JERSEY FLIGHT WIN BIG OVER CAROLINA COBRAS TO SECURE FIRST NAL VICTORY
GREENSBORO, NC – After three straight weeks of home games, the Jersey Flight embarked on a road trip down to Greensboro, NC to face the Carolina Cobras. They came home with a big win.
The Flight defanged the Cobras yesterday evening by a 65-27 score, receiving contributions from every facet of the roster in the process. QB Warren Smith Jr. was unflappable under center, going 20-for-29, for 153 yards passing and three passing touchdowns. He also tacked on a pair of rushing touchdowns as well.
In the receiving corps, WR Jared Dangerfield had himself a game with three touchdowns on the evening. WR Tyron Laughinghouse also had a receiving score in his return to Carolina. WR Larry Beavers led the team in yards and receptions for the game.
On the defensive side of the ball, WR/LB Neiko Creamer had a monster game, picking Cobras QB Sam Castronova off twice, and recovering one loose ball for three total defensive touchdowns.
The defensive front put the pressure on all night long, as DL Armonti Carey, DL Sean Daniels, LB/DL Nick Haag, and FB/LB Zack Mesday each had a sack. In the defensive backfield, the Flight were able to hold speedy Cobras WR Kendrick Ings to just one touchdown, a departure from his four-touchdown performance against the Flight in week one.
Following the game, GM/HC Terry Foster, Dangerfield, and Creamer all spoke about the game and the complete team effort.
Foster spoke to the effort he saw from his players and how it translated into a win.
"What impressed me the most was our focus," Foster said. "We went in with a game plan that we felt comfortable with and the guys put great effort into a dominant performance in all 3 phases of the game. We were tenacious. We wanted to make a statement and I believe the Cobras got the message loud and clear."
Foster continued, "As we have said all season, its not about our opposition its about us and how we respond to the adversities throughout the game, we were resilient and playing with a chip on our shoulders, we had a good week of practice and players made plays."
As for the rest of the season, Foster said the time was now to chart a new course.
We are finally taking flight, now it's time to soar," he said. "It was a great team effort and a big win for Jersey. We played with pride and passion that was unmatched. Our fans deserve to see that passion this week against the Predators."
Creamer said that having some stability up and down the lineup allowed him to communicate with his teammates and was the biggest piece of the puzzle in his effort on Saturday.
“Yeah, this was our first week where I think we had everybody in place, so we were comfortable,” Creamer said. “Everyone trusted their technique from the line to the back end.
“I saw the plays just from communicating with Haag for the front and Hollis, Davenport, and Shad in the secondary to know where I needed to be. I wouldn’t have made any plays without the pressure the front guys put on the QB.”
Remarking on the first team win, Creamer was especially happy about that.
“The first win lets us get that monkey off our back,” he said. “No better day to do it than on June 19th.”
And for Dangerfield, the key to the victory was just doing the little things right until they added up to big things.
"[My] mentality on the game was to win the battle every play, leave it all on the field," Dangerfield said. “And every time my number was called, I was grateful and had to make the most of it.”
Dangerfield also credited the chemistry between him and fellow Valor alumni Smith Jr., who he played with in Washington during the 2018 season. Having and building upon that connection was something he said was instrumental.
And when it came to gaining a measure of revenge on the Cobras, he noted that it had been on the team’s mind since the season opener.
“It felt good because they came and stole that W first week from us in our home opener,” Dangerfield said. “I felt we definitely should’ve won that week one game and so did the rest of the team. To go down there and get that revenge w felt good. We had to show that the league has to respect us.”
The Flight will be back at home at CURE Insurance Arena on Friday, June 25 when they face off against the Orlando Predators. Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m., and tickets are available at the following link.
The Jersey Flight are a professional Arena Football team based in Trenton, New Jersey. The Flight are a proud member of the National Arena League (NAL). Home games are played at CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton. The team is owned by New Flight Enterprises, LLC. Follow the team @JerseyFlight on Instagram and Facebook, and @JerseyFlightFB on Twitter.