The Carolina Cobras burst onto the NAL scene in 2018, headed up by quarterback Charles McCullum. McCullum threw for 3,313 yards, 87 touchdowns and 19 picks. Five receivers scored at least twelve times: Tyrell Goodman, Fabian Guerra, Phillip Barnett, Jordan Jolly, and Tyron Laughinghouse. The Cobras defense picked 31 passes off, with Cedric Poole grabbing eight and Michael Green getting seven. Four of the team's five losses came by a combined nine points, and for the most part, Carolina rolled through the league, including 55-21 and 73-33 drubbings of Jacksonville. After another victory over Jacksonville, Carolina hosted Columbus for the championship game. Columbus was held to 110 total yards and McCullum passed for seven scores in a convincing 66-8 beat-down and championship crown.