Tuesday, April 30, 2013

IFL Week 11 Players of the Week Announced

The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce the Week 11 Players of the Week.
Offensive Players of the Week: Cody Kirby (QB, Chicago Slaughter)
The Slaughter defended their home turf on Saturday night with a 61-56 victory over the Sioux Falls Storm. The win propelled the team back into first place in the United Conference standings. QB Cody Kirby (5'11, 215, Missouri State) has put together an impressive season, creeping his way into the IFL MVP race. Facing the #1 defense in the IFL, Kirby completed 28 of 35 passes for 257 yards and 4 touchdowns while also rushing for 61 yards on 15 carries and 2 scores. Kirby currently ranks 1st in the IFL with a 111.4 QB Rating (minimum 60 pass attempts) and has a 6:1 touchdown to interception ratio. This week, the Slaughter hit the road to take on the Texas Revolution.
Defensive Player of the Week: Elijah Fields (DB, Green Bay Blizzard)
The Green Bay Blizzard earned commanding a 74-25 victory over the Texas Revolution. After starting the season 1-5, the Blizzard have now won two in a row to get back into the thick of things in the United Conference playoff race. Defensive Back Elijah Fields (6'2, 215, Pittsburgh) led the Blizzard's dominating defensive effort against the Revolution, registering 13 tackles (1.5 for loss) and 2 interceptions. The Blizzard held the Revs to only 76 yards of total offense. Fields now ranks 4th in the IFL with 66 tackles, tied for 2nd with 2 forced fumbles, and tied for 3rd with 6 pass breakups. Green Bay takes their two game winning streak into a bye this weekend. The Blizzard will return to action on May 10th when they host the Nebraska Danger.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Joe Houston (K, Nebraska Danger)
In an "IFL Instant Classic" and the leading candidate for Game of the Year, the Nebraska Danger outlasted the Colorado Ice, 69-66. This matchup is quickly becoming one of the IFL's most intense rivalries. Trailing for the majority of the game, Colorado erased a 22-point deficit to tie the game at 66 with 24 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter. With the Danger returning the ensuing kickoff to midfield, QB Jameel Sewell looked to improve field position to set up a game winning field goal. However, the stingy Ice defense caused three straight incompletions, forcing a long 42-yard attempt. Kicker Joe Houston (5'6, 170, USC) answered the challenge, splitting the uprights as time expired, sealing the 3-point victory for the Danger. On the day, Houston converted 2 of 4 field goal attempts and 7 or 9 PAT's, good for 13 total points. The win has major implications in the race for the #1 seed in the Intense Conference. Not only did the Danger move a game up on the Ice in the standings, but they also take a 2-1 lead in the season series. The teams meet again in Colorado on June 7th. In the meantime, the Danger face another difficult challenge this weekend when they travel to Sioux Falls to take on the Storm.

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