The Kansas Koyotes and Omaha Beef each have players recognized for the first time in the CPIFL weekly awards while the Kansas City Renegades are represented for the second week in a row. Each player led their team to victory in Week 5 of the CPIFL season.
Offensive Player of the Week: Judd Harrold, Omaha Beef
Harrold and the Beef won a thrilling double-overtime game over the Sioux City Bandits by the final score of 32-26. Harrold caught nine passes for 107 yards and three touchdowns. All of his production came after halftime. Harrold's final touchdown was a 25-yard reception that gave the Beef the victory. Omaha sits atop the CPIFL standings at 3-0. The Beef travel to Lincoln to take on the Haymakers on Friday night.
Defensive Player of the Week: Anthony Gallegos, Kansas Koyotes
Gallegos' presence was felt early in the Koyotes 49-18 victory over Mid-Missouri. In the first quarter, Gallegos chased down Outlaws QB Damien Dunning to save a touchdown and on the next play Gallegos intercepted a pass to set-up a Koyotes touchdown. As time expired in the opening frame, Gallegos intercepted a pass and ran 15 yards for the touchdown to give Kansas a 19-0 lead. Gallegos led the team in tackles with six. Kansas returns home this week to play Kansas City on Friday night.
Special Teams Player of the Week: OJ Simpson, Kansas City Renegades
Simpson returned four kicks for 152 yards and two touchdowns in the Renegades 40-36 victory over the Wichita Wild. In the third quarter, Wichita scored to make the score 26-23 in favor of Kansas City. With the momentum clearly on the Wild's side, Simpson returned the ensuing kickoff 56 yards for the touchdown. Kansas City travels to Topeka, Kan. to take on the Kansas Koyotes on Friday night.Week 6 of the CPIFL season begins on Friday night with a trio of games including Bloomington hosting Wichita, Sioux City travelling to Salina, and Kansas hosting Kansas City. On Saturday, Lincoln hosts Omaha and the week wraps up in Oklahoma on Sunday when the Defenders play Mid-Missouri.