Tuesday, May 28, 2013

PIFL Announces Week 12 Players of the Week

The Professional Indoor Football League announces that Lehigh Valley Steelhawks QB Adam Bednarik, Richmond Raiders WR Hakeem Moore, and Richmond Raiders DB RoShawn Marshall are the Week 12 Players of the Week. Saturday's matchups were so spellbinding that for the first time in PIFL history the league named co-offensive players.
For the second time this season Lehigh Valley Steelhawks QB Adam Bednarik (6'2 223, West Virginia) has earned Player of the Week honors. After beginning the season 2-4, Lehigh has arguably become the hottest team in the PIFL winning four straight placing them in the middle of the pack of the impending playoffs. QB Adam Bednarik has been a big part of that and in Saturday's 67-42 victory over the Knoxville Nighthawks he completed over 75% (26-34) of his passes for the third time this season for 333 yards and eight touchdowns. Despite having missed action in two games, Bednarik leads the PIFL in completions (205) and completion percentage (70.9%) and of the QB's to attempt more than 150 passes he has the second fewest interceptions (8). WR Hakeem Moore (5'11 175, Towson) has come into his own this season becoming a key component in the Richmond Raiders passing attack. On Saturday Moore had his coming out party in Saturday's 48-42 overtime victory leading all receivers in receptions for the week with eleven. But it would be his last two catches that proved worthy of this week's Co-Offensive Player of the Week. The first catch was the touchdown that ultimately forced overtime with the latter serving as the game-winner keeping the Raiders in the thick of the playoff hunt. Moore is currently second in the PIFL in receiving yards (833) and eighth in receptions (51).
For a league-leading third time this season, Richmond Raiders DB RoShawn Marshall (5'10 205, CMS) brings home the Defensive Player of the Week honor having previously taking home the award back in Week 4 and 8. Saturday's thrilling overtime win, Marshall was all over the field matching his season total of three interceptions with three more tallies with the biggest one coming on the first play in OT. Currently second in the PIFL in interceptions, Marshall owns six of the Raiders eight total picks.
The 2013 playoff push continues this weekend beginning with a double-header this Saturday when the Richmond Raiders (6-3) make a return visit to Albany (4-4) for the first time since the inaugural PIFL Championship game last June. Then the first-place Alabama Hammers (6-2) return home to the Von Braun Center to host the Louisiana Swashbucklers (4-4). To close out the weekend on Sunday Lehigh Valley (6-4) will try and keep their playoff push going when they make back-to-back trips to the Peach State beginning with a visit to Columbus to take on the reeling Lions (3-6) losers of four straight.

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