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Championship Weekend Scheduled for July 8th

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – The National Arena League is proud to announce the league’s first ever recipients of their Players of the week. After an exciting opening weekend of NAL action, the league selected the following winners for Offensive, Defensive, and Special Teams.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Steve Panasuk (QB, High Country Grizzlies)

The High Country Grizzlies came out flying in their franchise’s inaugural game against the Georgia Firebirds, led by their trigger man Panasuk. The arena veteran hooked up with WR Daron Clark on a 39 yard strike early in the first quarter to score the first points in Grizzlies history. He completed the 60-29 victory by completing 14 of 18 passes for 201 yards and five touchdown passes, while also rushing for another touchdown. He looks to continue his success in Week Two in the teams first ever home contest

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Charlie Hunt (JLB, Jacksonville Sharks)

As the kickoff game to the 2017 NAL Season the high-powered Jacksonville Sharks visited the Jungle in Columbus, Georgia to take on the Lions in what was dubbed as the NAL Game of the Week. The game did not disappoint, as the Sharks were able to secure a 56-41 victory over the Lions. Hunt, the Sharks standout Jack Linebacker was all over the field recording five tackled, and interception that was returned 35 yards, a quarterback hit, along with sealing the teams victory when he intercepted a two-point conversion attempt in the fourth quarter, and returned it the other way to give his team two pints themselves. Hunt and the Sharks look to get victory number two when they host the Georgia Firebirds this weekend.

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Matt Tralli (WR/KR, Lehigh Valley Steelhawks)

The Steelhawks opened their NAL campaign this past Sunday with a hard fought 66-25 win over the Dayton Wolfpack. Special Team ended up being an added weapon for the Steelhawks, led by kick returner Matt Tralli. On his first return, the speedster raced 42 yards to the house, alluding multiple defenders in his path. On his second return, Tralli almost hit pay dirt again, taking a kick out of his own endzone and racing 50 yards only to be tackled at the Wolfpack one yard line. The ‘Hawks would go on to score the very next play. In all, Tralli would finish with three returns, for 106 yards and a score.

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Week Two NAL Action kicksoff this Saturday as the Jacksonville Sharks host the Georgia Firebirds, and the High Country Grizzlies host the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks, both at 7pm EST. On Sunday, the Corpus Christi Rage host the Columbus Lions followed by a Monday night tilt as the Monterrey Steel host the Dayton Wolfpack. Games can be seen live on the league’s YouTube Channel.

Fans can learn more about each team in the NAL, follow league news, and stay tuned for all player transactions by visiting its website at www.NationalArenaLeague.com


The National Arena League is set for initial kick off in March of 2017. With a playing style resembling traditional arena rules, the NAL will be announcing additional member league teams in the coming weeks. For more information regarding expansion opportunities or partnerships, contact Commissioner John Gregory at 501-529-8484 or john@nationalarenaleague.com or visit www.NationalArenaLeague.com.

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