6. Lehigh Valley Steelhawks
There’s not much left to say about the the struggle Steelhawks as they’re a dead ringer for last place on the Inside the Arena Power Rankings list. They did manage to score 14 more points that the week before [which would be great if their final tally wasn’t a measly 17 points] and held the Jacksonville Sharks off for lowest points scored against Lehigh Valley this season.
Unfortunately, for them, that’s still a massive 44 points but it’s something positive for the Steelhawks.
5. Maine Mammoths
Maine is still searching for that missing piece that will push them over the hump and break them into the top end of this league. Taking a stout Massachusetts Pirates team to a nail biting finish in overtime proves they have the ability to challenge any one the the teams on this list, but just can’t do so with consistency.
4. Jacksonville Sharks
The Jacksonville Sharks on the rise. After getting their feet under them last week against Maine and ending their skid, Jacksonville is going to take the domination over the Lehigh Valley steelhawks with the mindset of “a win is a win”.
3. Carolina Cobras
The Cobras have taken a blow after rattling off four wins in a row. Although they are still one of the most potent teams in the league, little bandages add up to coffins and the Cobras have to regain their laser like focus in the coming weeks.
2. Columbus Lions
After a setback against the Pirates last week, the Lions were in no mood to come up short again and proved it against the Carolina Cobras. Mason Espinosa defined “Clutch” by finding the end zone with no time on the clock to take advantage of the Cobras mistakes and make it a walk off victory.
1. Massachusetts Pirates
With last week’s win over the Lions, and another display of outlasting our opponent, the Pirates rallied from a early deficit to show off Sean Brackett’s durability and leadership on the field to earn them the top spot on our list for this week.
The Pirates will be riding high as they come into Greensboro, NC to try to make the final leap into untouchable NAL territory and take out the Cobras at home, a task that they fell short of by eight points in Week 3.