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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 to get your seats today! Be sure to follow the Destroyers on Twitter @AFLDestroyers, on Facebook at, and on Instagram @AFLDestroyers.




Destroyers QB Kyle Rowley named Week 13 AFL Player of the Week

Kyle Rowley (Orlando Predators photo)





Kyle Rowley | QB, Columbus Destroyers


In what was his first Arena Football game since 2015, Columbus Destroyers QB, Kyle Rowley, earned the Week 13 Offensive Player of the Week honors. Rowley threw for 253yards and five touchdowns in the Destroyers narrow 56-50 loss to the Valor to end the season. Rowley led the Destroyers to their second-most points scored this year (most, 54 on 6/7 vs. A.C. Blackjacks).


His last appearance was a playoff game with the Portland Thunder on 8/14/15. After his appearance with the Destroyers, Rowley is a nine-year veteran of the AFL.


Darryl Cato-Bishop | DL, Baltimore Brigade

Darryl Cato-Bishop (DL, Baltimore Brigade) had a strong performance in Week 13, earning him the honors of Week 13 Defensive Player of the Week. Cato-Bishop was instrumental in the Week 13 matchup in Atlantic City, contributing two sacks for a loss of 11 yards, and one forced fumble in the Brigade’s 35-28 win over the Blackjacks. Cato-Bishop was one of the top defensive linemen in the League this season: he led the League in total sacks (7.5, 6 of which were solo) and ranked second in forced fumbles (4) and total tackles for loss (8).




Destroyers new QB Kyle Rowley shines in 56-50 loss at Washington; veteran ran offense with precision


Kyle Rowley led the Destroyers offense with smoothness and confidence like he had ran it all season (Orlando Predators photo)


WASHINGTON D.C. – The Columbus Destroyers, presented by, fell to the Washington Valor, 56-50, at Capital One Arena on Saturday afternoon in the team’s final game of the 2019 season. With the loss, the Destroyers close their seasons with a 1-11 record. Quarterback Kyle Rowley, who is 40 years old, signed on Wednesday to replace the injured Grant Russell, threw for 300 yards and five touchdowns in the loss. Wide receivers Kenny Cook and Rob Wheelwright scored two touchdowns, while receivers Paul Browning and Julian Lowe found pay dirt as well.


After an interception on Columbus’ first drive, the Valor got on the board first when quarterback Arvell Nelson found wide receiver Josh Reese for a 12-yard touchdown reception, giving Washington an early 6-0 lead. Rowley answered on the next drive by connecting with Wheelwright on a 15-yard strike, tying things up, 6-6. After a failed onside kick by the Destroyers, Nelson gave the Valor the lead once again by hitting wide receiver Jared Dangerfield for a quick touchdown to give Washington a 13-6 advantage. Rowley responded himself on the ensuing possession by hitting a wide-open Cook in stride for a 23-yard pitch-and-catch touchdown to even things up once again, 13-13.


A defensive stop in the second quarter by the Columbus defense gave the ball back to the Destroyers, who jumped back in front on a Wheelwright rushing score from one yard out, his second touchdown of the game. The score gave Columbus their first lead of the game, 20-13. The Valor countered with a score of their own on the next series, when Nelson and wide receiver Douglas McNeil III hooked up for an 18-yard touchdown to tie the score, 20-20. The Destroyers turned the ball over on downs on their next series and the Valor made them pay when Nelson hit wide receiver Dezmon Epps in stride for a long touchdown to give Washington a 27-20 edge. The Destroyers drew even once more just before the break when Rowley managed to get off a pass under heavy pressure to find Browning for a nine-yard touchdown to knot the score up once again, 27-27, at the half.


Dangerfield got in the end zone early in the third quarter on a pass from Nelson to give the Valor the lead once again, 34-27. Destroyers defensive back Varmah Sonie returned the ensuing kick-off 48 yards for a touchdown to tie it up, 34-34. On the next Washington offensive series, Sonie came up big again by intercepting Nelson, which led to Rowley finding Cook for an 11-yard touchdown, giving Columbus the lead back, 41-34.


