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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 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

 

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

Kyle Rowley (Orlando Predators photo)

 

 

 

OFFENSIVE POTW:

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.

DEFENSIVE POTW:

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).

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY AFL MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY COLUMBUS DESTROYERS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Daily Almanac for Monday, August 6, 2019

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ALMANAC WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF www.almanac.com

 

Dragons announce roster move

August 5, 2019

 

The Dayton Dragons announced the following roster changes today:

 

Left-handed pitcher Nick Lodolo has been transferred to the AZL Reds.

 

Right-handed pitcher James Marinan has been activated from the injured list.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Dayton Dragons accepting donations at games for Oregon District Tragedy Fund

Dayton, Ohio—The Dayton Dragons will be accepting donations to the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund at games tonight and Tuesday night at Fifth Third Field.

 

During both games of tonight’s doubleheader and during Tuesday night’s game, the Dragons will conduct a “pass the bucket” process to allow fans to make cash donations to the fund.  Additionally, 100 percent of the proceeds from the Dragons 50/50 raffle that would normally go to the Dragons Foundation on both nights will be donated to the fund.

 

The Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund was created yesterday by the Dayton Foundation to support the loved ones of the victims in the Oregon District shootings.

 

The Dayton Community Blood Bank will be on the plaza at Fifth Third Field on Tuesday night to make appointments for those wishing to donate blood.  They will not be accepting blood donations on Tuesday night but will schedule appointments and provide important information to fans.

 

The Dragons will honor the victims in a pre-game ceremony prior to the second game of tonight’s doubleheader.  Tonight’s first game will start at 6:00 p.m.  Gates open at 5:30 p.m.  Both games tonight will be seven-inning games.  Tuesday’s game will start at 7:00 p.m.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

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