The American Arena League’s Week 5 provided some good football, and some bad football. Look below at the AAL’s Week 5 game roundups.
Carolina Energy 87, High Country Grizzlies 52
It comes as no surprise that the Grizzlies are still losing games. The Energy put up 87 points on the struggling offense, while the Grizzlies put up just 52. The Grizzlies quarterback Darren Daniel continues to struggle behind a bad offensive line, and the defense can’t seem to make a stop.
The Energy, on the other hand, are still winning games and that comes as no surprise. The Energy have top-ranked quarterback David Washington moving the ball with his arm and legs, and one of the best defenses in the league making plays.
Rochester Kings 52, Cape Fear Heroes 45
The Kings put up 52 points against the Heroes, who kept it close with 45 points. The Kings now advance to 3-1, and the Heroes fall to 1-2 on the season.
The Kings have looked very impressive this season, especially the offense under quarterback Duell Smith, whereas this team has scored 194 points in four games.
The Heroes started off the season in a scary fashion, by obliterating the Grizzlies, 84-12. They then went on to have an embarrassingly large margin defeat from the Roughriders, and now a loss to the Energy. The Heroes will play the Dragons on April 21, a game they should surely win.
Georgia Doom 93, Upstate Dragons 21
The Doom lit up the Dragons and defeated them in an embarrassing fashion, 93-21.
The Dragons have lost came off from Week 4 with their first win in franchise history, beating the Peach State Cats, 47-20. But coming off a win and playing at home wasn’t enough for the Dragons, as they lost by 72 points. Dragons quarterback Shane Martinez threw only five complete passes of a combined 27, with under 50 yards passing, one touchdown, two rushes for 17 yards, three interceptions, four fumbles, and was sacked three times.
Backup Dragons quarterback Jonathan Clark did better, going 9-18, 93 yards, one touchdown, one interception, one fumble, three rushes for a combined two yards and a touchdown, as well as being sacked twice. Clearly, this team needs to clean up it’s offensive line and start Clark at quarterback.
The Doom scored easier than a team should. In under a minute of the first quarter, they scored two touchdowns. Luke Collis threw the first touchdown on a perfect pass, and the next was a pick six. The Doom keep Doom’n.
Richmond Roughriders 58, Florida Tarpons 20
The Tarpons (0-2) played their first game since Week 1 in Week 5 at home, and it didn’t go well for them. The Roughriders scored 58 points on them, and Tarpons scored a mere 20.
For the Tarpons, this is a game they should’ve won. Film, rest, and adjustments were all on their advantage. This team has proven that it can’t play the elite teams of the league. The Tarpons will play the Atlanta Havoc for a second time on April 21. The Havoc have already beaten them once before this season, in Week 1, the score being 81-56.
The Roughriders are still undefeated this season (4-0) and aren’t looking like they will get beat. Arvell Nelson has proven that he’s still the same Arena Football League elite quarterback he used to be and is showing it. This team is in a good spot.
Atlanta Havoc 66, Austin Wild 0
The Atlanta Havoc defeated the Austin Wild in Week 4, 0-66. The Havoc advanced to 4-0, the Wild fell to 2-1.
The Havoc defense was just way too much for the Wild affiliate offense. The Havoc attacked on all fronts, and it was bad. The Wild were hopeless. The Havoc offense lit it up against the Wild, scoring 66 points with ease.