National Arena League

National Arena League Playoff Preview: Lehigh Valley Steelhawks vs Columbus Lions

The Columbus Lions are looking to become the first ever NAL champion, but they must beat the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks before they think about winning a title. The Lions are facing off against Lehigh Valley on Friday for the right to advance to the championship game. The game will be played at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

The Lions got off to a slow start to the season, as they were just 3-3 after an April 29 loss to the Jacksonville Sharks. Since that loss, the Lions have not lost a single game, as they finished the season by winning five straight games.

The Lions played the Steelhawks once this season, and they lost 60-54. Columbus has played two quarterbacks this season. Darren Daniel has played in eight games, and he threw for 1,476 yards and 37 touchdowns this season. The Lions other quarterback, Mason Espinosa, threw for 953 yards and 23 touchdowns. The Lions best receiver all season long was Michael Reeve, who compiled 764 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Receivers Jarmon Forston and Tristan Purifoy combined for 32 touchdowns. On defense, the Lions are anchored by Kyle Griswould, who recorded 10 interceptions, and brought back four of those for touchdowns.

The Steelhawks have been fantastic all season long, with their only loss coming to Jacksonville earlier in the season. Quarterback Warren Smith Jr. has been phenomenal for the Steelhawks. Smith threw for 1,953 yards and 56 touchdowns this season. His top weapon is Darius Prince, who caught 20 touchdowns this season. These two teams are looking for a spot in the championship game. The Lions are looking to win their third straight championship after winning two in two different leagues over the last two years.

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