The Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) names Louisiana Swashbucklers WR Jordan Rideaux, Richmond Raiders DB RoShawn Marshall, and Knoxville Nighthawks K Armando Cuko the Week 8 Players of the Week.
For the first time this season a player from Louisiana grabs a weekly award as WR Jordan Rideaux (5'9 165, Louisiana College) earned the Week 8 Offensive Player of the Week with his nine reception, 117 yards, and five touchdown performance in the Swashbucklers 77-65 victory over the Lions this past Saturday. After beginning the season 0-3, Saturday's win was the Bucs second consecutive placing them in the middle of the pack of the PIFL's playoff picture.
For the second time this season Richmond Raiders DB RoShawn Marshall (5'10 205, CMS) nabs the Defensive Player of the Week award earning the nod earlier this season back in Week 4. In Saturday's come-from-behind victory over the Steelhawks, Marshall helped close out the game by picking up his second and third interceptions of the season on Lehigh's final two drives. Through the Raiders six games Marshall owns four of the team's six total turnovers, fewest of all the teams in the PIFL.
Armando Cuko (5'11 183, UMASS) earned his second 2013 Special Teams Player of the Week nod after scoring a league-high 17 points in the Nighthawks 53-51 upset victory over the first-place Alabama Hammers. Cuko, who previously won the award in Week 5, was 5-6 on PAT attempts, 3-3 on field goal attempts (30, 40, 28) and wedged in three Uno's. In six games, Armando has shot to the top of the PIFL leaderboard currently leading all kickers in scoring (59) and Uno's (9).This weekend, The Professional Indoor Football League enters the second half of the 2013 season beginning with a double-header this Saturday starting with the Albany Panthers (3-2) hitting the road after a two-week hiatus to face-off in a rematch of the inaugural PIFL Championship against the Richmond Raiders (4-2). The Swashbucklers (2-3) and Nighthawks (2-5) will look to maintain momentum off their upset wins from last weekend in a showdown against one another in Knoxville. Then on Sunday the reeling Lehigh Valley Steelhawks (2-4), losers of three straight, will try to right the ship when they host the Columbus Lions (3-3) in the duo's first ever meeting.