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Beef Win in Overtime Nail Biter to Bandits 47-46

June 16, 2024 - National Arena League (NAL) News Release

OMAHA, NE - Tonight the longest active rivalry in the sport took place in the Slaughter House as the Omaha Beef (8-0) hosted the 2024 National Arena League Championship against the Sioux City Bandits (5-3). The league top two teams went head-to-head in the ultimate title match to be named champion of the National Arena League for these opponents it would be their first.

After a back and fort first half the hometown Beef lead the half 28-16. With fans on their feet the Beef continued to hand on to the lead through the third quarter. However, it would be the Sioux City Bandits who shout out the Beef in the fourth quarter and almost end the game for Sioux City just before a game-saving ESPN 10 Top Nominee interception at the tail end of the fourth quarter would allow the Beef to send the game to overtime.

In National Arena League head-to-head rivalry the Sioux City Bandits showed they are not letting the crowd stop them from winning tonight's game, the Omaha Beef proved their not going to let the Bandits win in regulation. Sending the game to overtime Tommy Armstrong who threw three touchdowns and rushing in four helping Omaha to the final drive of the game faced a ferocious Fred Bruno who played a historic NAL Championship Game throwing a passing touchdown, a rushing touchdown, and two receiving touchdowns. Not to mention, his quarterback Verion Reed Jr. who threw the most touchdown passes in the game (5). The final deciding factor came from kick, a single point after attempt finalized the champion the finishing kick was off of Paul Ortiz despite multiple blocked kicks & PATs a straight one through the uprights ended tonight historic game. Omaha Beef 47, Sioux City 46 the undefeated Omaha Beef (9-0) become National Arena League Champions. Tommy Armstrong, the National Arena League's Most Valuable Player also became the National Arena League's Championship Game Most Valuable Player as he was awarded tonight for his seven touchdowns including several game-saving touchdowns. The Undefeated Omaha Beef, who have an active win streak that continues between leagues is your 2024 National Arena League Champions.

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