The Valor responded early in the fourth quarter as Nelson scored from one yard to make the score, 41-41. After a turnover, Nelson picked up his second straight rushing touchdown from one yard out to give Washington the lead, 48-41. On Columbus’ next series, Rowley converted on fourth and 11 by finding Otterbein graduate and Gahanna native Lowe for his first professional touchdown, a 49-yarder to make it 48 all. The Destroyers would then re-claim the lead on the next drive as Nelson would fumble and be sacked in the endzone for a safety, giving Columbus a 50-48 edge. The Valor would recover the onside kick, however, as Nelson marched the Valor offense down field and found wide receiver Reggie Gray for the game-winning score, sealing a 56-50 home win.


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




Largest crowd of season see Destroyers lose home finale, 49-18 to AFL’s best team in Albany

COLUMBUS – The Columbus Destroyers, presented by, fell to the Albany Empire in the team’s home finale, 49-18, in front of 9,275 fans, the largest crowd at Nationwide Arena this season. With the loss, the Destroyers drop to 1-10 on the season. Wide receivers Fabian Guerra and Rob Wheelwright both scored rushing touchdowns, while back-up quarterback Liam Nadler threw his first touchdown pass of the season, an eight-yard scoring strike to wide receiver Kenny Cook.


After a fumble on the opening possession, the Empire struck first when quarterback Tommy Grady found wide receiver Malachi Jones for a 33-yard touchdown, giving Albany an early 7-0 lead. Columbus responded on the next drive when Guerra rushed it in from nine yards out to trim the Empire lead to 14-6. Albany jumped back in front on their next possession when Grady found Jones for his second score of the day, this one a 40-yard pass to make the score 14-6. After the Empire recovered the onside kick, Grady found wide receiver Quentin Sims on the first play from 32 yards out to increase their lead to 21-6.


In the second quarter, Grady and Jones connected once again for a long score, this one from 37 yards out to increase the Albany lead to 28-6. The Destroyers responded on their ensuing drive, as Wheelwright ran one in from two yards out to make the score 28-12. The Empire extended their lead once again just before the half as fullback Mykel Benson plunged into the end zone from two yards out to give Albany a 35-12 lead at the break.


The Empire further increased their lead to 42-12 when Grady hit Sims for a 45-yard touchdown pass, to give Albany a 42-12 advantage.


Stepping in due to an injury to Russell, Nadler passed for his first touchdown of the season in the fourth quarter, finding wide receiver Kenny Cook for an 8-yard touchdown to trim the Albany lead to 42-18. The Empire capped the scoring for the afternoon when back-up quarterback Mason Espinosa found Sims for a four-yard touchdown, solidifying a 49-18 win for Albany.

Final book and full statistics can be found HERE.


The Columbus Destroyers are members of the Arena Football League (AFL) and make their return to Nationwide Arena this summer! Interested in purchasing tickets? Call (614) 228-5518, visit or stop by the Big Lots! Box Office at Nationwide Arena to get your seats today! For partnership opportunities, please click HERE. Be sure to follow the Destroyers on Twitter @AFLDestroyers, on Facebook at, and on Instagram @AFLDestroyers.





Columbus Destroyers July transaction report

JULY 11, 2019
HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED OL Matt Cohen 6’6″ 305 Louisville R
JULY 10, 2019
HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED K Tyler Durbin 6’3″ 200 Ohio State R
JULY 9, 2019
HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED DL Rakim Cox 6’4″ 270 Villanova R
HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED DL Alex McCalister 6’6″ 245 Florida R
HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED WR Tyler Palka 6’1″ 200 Gannon R
PLACING ON INJURED RESERVE K Craig Peterson 6’3″ 220 Cortland State 2
JULY 8, 2019
HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED OL Donell Andrews 6’2″ 320 Saint Augustine R
HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED DL Derrick Calloway 6’2″ 315 Davenport R
PLACING ON LEAGUE SUSPENSION DL Marquis Smith 6’3″ 250 Savannah State R
JULY 2, 2019
PLACING ON INJURED RESERVE OL Kevin Bowen 6’8″ 345 East Central R
JULY 1, 2019
PLACING ON INJURED RESERVE DB Aaron Ivory 6’1″ 200 Findlay R
PLACING ON INJURED RESERVE DL Terrance Taylor 6’1″ 315 Michigan 8



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