Roughriders await title game location

WHEELING — Here is what is known about the American Arena League indoor football championship game — the West Virginia Roughriders will meet the Carolina Energy on June 29 for the title.

Here’s what we don’t know about the AAL title tilt — the location and time.

According to the league’s website, league officials will not make a determination on where the Roughriders (12-0) and Energy (8-1) will compete for the first Bowman Cup until later in the week. No reason was given.

Northern Division champ West Virginia advanced with a 45-6 rout of Midwest Division champ West Michigan in the Northern Conference championship contest Saturday inside WesBanco Arena. Carolina, the Southern Division kingpin, upset defending the AAL champ Carolina Havoc, which re-located from Atlanta after the 2018 campaign, 52-38, inside Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte.

West Virginia team owner Gregg Fornario was confident prior to last week’s contest that the championship game would be played in downtown Wheeling. However, following Saturday night’s game, he wasn’t as confident.

Roughriders quarterback Jarrett Brown said it doesn’t matter where the game is played.

“It really doesn’t. If we play up to our capabilities, I don’t think there’s anybody out there that can beat us,” he said following the win over West Michigan. “We are clicking on all cylinders right now, both offensively and defensively.”

The Bowman Cup is named after AAL President Jack Bowman who died in April. He was inducted into the Minor League Football Hall of Fame in 2002 and, according to reports, was regarded as an icon in arena football league circles.

The Roughriders are trying to become the first professional football team to go undefeated and win a title in the Friendly City since the Ohio Valley Greyhounds went 14-0 in 2003 en route to National Indoor Football League title with a victory over Utah.

The Greyhounds also went 12-1 in winning a championship the season prior.

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