Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Week 8 IFL Players of the Week Announced

The Indoor Football League announced the Week 8 Players of the Week.
Offensive Player of the Week: Tavron Harrison (RB, Sioux Falls Storm)
Tavron Harrison (5'11, 200, Southern Miss) becomes the third Storm player, and first IFL Running Back, to take home Offensive Player of the Week honors in 2013. Sioux Falls jumped out to a 31-0 first half lead over the Green Bay Blizzard on Sunday, then cruised in the second half for the 48-29 victory. Harrison led a dominant rushing attack, punishing Blizzard defenders with 17 carries for 118 yards and 2 touchdowns. The highlight of the game occurred when he sprinted 45 yards for a touchdown in the 2nd quarter. It is the longest touchdown rush in the IFL so far this season. Harrison ranks 5th in the IFL with 203 rushing yards and tied for 1st with 7 rushing touchdowns. The Storm travel to Tri-Cities this weekend for a rematch of the last two United Conference Championship games. Until QB Terrance Bryant fully acclimates himself into the Storm offense, count on Sioux Falls to rely on Harrison and the ground game.
Defensive Player of the Week: Will Billingsley (DB, Chicago Slaughter)
The Chicago Slaughter extended their win streak to 4 with a 50-45 victory over the Cedar Rapids Titans. The win propels the Slaughter into a tie with the Titans for the top spot in the United Conference standings. Will Billingsley (5'11, 205, North Carolina A&T) has played a big part in helping to turn around the Slaughter season. Billingsley tallied 4 tackles and 2 interceptions in win over the Titans. The Titans led 37-18 and were driving late in the 2nd quarter. Billingsley intercepted a Charles McCullum pass and raced 49 yards down the field for a touchdown to narrow the Titan lead to 37-25 at the end of the 1st half. The Slaughter defense only allowed 8 points the remainder of the game. Next up for the Slaughter is a road contest against the Wyoming Cavalry who are fresh off their first win of the season.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Paul Vassallo (LB, Wyoming Cavalry)
The Wyoming Cavalry earned their first win in 2013 with a 36-34 victory over the Tri-Cities Fever. Paul Vassallo (6'2, 230, Arizona) played the part of hero for the Cavalry and in the process earns Special Teams Player of the Week. In the final seconds of the game, with the Cavalry clinging to a 2-point lead, the Fever lined up for a game winning field goal attempt. Vassallo drove through the Fever line and blocked the attempt, sealing the Cavalry's first win of the season. Vassallo also contributed on defense registering 7 tackles and 1 pass break up. The Cavalry hope to build on the momentum of the victory when the red-hot Chicago Slaughter come to town this weekend.

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