The Champions Professional Indoor Football League (CPIFL) has selected the first Players of the Week in league history. Each week the league will recognize an Offensive, Defensive, and Special Teams Player of the Week. The CPIFL completed Week 2 this past weekend with all ten teams in action and eight out of the ten teams playing in their first game of the season.
Offensive Player of the Week: Eddie Pertilla, Sioux City Bandits Pertilla accounted for 145 receiving yards out of the 173 total yards through the air that the Bandits gained in their 62-56 victory over the Bloomington Edge. Pertilla caught five passes and he converted all of them into touchdowns. The touchdowns were 43, 22, 34, 5, and 41 yards in length. The Bandits open their home schedule on Friday night vs. Kansas City.
Defensive Player of the Week: Courtney Grixby, Lincoln Haymakers In the first overtime game in CPIFL history, the Haymakers defense stopped Mid-Missouri after a Lincoln score in overtime to secure the road win for the Haymakers. Grixby recorded nine tackles and two interceptions in the ballgame. The second interception came with 4:05 left in the game and seemed to seal the victory for the Haymakers. The Haymakers could not score and the Outlaws scored a touchdown with eight seconds left to send the game to the extra session. Lincoln scored a touchdown on the first possession to make the score 38-31. Mid-Missouri was unable to answer with a score of their own in the extra period.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Winston Holder, Oklahoma Defenders Holder averaged almost 25 yards per return in the Defenders' 62-40 victory over the Kansas Koyotes. Holder returned four kicks for a total of 99 yards including a 53-yard return for a TD in the first quarter. The road victory brought the Defenders record to 1-1 on the season.Week 3 of the CPIFL season begins on Friday night with Sioux City hosting Kansas City and Bloomington hosting Mid-Missouri. On Saturday, Wichita opens their home schedule vs. the Kansas Koyotes.