Tuesday, April 9, 2013

PIFL Names Week 5 Players of the Week

The Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) has named Alabama Hammers WR Mico McSwain, Columbus Lions DB LeRoy Vann, and Knoxville Nighthawks K Armando Cuko as the Week 5 Players of the Week.
It hasn't a total landslide, but WR Mico McSwain (6'3 215, North Alabama) has arguably been the most dominating receiver to date leading the PIFL in receptions (30), receiving yards (436) and touchdowns (11). Saturday night was another prime example of the pain McSwain has laid on his opponents hauling in nine receptions for 201 yards and five touchdowns in the Hammers 72-45 dominating victory over Columbus making him an easy selection for the Week 5 PIFL Offensive Player of the Week.
Despite losing by 27 to Alabama, the Columbus Lions defense did have some shining moments of which included the play-making ability of DB LeRoy Vann (5'9 185, Florida A&M). Vann attributed for two of the Lions three turnovers on Saturday in addition to accounting for 25% of the Lions total scoring by stepping in front of two Russell Hill passes and returning them both for touchdowns giving him the honor of the Week 5 PIFL Defensive Player of the Week.
In what arguably was the biggest upset in two years, the Knoxville Nighthawks (1-4) defeated the Albany Panthers 31-28 in large part to some timely kicking from K Armando Cuko (5'11 183, UMASS). Despite leading for majority of the game, Knoxville held on by the skin of their teeth thanks to Cuko going 2-3 on PAT attempts, 3-5 on field goal attempts (20, 24, 38) and two Uno's for a total of 13 points. He scored the Hawks final seven points edging them to their first victory of the 2013 season helping him earn the Week 5 PIFL Special Teams Player of the Week.
This Saturday Week 6 of the PIFL season will kick-off with a triple-header beginning with the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks (2-1) looking to ride their early season momentum into Richmond to take on a Raiders (2-1) squad. Later on the defending champion Albany Panthers (3-1) will look to forget the memories of last week when they head to Huntsville, AL to face off against the Alabama Hammers (3-1) in a battle for first-place. The night concludes when the Columbus Lions (1-2) and Louisiana Swashbucklers (0-2) with both teams looking to avoid a third straight loss.

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