ten games, Guerra led the league in all-purpose yards with 1,521 and kick-return yards with 736. The 6’0, 190 lb. rookie-of-the-year candidate also finished tied for first in the league in kick-return touchdowns with three.

 

Finishing up his ninth year in the AFL, Taylor was a force in the middle of the defensive line for the Destroyers in 2019. The 6”, 320 lb. defensive tackle appeared in ten games for the team, tying for fifth in the league in tackles-for-loss with four and tied for third in forced fumbles with two.

 

See below or attached for the full list of All-Arena nominees:

 

All-Arena First Team

POS.             PLAYER                                 TEAM                                    1st Team Pts       2nd Team Pts      Total Pts

QB                Tommy Grady                    Albany Empire                   105                         3                              108

FB                 Mykel Benson                   Albany Empire                   60                           30                           90

WR               Malachi Jones                   Albany Empire                   110                         –                             110

WR               Quentin Sims                     Albany Empire                   90                           12                           102

WR               Darius Prince                      Philadelphia Soul              80                           15                           95

C                    Ryan Cave                           Albany Empire                   55                           9                              64

OL                 Jordan Mudge                   Albany Empire                   45                           21                           66

OL                 Neal Tivis                             Philadelphia Soul              35                           18                           53

DE                 Joe Sykes                             Albany Empire                   100                         –                             100

DE                 Darryl Cato-Bishop          Baltimore Brigade            80                           6                              86

DT                 Justin Lawrence                 Baltimore Brigade            75                           6                              81

MLB             Dexter Jackson                  Baltimore Brigade            60                           12                           72

JLB                Terence Moore                 Albany Empire                   65                           15                           80

DB                 James Romain                   Philadelphia Soul              105                         3                              108

DB                 Joe Powell                           Baltimore Brigade            100                         6                              106

DB                 Varmah Sonie                   Columbus Destroyers    50                           30                           80

K                    Adrian Trevino                  Albany Empire                   80                           18                           98

ST                  Fabian Guerra                   Columbus Destroyers    80                           3                              83

 

All-Arena Second Team

QB                 Arvell Nelson                     Washington Valor            5                              42                           47

FB                 Adrian Ferns                      Philadelphia Soul              45                           33                           78

WR               Antwane Grant                 AC Blackjacks                     35                           27                           62

WR               LaMark Brown                   AC Blackjacks                     25                           36                           61

WR               Joe Hills                                                Baltimore Brigade            10                           39                           49

C (tie)          Phillipkeith Manley         Philadelphia Soul              5                              18                           23

C (tie)          Kyron Samuels                  Baltimore Brigade            20                           3                              23

OL                 Anthony Parker                 Washington Valor            35                           12                           47

OL                 Moqut Ruffins                   Albany Empire                   25                           18                           43

DE                 Monte Lewis                      AC Blackjacks                     20                           30                           50

DE                 Sean Daniels                       Philadelphia Soul              5                              39                           44

DT                 Terrance Taylor                 Columbus Destroyers    –                             21                           21

MLB             James Gordon                   Washington Valor            30                           30                           60

JLB                Alvin Ray Jackson             Washington Valor            10                           27                           37

DB                 Dwayne Hollis                    Philadelphia Soul              30                           42                           72

DB                 Josh Victorian                    Baltimore Brigade            35                           24                           59

DB                 Tevin Homer                      Albany Empire                   25                           21                           46

K                    Mark Lewis                         AC Blackjacks                     30                           45                           75

ST                  Joe Powell                           Baltimore Brigade            25                           21                           46

 

Ballots were distributed amongst coaches, PR staff members, broadcast members and appointed media members. Individuals who work for teams were not allowed to vote for players on their respective teams. All other awards will be announced through August 10 leading up to ArenaBowl 32.

 

The Columbus Destroyers are members of the Arena Football League (AFL) and play at Nationwide Arena! Interested in purchasing season tickets for the 2020 season? Call (614) 228-5518 or visit ColumbusDestroyers.com to get your seats today! Be sure to follow the Destroyers on Twitter @AFLDestroyers, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AFLDestroyers, and on Instagram @AFLDestroyers.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY COURTESY OF AFL & COLUMBUS DESTROYERS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

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