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Archive for May 10th, 2019

Columbus Destroyers 2019 Schedule

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Columbus Destroyers announces formation of Youth Sports Academy

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COLUMBUS – The Columbus Destroyers, presented by GermainCars.com, introduced its Youth Sports Academy today. The Destroyers Youth Sports Academy is an all-encompassing program that focuses on delivering informative and interactive youth sports, high school athletics, safety/wellness programs, and cheer/dance initiatives. The Youth Sports Academy will host its first event, a Youth Football Camp on Saturday, June 8th at Bo Jackson’s Elite Sports in Hilliard from 9:30am-12:30pm for kids aged 7-12. Early-bird registration is open now as tickets can be purchased HERE for $25 through May 17th and those who sign up will receive a free t-shirt the day of the event.

 

“We are very excited to roll out our new Youth Sports Academy program,” said Director of Football Operations Dominic Jones. “It’s very important to us as an organization to be able to give back to our community in more ways than just football. With this initiative we look forward to hosting camps and seminars that educate our kids on a number of different topics. Whether it’s sports, cheerleading, or safety/wellness, we are thrilled to be able to have fun with young athletes, while doing so in an instructive and informative way. We can’t wait to get started with our first event, a Youth Football Camp on June 8th!”

 

Registration will begin at 9:30am on Saturday, June 8th at Bo Jackson’s Elite Sports and will go until 10:20am. After a brief welcome speech, on-field drills and a gauntlet competition will begin at 10:30 and run until 11:50am before the day closes with a guest speaker and an opportunity for autographs and pictures. These special guests will be announced on social media over the coming weeks!

 

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 make their return to Nationwide Arena this summer! Interested in purchasing tickets? Call (614) 228-5518, visit ColumbusDestroyers.com 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 www.facebook.com/AFLDestroyers, and on Instagram @AFLDestroyers.


 

Columbus Destroyers announce partnership with 97.1 WBNS new Coaches Show with Matthew Sauk

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COLUMBUS – The Columbus Destroyers, presented by GermainCars.com, announced today that “Destroyers All-Access,” featuring head coach Matthew Sauk will debut tonight on 97.1 The Fan and air every Monday night throughout the duration of the 2019 season. Shows airing weekly from 8:00-9:00pm.

 

“To be able to team up with a tremendous partner like 97.1 Fan is incredibly exciting for us,” said Destroyers Chief Operating Officer Rich Witmeyer. “Their resume speaks for itself and they’ve been well-established in the Columbus market for quite some time. This is a great opportunity and we can’t wait to get this partnership rolling tonight.”

 

The show, which will be hosted by 97.1 The Fan on-air talent Tim Hall, will feature team updates from coach Sauk, analysis and a review of the team’s performance from the prior weekend, a preview and a look into the team’s upcoming opponent that week, as well as occasional player guests, and much more.

 

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 make their return to Nationwide Arena this summer! Interested in purchasing tickets? Call (614) 228-5518, visit ColumbusDestroyers.com 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 www.facebook.com/AFLDestroyers, and on Instagram @AFLDestroyers.

 

Arena Football League names Week 2 Players of the Week

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Monte Lewis, Atlantic City Blackjacks)

Monte­­ Lewis:

After dominating the line of scrimmage with three sacks and one forced fumble against the Columbus Destroyers on Saturday, May 4, Atlantic City Blackjacks’ DL, Monte Lewis, has earned AFL Defensive Player of the Week honors for Week Two. Lewis’ three sacks totaled for 26 yards-for-loss, which is 19 yards more than the second-most through two games this season. Lewis leads the League in sacks (3) through two weeks.

 

Malachi Jones

Albany Empire WR, Malachi Jones, has earned AFL Offensive Player of the Week honors after finishing with six catches, 119 yards

Malachi Jones, Albany Empire

and two touchdowns in their victory versus the Washington Valor on Saturday, May 4.

Jones ranks second-best in total receiving yard in the League (213), and is tied for fourth-most touchdowns (4). Jones averages for 106.5 yards per game, good for second-best in the League.

