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Tue, May 14, 2019


The Atlantic City Blackjacks (1-2) scored only 7 points in the first half against the Washington Valor (1-2) on Saturday night. The 8,044 fans in attendance got to watch their team raise its ArenaBowl 31 Championship banner from the previous season. The pregame momentum from the ceremony helped the Valor get the early edge and they never let it go. 

Score by Quarters  1 2 3 4 Score
A.C. Blackjacks 0 7 14 13 34
Washington Valor 6 14 7 14 41

The Blackjacks couldn’t find an offensive rhythm in the game’s first half but were able to finish strong with Randy Hippeard throwing for 236 yards and 3 touchdowns with 1 interception. He also had rushing touchdown on the night. His counterpart Arvell Nelson had a solid game throwing for 178 with 3 touchdowns. Nelson opened the scoring with a 32-yard run on fourth down to give the Valor an early lead. Nelson finished with 47 rushing yards and 2 rushing touchdowns. 

The secondaries for both teams played well all night long. Blackjacks receiver Antwane Grant finished with 102 receiving yards followed by Kendrick Ings with 92 yards and 1 touchdown. Ings has the longest reception of the day at 49 yards. Jared Dangerfield of the Valor had 85receiving yards with touchdown and Reggie Gray had 42 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. LaMark Brown of the Blackjacks only had 43 receiving yards but had receiving touchdowns and 1 rushing touchdown, giving him a total of 8 on the year.

It was a defensive battle the whole game. Both teams faced multiple fourth down plays throughout the game. The Blackjacks were led this week by LaRoche Jackson. Jackson finished with 9.5 tackles which brought his total number of 16 to the top 5 in the league this season. Arthur Hobbs had himself 6 tackles raising his league leading total to 24Kiante Northington had 2 more pass breakups, one coming in the game’s first drive which occurred in the end zone. Atlantic City possessed the ball for 28:01 minutes where the Washington Valor had 31:59minutes of possession. The Blackjacks come back home to take on the Baltimore Brigade (2-1) on Saturday, May 18 at 7:00 pm.

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About Atlantic City Blackjacks

The Arena Football League’s newest franchise, the Atlantic City Blackjacks will begin play in Spring 2019 at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall.  Season memberships for the inaugural 2019 season are on sale now.  For tickets, contact the Atlantic City Blackjacks sales department at (609) 783-9494 or by going to  Follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @AFLBlackjacks

About the Arena Football League

The Arena Football League enters its 32nd season in 2019. Since its inception in 1987, the AFL showcases a fast-paced, exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets. With the addition of two new teams in Atlantic City, N.J., and Columbus, O.H., the League totals six teams for 2019: Albany, Atlantic City, Baltimore, Columbus, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. Each team will play 12 regular-season games in 2019. One can find the League on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using the handle @OfficialAFL.

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