“It’s been a long time coming and a lot of incredible work has been done by our entire league from top to bottom to get to this point, but we’re very excited to finally get the fans into our arenas and get the ball in. the air,” said Doug Freeman, co-founder of the Arena Football Association.
The streaming platform FloSports will broadcast both matches live. The Spartans-Bulls contest will begin at 7:00 p.m. CDT and the Jets-Warbirds contest is also scheduled to kick off at 7:00 p.m. CDT.
The AFA was originally scheduled to kick off its 2022 campaign last Saturday night in Wichita, but a waterline disruption in the Wichita Force arena forced that game to be rescheduled for May 14.
Friday night’s opener features one of two newest entries to join the AFA in Magnolia State. The freshman expansion Spartans are coached by Dexter Allen and led by wide receiver Marcel Newson and defensive lineman Charles Brooks, who both played for National Arena League champion Albany Empire in 2021. Newson, who attended Mississippi College, went to training camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2017 and played in the Spring League in 2019. The Bulls, 2021 American Arena League champions, are coached by Victor Mann. North Texas went 8-1 last season, including a 60-43 win over the Charlotte Thunder in the AAL Championship Game. The Bulls’ best returning players are receiver Chris Franklin, two-way lineman Drew Nichols and defensive back Jimmy Keys.
The Texas Jets, based in Humble, Texas, are coached by Ty Peace and led by quarterback Michael Foggin. The Jets made their 2021 debut in the Lone Star Series where they went winless in three starts. They will face a team from West Texas coached by Tate Smith. The 2021 Lone Star Series champions with a perfect 7-0 record, the Warbirds are led offensively by quarterback Skyler Howard, a former West Virginia standout who spent time with the Seattle Seahawks and the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL in 2017. Howard has a prime target in wide receiver Jordon Gandy, who had 19 receptions for 407 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2021. On the other side of the ball, the Warbirds are led by defensive back Joseph Nuttall, Jr., who had 27 tackles and seven assists. breakups during the ’21 campaign.
Built on the pillars of diversity, equity and inclusion, the Arena Football Association focuses on placing its franchises in underserved markets, targeting cities with populations ranging from 200,000 to 2 million. . The League is built on a world-class business model designed to drive league growth. Each team must adhere to strict business principles that help ensure economic stability.
More information about the Arena Football Association can be found at https://arenafa.com/.