 

 

 

Previous Winners:

Week 1

Offensive | WR Dezmon Epps (Washington Valor)

Defensive | DB James Romain (Philadelphia Soul)

 

Baltimore Brigade 2019 Roster

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The Baltimore Brigade announced changes as the team cut their training camp roster from 35 players to 23.  The Brigade made transactions recently including the re-signing of six-time All-Arena wide receiver Brandon Thompkins and All-Arena fullback Rory Nixon, both who have been with the team since its inception.

Thompkins, an eight-year veteran, has earned six All-Arena honors in just four years. Last season, he was the only player in the Arena Football League to earn All-Arena honors at two different positions, a feat he has done twice, earning both First Team All-Arena honors for kick returner and wide receiver in 2016. That year, Thompkins also earned Playmaker of the Year as he led the league in kick returns (93) and kick return touchdowns (5). He was third in the league for receptions per game (8.4), receiving yards per game (101.9) and scoring touchdowns (45).

“Baltimore is home for me,” Thompkins said. “I’m glad to be back because we have unfinished business to attend to. I’m ready to get back out on the field.”

Thompkins returns to Baltimore after having an exceptional 2018 season. He led the Brigade and ranked third in the AFL with 85 receptions. He led the league in all-purpose yards (1724) and yards per kick return (19.3). He led the Brigade in receiving yards (809) and receiving touchdowns (15). Thompkins is currently the all-time leader in receptions (137), receiving yards (1435), receiving touchdowns (24), kickoff return attempts (78) and kickoff return yards (1521) for the Brigade.

Also returning to Baltimore for his third season is five-year veteran Nixon. Nixon earned Second Team All-Arena honors for his performance with the Brigade in 2018. He led the league in rush attempts (34) and was tied for first in the league in rushing touchdowns (8). His career totals include 44 receptions for eight touchdowns and 249 rushing yards for 27 touchdowns. During his two seasons with the Brigade, Nixon has tallied 21 receptions for five touchdowns and 115 rushing yards for 14 touchdowns. He was named offensive player of the game after rushing for three touchdowns against Washington in week 10.

Nixon and Thompkins join offensive linemen Colin Madison and Kyron Samuels who both re-signed with Baltimore last week. In addition, the team designated five players as injured reserved including defensive backs Lance Austin and Jamal Robinson, wide receivers Ervin Philips and Caylon Weathers, and defensive linemanChristopher Lee.

Below is the current Brigade roster.

Baltimore Brigade 2019 Roster

(As of May 10, 2019)

Position Player Height Weight Birthdate Experience College
DL Robert Barber 6’3 295 5.7.1994 R Washington State
OL Wilson Bell 6’4 345 11.29.1994 R Auburn
QB Shane Boyd 6’1 230 9.18.1982 7 Kentucky
OL Jarell Broxton 6’4 325 3.27.1993 R Baylor
DL Darryl Cato-Bishop 6’4 270 1.26.1990 5 North Carolina State
WR Brandon Collins 6’1 185 4.21.1989 4 Texas
LB Joe Goosby 6’1 225 9.6.1986 8 Tulane
DL Robert Hayes 6’3 260 3.13.1992 4 Shepherd
WR Joe Hills 6’4 225 10.2.1987 7 Tennessee State
LB Dexter Jackson 6’2 300 3.19.1988 8 Bethune Cookman
DL Justin Lawrence 6’2 325 6.19.1987 7 Morgan State
OL Colin Madison 6’4 325 6.13.1989 7 Temple
DB Nias Martin 5’10 190 1.23.1995 1 New Mexico
WR Maurice Morgan 6’3 225 8.5.1993 R North Carolina State
QB Shane Morris 6’3 205 8.4.1994 R Central Michigan
K John Henry Nell 5’11 205 9.8.1998 R N/A
FB Rory Nixon 6’1 305 9.10.1991 5 St. Augustine
DB Joe Powell 6’1 200 2.25.1994 2 Globe Tech
OL Kyron Samuels 6’2 340 4.20.1994 1 Jacksonville State
WR Brandon Thompkins 5’10 195 10.9.1987 8 Arkansas State
DB Josh Victorian 5’10 190 7.10.1988 5 Louisiana Tech
WR Milton Williams 6’3 210 3.7.1994 2 Delaware State
DB Kenric Young 6’1 195 2.7.1996 R Utah

 

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