Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Week 10 IFL Players of the Week Announced

The Indoor Football League announced the Week 10 Players of the Week.
Co-Offensive Players of the Week: Spencer Ohm and Ryan Balentine (QB, WR Green Bay Blizzard)
For the first time in 2013, a pair of teammates share Offensive Player of the Week honors. After undergoing a complete overhaul with the coaching staff, the Green Bay Blizzard rallied around new Head Coach Chad Baldwin and defeated the Tri-Cities Fever 66-54. In addition to turnover in the coaching staff, there is also a new signal caller for the Blizzard. In his first career start, QB Spencer Ohm (6'2, 215, Concordia) scorched the Fever defense, completing 19 of 27 passes for 275 yards and 7 touchdowns, adding 5 carries for 13 yards and 2 rushing touchdowns. Ohm's top target was WR Ryan Balentine (6'1, 180, Southern Miss). Balentine hauled in 11 catches for 170 yards and 3 touchdowns while also rushing for 17 yards and another score. Balentine leads the league in catches (43) and receiving yards (535). Up next for the Blizzard is this first of two matchups with the Texas Revolution.
Defensive Player of the Week: Pig Brown (LB, Nebraska Danger)
After scoring a league high 82 points last week against the Cedar Rapids Titans, the Nebraska Danger defense limited the Texas Revolution to 47 points on Saturday night. With a 62-47 victory, the Danger move back into a tie with the Colorado Ice atop the Intense Conference standings. Pig Brown (5'11, 212, Missouri) led the way for the Danger, registering 9 tackles (2 for loss), and 2 sacks. Trailing 20-14 at halftime, the Danger defense conceded only 7 points in the 3rd quarter, allowing their offense to open up a 41-27 lead heading into the final quarter. This weekend the Danger square off against the Ice in a rubber match. The back and forth battle between these two teams is destined to go down to the final week of the season. The winner of this weekend's game will once again take sole possession of the Intense Conference lead.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Bryan Pray (KR, Cedar Rapids Titans)
Following a 4-0 start, the Cedar Rapids Titans lost 3 in a row to United Conference foes. The Titans put an end to their losing streak with a dominating 62-28 victory over the Chicago Slaughter. The Titans jumped out to a 17-0 lead, but it was quickly narrowed to 17-14 after back to back touchdown drives by the Slaughter. In need of a big play, KR Bryan Pray (5'7, 168, Pittsburg State) returned the ensuing kickoff 51 yards for the touchdown. The kickoff return ignited 31 unanswered points for the Titans, providing a much needed spark for a team searching for their first win in over a month. The award marks Pray's second Player of the Week nod in 2013. He previously won Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Week 2 against the Slaughter. The Titans get an extra week to celebrate the win as they have a bye in Week 11.

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