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Vacchio, Green, and Peterson Earn First Team All-NAL Honors


Pulu and Manhertz snatch Second Team All-NAL Honors

GREENSBORO – After an outstanding inaugural regular season by the Carolina Cobras, the National Arena League has recognized several Cobras players for the 2018 All-NAL Defense. In addition, the league release it’s picks for the 2018 All-NAL Kickers. This season, three cobras players earned First Team honors including linebacker Pasquale Vacchio, defensive back Michael Green, and kicker Craig Peterson. Defensive lineman Toni Pulu and defensive lineman Omari Manhertz earn Second Team All-NAL Defensive Honors.

First Team All-NAL Defense

Pasquale Vacchio, Jack Linebacker: Pasquale Vacchio started the 2018 season with the Massachusetts Pirates before being assigned to the Carolina Cobras late into the season. Vacchio has arena experience, playing for the Spokane Shock of the Indoor Football League. That talent shifted to the NAL this season and created a lot of trouble for opposing offenses. This season, Vacchio recorded 37.5 total tackles (26 solo) (23 assists), five interceptions for 73 yards and three touchdowns, and two fumble recoveries.

Michael Green, Defensive Back: Michael Green entered the 2018 season as a rookie and really showed what he is made of after an outstanding season. This season, Green made 56.5 total tackles (40 solo) (33 assists), 12 interceptions for 132 yards and one touchdown, and one fumble recovery for 15 yards.

Craig Peterson, Kicker: Craig Peterson’s 2018 season is a season to remember, as he broke about every kicking record in the league. He broke the record for the number of PAT’s made, as he went 88-of-110. He broke the all-time deuce record in NAL history with 27 in the regular season. The only record he didn’t break was the number of field goals made, as he was 4-of-14.

Second Team All-NAL Defense

Toni Pulu, Defensive Lineman: Pulu has been a great addition to the Cobras defense since signing him early in the season. Pulu totaled 16.5 tackles (11 solo) (11 assists), one interception for nine yards and a touchdown, one fumble recovery, one blocked kick, and forced one safety. All of these stats gives him eight points on the season.

Omari Manhertz, Defensive Lineman: Manhertz is the second defensive lineman from the Cobras to be on an All-NAL team. He made 19.5 tackles (12 solo) (15 assists), six sacks, three forced fumbles, four blocked kicks, and two forced safeties.

Tomorrow, the National Arena League will announce it’s 2018 All-NAL Offense and Cobra Nation expects to see several key players from the Carolina roster to appear on that list. Monday night the Cobras will be playing in the 2018 National Arena League Championship against the Columbus Lions.  Kickoff is set for 7pm at the Greensboro Coliseum, if you haven’t gotten your tickets yet for the big game call 336-455-7232 or visit the Coliseum box office.


The Carolina Cobras are members of the National Arena League (NAL). Founded in 2017, the Carolina Cobras are in their inaugural season in 2018 at the Greensboro Coliseum.  Cobra Season Ticket Memberships are on sale now call (336) 445-7232 or visit carcobras.com. Follow the Cobras on Facebook at facebook.com/carcobras, twitter.com/carcobras and instagram.com/carcobras.

The National Arena League was founded in 2016 and hosted its inaugural season in 2017 as the premier league in arena football. The National Arena League will kick off its second season in April of 2018. For more information regarding expansion opportunities or partnerships, contact Commissioner Chris Siegfried at chris@nationalarenaleague.com or Expansion Chairman Jeff Bouchy at jeff@nationalarenaleague.com. For more information about the NAL visit www.nationalarenaleague.com, facebook.com/nationalarenaleauge, twitter.com/NALfootball, Instagram.com/natiionalarenaleague.

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