The Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) has named Albany Panthers QB Cecil Lester, Columbus Lions LB Justen Rivers, and Columbus Lions K Chandler Brooks as the Week 1 Players of the Week.
Cecil Lester (6'1 220, Fort Valley St.) began his ninth indoor football
season off with a bang on Saturday leading the Panthers to 50-41
domination over the Louisiana Swashbucklers. In the ninth overall
meeting in the Albany, Louisiana series, it was a bit one-sided with the
Panthers never once relinquishing the lead. Lester made it six in a row
over the Swashbucklers by completing 26 of 39 passes for 269 yards
while evenly distributing five passing touchdowns to a different
receiver. His efforts earned him the PIFL Week 1 Offensive Player of the
Justen Rivers (6'1 255, Eastern Kentucky) has been the mainstay on the
Columbus Lions defense for the past seven seasons and on Sunday with
almost entirely new cast on defense Rivers led a Columbus defensive
charge in a 58-28 victory over the Knoxville Nighthawks. The wily vet
finished the Lions opening game on Sunday with three tackles and two
sacks. Rivers biggest impact was his blocking of a field goal and
returning it in for a touchdown helping spark his keep as the PIFL Week 1
Defensive Player of the Week.
Chandler Brooks (6'1 175, Auburn) briefly introduced himself to Lions
fans last season when he nailed a game-winning field goal in his indoor
debut. On Sunday, Brooks kicked off his second season with bang leading
all kickers in scoring with ten points going 7 of 8 on extra point
attempts as well as tacking on three Uno's. His efforts earned him the
PIFL Week 1 Special Teams Player of the Week.
2 of the PIFL season kicks begins this Saturday at 7:00 PM when the
Richmond Raiders make their season debut by hosting the Alabama Hammers
(1-0) whom are hot off their heels of a last second hook-and-ladder win.
Thirty minutes later, one of indoor football's biggest in-state rivalry
resumes when the Columbus Lions (1-0) hit the road to take on the
defending PIFL Champion Albany Panthers (1-0). The weekend concludes on
Sunday at 4:00 PM with the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks (0-1) taking on the
Knoxville Nighthawks (0-1) in their home-opener.