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August 2, 2018 - Arena Football League (AFL) - Washington Valor News Release

Valor to host fan rally celebrating ArenaBowl XXXI championship

The Washington Valor, champions of ArenaBowl XXXI, will host a celebratory fan rally Wednesday, August 1 from 6-8 p.m. at The Greene Turtle (601 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004). The event is free and open to the public. Fans will have the chance to take pictures with the ArenaBowl trophy, players and coaches as well as enjoy featured food and drink specials.

Valor top Brigade, 69-55, to win ArenaBowl XXXI

The Valor defeated the Baltimore Brigade, 69-55, to win ArenaBowl XXXI Saturday night at Royal Farms Arena, clinching the first championship in franchise history. Valor quarterback Arvell Nelson scored eight total touchdowns, including an ArenaBowl-record five rushing touchdowns, to earn the game's Most Valuable Player award.

"I'm so proud of this group of guys," Valor Interim Head Coach Benji McDowell said after the game. "We fought the entire game. It was a championship performance from start to finish against a great Baltimore team."

Valor wideout Doug McNeil III caught eight passes for 95 yards and three receiving touchdowns and added a kickoff return touchdown on his way to being named Offensive Player of the Game. Valor defensive back Svante Davenport was named Defensive Player of the game after tallying two interceptions and a fumble recovery.

Belton recognized with Al Lucas Hero Jason Foundation Award

The Arena Football League announced Friday that Washington Valor defensive back Tracy Belton has been recognized with the Al Lucas Hero Jason Foundation Award, presented annually to the player who makes the most significant contribution to both his community and the game of Arena Football.

"I'm honored to receive this recognition," Belton said. "I pride myself on being more than just an athlete and cherish the opportunity to make an impact on this community in such a way. The community - parents, coaches, teachers, students and veterans - are what helped build me into the athlete and person I am today. To be able to pay that back and to be recognized for it is a great honor."

Gray and Duvalt named to All-Arena teams

The Arena Football League announced last week selections for the 2018 All-Arena First and Second Teams, which include Valor wide receiver Reggie Gray and kick returner Chris Duvalt. Both were named Second Team All-Arena after leading the team in receiving yards and kickoff return yards, respectively.

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